Various Artists / Legends of Calypso
Album: Legends of Calypso   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Mar 2003
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-07-28 Pull Date: 2003-09-29 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 7 Aug 31 Aug 24 Aug 17 Aug 10 Aug 3
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 24, 2010: Music Casserole
Monkey Song, the
4. Sep 29, 2003: Told You So!
Don't Touch Me Tomato
2. Jul 22, 2010: Elite Syncopations
5. Sep 23, 2003: Baptism of Solitude
Court House Scandal
3. Sep 30, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
Barbados Carnival
6. Sep 01, 2003: Labor Day Music
Court House Scandal

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-07-07
Arc Music, 2002

This is a charming collection of tracks from the golden age of Calypso, before it was derailed by cheesy renditions of "Day-O" and eventually replaced by reggae as the sound of the Caribbean. The recordings are culled from the 1940s and '50s, so the sound is just a bit muddy. The songs bear all the trademarks of calypso: sly humor, sexual commentary, a perky beat, and a folksy/jazzy vibe. This is a fine introduction to a neglected, but really fun, form of music. Play any track!

Fo's Picks: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 19

1. lazy air, just a guy & his guitar
2. man assaults woman, she goes to jail
3. a classic lightweight ditty
4. upbeat and silly fun, very catchy
7. the most famous song of all, fast
8. another fun one you might recognize
9. jazzy, with very odd Carnival lyrics
10. a very naughty reincarnation song...
14. Eek! Rats! Rats everywhere!
15. a dirty classic (don’t touch her tomato, get it?)
16. very nice solo voice/guitar, relaxed
19. I have no clue what this is. But it sounds great!
20. upbeat, a classic-style "story song"
22. unusual, fast & jazzy; almost a rhumba
23. simple call & response, but catchy
24. another dirty classic (big bamboo, get it?)

[ Fo ] - 7/7/03

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Toussaint, Andre Calypso Island
2. Calypso Mama Court House Scandal
3. Taylor, Peanuts Lizzie Carry Basket
4. Blind Blake De Pig An' Goat
5. Blind Blake Brown Skin Gal/Mary Ann
6. Scott, Leslie & Irene Williams Crazy Like Mad
7. Calypso Eddie Matilda
8. Mcnair, Harold "Digby" Bak to Back/Zombie Jamboree
9. Mighty Panther Barbados Carnival
10. Brownie Bedbug Song, the
11. Calypso Mama De Peas 'n' De Rice
12. Blind Blake Gin & Coconut Water
13. Toussaint, Andre Yellow Bird
14. Mighty Panther Mama Hold De Light
15. Blind Blake Bahama Lullaby Rock
16. Calypso Mama Don't Touch Me Tomato
17. Toussaint, Andre Hold 'em Joe
18. Scott, Lesie & Irene Williams Scratch My Back
19. Blind Blake Bellamena
20. Mighty Panther Nora Nora
21. Blind Blake O' Look Misery
22. Toussaint, Andre Watermelon Spoilin'
23. Blind Blake Monkey Song, the
24. Mighty Panther Big Bamboo, the
25. Kelly, Colin Snorkel Song, the