Let's Love a Little with Cool Calypsos from the West Indies

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Let’s Love a Little with

Cool Calypsos from the West Indies

Paragon Records
#610

12″ LP Album

 
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What is it about the West Indies that made such creative and humorous music? Calypso & Mento styles would soon influence the birth of Ska and Reggay, and the “slack” lyrics that followed became widely popular especially among the rebellious youth of the UK. Before all that, however, these islanders were already coming up with some pretty raunchy and sly lyrics of their own. The track-listing should give some indication; Give Her de Number One, Ugly Woman, Red Head, Fire Down Dere… um, yeah.

Not much is known about this particular record. I’ve found it only in the HipWax Calypso collection, and one lone copy for sale on Amazon. There are no artists credited on this album, an unfortunately common practice of island producers. But from HipWax and the Amazon copy, it’s surmised that this record includes some of the greats: Duke of Iron, The Charmer, Lloyd Thomas, Lord Invader… though I can’t be sure. Any info anyone has on this album would be greatly appreciated in the comments.

TRACKLISTING:

SIDE 1
Matilda
Give Her de Number One
Stone Cold Dead in de Market
Chit, Chit, Rit, Chit
Blue Calypso Samba
Take Me, Take Me

SIDE 2
The Stupid Husband
Conch Ain’t Got No Bones
Mary Anne
Red Head
Ugly Woman
Fire Down Dere

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