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Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection

Various Artists
Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection

A flourishing of Calypso creativity, a dramatic period in Trinidad's history and an audio engineer inspired these exciting tracks, originally released on Cook Records between 1956 and 1962. Emory Cook used innovative recording techniques to capture the active interplay between calypsonians and their audiences. We hear classic song-duels between calypso legends like The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Melody, lively steel band processions, and a wide range of provocative calypso songs about life, love and politics. Live and studio recordings from Trinidad. 32-page booklet presents notes, song texts, Cook discography, bibliography. 67 minutes.

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Track Listing

101
Saturday Night Blowout The John Buddy Williams Band 3:31
102
Carnival Celebration Small Island Pride 2:21
103
Booboo Man (Mama, Look at Bubu) Lord Melody 4:22
104
Federation Small Island Pride 2:41
105
No, Doctor No Mighty Sparrow 3:02
106
Taxi Driver Small Island Pride 3:28
107
Tuning of a Picong n/a 0:42
108
Yankees Gone Steel band procession 2:25
109
Yankees Gone Mighty Sparrow 1:48
110
Picong Duel The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Melody 4:26
111
Cowboy Sparrow Lord Melody 3:25
112
Reply to Melody Mighty Sparrow 3:55
113
Carnival Proclamation Lord Melody 2:44
114
Paye Mighty Sparrow 4:12
115
Turn Back, Melody Lord Melody 4:15
116
Teresa Mighty Sparrow 4:48
117
Come Go, Calcutta Lord Melody 3:07
118
No Crime, No Law Commander 2:52
119
He No Dead Yet King Fighter 3:24
120
Bongo Man Wrangler 2:50
121
Neighbor Jacqueline Wrangler 3:07

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