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Calypso in New York

Calypso in New York

Inspired improvisation and compelling rhythms, created by piano, small orchestra, and sometimes a drum and hand clapping, characterize these performances, which Lord invader (Rupert Westmore Grant, 1914-1962) recorded for Moses Asch in the 1940s and 1950s. Whether recounting events in Trinidad, describing his experiences in New York City, performing traditional songs, or criticizing American racism, Lord Invader combines rhythms and ideas in his unique calypsonian fashion. Thirteen of the 26 tracks are released here for the first time. Extensive annotations by John Cowley include lyrics, bibliography, and discography. 73 minutes. 32-page booklet. Compiled and annotated by John Cowley.

Track Listing

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101
Out the Fire Lord Invader 2:48
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102
Ten Thousand to Bar Me One Lord Invader 2:01
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103
Cousin Family Lord Invader 2:21
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104
When You Hear I Die Lord Invader 2:08
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105
New York Subway Lord Invader 2:26
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106
Me One Alone Lord Invader 1:42
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107
Sly Mongoose Lord Invader 2:22
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108
Happy Land of Canaan Lord Invader 2:01
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109
Mary Ann Lord Invader 2:27
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110
Yankee Dollar Lord Invader 2:31
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111
Pepsi-Cola Lord Invader 1:46
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112
Tied-Tongue Baby Lord Invader 2:44
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113
God Made Us All Lord Invader 4:32
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114
The Soldiers Came and Broke My Life Lord Invader 2:33
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115
Labor Day Lord Invader 2:34
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116
Brown Girl in the Ring Lord Invader 1:49
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117
Chicago, Chicago Lord Invader 2:56
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118
My Intention is War Lord Invader 4:18
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119
No Place Like the West Indies Lord Invader 2:55
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120
My Experience on the Reperbahn Lord Invader 2:49
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121
Auf Weidersehen Lord Invader 2:30
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122
Cat O'Nine Tails Lord Invader 3:06
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123
Crisis in Arkansas Lord Invader 3:16
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124
Steel Band War Lord Invader 3:29
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125
You're Wasting Your Time Lord Invader 4:13
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126
I'm Going Back to Africa Lord Invader 4:55
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