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Sparrow Take Over Now - Classic Calypso 1956-1962

The Mighty Sparrow

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Format: CD

Cat No: JASMCD2820

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Release Date:  03 May 2024

Label:  Jasmine Records

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  604988282023

Genres:  World Music  Calypso  

  • Description

    For more than 70 years, and across seven decades, the man born Slinger Francisco and known to the world as The Mighty Sparrow has represented the music of his native Trinidad, through literally hundreds of singles and albums that defined the genre of calypso and raised the authentic indigenous music's profile internationally. Calypso had already made its mark on the world outside of the Caribbean when Sparrow arrived in the mid-1950s, but it was his topical, witty and always-on-point commentaries - starting with 'Yankee's Gone' a.k.a. 'Jean And Dinah' and never letting up throughout the early years of his career - that took it to the next level. Sparrow always had something to say, and there were always thousands of people ready to listen.

    Between 1955 and 2020 Sparrow's recordings were always at the cutting edge of calypso and its descendent Soca. There are so many of them that a decent-sized boxed set might still not be enough to do full justice to the breadth of his work. However this Jasmine compilation of his earlier (and best) work is the perfect introduction to a man whose catalogue is never less than full-on entertaining, reprising many of his biggest successes from 'Jean And Dinah' onwards.

    The 'last man standing' of the original crop of classic calypsonians, Sparrow has not been well served on compact disc in recent years - and it's been almost 25 years since some of this material last appeared in a digital format. It's to be hoped that "Sparrow Take Over Now" will reintroduce this giant of world music, and open the door to further dips into his vast vault of otherwise-unavailable tracks.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Yankee's Gone (Jean And Dinah) - Cyril Diaz And His Orchestra
      • 2. Jack Palance - Cyril Diaz And His Orchestra
      • 3. Mae Mae - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 4. Move Your Hand - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 5. Madam Dracula - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 6. Ah Got To Have You - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 7. Plenty Style - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 8. Nice Senorita - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 9. Ben Wood Dick - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 10. Elaine - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 11. Lucy Garden - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 12. Maria - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 13. Gloria - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 14. Royal Jail - The Mighty Sparrow With The March Of Dimes Quartet And The Rca All Stars Recording Orchestra
      • 15. Lulu - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 16. Keep The City Clean - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra / Copyright Control
      • 17. Cowboy Melo - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 18. Charlie - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 19. Leave The Damn Doctor - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra
      • 20. Monica Doo Doo - The Mighty Sparrow With The Cyril Diaz Orchestra