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Album: Legends of Calypso
# Song Title   Time
1)    Calypso Island - Andre Toussaint
2)    Court House Scandal - Calypso Mama
3)    Lizzie Carry Basket - Peanuts Taylor
4)    De Pig an' Goat - Blind Blake
5)    Brown Skin Gal / Mary Ann - Blind Blake
6)    Crazy Like Mad - Leslie Scott & Irene Williams
7)    Matilda - Calypso Eddie
8)    Back to Back - Harold "Digby" McNair
9)    Barbados Carnival - Mighty Panther
10)    Bedbug Song, The - Mighty Panther
11)    De Peas 'N' de Rice - Calypso Mama
12)    Gin & Coconut Water - Blind Blake
13)    Yellow Bird - Andre Toussaint
14)    Mama Hold de Light - Mighty Panther
15)    Bahama Lullaby Rock - Blind Blake
16)    Don't Touch Me Tomato - Calypso Mama
17)    Hold 'Em Joe - Andre Toussaint
18)    Scratch My Back - Leslie Scott & Irene Williams
19)    Bellamena - Blind Blake
20)    Nora Nora - Mighty Panther
21)    O' Look Misery - Blind Blake
22)    Watermelon Spoilin' / Here I Go Walkin' - Andre Toussaint
23)    Monkey Song, The - Blind Blake
24)    Big Bamboo, The - Mighty Panther
25)    Snorkel Song, The - Colin Kelly
 

Album: Legends of Calypso
# Song Title   Time
1)    Calypso Island - Andre Toussaint
2)    Court House Scandal - Calypso Mama
3)    Lizzie Carry Basket - Peanuts Taylor
4)    De Pig an' Goat - Blind Blake
5)    Brown Skin Gal / Mary Ann - Blind Blake
6)    Crazy Like Mad - Leslie Scott & Irene Williams
7)    Matilda - Calypso Eddie
8)    Back to Back - Harold "Digby" McNair
9)    Barbados Carnival - Mighty Panther
10)    Bedbug Song, The - Mighty Panther
11)    De Peas 'N' de Rice - Calypso Mama
12)    Gin & Coconut Water - Blind Blake
13)    Yellow Bird - Andre Toussaint
14)    Mama Hold de Light - Mighty Panther
15)    Bahama Lullaby Rock - Blind Blake
16)    Don't Touch Me Tomato - Calypso Mama
17)    Hold 'Em Joe - Andre Toussaint
18)    Scratch My Back - Leslie Scott & Irene Williams
19)    Bellamena - Blind Blake
20)    Nora Nora - Mighty Panther
21)    O' Look Misery - Blind Blake
22)    Watermelon Spoilin' / Here I Go Walkin' - Andre Toussaint
23)    Monkey Song, The - Blind Blake
24)    Big Bamboo, The - Mighty Panther
25)    Snorkel Song, The - Colin Kelly
 
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  • A collection licensed from the Goombay Life archives featuring some of the greats of calypso's early days. Andre Toussaint, Calypso Mama, Blind Blake, and Mighty Panther all hand in a number of performances. As usual, the lyrical fare deals with gossip of the day and/or a good deal of sexual innuendos and double entendres. The music is a basic two-beat lope with guitars, drums, and any other nearby instrument, depending on the song. These are the classic standards of the genre -- from Mighty Panther's "Big Bamboo" to a number of songs made famous later by Harry Belafonte. The performances are all above the standard, with the legends putting out their most famous pieces. There are a number of old calypso compilations available, most of which come from the same archives. It's the song choices that separate one from the next. As such, this one makes a good show for the lead against its rival compilations, featuring the best shows of the various aspects of the old genre while staying relatively clear of non-Trinidadian items (though not completely, of course). ~ Adam Greenberg
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