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Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The fourth and final installment of our new year's mix - all songs will fit onto one cd, and the Otis Redding illustration, which you'll see if you click on the "link" link, below, makes an excellent cover. Scroll down for the other songs.
22) CARNIVAL PROCLAMATION
Lord Melody Sings Calypso
Cook : 1958/9
Available on: Calypso Awakening: From the Emory Cook Collection
23) CALYPSO WAR
The Mighty Terror & His Calypsonians
PYE/Mixa : 1958
Available on: Trojan Calypso Box Set
24) WRITER'S BLOCK
The Loneliest Punk
Delicious Vinyl : 2005
25) SAVE THE ROACH
Available on: Dope & Glory: Reefer Songs Der 30er & 40er Jahre
26) THIS YEAR
The Mountain Goats
The Sunset Tree
4AD : 2005
27) THE GOOD THINGS
America, Why I Love Her
Courtesy of: Bad Music
Track 22) Another, excellent song from the Smithsonian/Folkways Emory Cook best-of. The liner notes read: "Lord Melody portrays the traditional carnival character American Red Indian, and uses him to spread terror in the hearts of his potential enemies," and tell us that the chorus consists of "fake 'Indian' speech." I don't know - sounds quite a bit like Pidgin African to me....
Track 23) And another, excellent song from the Trojan Calypso Box. This time around, The Mighty Terror declares war on bootleg Calypsonians, and will you check out the man's flow?
Is only Terror, Lion, and Lord Kitchener
In Britain are real Calypso singer
All the rest who here they from Jamaica
Each and every one they are imposter
To make a song they can't stand in line
They either singing Kitch' song or they singing mine
So they run, but Jamaica run, plant the banana, run
Leave me and Kitchener
Take for instance England and the West Indies
Not a man to sing on England's victories
Such a thing to England is too unkind
I was sick and that rested on my mind-
I was sick and Kitch in America, not a man to sing
Yet you could here them with rotten composition
Fooling the population
Here in Great Britian - War!
Well, if you want to see what I say is true
Just call a Jamaican singer to you
And ask him to sing extemporaneously
You will see he hasn't this ability
But if you call up me or Lord Kitchener
We will sing from January to December
For we are born Trinidadians, and real calypsonians
Here in Great Britain!
Track 24) Pharcyde fans will remember Fat Lip from back in the day. This song might give you an idea of why it took the MC so long to come out with his first solo album...
Track 25) ....and the only solo release by sometime Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins sideman, Buck Washington.
Track 26) A new year's track, of sorts, from John Darnielle's autobiographical Sunset Tree.
Track 27) It's true; we do hear a lot about wars or hurricanes that hit our shores.
Labels: alex, holidays
posted by Alex