Calypso Craze: 1956-57 and Beyond [Box]

Calypso Craze: 1956 57 And Beyond [Box]


Two pages into the thick hardcover book that accompanies Bear Family's six-CD/one-DVD box set Calypso Craze: 1956-1957 and Beyond, there's a replicated newspaper clipping bearing the headline "Warning: Calypso Next New Beat; R.I.P. For R&R?," a bulletin that suggests just how crazy this craze was at its peak in the mid-'50s. Like most pop fads, Calypso didn't last: it faded fairly quickly, producing one mega-star -- Harry Belafonte -- several memorable singles, and a beat that surfaced occasionally in the years to come while leaving a bunch of pop culture ephemera in its wake. Calypso Craze: 1956-1957 concentrates primarily on that ephemera, chronicling the mania set into motion by the success of Belafonte's "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" in 1956. Calypso existed prior to Belafonte, of course, its roots in Africa and French creole music, but its origins lay in Trinidad and Tabago, where the distinctive lilting rhythms and hearty melodies came into focus. The term Calypso started to surface in the '30s, which is when the first records of this style were made. These are collected on the first disc, "Calypso Comes to America," a disc that opens with Hubert H. Charles' "Marry an Ugly Woman," and runs through a few Trinidadian singles before the Andrew Sisters bring the sound to the states with "Rum and Coca Cola." Then the explosion begins: Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole all try the rhythms (Cole's "Calypso Blues" will be recognizable to rock & roll fiends as the basis for Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon"), and the Duke of Iron heads from Trinidad to New York City where he becomes a nightclub entertainer. All this is prelude to Harry Belafonte, whose career is summarized on the second disc subtitled "The Reluctant Calypso King." If Belafonte was reluctant, his performances were nevertheless joyous and helped inspire many knock-offs, parodies, and homages which are collected on the next four discs. Each of these follows a theme: first, there's "Calypso Is Everywhere," which has some hits, pop songs from the Mills Brothers and Rosemary Clooney a few rock & roll rips and several folk and country tunes, as well as satire from Stan Freberg and Buchanan & Goodman; then, there's "Calypso Goes to the Movies," which collects songs that were used on the silver screen, including selections from the B-movie sensation Calypso Joe, whose eponymous film is featured on the DVD, excerpts from Maya Angelou's pre-poetry career as a calypso singer, oddities from Fess Parker, Mamie Van Doren and, naturally, Robert Mitchum's Calypso Is Like So, which is perhaps the best-known calypso oddity of this boom; next up is a selection of singles from Britain, concentrating on Lord Kitchener and Lord Invader, then it wraps up with "Calypso Goes Global," where the Trinidad rhythms echo around the world. The striking thing about this set is that it appears to be too much -- and six discs is indeed a lot of calypso -- but the box has a light touch, never lingering too long on any one place (the exception being, of course, Belafonte's disc, but that's needed to illustrate his impact) and unveiling lots of wonderful little oddities along the way. Often, the detours are as captivating as the big hits and that's likely why Bear Family focused not on a deep history of calypso the music, but rather the pop culture craze, opening the set with that Charles single and closing with Jimmy Soul's rock & roll appropriate "If You Wanna Be Happy." Calypso wasn't varied or lively enough to be a world-changing movement, not in the way rock & roll was, but it could sustain a couple of years of delightful singles and have enough of an impact to be remembered (and often heard) years later. This box is a testament to that fact. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Label: Bear Family Records (Germany)
  • UPC: 5397102169472
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Track listings

  • Disc 1: Calypso Comes To America:
  • 1. Marry An Ugly Woman Hubert Raphael Charles
  • 2. Edward The Viii The Caresser
  • 3. Roosevelt In Trinidad The Lion & The Atilla
  • 4. Guests Of Rudy Vallee The Lion/Atilla The Hun
  • 5. Matilda King Radio
  • 6. He Had It Coming Wilmoth Houdini
  • 7. Sing A Tropical Song The Andrews Sisters
  • 8. Rum And Coca Cola The Andrews Sisters
  • 9. Scandal In The Family Sir Lancelot
  • 10. Century Of The Common Man, The Sir Lancelot
  • 11. Old Lady With A Rolling Pin Sir Lancelot
  • 12. Mary Ann Joe Davis/Armando Castro
  • 13. Calypsonian Invasion Duke Of Iron
  • 14. Jackie Robinson Lord Invader
  • 15. Run Joe Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5
  • 16. Stone Cold Dead In The Market (He Had It Coming) Ella Fitzgerald
  • 17. Cab Calloway Macbeth The Great
  • 18. Cold In De Winter Lloyd Thomas
  • 19. Is She Is, Or Is She Ain't The Charmer
  • 20. His Feet Too Big For De Bed Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
  • 21. Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell Eartha Kitt
  • 22. Calypso Blues Nat King Cole
  • 23. Last Train Duke Of Iron
  • 24. Labor Day Carnival (Jump In The Line) Lord Invader
  • 25. Chicago, Chicago Lord Invader
  • 26. Parakeets Duke Of Iron
  • 27. Prisoner Arise (Prizonaire Lev‚) Duke Of Iron
  • 28. Hurricane Janet Lord Christo
  • 29. Big Bamboo Mighty Panther
  • 30. Hacienda Hotel Radio Advertisement Sir Lancelot
  • Disc 2: Harry Belafonte: The Reluctant Calypso King:
  • 1. Man Smart (Woman Smarter) Harry Belafonte
  • 2. Matilda Harry Belafonte
  • 3. Hold 'em Joe Harry Belafonte
  • 4. Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song) Harry Belafonte
  • 5. Man Piaba Harry Belafonte
  • 6. Jump Down, Spin Around Harry Belafonte
  • 7. Banana Boat Song, The Harry Belafonte
  • 8. Jamaica Farewell Harry Belafonte
  • 9. Brown Skin Girl Harry Belafonte
  • 10. Melda Massi Harry Belafonte
  • 11. Come Back Liza Harry Belafonte
  • 12. Mary's Boy Child Harry Belafonte
  • 13. Mama Look A Boo Boo Harry Belafonte
  • 14. Cocoanut Woman Harry Belafonte
  • 15. Island In The Sun Harry Belafonte
  • 16. Scratch Scratch Harry Belafonte
  • 17. Don't Ever Love Me Harry Belafonte
  • 18. Cordelia Brown Harry Belafonte
  • 19. Haiti Cheri Harry Belafonte
  • 20. Judy Drownded Harry Belafonte
  • 21. Lead Man Holler Harry Belafonte
  • 22. Sweetheart From Venezuela Harry Belafonte
  • 23. Gloria Harry Belafonte
  • 24. Monkey Harry Belafonte
  • 25. Reincarnation Harry Belafonte
  • 26. Tongue Tie Baby Harry Belafonte
  • 27. Don't Stop The Carnival Harry Belafonte
  • Disc 3: Calypso Is Everywhere:
  • 1. Banana Boat Song, The The Tarriers
  • 2. Marianne Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders
  • 3. Marianne The Hilltoppers
  • 4. Calypso Melody David Rose & His Orchestra
  • 5. In De Banana Tree The Mills Brothers
  • 6. Calypso Gal Richard Hyman & His Orchestra/Richard Hayman
  • 7. Bahama Mama The Four Aces
  • 8. Curiosity Calypso Ray Gilbert
  • 9. Mangos Rosemary Clooney
  • 10. Yellow Bird Norman Luboff Choir
  • 11. Calypso Hooray Fred Astaire
  • 12. Calypso Joe Ray Johnson
  • 13. Freddy's New Calypso Freddie Mitchell
  • 14. When Rock And Roll Come To Trinidad Nat King Cole
  • 15. Dancing To The Rock And Rolla (Rum And Coca Cola) The Fontane Sisters
  • 16. Calypso Rock & Roll The Deeps
  • 17. Calypso Rock Dave Day & The Redcoats
  • 18. Calypso Rock Mike Pedicin Quintet
  • 19. Waikiki Farewell Stan Wilson
  • 20. (Tell De Batter To) Hit De Long Ball Four Happy Fellas
  • 21. Number One Hoke Simpson
  • 22. Zombie Jam Boree The Kingston Trio
  • 23. Calypso Sweetheart Hank Snow
  • 24. Banana Boat Song, The Johnnie & Jack
  • 25. Let's Go Calypso Rusty Draper
  • 26. My Man True To Me Nita, Rita & Ruby
  • 27. Banana Boat, The (Day O) Stan Freberg
  • 28. Banana Boat Story, The (The Banana Boat Song) Buchanan & Goodman
  • 29. High Society Calypso Louis Armstrong
  • 30. Take Me, Take Me Hazel Scott
  • 31. Don't Stop The Carnival Sonny Rollins
  • 32. Safety Song, The (Make The Last One For The Road A Cup Of Coffee) Julie Conway
  • Disc 4: Calypso Goes To The Movies, Broadway, Television And More:
  • 1. Tastes Like Strawberries Johnny Desmond
  • 2. Rock Calypso Joe The Treniers
  • 3. Run Joe Maya Angelou
  • 4. Donkey City Maya Angelou
  • 5. Scandal In The Family Maya Angelou
  • 6. Devil Is A Woman Herb Jeffries
  • 7. Naughty Little Flea, The Lord Flea
  • 8. Shake Shake Senora Lord Flea
  • 9. Calypso Be Bop Lord Flea
  • 10. Donkey Bray Lord Flea
  • 11. Calypso Rock The Mary Kaye Trio
  • 12. Fire Down Below Jeri Southern
  • 13. What Is This Generation Coming To? Robert Mitchum
  • 14. Jean And Dinah Robert Mitchum
  • 15. Don't Hurry Worry Me Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders
  • 16. Go, Go, Calypso! Mamie Van Doren
  • 17. Technique Pat Boone
  • 18. Mama Look A Boo Boo (Boo Boo Man) The Calypso Carnival
  • 19. Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree Enid Mosier Trinidad Steel Band
  • 20. Boys Days Enid Mosier Trinidad Steel Band
  • 21. Yankee Dollar Josephine Premice
  • 22. Leave De Atom Alone Josephine Premice
  • 23. Bottle Imp, The Geoffrey Holder
  • 24. Sugar Cane Geoffrey Holder
  • 25. Stew Pig Knuckles Calypso Macniles
  • 26. Wedding Bell Calypso (Man Talk Too Much) Fess Parker
  • 27. Calypso Dance Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
  • 28. Limbo The Diamonds
  • 29. Limbo Roger King Mozian, His Trumpet & Orchestra
  • 30. Chalypso Billy Duke & The Dukes
  • Disc 5: Calypso 'across The Pond':
  • 1. Chocolate Whiskey And Vanilla Gin Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra
  • 2. Day Dah Light (Banana Loaders' Song) Edric Connor/The Caribbeans
  • 3. London Is The Place For Me Lord Kitchener
  • 4. Kitch (Small Comb, Scratch Me Head) Lord Kitchener
  • 5. Food From The West Indies Lord Kitchener
  • 6. Underground Train, The Lord Kitchener
  • 7. Tick! Tick! (The Story Of The Lost Watch) The Lion
  • 8. Victory Test Match Lord Beginner
  • 9. John Goddard Lord Beginner
  • 10. Manchester United Calypso Edric Connor
  • 11. Kitch's Bebop Calypso Lord Kitchener
  • 12. Is Trouble Lord Kitchener
  • 13. Chinese Children The Mighty Terror
  • 14. Patricia Gone With Millicent The Mighty Terror
  • 15. No Carnival In Britain The Mighty Terror
  • 16. Brown Skin Gal The Mighty Terror
  • 17. Prince Rainer Lord Invader
  • 18. My Experience On The Reeperbahn Lord Invader
  • 19. Woman Is A Man's Best Friend George Browne
  • 20. Liberia Bliff Radie Byne
  • 21. Last Train To San Fernando Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
  • 22. Sweetie Charlie Frank Holder
  • 23. Coffee Bar Calypso Maxine Daniels
  • 24. Gossip Calypso Bernard Cribbens
  • 25. Shame And Scandal In The Family Lance Percival
  • Disc 6: Calypso Goes Global:
  • 1. Atomic Nightmare Talbot Brothers Of Bermuda
  • 2. Don't You Call Me Boo Boo Talbot Brothers Of Bermuda
  • 3. Collegiate Invasion Sidney Bean And His Trio
  • 4. Green Ticket Hubert Smith
  • 5. Right Side Of The Road Hubert Smith
  • 6. Don't Touch Me Tomato Goombay Kings
  • 7. Calypso Island Eloise Trio
  • 8. Run, Come See Jerusalem Blind Blake
  • 9. Delia's Gone Blind Blake
  • 10. Hold 'em Joe Lord Foodoos & His Calypso Band
  • 11. Calypso Cha Cha Cha Count Lasher
  • 12. Don't Blame It On Elvis Fabulous Mc Clevertys
  • 13. I Like Ike Mighty Zebra
  • 14. Scandal In St. Thomas Mighty Zebra
  • 15. Vim, Vigor And Vitality The La Motta Brothers
  • 16. Calypso Joe Luis Amando
  • 17. Calypso Man P‚Rez Prado
  • 18. Jack, Jack, Jack El Boy
  • 19. Calypso Blues Tito Puente & His Orchestra
  • 20. Matilda Cuarteto D'aida
  • 21. Weekend News Lord Caresser
  • 22. Atomic Energy Lord Caresser
  • 23. Nescafe Calypso Max Woiski & Seine Band
  • 24. Limbo Nina & Frederik
  • 25. Ramadin All Steel Percussion Band Of Trinidad
  • 26. Ugly Girls Have Pretty Names Geraldo La Viny Et Son Orchestre
  • 27. Mama Ist Aus Kuba Alice Babs
  • 28. Banana Boat Song, The Michiko Hamamura
  • 29. If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul
  • Disc 7:
  • 1. March Of Dimes Calypso [Clip] March Of Dimes Quartet
  • 2. Stone Cold Dead In The Market [Clip] Gracie Barrie
  • 3. Willie Willie [Clip] Belle Rosette/Sam Manning
  • 4. Quarry Road [Clip] Belle Rosette
  • 5. Fly Joe Fly [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 6. Devil Is A Woman [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957], The Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 7. Don't Spank De Baby [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 8. Untitled Conga Line [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 9. Calypsociety [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs/Lady T
  • 10. There's Only One Love (In A Woman's Life) [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 11. Naughty Little Flea [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Lord Flea & His Calypsonians
  • 12. Untitled Percussion Jam [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Lord Flea & His Calypsonians/The Lester Horton Dancers
  • 13. Sweet Sugar Cane Marianne [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders
  • 14. Marianne Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders
  • 15. Take Me Down To Locero [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Lord Flea & His Calypsonians/Duke Of Iron
  • 16. Po Mule [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 17. Adam And Evil Blues [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Herb Jeffries & The Calypsomaniacs
  • 18. Calypso Jamboree [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Lord Flea & His Calypsonians
  • 19. Can't Cross Over [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Lord Flea & His Calypsonians
  • 20. Fly Joe Fly (Reprise) [From The Movie 'calypso Joe', 1957] Lord Flea & His Calypsonians/Herb Jeffries/The Lester Horton Dancers
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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