Vol. 2-Mighty Sparrow CD (2000)

Artist: Mighty Sparrow

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview


Label Ice
SKU 60446751
UPC 780563914029
UPC 14 00780563914029
Format CD
Release Date 11/7/2000
Author Mighty Sparrow
Compilation Appearance Only A Fool
Associated Artist/Work Lee, Byron
Technical Info
CatalogID 691402
Lable Name Ice Records
Released 04/15/1993
Original Release 1992
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00780563914029
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Mighty Sparrow (vocals, guitar).
Mighty Sparrow defined modern calypso, completely dominating the scene from the mid-'50s on to the late-'70s arrival of soca, so these Ice compilations of his best songs are pretty much a godsend as a starting point for newcomers. He developed a quintessential Caribbean "long live the living" persona, and Volume 2 is a very strong collection of songs that most likely date from the '60s (with no song date details or real liner notes, that's a best guess based on occasional details in the lyrics).
Sparrow's in a randy mood here, with many songs full of the clever sexual wordplays so beloved in calypso, like the very thinly veiled "talk dirty to me, baby" double entendre to "Wood in De Fire." Sometimes he teeters on the brink of offensive -- the "big fat Mississippi mama" of "Calypso Boogaloo" just slides by as word-spinning description, like his very funny "news of my death is greatly exaggerated" take on rumor-mongers in "Sparrow Dead." But "sell the pussy and bring the cash to me" from "Sell The Pussy?" -- don't know about that one.
Musically, everything here lands right in the pocket. Sparrow is a totally convincing singer, knows how to construct his hooks around the insistent dance drive with a big band horn section sound that's so flashy and baroque, it often brings a movie soundtrack to mind. Tunes like "Jane" and "Miss Mary" are just really well-constructed songs -- intricate section parts are criss-crossing all the time, but the musicians never get in each other's way. They play a lot, in general, but the tunes never sound busy.
"Calypso Boogaloo" has almost an early James Brown rhythm flavor, and "Bongo" sports a more African drum feel. "Oriental Touch" has Sparrow-the-world-traveler at Expo '70 in Osaka, using Asian motifs (playing to stereotype? Or a salute to another music tradition? Hard to tell) with a complex melody as Trinidad's irresistible man in Japan converts a geisha to singing the praises of carnival. "Pan Man" is pretty straight-up calypso, "Lion and Donkey (Rematch)" is an amusing boxing story that almost certainly has hidden symbolic meaning to someone living in Trinidad at the time it was recorded.
"Good Citizen" is the one social commentary song that takes on the powers-that-be over corruption, censorship, and economic oppression. The lyric "Why should they persecute a brother for seeking black power?" could be double-sided -- Sparrow forced to respond to critics for never speaking out or using his popularity to give a thumbs-up to government critics for the everyday people in Trinidad.
Again, it's hard to tell, but what's not hard to say is that these Mighty Sparrow collections are essential for anyone interested in calypso and Caribbean music in general. ~ Don Snowden
Disc 1
1 Wood In The Fire
2 Jane
3 Sparrow Dead
4 Calypso Boogaloo
5 Bongo
6 Oriental Touch
7 Pan Man
8 Sell The Pussy
9 Lion and Donkey
10 Good Citizen
11 Miss Mary
12 Same Time, Same Place
13 Rope

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
Blow It Outa Here $12.50 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
All products are BRAND NEW and factory sealed. Fast shipping with tracking and delivery confirmation! 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Importcds $10.48 + $2.98 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
All our items are brand new - Ships directly from our Warehouse in California - Estimated delivery time: 5-7 days after shipment.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
$12.50 + free shipping
$14.98 You save $2.48 (16%)
Earn 13 ($0.13) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Format: CD
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships in 1 to 2 business days
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Blow It Outa Here
What is a Marketplace and Shop Owner?
  • Our marketplace is a platform where approved third-party retailers (Shop Owners) can sell their products
  • Items are sold and shipped by Shop Owners
  • Your credit card and personal information remain secure; Rakuten.com meets all PCI Security Standards.
  • Purchases can only be returned to the Shop Owner
  • All purchases receive Rakuten Super Points™