Various - Calypso Craze 1956-57 - 6xCD/1DVD Box-set

Bear Family RecordsSKU: CD-BCD16947


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The set comprises six CDs, covering the following topics:
•    Before The Craze: Calypso Hits Of The 1930s, 40s, And Early 50s
•    Belafonte And Calypso - Before And After Calypso
•    Calypso Goes Pop (...and R&B, Rock 'N' Roll, Folk, Country, Comedy, And Jazz)
•    Calypso On Stage And Screen
•    Calypso 'Across The Pond': The Calypso Craze In England
•    Mondo Calypso: The Calypso Craze In The Circum-Caribbean And Around The World

Performers include such surprises as:
•    Louis Farrakhan, Maya Angelou, Robert Mitchum, and Fess Parker
•    Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong, and Hazel Scott
•    Nat 'King' Cole, Eartha Kitt, Rosemary Clooney, and Fred Astaire
•    Hank Snow, Tito Puente, Stan Freberg, and the Norman Luboff Choir
•    and 'blue-eyed calypsos' written by: Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Harold Arlen

Also represented are:
•    Trinidadian calypsonians Lion, Atilla, Radio, and Caresser; Beginner, Invader, and Kitchener; Terror, Cristo and Panther
•    Trinidadian expatriates Wilmoth Houdini, Duke of Iron, Sir Lancelot, and MacBeth the Great
•    Other West Indians (and Bermudians) such as Lloyd Thomas, Lord Flea, Lord Foodoos, Mighty Zebra, The Talbot Brothers, Sidney Bean, Hubert Smith, Blind Blake, Enid Mosier, The Eloise Trio, Edric Connor, George Browne, and Frank Holder
•    Folksingers The Tarriers, Terry Gilkyson and The Easy Riders, Stan Wilson, and The Kingston Trio

Bonus DVD:
•    Unseen in over 55 years - a 'Calypso Craze' feature-length film never before issued on video or broadcast on television: 'Calypso Joe' (Allied Artists, 1957), starring Herb Jeffries and Angie Dickinson, and featuring Duke of Iron and The Easy Riders
•    Four short 'soundies' from the 1940s and 50s, with Sam Manning and 'Belle Rosette' (Beryl McBurnie), Broadway and big-band singer Gracie Barrie covering Stone Cold Dead In The Market, and Lord Cristo and the March Of Dimes Quartet

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