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Lord Invader And His Calypso Orchestra

Calypso Travels (LP)

Label: Folkways Records, Smithsonian Folkways

Format: LP

Genre: Folk

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New vinyl reissue remastered from the original 1960s master tapes, packaged in classic Folkways-style tip-on jackets with original liner notes. Lord Invader was one of the most iconic and well-regarded calypso musicians of the mid-20th century. Coming from humble beginnings in the musical hotbed of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Invader gained notoriety for his unique voice and lyrical prowess. Calypso Travels, his final album released just before his death, was produced in New York in 1960 by Folkways founder Moses Asch. The album showcases Lord Invader’s talent for biting lyrics that reference contemporary happenings, such as the rise of Fidel Castro, his experience at the 1956 World Fair in Belgium, the arrival of the Little Rock Nine in 1957 desegregating the public schools in the United States, and his touring experiences in Europe in the 1950s. An icon of Caribbean music, and one of the major forces exporting it to the world, Lord Invader epitomizes the spirit of calypso – boisterous, acerbic, and joyful.

Cat. number: FW 8733, FE 8733
Year: 2020
Comes with 6-page fold-out insert with lyrics, photographs and credits. Catalog number on the front sleeve, spine and labels: FW 8733 Catalog number on the back sleeve and insert: FE 8733 © 1960 FOLKWAYS RECORDS & SERVICE Corp. © 1960 Folkways Records ℗ © 2019 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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