March 3, 2016

Lord Cobra con the Beachers – Calipsos

Lord Cobra, voorkant

De plaat die we hier hebben is een tamelijk aparte, hoe serieus
hem te nemen weet ik even niet. Het is een behoorlijk clownesque
uitgave van de Panamese Lord Cobra. Wel een vrij zeldzame en
voor ons meegebracht daar vandaan door blog vriend Gonzalez.
Op Tamayo en met the Beachers, nogmaals dank kameraad.
De laatste twee titels staan omgekeerd op de achterkant
vermeld, ik heb ze voor je gecorrigeerd natuurlijk..

I’m not completely sure how to take this entry by calypsonian
Lord Cobra from Panama. It is quite clownesque in words and
sound. Funny party stuff if you like it. With the Beachers on
Tamayo. Another rare record brought from Panama for us
by our buddy Gonzalez, thank you once more Speedy.
The last two titles were printed switched around on
the backsleeve, I switched them back for you..

titels ;

01 – Congoman
02 – Patois town
03 – Sexy old lady
04 – Hindu
05 – China children
06 – Water the garden
07 – Was an a ful sight to see
08 – Bed bug


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  1. GonzalezonSpeed 5 March 2016 at 04:49 - Reply

    Bedankt Moos ! Inderdaad een curieus Calypso plaatje .. volgens mij iets teveel van de Panamese rum gesnoept tijdens de opnames :))

  2. Anonymous 6 March 2016 at 16:46 - Reply

    Thank you! Let’s party with Lord Cobra. A few classic tunes here and i enjoy the kooky keys and humor. Oakland CA

  3. Anonymous 6 March 2016 at 19:52 - Reply

    Thanks for all the work you’ve done over the years. You’ve turned me on to a bunch of wonderful music I never would have been aware of. Cheers to you!!!

  4. […] From the culturally diverse land of Panama comes Lord Cobra and his good-natured, highly danceable brand of calypso. He was a big character with a booming voice, a wide smile, and a great grasp of both English and French language, which was of great help to him on his Caribbean adventures in the 1960s. I first came to hear of Cobra via his appearance on a Soul Jazz compile – “Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69” – on which he was a knockout with both of his inclusions; “Man on the Moon” and “Negro Heart”. My eyes lit up, therefore, when I chanced upon a post on the Global Groove blog containing his “Calipsos” LP, which I duly downloaded without further ado. Although it doesn’t quite live up to the standards of those aforementioned late 60s tracks, it’s a decent set with a few worthwhile moments. He’s rarely serious, and seems to be out to put smiles on faces. Luckily, he has enough style and charm to pull it off without ever being too cheesy. On-board, there are 7 Cobra originals and 3 cover versions – “Congoman” (Mighty Sparrow, 1965), “China Children” (Mighty Terror and his Calypsonians, 1954) and “Bed Bug” (Mighty Spoiler, 1953). His own composition, “Hindu”, emerges as my favourite. It’s a fantastic track, chock-full of character with a particularly magnificent trombone. Cobra disguises himself as an Indian whilst attending a celebration in Nepal! A true story? I’d love to think so. I get the impression that he’s mad enough to have pulled it off. The album is out-of-print but has recently been made available for free download at the Global Groove. […]

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