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Roosevelt in Trinidad
Various Artists
Roosevelt in Trinidad
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This delightful CD is a remarkable time capsule of Trinidadian society of the 1930s, preserving opinions, emotional responses, and attitudes of the people along with the historical record of the events of the day. The Caly...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Roosevelt in Trinidad
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Release Date: 3/23/1999
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Calypso, Trinidad, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 018964114220

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This delightful CD is a remarkable time capsule of Trinidadian society of the 1930s, preserving opinions, emotional responses, and attitudes of the people along with the historical record of the events of the day. The Calypsonians use witty wordplay to comment on local and international politics, sports, movies, music, and matters of the heart. Endearing music accompanies the topical lyrics. Clarinet and violin often play lead, joined by horns and piano, and the rhythm sections propel the syncopated music along jauntily. It is easy to enjoy this music without knowing some of the more obscure lyrical references, but the extensive liner notes do a fine job of explaining the context and details. The sound restoration of the rare masters that make up this excellent collection preserves the ambience of the period while getting rid of annoying surface noises and making the important lyrics all the more clearly audible. --Jeff Grubb
 

CD Reviews

Time Capsule to the Thirties
Lawrence Waldron | Queens, NY United States | 02/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The colonial experience of Trinidad in the 1930's is reflected perfectly here. The colonial interest in matters concerning the British Empire, the celebrated visit of FDR to Trinidad, the favorite American film stars of the Trinidadians, the outcome of spectacular cricket matches where the West Indies prevailed are all reflected here with topical terseness, elated rhythms but often dark minor keys from Gerald Clark and his Orchestra etc. I love these thematic Calypso CD's that have been released in the past few years. I do believe that the picture on the cover of the CD is of Roosevelt arriving in Port of Spain harbor, in which case, hey, that's the hill I grew up on in the background! This music puts one in touch with 1930's Trinidad in a very palpable way with a level of detail that could only otherwise be got from going down to the Trinidad Guardian newspaper archives with soft cotton gloves and a magnifying glass. So we have Calypso to thank for this poignant yet amusing time capsule of the 1930's."