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Desperadoes - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

The Four Pillars Of Steel... A Repertoire Championship 2011 -- Clive Bradley Arranger

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Comment by bob diaz on May 29, 2018 at 6:04pm

Many bands show greatness periodically but I must admit my bias for the consistency of Desperadoes. For decades they have proven superiority in tone production, arrangements and discipline. Ever since I heard their arrangement of Sparrow's Mr Walker decades ago, the unique runs of the cellos, the counter melody of the double seconds or tenors boy I instantly shifted from a starlift fan to a devout despers. Silver stars no doubt had a unique sound just like Cordettes and Invaders, also the outstanding concert performances by Pan am North stars and All stars cannot be ignored. The thing about despers whether a road side or stage they produce the same high quality of tones that can only come from pan. That's why I get disappointed when I hear Panorama bands hammering away and making sounds like trash cans. If despers can do it with the same number of players why cant everyone else? To prove my point observe the way despers members  keep their hands inside the pans except for the bass or back line pans then go to the others and you can clearly see the sticks way up hitting with a force that will surely reduce the tonal quality of the arrangement. For example Observe Robert Greenidge with his lighting speed yet his hands are just inches away from the surface of the pan.  Maybe the answer is in Panorama everybody wants to hear themselves regardless of teamwork but somehow Despers always seems to rise above that.. To prove my point go back and listen to Pan am North stars "the wedding" with Winnifred Atwell then pick your favorite panorama  production and compare.. Then present both samples to a music  producer for preference..I remember once someone said to me Bob when you go back to Trinidad you should join up with despers seeing as you admire them so much, I replied please pass the salt,  explaining that its the most I would qualify to do with Desperadoes.

Comment by evan lobo on May 29, 2018 at 4:44pm

 heard a recording of this by the late great neville aleong from pan in the 21st century show

 always brilliant

Comment by kelvinjuniorstowelyder on July 5, 2017 at 10:06am

great

Comment by evan lobo on March 18, 2017 at 11:08am

this is indeed a splendored thing

Comment by Anthony Steele on March 19, 2016 at 12:49am

Hey Glenroy,I echo your sentiments of 2014  man.....I like the simplicity of this number ....the straight forward manner of the arrangement .....serious last lap stuff....Mr Bradley no doubt...hearing it for the first time...feels real good inside. You know for all the opinions that are expressed on these fora...about  getting pan back on the road for Carnival and creating more opportunities to use the instrument year round.....I just wonder what they will be saying in twenty years or so....it is evident  something has to give to keep this craft alive and viable in so far as the Mecca is concerned.

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on March 15, 2014 at 7:03pm

You all know why I love this piece?

Because it epitomizes what we could call "road pan"

A simple straightforward arrangement, without too many frills, yet with enough sweetness to keep you chipping along for hours.

Road Pan.

"Going home on Carnival Tuesday night " Pan!

Las' Lap Pan.

How I miss that!

Comment by Anthony Lucas on March 15, 2014 at 4:22pm

Wow Sweet Pan

Comment by Fitzy T. Spencer on March 12, 2014 at 9:23pm

The mighty Desperadoes  sweet music all the time

Comment by terry on March 12, 2014 at 9:22pm

Glenroy,  Robert Diaz et al, see complete interview posted 09/02/2011 for Trinidad Tobago USA by Andreas:

 http://othersounds.com/interview-clarence-curvan/#commentspost

Comment by yvette johnson on March 12, 2014 at 4:47pm

Love it!

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