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Guinness Cavaliers- Lord Melody's "Mas" ( T&T Steelband Panorama winners 1965)

Guinness Cavaliers Steel Orchestra created steelband history when they became the first "south' band to win the T&T National Steelband Panorama with this Lennox "Bobby" Mohamed arrangement of Lord Melody's "Mas".

This abbreviated 45 rpm recording is slower than the panorama performance, but it still has that Cavaliers sound.

It is the only recording that I'm aware of.

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Comment by terry on June 24, 2013 at 2:31pm

Noel, GRJ: Per copy of "Calypso Archives" it was on a 1965 RCA 45rpm. See below:

1965 7"; Mas'/Birds Fly High RCA 7-2172
B-7-900 Mas'
B-7-901 Birds Fly High
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 24, 2013 at 2:22pm

I'm sure it was on vinyl; I remember hearing it on radio, though rarely. I've also been trying to locate a copy without success.

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Isn't it interesting though, that we remember this calypso and we even remember some of the lyrics?

In those days, calypso and steelband had an almost symbiotic relationship.

A memorable calypso became a memorable pan tune, and vice versa.

In those days, whenever I hummed a calypso, I was usually humming my favorite steelband arrangement of that calypso.

In this era of "made for Panorama" calypso tunes, I think we've lost that aspect of the culture.

Comment by Noel on June 24, 2013 at 12:49pm

Terry,

I suspect that it was either never put on vinyl, or very few copies printed. If you ever find a source please let us know.

A radio station might have a copy or one of a live performance. of a performance. Maybe you could ask a contact there (if you have any) to dig it up for you.

On the other hand, I have been trying to get the lyrics, All I can remember is

"Ah going to play mi mas from town to town

widout no fallin down

Ah going play in peace widout no fight

from morning to midnight"

Comment by terry on June 24, 2013 at 11:36am

Brenda, Noel, GRJ et al: Does anyone have leads to this calypso by Lord Melody?

I have been searching for over 20 years !! 

Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on June 23, 2013 at 5:09pm

A WINNER from de INTRO.

Comment by Noel on June 23, 2013 at 4:23pm

Brenda,

Looks like that. Regrettably. The version on the 45 is not a 'slightly slowed down version of the panorama performance. I think that it was a 'studio' recording where it was played a bit more 'road' style. Its definitely not the live performance! Maybe a copy of that is available somewhere. I do hope it does exist -- along with all the other panorama performances over the years!

Keith

Comment by Winston Dayal ( alias Gons) on June 23, 2013 at 4:20pm
I remember this so well . It was the first time a south band won panorama and the people in San Fernando went wild as one of their own did it . I had many friends in that band , Georgy. Bambi ,The Sammy brothers , the Tang How brothers . Bobby Mohammed will always be remembered as a trailblazer not only did he win the first panorama for the south but he was the first Indian arranger / bandleader to do it setting the stage for another talented Indian arranger Mr Jit Samaroo .
Comment by Noel on June 23, 2013 at 3:47pm

Brenda,

Its on a 45 rpm vinyl record.

Keith Noel

Comment by Noel on June 23, 2013 at 3:04pm

Goose pimples! GOOSE PIMPLES!!

I was there. I was a Starlift man. All the usual suspects had come with their 'big tunes' --  wonderful arrangements of all the popular calypsos of the day. We had heard that 'a ban from sout' had a great tune, but we were not scared.

An den dis ban wid dis indian fella at de helm come an blow everybody away! De tune was faster on stage yes, but this version remind yuh of it enuff an ah remember all a de excitement dat de performance bring dung.

An what ah like bout dis version is dat sugges what de people in south woulda been chippin to on Tuesday nite.

Marvellous!

Comment by kaiso on February 27, 2013 at 8:11pm

Thanks for the memories Glenroy.

Guinness Cavaliers definitely changed the game then and in 1967, with Kitch's '67, they again lit up the Savannah.

About the prominence of the BASS - they had Steve Achaiba on bass who went on to lead Hatters to victory in 1975 with  Tribute to Spree Simon.

I remember them practicing under a house off Royal Road - they were playing 67 for Panorama semis.  nee [Gondolas]

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