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PAN AM NORTH STARS SOUNDS
I am in full agreement with the assessment of you PAN enthusiast.North Stars was a great band, they lead the way in the development of the tonal quality of this instrument.They were ahead of other bands in many things., The history of the steelband being very competitive from it's very origin gave other bands a goal to reach. I believe many bands from the West wanted to be like North Stars and I would also state that in my humble opinion Desperadoes rise in the sixties was based on emulating the Great North Stars.
Hamilton "WEB" Alexander
Big Chune from a Borse Band! it is sad but true…the chances these days of epic melodies like this being created in Kaiso/Soca, are slim to none. Northstars were synonymous with innovation, discipline and professionalism. It shows here in this performance...
Every one that is connected with Pan knows that their are a number of categories from which a Panorama Tune is Judged . Arrangement is one . What about the others ? .
Steve "Carter"K. you got partially right 1965 Panorama Winner Cavaliers, played Melody, Melody Mas 2nd North Stars played Kitch, Hold On To Your Man and 3rd West Side Symphony played Kitch, Hold On To Your Man. If the Panorama was judge on arrangement Cavaliers would have ran third. Every one is entitle to his own opinion, my opinion is 1965 was the begining of Politics in Pan.
I agree with you Steve. i remember the word was that Tony Williams was pissed because he felt that he had a superior arrangement and Bobby beat him with bass and tempo.
He may have a point, but on the other hand, Cavaliers performance that night changed Panorama forever.
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