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Selections from the Album "Steel And Brass" (1970) directed by Ellie Mannette

Every once in a while, the subject of where pan music is going, and future progress for the artform comes up.

I'd like to suggest that just about everything musically has already been done by the steelband, and progress lies in the steelbands staying musically current, and having a repertoire for every occasion, including the annual Carnival parade.

A case in point is this 1970 fusion album, directed by the legendary Ellie Manette.

This fusion of Steel and Brass featured a Tijuana Brass inspired sound that was popular at the time.

The music was popular hits of the day, and the sound and arrangements well stand the test of time.

Included are "Everybody's talkin'" (F.Neil) from the movie "Midnight Cowboy", "By the time I get to Phoenix" (J. Webb), and "Those were the days"(G. Raskin)

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Comment by paddy corea on August 28, 2013 at 8:20am

Yo Glen I would love a digital copy of this. PLEASE.  Its basically INVADERS  with Ellie and Brass.  MELLOW MUSIC. paddy

Comment by paddy corea on August 28, 2013 at 8:16am

STEEL and BRASS  and STRINGS. JUST BEAUTIFUL. I do agree that musically everything that can be done has been done on Pan. Now its time for SKILL and TECHNIQUE and the further development of the actual instrument. I would like to see some TONE COLOUR  back in the instruments. EVERYTHING AND EVERYBAND SOUND THE SAME and there is NO Tone colour in the various pans. I lament the passing of the DOUBLE TENOR. Apparently (since Bradley) NO arrangers Know what to do with it. ITS the VIOLA  of the instruments and they dont know what to arrange for the VIOLA. Mr Bradley was the master...  paddy corea

Comment by Ron Berridge on August 27, 2013 at 11:14pm

I didn't know this existed. Thanks Glenroy!

Comment by Winston Dayal ( alias Gons) on August 27, 2013 at 7:51pm
Nice touch , Glenroy , I especially loved Those were the days as this was the bomb tune for JUC Antilleans that year , arranged by the Syrian Jameel Whiby . Blessings Winston.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on August 27, 2013 at 6:07pm

Every once in a while, the subject of where pan music is going, and future progress for the artform comes up.

I'd like to suggest that just about everything musically has already been done by the steelband, and progress lies in the steelbands staying musically current, and having a repertoire for every occasion, including the annual Carnival parade.

A case in point is this 1970  fusion album, directed by the legendary Ellie Manette.

This fusion of Steel and Brass featured a Tijuana Brass inspired sound that was popular at the time.

The music was popular hits of the day, and the sound and arrangements well stand the test of time.

Like I said before, the panists, arrangers and tuners have certainly done their part for the art form.

Comment by CECIL FRANCIS on March 23, 2012 at 5:43pm

Its the first time i'm hearing this recording, it songs good but I will like to hear the recording of the Despers that was done in the late sixties, the theme song for community dateline came from that Album

Comment by Michaele on March 20, 2012 at 6:14pm

Very, very nice !  Thanks again Glenroy.

Comment by terry on March 19, 2012 at 9:23pm

Glen, Lennox. This album was recorded on the United Artists label (UAS 6739). The year documented as MCMLXX  (which my aging memory deciphers to be 1970). A winter gig, that year, at a DC records distribution

company exposed me to, and helped jump start, a varied music collection.

Curious: Did this LP of Steel Drums with Brass preceed Winifred Atwell & Pan Am's Ivory & Steel ??

Comment by Lennox Ling on March 3, 2012 at 7:04pm

This album was recorded in New York city.I think I still have one of the score sheets. An ex member of the Trinidad police band  Mr. Tony Lynch and Baby Pierre helped us with the music.

Comment by Lennox Ling on March 3, 2012 at 6:53pm

This album I remember. I played double seconds,"Baby" Pierre played bass. I cannot remember the rest of the players names.Mr. Murray Narrel (Andy's father) was also part of that project.I gave my copy away.I"m very hapopy to hera that recording again. Thanks!

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