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The Mighty Spoiler , backed by the Southern Symphony Steel Band- "My Shadow"

One of my pet peeves over the years have been calypsonians who've made records glowingly praising the steel-band, and yet didn't even include a token tenor pan solo in their composition.

What is particularly galling is when a synthesizer is substituted for a pan.

Few calypsonians have ever recorded supported completely by a steel-band.
Legendary calypsonian The Mighty Spoiler(Theophilus Phillips) , who was born and raised in Princes Town Trinidad, was one of the first to do so.

He died in 1960 at the peak of his career at the youthful age of of thirty four.

Here is the Mighty Spoiler , backed by the Southern Symphony Steel-band, and "My Shadow"

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Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on September 10, 2013 at 12:50pm

Probably the Calypsosians felt that the music and sound of the Steel Band at that time was not comparable with the conventional instruments so the final product may not have been what they desired but if you listen to the SteelBand accompaniment here you would hear how "Smooth" and "Perfect" it fitted in with the diction and the Bass was exceptional. Thanks GRJ for yet another CLASSIC.

Comment by elsworthjames on September 10, 2013 at 8:44am

I will like to thank the innovators of When Steel Talk for educating me and so many others, about our rich cultures. Especially the Steel Pan. This forum is deserving of many awards. Thank you'll very much.

Elsworth James.

 

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on September 9, 2013 at 11:41pm

Spoiler is one of the rare calypsonians who recorded with a steelband.

One wonders why it wasn't done more often.

Of course, in this age of samplers and synthesizers, who knows? 

Comment by BERTIE BENICOURT on July 6, 2012 at 11:16am

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Comment by Michaele on June 27, 2012 at 10:04pm

THANKS !

Comment by Tony Blackman on June 21, 2012 at 8:37am

Roots and Culture at its best....coming from the true archivist, and fittingly labeled Sir Glenroy of Pan..... 

Comment by terry on June 19, 2012 at 11:59am

The Mighty Spoiler ingeniously, and humorously, explored many ordinary, everyday topics.

I hated my shadow cast at night by our kerosene lamp, the flame-cast image flickering with the breeze.

Sir Glenroy, thanks for posting the craft of another true Kaisonian backed by a real steelband.

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