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'Tom Cat Mambo" by Invaders Steel orchestra

From the Cook 1957 album "The Champion Steelbands of Trinidad" here is Ellie Manette's Invaders and "Top Cat Mambo". According to the liner notes, this was recorded in Ellie Manette's back yard.....

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Comment by Gary Gibson on April 7, 2011 at 6:49pm
In this clearer recording, it sounds like maybe the melody goes up to some high notes that don't speak as loudly as the harmony notes (or octave reinforcement) below them, so now I'm questioning the integrity of my transcription. I'm talking about in bars 3-6 of the first melodic section. Sure would be nice to get ahold of the original recording (Prez Prado?) from which they created their arrangement. 
Comment by CongaHead on April 7, 2011 at 5:59pm

@Gary Gibson, yes I heard the whistling too...hahahah. But I will have to give a closer listen to the direction of the answering phrases

@paddy corea yes please post recordings if you can, Woman and Money and Lieberstraum (Franz List) especially

 

 

 

Comment by david de castro on April 7, 2011 at 4:29pm
THAT WAS REAL SIMPLE AND SWEET. ENJOYED IT.--"BANDIT"
Comment by Gary Gibson on April 7, 2011 at 4:25pm
I was going to add the correction of TOM cat as well. I did a transcription of this a few years ago, but the recording I had was of a bit less quality. With headphones on, and intensely listening, I can hear one of the guys in the band whistling the melody as he plays, and it sounds like the line goes UP in the answering phrases (not down as I had originally transcribed it). Can anyone else hear what I'm talking about?
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on April 7, 2011 at 3:46pm

@paddy corea

Correction duly noted.

If you have any of the Cobo Jack solos please post them if you can.

many of us would like to hear them.

Comment by paddy corea on April 7, 2011 at 3:41pm
I shoulod be doing a 1 on 1 interview with Mr Emmanuel Riley (Cobo Jack) and will post it with Invaders background music as soon as it is completed.  If you really wanto hear Cobo Jack solo listen to Woman and Money (4th trac on B side of 1962 carnival hits)  paddy corea
Comment by paddy corea on April 7, 2011 at 3:34pm
Glenroy this is actually TOM Cat Mambo.  Not Top Cat.  Invaders did several cuban mambos in the 50's, Back Bay Shuffle, Puerto Rico Mambo, Tom  Cat Mambo, Mambo #5, along with some powerful semi classical pieces the best of which was Lieberstraum (Franz List)  With a Song in my heart, Softly as In a Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Rhomberg) and of course Come Back to Sorrento.  I have most of the originals  Invaders forever(paddy corea)
Comment by CongaHead on April 7, 2011 at 3:27pm
Thanks! Man, where are you finding all of these classics you have been posting ? You see, my interest was in hearing some of this great Cobo Jack Soloing I've been reading so much about. If you have more, please post.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on April 7, 2011 at 2:17pm

@Bede Lopez

Bede .I'm always trying to find and share those classic pieces that we heard back in the early days of pan, especially from the days of  the little box high up on the wall that was called "Redifusion"..

It amazes me how much music the old time panists got out of those steel drums, considering the limited range ot the pans back then..

Comment by BEDE LOPEZ on April 7, 2011 at 1:53pm
GOOD OLD DAYS. GLEN, YOU THINK YOU CAN FIND AND POST "CITY SYMPHONY",  PLAYING MOONLIGHT SERENADE ARRANGED BY CORDELL (SPONGY) BARBOUR. IT WAS EITHER 1964 OR 1965

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