Various Artists

Pan Classics: Competition Performances from the World's Finest Steel Bands

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Literally! Augmented by piano from time to time, four of Trinidad's most popular steelbands play Handel, Johann Strauss, Vivaldi and even Wagner. Grandiose, but an authentic local phenomenon, and the groups here -- Samaroo Jets, Solo Harmonites, Tropical Angel Harps and Trinidad Cement Ltd Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra -- are no flash-in-the-pan.