Van Dyke Parks

Steelband Music

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Led by a strong steel drum riff (Van Dyke Parks was in the process of producing the Esso Trinidad Steel Band at the time), "Steelband Music" is a simple and loving tribute to the feel of this music. Lines like "keep up the pace with the bass" underline the complexity of the music, along with the sheer joy that it brings. Some almost whimsical background vocals add to the charm of this piece, which seems to be an adaptation of a traditional calypso tune.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Discover America 1972 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:11
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