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PANORAMA 2005 IN PICTURES
A REVIEW

 

When Steel Talks - Special - Post-Panorama 2005

           Date: 2.11.05

Steelpan Panorama CD Series Review

 

You Be The Judge
Pan Trinbago & WACK 90.1 FM
present
PANORAMA 2005 Semi Finals
- LARGE - MEDIUM - SMALL BANDS

 

Pan Trinbago and WACK Radio 90.1 FM have released double audio CD sets of the recent panorama semi-finals and finals, in the medium and large, then small categories, respectively.  The sets cover the 2005  panorama competition performances at the Queen's Park Savannah.   The audio quality of these recordings is listenable.   It is not great, but is not straight up offensively awful as we have come to expect from past attempts by Pan Trinbago at providing quality audio and video products that actually represent the greatest steelbands/orchestras in the world.

 

The obviously low-budget, in-house productions are rough and uneven but they do allow the listener to get a clear sense of the arrangements and performing styles of the various bands.   And for that reason alone they are worth listening to.  In the past we have often wondered who were the criminals who were recording and producing the Trinidad and Tobago steel orchestra recordings, and moreover why were they not given a sentence of life in jail with no chance of parole.   So offensive were their products.  These CDs are not great works of art but they are excellent educational and historical perspectives. 

 

The recordings do not pick up the subtle tonal differences and balance in the bands that are immediately apparent when you hear these bands live.  Also, the power and energy of these magnificent musical orchestras are not captured.  Regardless of what these recordings lack sonically, they are a great improvement from past steelpan recordings out of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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While the "You Be The Judge"  recordings are not on par with, or remotely close to, the quality and production of the New York live steelband recordings coming out "Basement Recordings' Live Series" or "Pan In New York", or some of the European steelband  recordings - example the artist BIMA --  "You Be The Judge" still represents one of the best efforts by Trinidad and Tobago in years at capturing the national panorama.   Mix this with the great talent of the Trinidadian and Tobagonian players, and the steelpan arrangers, and you still have an important musical product.  You be the judge...

 

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