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John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra - Steel Funk - Japan CD

John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra - Steel Funk - Japan CD


Reggae, Ska & Dub


November 15, 2014


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Catalog No.:EM-1132CD

JAN/ISBN: 4560283211327

Number of Discs: 1

Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan


John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra


John Gibbs, born in Trinidad and Tobago, was a steel pan player as well as a Ph.D. scientist who proposed his own theory of the steel pan, calling it the "omni vibraphone" (and wrote a related book), and was based in the United States during the 1970s. He teamed up with Philadelphia arranger/producer Lewis Delis and recorded under the name The Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra, and released this work, Steel Funk, in 1977 as the result of their research. Comprised of calypso, disco, classical, and original compositions, the album has been listened to as a disco funk classic, with the appeal of the dynamic "welding" of a 5-piece steel pan band and a 30-piece studio orchestra, controlled by Gibbs' theory. This release is the "2014 version" remastered (and partially re-mixed) by Lewis Delis from the master tapes, transforming it into a different texture from the original 1977 version.The song selection has also been changed from the original release, with the LP version including "J'Ouvert," a song not included on the album, and the CD version including "Trinidad (Disco Mix)," another song not included on the album, as a bonus. Trinidad" is a garage classic loved by Larry Levan, and "J'Ouvert" is a popular tune played by DJ Harvey. Completely different versions from the two previously released 12 inches & no dubs!

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