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Published on January 21st, 2014 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Mingling with Men of Steel

It took five arrangers to create the best pan compilation—Men of Steel—by producer Alvin Daniell in years. The veteran music man produced his 17th compilation last Wednesday night at De Nu Pub (The Mas Camp) in Woodbrook. He began this labour of love in 1996, a commitment to composers and arrangers of calypsoes designed for pan and the annual Panorama competition. The five arrangers on Men of Steel are Leston Paul, Pelham Goddard, Junior “Ibo” Joseph, De Red Boyz and Anthony Alexander.

Daniell produced two LPs, one with Denyse Plummer and another with David Bereaux and Melanie Hudson in 1966. He explained: “I combined the two and did a compilation with John ‘JW’ Williams. This is when it all started. The following year I shared a compilation with Earl Crosby.

“My calypso compilation CDs actually commenced in 1998. I chose the term ‘calypso compilation’ as I thought that the world knew what calypso is but, in comparison, knew very little of soca music. Using the word ‘calypso’ made these products more globally accessible and recognisable, this producing more hits worldwide for my music, under the rubric of ‘calypso’.”

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