(This is actually a re-post in honor of Caribbean-American Month.)
I went to an estate sale a while back and found a really strange album called Steel & Brass buried in a stack of (mostly) worthless records. I was moderately intrigued and it was in decent shape, so I bought the album, brought it home, and absolutely loved it. Turns out that the Steel and Brass Band was directed by this guy, an influential steel drum player from Trinidad. As you'll hear, the record contains steel drum versions of popular songs from the late sixties and early seventies. The tracks are both bizarre and really, really awesome. Enjoy:
"Everybody's Talkin'" - the Steel and Brass Band (Yes, the Fred Neil song.)
"Aquarius" - the Steel and Brass Band (from the musical "Hair")
"Those Were the Days" - the Steel and Brass Band (A cover of the Mary Hopkin's 1969 hit.)
And if you dig those, I'm guessing you'll enjoy this. I sampled the intro to "Everybody's Talkin'," combined it with a few other things, and built a funky little piece out of it:
"Everybody's Talkin'" - John Crayon
P.S. Head over to Unfashionably Late to download a free mix straight from the streets of Mexico City.