Hey, ya’ll! Here i am again after my holidays with another special LP.
This is the super rare Dutch Steel Band LP which features the afro soul style cover version of the Kool and The Gang classic tune “Funky Stuff“. A real club DJ ripper and at the top of the steel band funk LP’s. There’s a great funky version of “Theme from Shaft” with wah wah guitar & nice steel drums patterns, an awesome funky rock cover version of “Down by the River” and “Hey Joe“!!!!!!. Take a listen to the clip for a taste of the super steel band funk and breaks on this mighty record.
This is a 320@ vinyl rip of the original Negram LP including covers.
A1 Down By The River 5.09 (Vocals – Armand Colla)
A2 Theme From Shaft 2.41
A3 Snowfire 3.47 (Vocals – Gustaaf Milzink)
A4 Stoned Out Of My Mind 2.39
A5 Softly 2.57
A6 Hey Joe 3.19
B1 Feelin’ Alright 7.31
B2 Serenta 2.03
B3 Funky Stuff 3.22 (Vocals – Armand Colla , Bernito E. Riley)
B4 Where Is The Love 2.39 (Vocals – Gustaaf Milzink)
This is one of the more expensive steel band LP’s that is sought after by beat diggers. Most of the album consists of covers of American hits, which is its main appeal. Amazingly enough, on the opening ‘Down By The River‘, you can hardly hear the steel drums until a solo towards the end. What you do hear is plenty of percussion that ads a nice twist to the tune. About half of the songs are played as straight covers like ‘Hey Joe‘, while the other half have the steel drums prominently in the mix like ‘Theme From Shaft‘ and ‘Feelin Allright’. The best cut is a version of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Funky Stuff‘ found on the second side. Definitely one of the better steel drum records out there.
This Steel band is a twelve-piece seventies party band, consisting of Surinames and Trinidadian musicians.
Since Surinam was still part of The Netherlands in those days, the name of the band abroad was The Original Trinidad Steel Band and released two albums as such (Beautiful Caribbean and Caribbean Steel & Show on Hansa, with Frank Farian as their producer), apart from their three Dutch albums. Their most interesting Dutch album is Funky Limbo (EMI, 1978), which was produced by Ernie Anches. Anches was also involved with various other funky Surinam acts, such as Oscar Harris, The Twinkle Stars and Thunderstorm. The preceding album Dance Dance Dance (EMI, 1976) made DRSSB a lot more rare, because it contained their international hit single ‘January February’. This brought them a very busy touring schedule. Today the band is still active and consists of quite a few sons of the original members like Sticko who is the son of Dolf (Mr Satisfied) the founder of this Band.
Read (if you speak Dutch) the story and discography of the band here.
The Dutch Rhythm Steel & Show Band on My Space
While downloading listen up “Down By The River”