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VICTOR BRADY

Crossover Prog • United States


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Victor BRADY hails from St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. He moved to mainland USA sometime in the 60's, and established himself as a popular and influential performer of the steel drum, performing in Central Park on a regular basis. Brady himself doesn't quite like the notion of coining his instrument of choice a steel drum - for him that is a cruder instrument consisting of a large 55 gallon steel barrel. Brady prefers to call the more refined instrument he plays a steel piano.

Anyhow, his steel drum performances were popular, and he soon became something of a tutor of the instrument - many performers of steel drums today can thank Brady or one of his students from the 60's and 70's for their skills in performing on the instrument.

Although mostly performing live outdoors or in special events, Brady got the chance to see his work issued on albums as well. In the late 60's he played on Scott Fagan's album South Atlantic Blues, and at about that time a talent scout from Polydor was suitably impressed by Brady's performance to offer him a record deal. The result was the album "Brown Rain", released in 1970. On this effort his steel piano was blended with a psychedelic form of heavy progressive rock, a stylisitc expression popular at the time.

In 1976 he would release another album, this time on New Your based Inner City Records. This sophomore effort, "Classic Soul", will be less interesting for those with an interest in progressive rock. But those with more than a passing interest in the steel drum as an instrument should find Brady's take on the classical works covered on this album to be a fascinating sonic experience.

In 1977 Brady gave a one-man lecture/demonstration on the Steel Piano at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., simply named "Lecture on the Steel Piano, 1977". The lecture is still available from the Smithsonian Institute for those who'd like to know more about this artist or this version of the steel drum.

And while not recording any more solo albums Victor Brady kept going as an active performer of the steel drums, with a strong reputation among fans and performers of this instrument. He is still around and doing well.

(thanks to forum member "ballerbrady" for vital information on this biography)

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1970
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1976

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 Brown Rain by BRADY, VICTOR album cover Studio Album, 1970
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Victor Brady Crossover Prog

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3 stars Insane ride through Caribbean tunes, melodies, influencing sounds, not stopping till the end of each track, leaving you wanting to dance, or at least to wave in something not so far away to rock' n 'roll rhythms. Because this is wild, living style, psychedelic music with most prominent instrument being V. Brady's, steel drums that really sound like (almost, with one eye closed ... one ear closed) piano, because what he can do here is truly amazing. Hallucinating trip with lyrics (when they're present) full of crazy nonsenses (maybe they makes sense, when you're high). Sounds very original, something very much needed in this big bunch of music where we dig ourselves alive. Stuff that can stir the waters. But, as many psychedelic acts, it sometimes dwells results into endless jaming solos and similar structures. But not for too long (except last track, where it is way too long). Not especially my cup of music I'm listening every day, but interesting and original. As much as possible, while remaining listenable.

4(-), marimba, marimba.

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