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Hal plays great fills using lots of toms that were so musical and tasty for the song. The song wouldn’t be the same without that piano intro.“We did the basic track in a few hours. A better album than the "Deuces, T's, ..." set, but now sadly out of print. We did about three or four takes and nothing was working. He published his memoirs, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, in 1990. Herb and Jerry Moss were the producers, and Larry Levine was the engineer.“Even though it was already a well-known song, Herb was doing it his own way. Larry got a Grammy for the song because of that beautiful introduction he played. It was a lot of fun. It’s a hit.’“I played my blue sparkle Ludwig kit on the track, which is the set everybody in Hollywood was buying at the time. Of course, we had some pretty good songs to play on, too.”In the case of Hal Blaine, that playlist would number in the thousands. Hal Blaine. There it was! And as you might expect, there's not one missed beat to be found.“We cut the track live at Gold Star Studios - me and Tedesco, Herb, the horn players from the TJB. We went into Sound Recorders - myself, Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel – and got crackin’ on it. . On the more "adult" side of the pop ledger, Blaine played drums on recordings by Frank Sinatra and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Boom-boo-boom-BANG!’ – exactly the same, only much softer.“Everybody loved it.
It was one of those songs you heard and you went, ‘Well, there’s nothing to think about. So I got these big snow chains from my car and went back into this cement room in the studio and started banging them on the floor.“On the 2 and 4 count, I’d slam them down, and on the 1 and 3 I’d drag them across the floor.
Having impaired vision since birth, he devoted himself to indoor activities. I didn’t get into the politics of all that. Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew: The Story of the World's Most Recorded Musician (3rd ed.). Bones Howe was workin’ the knobs – we had knobs before faders. "Drums!
What was especially thrilling for me was that I got to conduct the strings when we did the overdubs.“Everybody used to laugh about this song... the cake staying out in the rain. The album was the first after the break-up of the original five-piece Steely Dan; most of the original members had left during a rift over touring and recording schedules. I just read through the reviews here, and I noticed something missing that So I just looked everybody in the eyes, as if to say, ‘Follow me,’ and I went ‘boom-boom-boom-boom’ on the bass drum and ‘diddley-diddley-diddley’ on the snare. Electric guitars, drums, electric bass – soon, they were doing more pop songs than folk songs. . We were working musicians, playing great music. By Blaine's own estimate, he performed on 35,000 recorded tracks over in a quarter century's worth of work.
More than 300 were certified gold and at least 40 of them hit the #1 position. I played on things like The Boxer and so many of their fabulous songs. A Go Go" is an apt title for this CD. To me, playing rock 'n' roll was no different than any other form of music. How many songs can you say that about? He’d probably be tickled pink. "Any combination of those guys, and you had something good happening.”According to Blaine, The Wrecking Crew were highly learned musicians, with one notable exception: "Glen Campbell didn’t really read music. Everybody came in beautifully.“That drum part became the hook of the song. The single "Black Friday" charted at No. I can’t imagine what he’d think about the song becoming a smash again several years ago [remixed by Junkie XL]. He could look at charts and get a sense of what was going on, but everything he did was by ear. He never asked, so I didn’t think he had to know.
Everything he played worked like a charm.”“A lot of drummers ask me, ‘How in the world did you get through that song? To chronicle the career of Hal Blaine is an almost awesome task. Drum Solo 1961: Joe Morello: Joe was born on July 17, 1928, in Springfield, Mass. The main reason I only gave this 4 stars is for the overdubbed audience noise.
This track encompasses so much of what made Blaine stand out all the time. But Blaine, characteristic of a sticksman, chalks up his good fortune to "having the right timing at the right place. Another Record Of The Year.“Jimmy brought the song in to Johnny Rivers and Marc Gordon, who were producing The 5th Dimension at the time. We had a great time. Over 6000, in fact. The CD quality is high as well. "A lot of drummers I knew wouldn't touch rock," he says.
If you try to outdo a song like this, you’re just going to ruin it.”“Jimmy Webb wrote the number and produced it. The overdubs took some time. Billy Strange, who’s a fantastic guitarist and did a lot of work for Elvis, did the arrangement.
"Although Blaine estimates that "roughly 30 to 40 musicians were the first-call players" during those glory years, he maintains that the core group of session aces who comprised The Wrecking Crew consisted of Earl Palmer on drums; Glen Campbell and Tommy Tedesco on guitar; Lyle Ritz, Ray Pohlman, Jimmy Bond and Red Callender on bass; along with keyboardists Don Randi, Leon Russell, Al Delory and Larry Knechtel. I really did. He only spoke up if he didn’t like something. by Robyn Flans Cover Photo by Lowell Norman. Doing a TV show in the morning, a Beach Boys track or a Phil Spector session in the afternoon, then working with Frank Sinatra or Simon & Garfunkel after that – that was normal to us. I purchased this CD of Hal Blaine's so I could hear him play the drums as only he can do. I thought it was a masterpiece when we were doing it. I didn’t tell Frank that I was using the Be My Baby beat. We knew what the songs needed. What’s funny is, Tommy Tedesco did all of these amazing guitar runs, really incredible stuff – and he didn’t get in the way! Most of Phil Spector's lush productions for The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and others featured the drumming of Hal Blaine, as did many orchestral pieces by arrangers such as Jimmie Haskell and Nelson Riddle.
The solo in "Topsy '65" is ever most delicious, and tastes almost (not nearly) as good as the drum solo in Santana's "Soul Sacrifice". Very sweet girl with a beautiful voice.
"Of his days and nights in The Wrecking Crew (many of whom are the subjects of a “Funny thing is, we had no idea that what we were doing was groundbreaking or revolutionary.
It fit the mood of the song perfectly.