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Posted on 05/14/2011 10:37:12 PM PDT by This Just In
Do you recall that epic drum intro to the song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, by Paul Simon? Does anyone remember the name of that famous drummer who created that intro? Im guessing that right about now that groove is playing in your minds eye (or ear). The great Steve Gadd came up with one of the most unforgettable licks and intros in the history of rock n roll.
Just a few days ago my better half and I were busy logging some miles between point A and point B on our scenic drive when we started talking about music. What are the most recognizable drum intros you remember, we asked one another? Rock intros, to be more precise. Steve Gadds monumental drum lick was the catalyst for our topical conversation.
I was reminded of our conversation the other day as I read a thread here on FR titled, Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Best Ballads of All Time. Frankly, the Freepers lists of Best Ballads were far better than the list the Rolling Stone came up with. The old motor in the noggin starting turning, and I wondered what your picks would be if there was a poll in choosing the most identifiable drum and guitar intros to a rock song.
The reason I say identifiable is because favs are generally subjective. Identifiable can be just as subjective, but whether you like the band, the songs, or the riffs, licks, and/or fills, some songs are instantly identified by a broad audience.
So, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to list 5 of the most easily identified drum intros, and 5 of the most easily identified guitar intros. These choices do not have to be solo instrumentation, but either the drum or guitar must be pronounced. It's time to rock....
1. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen 2. Whole Lotta Love - Jimmy Page, Led Zepplin 3. Money For Nothin - Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits 4. Walk This Way - Joe Perry, Aerosmith 5. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Blue Oyster Cult
Honorable mention: Black Magic Woman - Carlos Santana, Show Me The Way - Peter Framption, Hold The Line - Steve Lukather/Jeff Porcaro, Jet Airliner - Steve Miller, Layla - Derek and the Dominos, Sweet Home Alabama - Gary Rossington, Lynard Skynard, Purple Haze - Hendrix
1. We Will Rock You - Roger Taylor, Queen 2. Wipe Out - Ron Wilson, Sufaris 3. Fire - Jimi Hendrix 4. Hold The Line - Steve Lukather/Jeff Porcaro, Toto 5. Fool in the Rain - John Bonham, Led Zeppling
CCR- i put a spell on you
CCR-night time is the right time (vocals are freakin awesome)
Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Guitar -— Reelin’ in the years-— steely dan
Drums -—Dance the night away -— Van Halen
Guitar: Steely Dan - Reelin’ in the Years
Guitar: GNR Sweet Child of Mine
Drums: Van Halen Hot for teacher.
1. La Grange - ZZ Top
2. Long Train Runnin' - Doobie Brothers
3. Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan
4. Ramblin' Man - Allman Bros.
5. Alright Now - Free
Guitar intro #1: ‘I’m Going Home’ - Ten Years After (at Woodstock)
Whatever’s in second place ain’t close.
Dang, you reminded me of Hendrix’s Star Stangled Banner
Steve Gadd is one of the all time greats. If you want to see how he did it, you'll find an excerpt from one of his instructional videos on You Tube. It's fascinating.
How High the Moon performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford on the vocals.
Although the thread title does specify rock, I think most fans of that genre will acknowledge the significant influences and innovations of Les Paul. Plus, I'll admit that the song is a personal favorite from the era of my childhood when my tastes were being formed.
In fine print, I'll also wedge in a mention for Grady Martin's great guitar riff (albeit not an intro but in the middle) on Don't Worry by Marty Robbins. I don't necessarily buy the well-traveled story that the fuzz/distortion was accidental though. YMMV.
We now return the thread to the young people and rockers. This oldtimer is off to dreamland soon. :-)
"Ain't That A Shame"...Cheap Trick cover version.
#1 in my book....
Good Times / Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
Your list, for what ever reason, caused a flashback to Free Ride by the Edgar Winter Group.
Love the list, btw.
I went to their show about 30+ years ago. Nielson and Bun rocked.
How long does it take ANYONE to recognize Sweet Home Alabama?
I’ve seen them a dozen times over the past 30 years. Always a great show.
As far as drums go, check this out:
If you included a Bass Guitar category, then it goes to “How Many More Times” - Led Zeppelin.
Is that Freedom Rock?
Turn it up!!!
Wow, I thought I was the only one who is amazed at the fantastic guitar track on this song. Pure, clean and perfect without the distortion, shredding, tapping, and effects that other guitarists need to sound good. Absolutely brilliant.
Drums: Ian Paice.
Guitar: Ritchie Blackmore.
Just about the coolest drum work of any rock-n-roll song I know of.
Steve Gadd's work in the final coda of Steely Dan's Aja is also incredibly cool, but I don't think of Aja as rock-n-roll.
*Tip of the hat*
The sky’s the limit, and this thread could have gone on for day if I didn’t specify rock, but there are so many greats:
I also would have mentioned Robert White of The Funk Brothers, and his intro to My Girl.
That entire song by Alvin Lee was epic. “I’m Going Home” was what most of the other guitarists at Woodstock were thinking of doing after witnessing that performance.
Aja’s my favorite Steely Dan album (my better half prefers Goucho). I’d describe the music as contemporary rock.
Are you kidding me!
“Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, Stones and “The Ocean”, Zeppelin...best ever, nothing close.
“Mississippi Queen”, Mountain.
Mudcrutch - “Lover of the Bayou” (Tom Petty)
Nice guitar inro and great drummer too
Can’t check out the video. Run it for me.
I listed that on my Honorable Mention list. There are just too many to choose from, and that’s a great thing.
Gaucho for me. “Babylon Sisters” and a drink is just the prescription for me after a rotten day at work.
“Run Through the Jungle”
Aja is, IMHO, pretty much a perfect album. Every song on it is a classic, fascinating, unforgettable. The title song is a masterpiece.
Gaucho is almost as good. Pretty much every song on it is about activities that are illegal or immoral, which, as I get older, causes me some qualms. Mark Knopfler's guitar solo on Time Out Of Mind is a beautiful puzzle I've never been able to figure out to my satisfaction, though I keep trying.
Sounds like you share the same good taste for Steely Dan as my side kick. Third World Man is my favorite off the album.
That was by a guy named Elliot Randall. He also did a bunch of stuff on his own and still rocks out today.
“I listed that on my Honorable Mention list. There are just too many to choose from, and thats a great thing.”
Missed it way down there. Rebel Rouser, if you are an old geezer, is the only other more instantly recognizable song I can think of than that. Except Pipeline, also in the geezer category...
I must admit that when we listen to Steely Dan, and especially when are children are around (they’re getting a little long in the tooth, but not long enough to leave home just yet), I wince over some of the lyrics. Drinking scotch whiskey all night long, then dying behind the wheel isn’t what we’d call edifying. So, often times our family sits around and talks about music, lyrics, and philosophy. One must be careful, and especially around the kids.
gimmie back my bullets
I apologize. I can’t check out the links right now. Will try later.
Check out Carlos Santana's newest: Guitar Heaven - The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time.
I know he's a lib pinko, but the covers he plays on this album are WAY better than the original artist's versions.
Listen to the lyrics of Glamour Profession.
Then there's Kid Charlemagne.
Both are musical extravaganzas. Neither can I enjoy with my teenage son.
Those intros are smokin, but Eruption’s up there (pun intended). Seriously.
i think this japanese girl has carlos santana beat- (check it out)