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Freep Fills: Pick 5 Fav Rock Drum and Guitar Intros
May 14, 2011 | This Just In

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? I’m guessing that right about now that groove is playing in your mind’s 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 Gadd’s 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....


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Guitar Intro:

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

Drum intros:

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

1 posted on 05/14/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

CCR- i put a spell on you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeXqtzusIU0

CCR-night time is the right time (vocals are freakin awesome)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrh8FGaBiyE


2 posted on 05/14/2011 10:42:20 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: chicken head

Two enthusiastic thumbs up.


3 posted on 05/14/2011 10:43:26 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In

Guitar -— Reelin’ in the years-— steely dan

Drums -—Dance the night away -— Van Halen


4 posted on 05/14/2011 10:45:53 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: chicken head

the crunge


5 posted on 05/14/2011 10:46:08 PM PDT by rdax
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To: This Just In

Guitar: Steely Dan - Reelin’ in the Years


6 posted on 05/14/2011 10:47:12 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: This Just In

Guitar: GNR Sweet Child of Mine

Drums: Van Halen Hot for teacher.


7 posted on 05/14/2011 10:49:44 PM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: This Just In
Guitar:

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

8 posted on 05/14/2011 10:50:16 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: This Just In

Guitar intro #1: ‘I’m Going Home’ - Ten Years After (at Woodstock)

Whatever’s in second place ain’t close.


9 posted on 05/14/2011 10:50:34 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Dang, you reminded me of Hendrix’s Star Stangled Banner


10 posted on 05/14/2011 10:53:59 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In
The great Steve Gadd came up with one of the most unforgettable licks and intros in the history of rock n roll.

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.

Mark

11 posted on 05/14/2011 10:54:23 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: This Just In
For guitar intro, here's a vote from the outlying districts:

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. :-)

12 posted on 05/14/2011 10:54:52 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: This Just In
Best of both worlds:

"Ain't That A Shame"...Cheap Trick cover version.

Ain't That A Shame

13 posted on 05/14/2011 10:55:51 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: This Just In
Drums:

#1 in my book....

Good Times / Bad Times - Led Zeppelin

14 posted on 05/14/2011 10:56:06 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Right Brother

Your list, for what ever reason, caused a flashback to Free Ride by the Edgar Winter Group.

Love the list, btw.


15 posted on 05/14/2011 10:56:11 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: GlockThe Vote; notatard?; Rainbow Rising; garandgal; KoRn; mitch5501; Betis70; bigheadfred; ...

Metal Ping!


16 posted on 05/14/2011 10:57:18 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: NewRomeTacitus; cripplecreek; creeping death; JeffreyH; RandallFlagg; cschroe; rollo tomasi; ...

Metal Ping!


17 posted on 05/14/2011 10:57:24 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: buccaneer81

I went to their show about 30+ years ago. Nielson and Bun rocked.


18 posted on 05/14/2011 10:58:01 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbD4fj39pEk


19 posted on 05/14/2011 10:59:28 PM PDT by djf ("Life is never fair...And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." Oscar Wilde)
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To: This Just In

How long does it take ANYONE to recognize Sweet Home Alabama?


20 posted on 05/14/2011 11:00:26 PM PDT by jessduntno (Liberalism is socialism in a party dress. And just as masculine.)
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To: This Just In

I’ve seen them a dozen times over the past 30 years. Always a great show.


21 posted on 05/14/2011 11:01:26 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: This Just In

As far as drums go, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1KiAtVVcOw&feature=fvsr


22 posted on 05/14/2011 11:02:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: This Just In

If you included a Bass Guitar category, then it goes to “How Many More Times” - Led Zeppelin.


23 posted on 05/14/2011 11:02:35 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: Right Brother

Is that Freedom Rock?

Turn it up!!!


24 posted on 05/14/2011 11:03:27 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: Cboldt
Guitar: Steely Dan - Reelin’ in the Years

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.

25 posted on 05/14/2011 11:03:53 PM PDT by softwarecreator (You say you want a revolution, well, you know ... we'd all love to see the plan.)
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To: This Just In
Deep Purple: My Woman From Tokyo.

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.

26 posted on 05/14/2011 11:04:47 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: re_nortex

*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:

Chet Atkins
Glenn Campbell
Brent Mason
Pat Methany
Al DiMeola
Segovia
Larry Carlton
Allan Holdsworth

I also would have mentioned Robert White of The Funk Brothers, and his intro to My Girl.


27 posted on 05/14/2011 11:05:22 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: Lancey Howard

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.


28 posted on 05/14/2011 11:05:33 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Steely Tom

Aja’s my favorite Steely Dan album (my better half prefers Goucho). I’d describe the music as contemporary rock.


29 posted on 05/14/2011 11:07:22 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In

“Guitar Intro”?

Are you kidding me!

“Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, Stones and “The Ocean”, Zeppelin...best ever, nothing close.

“Drum Intro”?

“Mississippi Queen”, Mountain.

Piker! ;o)


30 posted on 05/14/2011 11:07:43 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: This Just In

Mudcrutch - “Lover of the Bayou” (Tom Petty)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln7F-a05aQI

Nice guitar inro and great drummer too


31 posted on 05/14/2011 11:08:43 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Lancey Howard

Can’t check out the video. Run it for me.


32 posted on 05/14/2011 11:08:50 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Oh yeah.


33 posted on 05/14/2011 11:09:48 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: jessduntno

I listed that on my Honorable Mention list. There are just too many to choose from, and that’s a great thing.


34 posted on 05/14/2011 11:11:07 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In

Gaucho for me. “Babylon Sisters” and a drink is just the prescription for me after a rotten day at work.


35 posted on 05/14/2011 11:13:37 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: This Just In

simple man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHQ_aTjXObs


36 posted on 05/14/2011 11:14:02 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: chicken head

“Run Through the Jungle”


37 posted on 05/14/2011 11:15:17 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: This Just In
Aja’s my favorite Steely Dan album (my better half prefers Goucho). I’d describe the music as contemporary rock.

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.

38 posted on 05/14/2011 11:16:47 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: buccaneer81

Sounds like you share the same good taste for Steely Dan as my side kick. Third World Man is my favorite off the album.


39 posted on 05/14/2011 11:17:45 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: Tea Party Reveler
"Reelin’ in the years"

That was by a guy named Elliot Randall. He also did a bunch of stuff on his own and still rocks out today.

40 posted on 05/14/2011 11:18:56 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: This Just In

“I listed that on my Honorable Mention list. There are just too many to choose from, and that’s 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...


41 posted on 05/14/2011 11:19:35 PM PDT by jessduntno (Liberalism is socialism in a party dress. And just as masculine.)
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To: Steely Tom

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.


42 posted on 05/14/2011 11:23:08 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In
For something a little different, here are a couple of pieces by the one of the preeminent acoustic fingerstyle guitarists in the world, Pierre Bensusan.

Silent Passenger

Chant De Nuit

43 posted on 05/14/2011 11:23:36 PM PDT by csense
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To: Georgia Girl 2

gimmie back my bullets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMnSqcmANro


44 posted on 05/14/2011 11:23:44 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: csense

I apologize. I can’t check out the links right now. Will try later.


45 posted on 05/14/2011 11:25:20 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: This Just In
I'm flexible on "Mississippi Queen" for best drum intro.

But I can't forgive you on the guitar intros. Nothing comes close to Can't You Hear Me Knocking and The Ocean for best guitar intros period. Best riffs ever...

46 posted on 05/14/2011 11:25:51 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: This Just In
Since there's a lot of music fans here, I gotta mention an album that'll knock yer socks off.

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.

47 posted on 05/14/2011 11:26:17 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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Oh, those are mild.

Listen to the lyrics of Glamour Profession.

Then there's Kid Charlemagne.

Both are musical extravaganzas. Neither can I enjoy with my teenage son.

48 posted on 05/14/2011 11:27:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Those intros are smokin, but Eruption’s up there (pun intended). Seriously.


49 posted on 05/14/2011 11:28:18 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: chicken head

i think this japanese girl has carlos santana beat- (check it out)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxmPunPfqoo&feature=fl_lolz&playnext=1&list=FLk7UpUcI0QR4


50 posted on 05/14/2011 11:28:57 PM PDT by chicken head
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