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stkilda4ever

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This week it's a tribute to 'Wrecking Crew' drummer Hal Blaine who died this month at the age of 90. I think we are all aware of his contribution to so many hits of the '50s, '60s (in particular) and '70s - and his drumming role on the Beach Boys classics. 

This week we look at four instrumentals he played on. Yeah ... I know Batman theme does have the word 'Batman' sung (Ron Hicklin Singers) ... but basically it's an instrumental. T-Bones never existed until the hit "No Matter What Shape" (an Alka Seltza ad theme) - that was just a bunch of the Wrecking Crew with Hal on drums. Then a band formed and went on the road. Herb Alpert of course played on his hits ... but now we know the 'Tijuana Brass' just enjoyed margaritas while the Wrecking Crew did backing with Herb. And we now know the Beach Boys story  ... although as far as I knew as a teenager the BB's played and sang on everything. The important thing is they did their own unique and brilliant vocals and yes still had a part to play instrumental wise. 

A 'Hal Blaine - The Vocal Hits' will follow in a few weeks.

No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) - T-Bones (1965)

 
A Taste Of Honey - Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass (1965) 



Summer Means New Love- Beach Boys (1965)

Batman TV Theme (Neal Hefti) (1966)

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paul g adsett

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a couple of instrumentals in honour of a departed composer.
someone who i admire deeply,
way way way beyond the teenpopdom years.
he managed to create a magnificent,
if decreasingly 'commercial', set of albums.
i'm truly devastated at his departure.

to connect with the drummer theme,
he used the sound of punching a side of pork
to obtain the timbre he wanted on 'clara', in 2006.
but i'll spare you the 12 minutes of that,
purely because it's a song.
with words...

similarly, though you'd love it (well, maybe it's an acquired taste)
the tracks on his album with sunn o))) 'soused' 2014
feature vocals amongst the slo-core industrial strength chilling feedback.
so, let's skip that, too.

from the soundtrack to 'childhood of a leader' 2016
(bernard herrmannesque +++ much else
- touches of 'batman' theme styleeness?)


another soundtrack number, from 'pola x' 1999

farewell, scott walker...



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paul g adsett

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ah, the t bones...
here on the sunny south coast we had local beat combo 
gary farr and the t bones.
from hove (alongside sunny brighton and now part of our city by the sea).
his dad was boxer tommy farr
and his brother is ricki farr  who was one of the isle of wight festival promoters / organisers.
the lineup went through several changes, 
including a period with keith emerson and then plus lee jackson,
before they peeled off and formed pp arnold's backing band and became the nice
(plenty of excellent instrumentals to be found there
- my favourite live band for quite a time at the time, the nice were).

when emerson left, my best school chum (and best man at our wedding)'s older brother
took over keyboards in the t bones.
then gary went off and did other stuff.,
including playing the iow festival!
ah, well...
they were influential not only locally, in extending the r&b / jazz repertoire

here's an instrumental (with 'do do da da de de ya ya la la la' voices)
mongo santamaria work out, well pre-santana


here's a live french tv appearance in some deeply existentialiste jazz beat club
featuring keith emerson's hammond organ (and, there's lee j in the lineup, too)
the second, instrumental number, kicks in at 2:10 with a jazzy swing,
including trombone great chris barber guesting.
ah, nostalgia...
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Larry Franz

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Gold -- Herb & the Brass -- bouncy

Silver -- The Beach Boys -- mellow

Bronze -- The T-Bones -- cute

Tin -- Hal & the Caped Crusader? -- lame

This is cool:  Hal Blaine -- "Topsy"
youtube.com/watch?v=rSRB7Asx7_s

Thank you, st. k.

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John B

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1. "Summer Means New Love"

Great song (that never needed lyrics) from a great album.

2. "Batman"

to dissent from Larry's view, "Lame" in the concept of superhero (now sci-fi/fantasy/Halloween costume) things, to me, means humorless.  (like Captain Mar-vell).  Add humor, such as the 60's 'Batman' TV series, Spiderman comic books (not the awful movies), and of course, now, 'Deadpool', means, not lame.  this rocks.  The Jam covered it.

3.  "A Taste of Honey"


never really though Herb and band were cool.  wonder why I don't give him cross-cultural points? but I don't.  I have this image of him, whether true or not, of a very conservative guy who knowingly benefitted from that sort of oldster/Playboy magazine subscribing/smoking jackets sort of crowd, that John Updike was writing about.  If something was happening and you didn't know what it was, chances are you liked Herb & the TJ Brass.  It was probably your favorite rock and roll since 'The Twist'.  Then you liked A & M in the 70's, and all that meant, as you helped landslide re-elect Nixon.


4. "No Matter What Shape (your stomach's in)"

never been much on yellow hair.   how do you get that title from this melody?  actually, sounds very much/just like several of Jan and Dean's instrumentals, only not as good.
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Drum roundtable - Hal talks about "Taste" here (creates "the hook").
youtube.com/watch?v=aSDDzOWxkWs
Hal's story:
youtube.com/watch?v=W8UQLYfI_sY
Rock and Roll (aka) Reliability and Responsibility  ^^^^
He paved, unpaved, and repaved - love the set one stencil story
youtube.com/watch?v=RPopIwNjHxU
Hal was GOLD!

stkilda4ever - NICE to tribute this man!!!!!!!

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Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by John B

2. "Batman"

to dissent from Larry's view, "Lame" in the concept of superhero (now sci-fi/fantasy/Halloween costume) things, to me, means humorless.  (like Captain Mar-vell).  Add humor, such as the 60's 'Batman' TV series, Spiderman comic books (not the awful movies), and of course, now, 'Deadpool', means, not lame.  this rocks.  The Jam covered it.

Good synonyms for "lame": feeble, weak, thin, flimsy, poor, unconvincing, pathetic, half-baked. Example: "That 60s Batman spoof people remember so fondly was incredibly lame. It dissolved brain cells instead of making anyone laugh."

I mean, I love the early Who, but this is lame too: "Batman" (their drummer was no slouch either)
youtube.com/watch?v=xmxwHr57C1Y

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I know, by saying dissent, I am admitting I'm the outvoted weird one.  No problem.  no matter the FBI is afraid to go after...David Miscavage...and so forth, doesn't mean they are right.  In fact, the 60's 'Batman' show actors and actresses, stayed in character better than the Monkees did.  Probably better than the Beatles did too!   I got a book on my desk at work, inspired by an academy award winner ('Indecent Exposure').  Lost his career by telling the truth.  On 'Batman', this guy was told that his character was a 'sham,' and 'don't ever cry on my cape or pull on my tights again!'  humor doesn't destroy brain cells.  lack of humor does.  and pot, I hear. 
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Batman-Television-Series-Pillow.jpg 

The Jam -- "Batman"
youtube.com/watch?v=HXmPEsuipUw


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Lisa G/TS

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Ahh yes...the late great Harold Simon Belsky...another dynamic, eclectic Aquarian like Darren, myself and possibly others here.  [cool]

Admired his "If you grin, you're in. If you pout, you're out" work ethic and life philosophy. 

Here goes:

GOLD -- A Taste of Honey

SILVER -- Batman (inched away from Bronze thanks to the busier rolls/fills whatever the terminology is. Short but a busier offering here). 

BRONZE -- No Matter What Shape

TIN -- Summer Means New Love (Don't flip out, John B. Not saying it's a stinker, just that in order to avoid tie votes, one had to come last). 

If a drummer is considered the timekeeper in music, Hal Blaine was an absolute Rolex! 

Also an adorable actor...here he is playing a grumpy old man with hippy dippy Brian. Love his "But Brian, you're either mad or you ain't" comment. :




Thanks, St K...great idea for another well deserved Salute Week in Battle! [thumb]
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"Not mad - just put-on threatening." The argument gets better and LONGER:


Hal was ahead of his time talking organic. ^^^^^  Peat moss. Coupla bleeps need to be in - warning. 

Welcome back Teenage Symphony - and using something from it!

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Great week, St Kilda.  


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The problem for me in the voting is Hal's part in the playing on the songs.  So...…

Gold is to A Taste Of Honey where is a prominent part in the playing and the mix.  Plus his explanation of how he became "the hook" of the song.

The problem has been deciding the next two spots and I'll go:

Silver to Batman simply for the crazy fills at the end of the ending.  They're great!  

Bronze to No Matter What Shape - as it kind of doesn't sound like him but the fills give him away.  Must have been set B or 2 used here.  The snare is too loose.  

Tin - unfortunately to Summer Means New Love - nice song and LOVE the horn and string arrangements.  Here's where some jazzy brush playing could have been a nice addition.  Where was Murry when they needed him?  

Nice tribute to Mr. Hal Drummer Blaine - a legend and sooooooo important to Brian and the Beach Boys' sound.  So Dennis could get out and chase girls.


(There, I copied Lisa)

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uh, we don't have to play '1 Step, 2 Step' again.  I actually listened on YOUTUBE yesterday to 'Many Moods of'.  do you remember walking through a mall in the olden days, and there would be some elderly man, standing beside and playing one of those organs that had buttons for other instruments, too?   that's what his album sounds like.  If it weren't for Brian's talent, Murry's ego project would not have been released, and on Capitol of all things.  Syncopate that.
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Larry Franz

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Wikipedia says Hal Blaine played drums and sleigh bells on "God Only Knows", while Jim Gordon played plastic orange juice cups.

youtube.com/watch?v=vdGmwnH7Q6o

Blaine played drums, tympani and bongos on "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times", while Frank Capp played clip-clop percussion and tympani.

youtube.com/watch?v=-JPp0ebjOS0

The beat goes on.

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