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The Drummer Steals the Show!!!!!,
This review is from: Song Of Innocence (Audio CD)It is easy to understand why people so highly praise this album but in reality it's only merit is the virtuosity of the incredible drumming that is on display in almost every track. Orchestrally the Album is very simple. Repetitive ensemble scales persist and repeat without any melodic direction. Without the remarkable drumming the Album would be forgotten. The production is excellent throughout but for my money the Drummer simply steals the show.
Other Artists of that era such as Lalo Schifrin and Ennio Morricone knew that the back-bone to any composition is the melody and their legacies are firmly assured. David Axelrod on the other hand is seriously lacking in that department and so justifiably revels in the realms of trendy obscurity.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2013 20:32:42 GMT
Paul Oakes says:
The Drummer is Earl Palmer, one of the L. A. Wrecking Crew along with Carol Kaye on Bass (also on this album). They were the L. A. session musicians for Motown among many others, and Earl Palmer is widely credited with popularising the backbeat rhythm that totally dominates music since the early 60s. I bought this album to listen to the great man given free rein to play his fabulous smooth style without restrictions, and that the music is so good is a bonus.
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