Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Hal was the drummer's drummer man! He was there all the time, but you probably never knew it, although you certainly heard him! He played percussion on records by The Beach Boys, The Mamas And Papas, Sonny & Cher. He was a... more »
Hal was the drummer's drummer man! He was there all the time, but you probably never knew it, although you certainly heard him! He played percussion on records by The Beach Boys, The Mamas And Papas, Sonny & Cher. He was a BIG part of that famous 'Wall Of Sound' that made Phil Spector so famous! He even helped get Ol' Blue Eyes to his only No. 1 with his drumming on 'Strangers In The Night'! Album features terrific observations by noted writer and broadcaster, Austin Powell, and has great original artwork specially created for this unique release! Harkit. 2005.
Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 07/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Calling Hal Blaine a drummer is like calling Elvis Presley a singer. Blaine may not be a household name, but trust me, if your thirty or over, you have heard tons of his work.
And there is tons. In the 1960s and 1970s, if you were a vocal group in LA and did not have a permanent band, chances were you were using Hal on drums. The Fifth Dimension, The Mamas and the Papas, the Association, the Carpenters, The Monkees, Tommy Roe: Blaine has a body of work so big, I just gave you a pinky nail. Turn on any oldies station for an hour, and it is almost a sure thing you will hear Blaine at work. And if you are an old FM guru, listen now to any of the above music.
You may not like the groups, but the drumming is top tier. Listen to Blaine blaze with Joe Osborn on bass on the 5Ds "Let The Sunshine In," and in a different context, his playing could be a funk jazz jam worthy of any progressive band from the era.
Psychedelic Percussion is all the proof you need that Blaine was far hipper than the top forty hits he banged out all the way to the bank. This `1967 Dunhill album in a sense seems like a novelty album, but I prefer the word project.
The drums and sound effects are a product of era, but LISTEN to this guy. His flexibility, his speed, his light but potent touch shows him to be one of the best around, and not just in terms
of skill. He is tuneful, melodic, and has an incredible feel for his drums as a MUSICAL instrument, not a percussive one
We can all as listeners and musicans and music writers learn a hell of a lot from ANY record Hal Blaine played on, but if your not ready to disect the finer points of 1960s LA top forty, although you should be, start with Psychedelic Percusion.