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Whatever Happened To The Drum Solo?

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This is a follow-up of sorts to fellow Blogcritic Glen Boyd’s recent “Whatever Happened To The Live Album?” article published on BC a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed Glen’s piece. But there seemed to be an essential element of the Seventies live album absent from his article.

Whatever happened to the drum solo?

When you went to a concert in the Seventies, the drum solo was a given. And it was never really an issue. It simply provided you with an opportunity to reload the bong, or to take a whizz. Kind of an intermission basically. But then someone got the bright idea to include the drum solo in the inevitable double live album, and all hell broke loose.

Blame it on Iron Butterfly, or I. Ron Butterfly as Bart Simpson calls them. At one point their In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was the biggest selling album in Atlantic Records’ history. The centerpiece of that 17 minute extravaganza is Ron Bushy’s drum solo. It may not have been the greatest in the world, but it was memorable. When the record blew up, the drum solo was with us for a long time to come.

Atlantic’s next biggest selling band was Cream. Did Ahmet Ertegun force them to put Ginger Baker’s 16 minute “Toad” on Wheels Of Fire? I hope not. Jeez, “Toad,“ what a title! The guy looks like a toad for starters, and the song is about as interesting as one to boot.

Blue collar rockers Grand Funk Railroad then entered the picture. On “Mark Says Alright” from Live Album, drummer Don Brewer beats the skins mercilessly. Meanwhile singer Mark Farner utters his immortal line, “All right!” A truly transcendent moment.

After an excursion with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple decided to get into the drum solo business in a big way. Their classic Made In Japan from 1972 contained “The Mule.” Ten excruciating minutes of Ian Paice showing the world what he could do when left to his own devices. “The Mule” kind of felt like punishment for enjoying definitive live versions of “Smoke On The Water,” “Child In Time,” and “Highway Star.”

Between Physical Graffiti and Presence, Led Zeppelin released their live document, The Song Remains The Same. While Robert Plant was asking the audience if they remembered laughter, John Bonham was composing his magnum opus. “Moby Dick” clocks in at nearly 13 minutes, and comes complete with Bonzo tossing down his sticks to beat the drums bare handed. “Moby Dick” was an endurance test of sorts. Only a true blue stoner could sit through it, patiently awaiting the finale of “Whole Lotta Love.”

For me, the last great Seventies double live LP drum solo was by Rush’s Neal Peart. All The World’s A Stage chronicled their 2112 tour, and his solo caps the era. I love Geddy Lee’s intro, “And now, the professor of the drum kit” and Peart, great drummer as he is, really does rock a great one.

The extended drum solo was as much a part of the double live LP as any FM radio “hits” were in the early 1970’s. By the time Frampton came alive, the moment had clearly passed.

But as a true child of the High Times magazine era, I miss one of the weirdest, and oh so Seventies-ish aspects of rock and roll. That endless, stoned, and basically pointless section of the show.

The drum solo.

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  • Jordan Richardson

    Zach Hill happened to the drum solo, man.

  • Greg Barbrick

    Jordan–Drummers are like Rodney Dangerfield, they get no respect. Kudos to you for recognizing Hill’s talent.
    Greg

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    What happened to Carl Palmer? No respect for him either, I guess

  • Greg Barbrick

    Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends should have been mentioned for it’s title alone. Carl Palmer deserves an article of his own.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    The thing is Palmer could actually play, and “Tank” is a textbook example of how a drum solo should be done. Speaking of guys you missed though…remember Frosty? The guy who was the drums behind the two-man show with forgotten keyboardist Lee Michaels? Now, those were some epic drum solos.

    -Glen

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    If this article is just a nod to the past then that’s cool and my pick would have to be Buddy Rich. But, he was so damn good that he incorporated his solos into the song.

    As for the Drum Solo being a separate entity, I know Mike Portnoy did plenty in the traditional sense,but, it seems that the really good drummers of today write their solos as a part of the song. Still, I’m sure their are plenty of bands that offer up a drum solo at their concerts. Of course I think it would have to be either a Metal,Jazz or Prog kind of band.

    Personally, as a drummer, I still drool over Akira Jimbo. He is the true progression of Buddy Rich & he does plenty of drum solos. Actually, he’s taken “solo” to a whole new level!

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/scott-deitche/ Scott M. Deitche

    Neil Peart’s live drum solos have evolved (dare I say progressed) into a fusion of styles driven by core beats and rhythyms making them more enjoyable now than his 70s-era work.

  • psf

    no love for the grateful dead’s dual “drumz” aka “bathroom break” followed by “space” aka “practicing scales on stage”?

  • http://www.myspace.com/rickferrusi Rick Ferrusi

    To Article Author: Greg Barbrick. Ron Bushy?s drum solo. WAS and IS one of the greatest in the world and of all time, and it was and is one of the most memorable. Ron’s melodic sense of creativity was definitely beyond most drummers of his time.

    Sincerely, Rick Ferrusi

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    with influences by the likes of, Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, Vanilla
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    I just don’t just play my drum parts and you won’t hear many
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    song needs, by putting energy and drive in the music, and I just
    love what I do with (U.S.R.C.), ((Unique Sounds and Rhythms of
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    THE PHYSICAL MEANING OF COLOR IS HOW I PERFORM MY DRUMMING. IT’S
    LIKE, “Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci” CREATES A PAINTING, AND IT’S
    ALL IN HOW THE PRISMS OF LIGHT SHINE INTO THE DARKNESS OF MY SOUL IN
    THROUGH MY EYES AND OUT OF MY LIMBS WHEN I PERFORM.

    My Influences are (In Jazz) Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louis Bellson.
    (In Rock) Keith Moon, Carl Palmer, Don Brewer, Ron Bushy, John
    Bonham, Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Jerry Edmonton, and
    most the greats from that era. And I have created my very own unique
    style of drumming from these great drum teachers that I’ve learned
    from, and I feel I sound like no one but myself, true to my own
    sound and style. Thank you ALL so very much for your kind support.
    Sincerely, Rick Ferrusi

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