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Drums Drums a Go Go

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Audio CD, July 3, 1995
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1. Topsy '65
2. Wooly Bully
3. Whiskey A-Go-Go
4. Money
5. Cannonball
6. La Bamba
7. Rumble
8. California Sun
9. Oo Poo Pah Doo
10. Midnight At Pinks
11. Land of 1000 Dances
12. Drums A-Go-Go
13. Bang Bang Rhythm
14. The Invaders
15. The Swinger
16. Secret Agent Man

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014WQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It has been said that Hal Blaine is the most recorded drummer in pop music history. After 50 years in the music business, he has played on over 4,000 records. Over 3,000 of these made it onto the Billboard Hot 100. More than 300 were certified gold and at least 40 of them hit the #1 position. Some of the artists Blaine has worked with include The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Jan & Dean, The Carpenters and Herb Alpert. Most of Phil Spector's lush productions for The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and others featured the drumming of Hal Blaine, as did many orchestral pieces by arrangers such as Jimmie Haskell and Nelson Riddle.

This CD features Hal's second solo album. It is an instrumental album, since Hal didn't sing. The album mostly features cover versions of recent hits. Although it is not a live album, it features audience reactions dubbed in, to simulate the "a go-go" sound featured on the Johnny Rivers live albums that were popular at the time. Although this is not an important album by any stretch of the imagination, it is still a lot of fun. It is designed to showcase Hal's drumming, and it does that quite well. The CD features four bonus tracks that were not on the original album. Fans of 1960s instrumentals should dig it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By magnolia jenkins on January 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Put on your red shoes and get ready to shake out that dusty rug. This album really gets your feet stomping and your hands clapping. Back from Hal Blaine's better days of drumming, this is pure drumming excellence. The solo in "Topsy '65" is ever most delicious, and tastes almost (not nearly) as good as the drum solo in Santana's "Soul Sacrifice". . . with a hint of dick dale. . .this album is a compilation of Blaine's ripest material fresh for the picking. in other words.. drumming paradise
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Format: Audio CD
I just read through the reviews here, and I noticed something missing that
I think should be mentioned, or perhaps shouted from the rooftops. This is
not only a splendid Hal Blaine album, it's also a really fun listen because
of who else is on it.

The back-up band here consists of Tommy Tedesco, Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel,
Al DeLory, Bill Pittman and Carol Kaye, "to name a few" according to the CD
liner notes.

In case you don't recognize those names, well... That's THE WRECKING CREW.

The original album/LP was also produced by Steve Barri and one Phil Sloan.
Sloan late became well-known as a songwriter named P. F. Sloan ("Eve Of Destruction,"
among many others. Barri was also a songwriter of note in the day. In fact,
Sloan & Barri wrote "You Baby" among other songs for The Turtles.

So you see, all in all, not only is this a very good CD, it's an excellent little
piece of history, well worth picking up.
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Format: Audio CD
"Drums! Drums! A Go Go" is an apt title for this CD. Hal Blaine's playing is excellent as always, but I think the Ventures were better at doing surf instrumentals. The digital remastering by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersh sounds great. The main reason I only gave this 4 stars is for the overdubbed audience noise. I also recommend the book "Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew" on MixBooks, although it is a bit skimpy on facts.
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