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Let There Be Drums / Drums Are My Beat

Sandy NelsonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000094I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slippin' And Slidin'
2. Tequila
3. My Girl Josephine
4. Big Noise From Winnetka
5. Let There Be Drums
6. Bouncy
7. Birth Of The Beat
8. Quite A Beat
9. Get With It
10. Drum Roll 9
11. My Blue Heaven
12. Hawaiian War Chant
13. Twisted
14. Caravan
15. Drums Are My Beat
16. Day Drumming
17. Drum Stomp
18. Hum Drum
19. Topsy
20. The City
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The two definitive albums by the greatest drum star of the late '50s/early '60s! These 1962 LPs, his highest-charting albums (#6 and #29), include his hits Teen Beat; Let There Be Drums; Drums Are My Beat; The Birth of the Beat; Drummin' Up a Storm; Drum Stomp; All Night Long , and more!

Customer Reviews

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By J. Wise
Format:Audio CD
There are two versions of this CD, each with the same title, which is causing a lot of confusion. One contains the full "Birth of the Beat" while the other has a shortened version but also contains five songs not found on either of the two original albums. The one with 20 songs (ASIN B0000011CX) appears to be out of print but contains the full version of "Birth of the Beat", while the one with 25 songs (ASIN B00000094I) has the shortened version but is still in production. Also seems as though reviews for either version of the CD appear for both, which is only adding to the confusion.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware August 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am totally discusted with this CD. I bought it for one song "The Birth of the Beat" - A wonderful 10 minute performance. When I played it, I found out it was a cut down version (3 minutes). Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let there be drums & drums are my beat December 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is GREAT CD, but be careful. This is not the original "Let There Be Drums" with the extended 15 minute drum solo. This is a "combo" album of Sany Nelsons 2 albums. The title as stated is abbreviated and does not clearly tell you that.
If the drum solo is not your main reason for listening to this great artist, then don't miss this great treat.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music but missing one important factor February 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The music is terrific. If you like the big band sound this is a must have CD. But if you want the beautiful drum solo on Let There Be Drums, you're in for a disappointment. It is an abreviated 3 minute segment of the selection. But overall I'm delighted to have the CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Nelson January 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Out of all of Sandy's recordings this album captures his most unique style. Teen beat 65 is proof of Sandy's way of making drums seem to come to life.
He is one of the very few drummers who has made such a personal impact on so many through out the years.
He changed the drumming world.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Gen X fan February 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
My CD collection consists mainly of albums from bands like Faith No More, The Prodigy, Regurgitator and Beastie Boys. So you'd wouldn't expect to hear someone like me rave on about Sandy Nelson. Thing is that when I was a 5 year old I use to beg my dad to put "Let There Be Drums" on the 33rpm player. The tracks are unforgetable and contain a rythym that bands these days hunt for in their own style of music. Maybe fellow 29 year olds won't agree but their parents should have played them Let There Be Drums to them when they were young! A must have album for those who remember wild beach parties in the 60's perhaps!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A member of Gen X reviews this classic June 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From a person who's CD collection includes Beastie Boys, Fat Boy Slim and other non oldies type outfits, it comes as a surprise to many that I of all people should want this CD to occupy my CD player. But thanks to my old man I have really had the album "Drummed" into my head and glad I do. Memories of acting out the drum movements as a 5 year old in my bed as my dad had it playing on the 33rpm still remain strong! Should perhaps have more tributes dedicated to it... and after all these years (thanks to internet) I just learnt that old Sandy was in fact an amputee! Learn something new each day!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can find it July 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Buy The Import "See For Miles Records" It is very hard to find. But it has the extended version of "Birth Of The Beat" Between my dad and my brother and myself we must have worn out 8 LPs. I have bought 3 CDs of the import. I have two That I shared with my dad before he passed away and gave my Brother one. (Update) The Version with the extended version is very rare and very hard to find and might cost around $100.00 on E-Bay but I do not think it can be found as even here on Amazon no "Other Seller" is listed at this time, However You can here the extended version on You Tube
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Let There Be Drums
My husband just loves it .He listens to it every day when .working the garage.As he is a keen drummer. .
Published 1 month ago by judy williamson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good old Sandy Nelson.
A little disappointing as I was hoping to match up to the length and depth of the orignal 'Birth of the Beat' when it ran one whole side of the vinyl record. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charles B
4.0 out of 5 stars For drum lovers only!
My husband is 65 and remembered this cd from earlier times. He was very happy to find it here. He enjoyed listening to it immensely.
Published 12 months ago by Sandra K Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Nelson is an album that my sister and I used to dance to at...
I like the sound of drums and he is an excellent drummer. My husband also likes the drums and plays instruments of all kinds himself.
Published 14 months ago by Marilyn Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars All Inclusive Recording
After purchasing the single "Let There Be Drums" in the '60's, I hadn't heard anything like it thereafter. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Edy C
5.0 out of 5 stars jack
always loved Sandy Nelson, especially this album with "birth of the beat"
Always like 90% of the other songs and albums he made
Published on February 27, 2012 by jwc
5.0 out of 5 stars and the beat goes on
was very happy with the handling of order it came faster than expected and in great shape been enjoying the music since i got it would highly recommend ordering from this... Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by flamingoluvr
4.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Nelson's Birth of the Beat

As I recall from my halcyon days of yore I had a LP (you know, the vinyl stuff that goes round and round?) of Sandy Nelson. Read more
Published on September 29, 2009 by James C. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Received item quickly and in condition as stated. bought this as a gift for a friend
Published on June 29, 2009 by B. Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Drums continue to be my beat
While the 1960's drumming of Sandy Nelson may be a little dated, in 2009, all the power and verve of originality the performer intended comes through on the CD. Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by Russell PINK
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