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Help Settling an Argument: Who made the Mistake?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by djkool, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. OK, 2 different agruements, $100 riding on each.

    Who makes the mistake in Alman Bros "One Way Out". Bass or drummer? I say the bass player counts himself in one beat early. My friend insists the drummer screws up.

    In ZZTop's "Cheap Sunglasses", there's a little riff at the end of each verse that I say ON THE RECORDING is a Fender Rhodes. My friend insists it's a guitar with a ring modulater. Might be live, but what is on the original recording?
  2. BTW, in "One Way Out", in talking about after the center section with just drums and slide guitar.
  3. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I think that the timing there is so screwed up that it's hard to assign blame to any one player. There are timing glitches between the drums and the guitar solo somewhere around 2:35, and by 3:00 when the guitar solo starts, it sounds like one of the drummers is turned around compared to the other. Listen at 3:01 -- the snare is on one and three compared to the guitar solo. I think that what is impressive though is that once the bass does come in and is clearly out of sync with the drums, it takes the entire band 4 seconds to adjust and pull it back together.
  4. yeah, I don't think that stuff was a mistake, that is just how they played, loose and cool.
    come in when you are ready, watch for cues.
  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Exactly, one of the drummers was already turned around during the breakdown. Perfect example of the wheels lifting off the track but the train NOT derailing. It was close though!
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  6. Flad


    Apr 18, 2014
  7. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    re. One Way Out: That song always sounded like they clammed it and decided that it worked. TONS of tunes feature clams. Listen to the outro of "Fire" by Hendrix - failrly monster clam by the Noel (he changes key when no one else does) but no really cared. PRESS IT!
    re. ZZTop - I'd be willing to bet good money that's a Rhodes. Occam's Razor, my friend. That'd be the easiest way to achieve that sound.
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  8. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
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  9. Bim1959


    Apr 15, 2009
    Naples Florida
    Sales and electronic tech/piano tech: England Music Center - Clinton IA - now closed
    If you believe the articles in Guitar World, Billy Gibbons played guitar thru a Maestro ring modulator into a Marshall Major (200 watt amp) with a blown tube.

    Otherwise you would to have been there to know for sure.....

    Sounds pretty close to a Wurlitzer electric piano to me tho....
  10. Thanks for the comments..keep 'em coming.

    No, Flad, I'm the one on the hook for the $100.

    OWO. I agree the drums get some funky syncopation going, could be out of sync with each other, but the bass player still counts himself in one beat early. I also agree that they recovered really nicely.

    I also agree that Billy may have used a ring modulator when recording that song, but that particular lick is a keyboard.

    Looking for other opinions...
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  11. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    On Cheap Sunglasses, it sounds a guitar with a ring mod to me. I base this mainly on an inconsistant tone between the notes, and if you slow down the track to .5 on youtube, you can hear how the effect only partially covers the picking of second higher note. This seems like it was an issue with tracking, which a rhodes certainly wouldn't do.
  12. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Exactly. He comes in early then won't budge. You hear the drummer playing the correct back beat then have to shift the beat with two consecutive quarter hits to sync with the bass player a few bars later.
  13. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Without putting too fine a point on it, both questions are what I'd consider s WHOGAS situation, certainly not something to be risking a couple C notes on.

    First question is open to individual interpretation as to what occurred and mine is they did what they did best, they got a little loose with their jam but brought it back together so seamlessly it's open to individual interpretation as to who did what to cause the clam and who did what to being them back.

    Long and short of the second question, if you were not there when it was recorded you are speculating.

    I'd say you both have way too much time on your hands, but what better way to spend it than making bets you can never actually settle?
  14. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    The JHE had little choice but to press it in that case, although I can't remember the specific details I've read about what happened at the end of "Fire." I do know they had two hours booked in the studio; another band was evidently waiting to get in to record. After recording "Fire," they had twenty minutes left. Jimi had just written "The Wind Cries Mary." He showed it to Noel and Mitch. They played it through one time, then recorded it. It the remaining few minutes, Hendrix put the finishing touches to the guitar parts. Obviously, time was at a premium; "The Wind Cries Mary," being almost like an afterthought on the tail-end of the "Fire" session. In a perfect world, the bass might have been fixed on the "Fire" outro, but even if they had had time to fix it, I don't think it mattered to them.
  15. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    who cares.......it works right ? , and I still think thats a rhodes on cheap sunglasses, I use to slap that part and it sounded pretty cool if I do say so.
  16. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Hate to say it, but I think Berry Oakley comes in a half a beat early in One Way Out. The drmmer(s) fix it right up though. Since we're on the subject, what's up with Maggie May by Rod Stewart? Is that a beautiful mess or what? Ron Wood playing bass on that one.
  17. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I'll take the 'not on the grid' mistakes any day for feel!
  18. Rocktometrist


    Oct 3, 2012
    Not sure about this. Unless we're disregarding the rules of time and space, Oakley pretty clearly hucks a clam and comes in a beat early. Being the badasses they are/were, though, it didn't matter--if anything the quick recovery makes the cut even cooler!
  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Or Oakley was the only one to come correct, forcing the rest of the band to adjust so they'd be back together.

    Unlikely, but not impossible. Like I said...individual interpretation, and lacking any other examples to compare it to, kinda silly to bet on it.

    Agreed about their ability though. whoever dropped the ball, everyone else just slid right in like it was supposed to go that way.
  20. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    That is jam bands. That's the way it goes. Their ability to recover and regroup quickly shows their skill and professionalism.
    I don't mind a wart here and there because it comes with the creative process.

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