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Who Remembers Symphonic "Bach Rock" or "Baroque Rock" Songs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Oct 19, 2017.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Who Remembers Symphonic "Bach Rock" Songs?

    The 1960s and 1970s had many hit songs, and album songs, that were symphonic oriented pop and rock songs that used orchestral instruments, strings, horns, woodwinds, harpsichords, clavichords, autoharp, etc and sometimes vocal arrangements. Here are some examples. Feel free to add to the list.

    The Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina

    The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee

    The Stone Poneys - Different Drum

    Neon Philharmonic - Morning Girl & Morning Girl Later

    The Association – Requiem For The Masses

    Mason Williams - Classical Gas

    Paul Mauriat ~ Love is Blue

    The Beatles - Elenore Rigby

    Vanity Fare - Early In The Morning

    Lemon Pipers - Rice Is Nice

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  2. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    The thread title made me think of this. Not the answer you’re looking for? ;)

  3. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    The Moody Blues - The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) - (Evening) Time To Get Away

    The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin

    The Grass Roots - Bella Linda

    Lemon Pipers - Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)

    New Colony Six - Things I'd Like To Say

    Sound Of Genesis - Journey To The Moon

    Apollo 100 - Joy

    The Beatles - Yesterday

    Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair/Canticle

    Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

  4. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    That was the first -- and admittedly, only -- tune that came to mind when I read the thread title.
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  5. guitarflinger

    guitarflinger Not all who wander are lost Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Front Range, Colorado
    Best Album Cover Ever!!! (IMHO)
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  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Does not beat Warner Communications by AWB.

    I thought of Virgil Fox when I read Rich's thread title.
    Fox played the Fillmore East with various Rock acts of the time.
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  7. Sky - Toccata and Fugue in Dm

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  8. Laza


    Sep 15, 2008
    This one is actually from the early eighties
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  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    The Buckinghams - Have You Noticed You're Alive

    Donovan - Epistle To Dippy

    Monkees - The Girl I Knew Somewhere

    The Troggs - Jingle Jangle

    The Grass Roots - Where Were You When I Needed You

    Peter & Gordon - Sunday For Tea

    The Partridge Family - Summer Days

    The Left Banke - I've Got Something On My Mind

  10. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
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  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Gotta have that electric harpsichord sound. I remember them also calling it Baroque Rock.

    Even the Beatles got in on it with Piggies on the White Album.
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  12. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
  13. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Talking of harps (ok no one was), there is always Bjork's costume with a harp build into it... not sure which is stranger, a wearable instrument or the weird one's orange candy floss hair...

  14. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    George Martin's string quartet arrangement here is still so lovely.
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  15. Not to hijack anything here, but hearing that record way back when I was a little kid sparked my love of classical/baroque music and opened my ears to counterpoint, what left/right hand independence was, and taught me harmonization.

    It may almost sound like amateur synth hour now, but for its time, it was revolutionary!
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  16. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011

  17. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    So true. And it was revolutionary. Because with those clean timbres Carlos patched together, for the first time you could clearly hear every single part in every piece without having a musically trained ear. Many people were amazed at just how much cool stuff was going on under the hood when it came to Johann Sebastien and his compositions.

    That alone did more to launch a new and broader appreciation for Bach (and baroque music in general) than anything else.

    If you can ever locate the recording or a file for Carlos's Pompous Circumstances be sure to check it out. You'll get to hesr what happens as different synth ensembles and a wild assortment of synth patches all get a crack at Elgar's famous "graduation" march. (The moment when a synthesized Scottish pipe and drum band marches from right to left across the stereo field is absolutely brilliant.)
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  18. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    this is pop, not rock, but i like it.

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  19. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    i always thought the big thing with that recording was that carlos had programmed the synth to a just intonation tuning for each key with each modulation (rather than a "normal" tempered tuning).
  20. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    must be the hair.

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