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Poll - Do you like drum solos?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by cgw, Aug 1, 2018.

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  1. jwjeffrey

    jwjeffrey Hard working and Honest!

    Dino Danielli-The Rascals-2-solos -Boom-Cute-Freedom Suite
    David Garibadi-Tower of Power
    Danny Seraphine-Chicago
    Ginger Baker-Anything
  2. Mainline461

    Mainline461 Forum Resident

    Tamiami Trail
    The only drum solo that I really took notice to (and liked) was Clive Bunker's solo on the Jethro Tull, Nothing Is Easy Live At The Isle of Wight video. Other than a few stick hits he killed it, and kept it interesting for this guitar player. Clive is underrated imo.
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  3. veloso2

    veloso2 Forum Resident

    only by jazz drummer (max roach has always something to say) !
  4. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Senior Member

    Odd but live I tend to switch of, but listening to good Hi-Fi I love them, and double bass solos.
  5. Yes, if the drummer has something to say musically. Doesn't matter if it's something long or something short, if it makes sense with the music and doesn't sound, to quote drummer Chad Wackerman, like a "circus act", it's all right!
  6. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Neil Peart in YYZ was complementary of the tune, relatively short and tasteful.
    John Bonham in live Moby Dick was self indulgent, meandering and interminable. Ultimately I guess it depends on the drummer.
    I really don't understand the love of jazz drum solos (except Buddy who was a prodigy). They, in particular, seem a pointless exercise of boring self expression.
  7. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I've seen 2 drum solos I liked. Joey Kramer and Neil Peart. The rest of them just seemed like strategic intermissions for the rest of the band to go back stage and get drunk or high.
  8. Andy Smith

    Andy Smith You fill up my senses, Like a gallon of Magnet..

    Ha! A mate's just sent me a photo of a sign outside a pub; 'Drummers must be accompanied by an adult'.

    If Photobucket hadn't have been so ridiculous with their prices I'd have posted it here.....
  9. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    i voted no, but sometimes, every once in a while, if tastefully done, they can be quite entertaining.

    more live than recorded.

    keith carlock with steely dan did an amazing solo live.

    and i can't even imagine 'in-a-gadda-da-vida' without it.
  10. izgoblin

    izgoblin Forum Resident

    I'm a drummer and I don't like drum solos ... in general, with some exceptions.

    When they exist, they should definitely be brief.

    For me, no drum solo outshines Ron Bushy's on In-a-Gadda-da-Vida. Not the fastest or technically most impressive, but musically the most interesting for sure.
  11. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Essex, UK
    Yes, absolutely. What would Billy Cobham's Spectrum album be without his solo tracks? Peter Criss' solo in Alive! would leave a big hole. Led Zep II without Moby Dick? And goodness knows how many jazz performers.
  12. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

  13. Uncle Miles

    Uncle Miles Wafting in and out of Forum

    Phoenix, AZ USA
    Once in a rare while: (John Bonham, Tony Williams, Art Blakey)
  14. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Houston, TX, USA
    I much prefer very tasty fills during a song.
  15. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Don't like 'em at all.

    Truthfully, I don't like solos of any stripe. The only one I've found remotely entertaining was Gary Richrath's solo spot for REO Speedwagon back in the day.

    Solos are the reason to take novels to gigs.
  16. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Senior Member

    My lab
    Generally not in rock. Zep's "Moby Dick" sucks.
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  17. gillcup

    gillcup Senior Member

    Raleigh, NC, USA
    I've always loved drum solos. Yes, some go on too long but most are really enjoyable IMO. I even made a CD-R compilation of drum solo songs.
  18. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Drums are too noisy and you've got no corners to hide in.
  19. boboquisp

    boboquisp Magic Prism Eye

    NE Ohio
    Yes (mostly)...not all of them though.
  20. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    California Day
    The only one I really love is Kenney Jones on (I Know I'm) Losing You. Otherwise, they're pretty pointless.
  21. PDK

    PDK Ta-ta...

    Central Florida
    If 20 people are playing it's not really a solo.
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  22. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ Hearing In Stereo Since 1959

    Salem, MA
    The original poster needs to add answers 1 and 3 together. The result is almost even.

    A great drummer playing a drum solo live can be terribly enthralling. Playing with rhythm, dynamics, nuance, tonal color, listening can be a stunning experience. But like any solo by ANY instrumentalist, if the soloist is self-indulgent and merely noodles to kill time (no pun intended), then it's as boring as anything.

    Even in studio, I can think of some GREAT drum solos:

    Dave Brubeck's "Take Five". The whole album was an experiment to play with time signatures. This tune in 5/4. Listen to the video and check out what drummer Joe Morello does with his solo opportunity, playing with phrasing, space, and syncopation.

    This is an amazing, thrillingly performed take on the Pat Metheny Group's "Straight On Red". There is a really inspired piano solo by Lyle Mays here, but the percussion drives this piece, highlighted by a percussion section duet.

    Straight On Red

    There are fewer examples of rock drum solos other than a percussion driven group like Santana. Live? The Allman Brothers were dynamite live with their dual-percussionists.
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  23. Northwind

    Northwind Forum Resident

    No... but I don't like extended guitar solos or any type of extended solo thst takes place outside of the context of a song.

    What I love is when a key drum fill may be extended into a mini drum solo... often with interaction of rest of band... and serves to elevate the song.
  24. drobo

    drobo Forum Resident

    Denver, CO
    Not really a true solo but the three man “solo” with King Crimson last year was very impressive.
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  25. deredordica

    deredordica Music Freak

    Sonoma County, CA
    It depends. It has to add something to the song (rather than just showing off) and shouldn't be too long. Neil Peart knows what to do. Prefer the "extended fill", shorter than a solo, but not many drummers think of that.
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