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Yopps 07-16-2011 08:13 PM

Andy Parker
 
He isn't on the drummers thread and I know he deserves to be.



http://www.beatsworking.tv/UFO/andy_77.jpg


Andy Parker.


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/...cf52cae25f.jpg

He was/is the drummer for the U.K. rock group UFO for the better part of it's 40 + year career. I belive he is amoung the many underrated/unsung rock drummers of his time. He got his gig drumming with freinds Phil Mogg and Pete Way in 1969 and has been doing it ever since. He is a quite guy, I've never heard him do solos or anything outside of serving the song he just holds the fort down and locks in with bassist Pete Way. He is not a technition of sorts but he comes up with some creative fills and his grooves always are catchy like in Rock Bottom, Give Her The Gun, Shoot Shoot . You can hear some of his best playing on the 'Strangers in The Night" live album as well as the studio albums he did (check out all of UFO's stuff). His gear was Ludwig in the 70's then sometime in the 80s he switched to Premeir drums. He loved big kits LOL

Here he is in the early days playing a sweet Ludwig set up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KRDE-CzRhU

A nice example of his style later on with a bigger kit, enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHF7q...19EBC9076AD37E

Here he is again playing a kick butt white double bass Ludwig set. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICJ3aRN4-o

harryconway 07-16-2011 10:07 PM

Re: Andy Parker
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Yopps (Post 867011)
Andy Parker.


He is a quite guy, I've never heard him do solos or anything outside of serving the song he just holds the fort down and locks in with bassist Pete Way. He is not a technition of sorts but he comes up with some creative fills and his grooves always are catchy like in Rock Bottom, Give Her The Gun, Shoot Shoot .

I agree, and he was a big influence on me, when I started out "rock drumming" .....

PaiceFan 08-14-2011 07:01 PM

Re: Andy Parker
 
Andy is one of the great underated 70's rock drummers. One of my favorites early on. I consider Strangers In The Night to be the greatest Live Hard Rock Album of all time. I'm glad Yopps has taken the time to honor him with this thread. I'm also glad he has returned as the drummer in UFO.

Yopps 08-15-2011 12:07 AM

Re: Andy Parker
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PaiceFan (Post 878432)
Andy is one of the great underated 70's rock drummers. One of my favorites early on. I consider Strangers In The Night to be the greatest Live Hard Rock Album of all time. I'm glad Yopps has taken the time to honor him with this thread. I'm also glad he has returned as the drummer in UFO.

Yeah he finally gets back with UFO and then Pete Way gets diagnosis liver cancer and has to leave.


And I agree Strangers is phenomenal.

Sit back and listen to how well Andy is playing on that record, his grooves/beats with bassist Pete Way are damn near clockwork. He reminds me almost of the Bohnam + JPJones model actually.


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