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Heretic 03-02-2006 05:38 AM

Barriemore Barlow
 
Is anybody else a fan of this fine drummer? John Bonham referred to him as one of the greatest drummers England ever produced--a decade with Jethro Tull, and some nice work on Robert Plant solo works. Absolutely beautiful work on Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses (albums) with Jethro Tull. I saw him back in the day, playing his Vistalites kit, which can be seen here:

http://www.vistalites.com/legends/barlow.htm



Can't get any sense of what he is doing now, but absloutely one of my favorites.

Any other fans out there or any news of what he is up to now? He ought to be on this site somewhere.

sly1965 03-02-2006 09:43 PM

Re: Barriemore Barlow
 
I don't know him a lot and never been a fan of Jethro tull, but i remember his work on the first Yngwie Malmsteen and he is for sure a very unique drummer with a very unique sound.

smoggrocks 03-02-2006 09:48 PM

Re: Barriemore Barlow
 
i was a huge tull fan growing up, so dug him by default. some people think its sounds really dated, and maybe it does, but i always liked the thick, thuddy drum sound he got. it worked really well with the music. i have a ton of tull albums, but benefit, songs from the wood, heavy horses, a, passion play, thick as a brick were always tops. the live stuff is great.

i lost track, so didn't realize he was not with them, but i thought i read something about him going through a heavy divorce and having to sell a ton of stuff, etc. so maybe he's recovering from all that. don't quote me, though. could've been another player.

King Crimson 03-03-2006 04:46 PM

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Barlow did some pretty cool timing stuff on "The Principle Of Moments" album.

Good listen if you never have.

Ruok 10-15-2006 10:47 PM

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Check out Kerry Livgren's (of the band KANSAS) "Seeds of Change" album from 1980. Barlow plays on "Just One Way"..."Mask Of the Great Deceiver"...."How Can You Live"....and "Down to the Core." Barlow goes ape on "Just One Way" at the end of the song and it is well worth a listen. His cymbals do sound like Paiste 2oo2s to me btw.

gp74 07-25-2007 07:54 AM

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Just saw this post but had to chime in. This guy is quite a player. For those unaware check out his playing on the Tull tune Minstrel In The Gallery. Whew! I was lucky enough to see him live with Tull back in the 70s. I can't believe his name is not mentioned with some of the great rock players...highly underrated or just missed the screen for some reason.

Sergio Ponti 08-23-2007 02:51 PM

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I met Barrie back in 2003. I play with Italy's official Tull tribute band and he came to see us play the whole "A Passion Play" album back to back. The gig took place at Teatro Magnani in Fidenza, Italy.
He signed my drum scores (23 pages!) and asked for a copy. Quite a gentleman, he is. He's very good friends with Clive Bunker, who he sees quite a bit.
Barrie now runs his own studio, called The Doghouse, outside of London.

Deltadrummer 08-31-2007 05:30 PM

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I've always been a big Barlowe fan. It think he is the most underrated of the Brit classic rock drummers; but he had the best technique out of any of' em.

H20 09-26-2007 05:32 PM

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Sergio--how did you get his drum scores (or did you transcribe them yourself)? I can never find transcriptions of much Tull drum scores, much less the material Barlow played--which I say is just fantastic composition, very unusual material.

I gather you're the drummer for Beggar's Farm--very nice.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

slingerland755 09-27-2007 05:38 PM

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BB's drum solo on the Bursting Out album show's his incredible chops and a very innovative drum sound for that time (1978).

peterpaul 10-17-2007 03:59 AM

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he has always been in my top five. besides his incredible natural technique and blistering chops he always played the unexpected part. and these little orchestrations just flowed out of him with such grace. a true original. his rudimental technique is blistering also, listen to the press rolls in thick as a brick. if you study minstrel in the gallery you will find some of the most tasteful double bass work on record. he didnt use them to propel the song, he just sprinkled a little doublebass here and there to evoke power, or as a foundation with a quiet rumble of thunder really low in the mix. when i play a solo i cant help but inject parts of his bursting out solo (conundrum) well the easier parts anyway here and there. ok thats it ill just say listen to minstrel in the gallery from end to end and see what you think. be well, PP

ellenvannin105 10-17-2007 04:12 AM

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Yes,and the Conundrum solo is only the tip of the arrow as to what this guy is really capable of. Unfortunately,I never got the chance to see Tull during their Prog-Rock heyday,but I do have a nice bootleg double-disk set of their L.A concert from 1973. It has a complete version of Passion Play and an incredible rendition of the second half of Thick As A Brick wherein Barlow delivers an absolutely blistering 10-minute drum solo. I agree with everyone here,Barrie Barlow is completely underrated. His drumming on the Robert Plant lps is also the stuff of legend.

Philly Joe 11-04-2007 10:59 PM

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http://raylomus.com/LIVE_Watchers_of...DRIGALfull.mp3

Great drum solo there.

Barlow's independence is ridiculous and for a very busy technical player he was also almost always very musical in his playing.

NOCHTI.com 12-10-2007 11:21 PM

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Heya Everyone! Love all BB's stuff! Especially the usually overlooked TOTRRTYTD and Heavy Horses. Great Latin and jazz back beats thrown in subtly here and there. Someone listen to "Quiz Kid" and tell me what the hell he does when Ian sings "....for a weekend of high life, they'll wine you, dine you, undermine you...." Its just great. The album Minstreal in the Gallery defines progressive rock drumming as much as I would say Bill Ward did with Sabbath. I just had to join this forum to add my suport for Barriemore. Lets get him his own page on DW! I must say I was amazed when he wasnt listed! Anyway, I have real soft spot for Barriemore as I tend to play similar stuff when banging away at my set. He always has a wonderfull round quaility to the whole of his playing even when the immeadiate beat/measure seems blocky and rigidly structured. Also a good mention for those unfaniliar with them. Check out the band -Acid Bath- whose (I believe) Bassist died in a car crash and the band is no longer together but the drummer Jimmy Kyle (although maybe a little rough) had some very Barriemore stuff going on amongst his death metal beats. There two albums are worth a listen or ten. Get past the initial shock off your first listen and I promise you'll grow to love them. Cheers!

Bernhard 12-18-2007 03:43 PM

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absolutely agree to everything...so added Barriemore Barlow to the gallery...

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers...re_Barlow.html

...and also heard, that he picked up the sticks again and would love to play in a good funky jazzy band if there is any around.....

Bernhard

Deltadrummer 12-18-2007 08:10 PM

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There's a nice article with Barrie in Drumhead magazine this month. He claims to be a self-schooled drummer. It has Bill Bruford on the cover, so you get two prog greats for the price of one.

Barrie says he's ready to start playing again, and I for one, am ready to hear him.

Derek 12-19-2007 02:31 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bernhard (Post 389362)
absolutely agree to everything...so added Barriemore Barlow to the gallery...

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers...re_Barlow.html

...and also heard, that he picked up the sticks again and would love to play in a good funky jazzy band if there is any around.....

Bernhard

Two good pieces of news ! Thanks for adding him to the gallery Bernhard.

Heretic 12-19-2007 04:02 PM

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Was in Guitar Center in Boston yesterday, saw the Drumhead Magazine and grabbed it right up--I was going to post it here, but I see somebody already saw it.

Great interview--now I understand why he had disappeared from sight for so long.

Delighted that Bernard noticed and put him on the site--that was a real omission in my view. He's absolutely a great, great drummer, and I am glad to see him here. Nice work Bernard!

Glad to hear he may be playing again--it would be great to see him at work again.

Sergio Ponti 01-23-2008 09:42 AM

Re: Barriemore Barlow
 
Hey!

just saw this, yes I did transcribe the whole second half of A Passion Play myself. Some parts just list the time signatures and the grooves but most of it it's note-for-note. I can make copies and send them to you. I also have the whole Minstrel In The Gallery album transcribed if anyone wishes to have those, Baker St. Muse and all, and most Tull songs with Barrie like Dark Ages, No Lullaby and many more.

I can not find that mag Drum Head over here. Any chances of someone getting it for me in change of some Barlow transcriptions? Even just photocopies of the Barrie interview?

Sergio

aydee 01-23-2008 10:01 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bernhard (Post 389362)
absolutely agree to everything...so added Barriemore Barlow to the gallery...

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers...re_Barlow.html

...and also heard, that he picked up the sticks again and would love to play in a good funky jazzy band if there is any around.....

Bernhard

Yeah, now we need you to go shoot a VID of him, Bernard!.. would be great to see him play again. He was so far ahead of most of his contemporaries, technique wise, IMO.

In an era of bashers and thrashers, he, Bonham & Mitchell, really stood out for their technique.

Derek 01-25-2008 05:48 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by aydee (Post 402360)
Yeah, now we need you to go shoot a VID of him, Bernard!.. would be great to see him play again. He was so far ahead of most of his contemporaries, technique wise, IMO.

In an era of bashers and thrashers, he, Bonham & Mitchell, really stood out for their technique.

I wholeheartedly agree with you here Aydee. And I don't wish to hijack this thread because it is for Barriemore, but may we add Aynsley Dunbar to your list of drum technique players amongst the bashers and thrashers of that era ? ( and now back to B.B. )

Al Baloney 06-26-2008 10:41 AM

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I reckon Barriemore Barlowe is absolutely amazing. The fills during the intro to "No Lullaby" on Bursting Out are immaculate. I learned to play kit by playing along with Thick As A Brick (when it was still fresh..). I read in a Modern Drummer interview dated sometime in the early '80's that Barlowe's favourite drummer was Harvey Burns who played on the Cat Steven's classics - Tea For The Tillerman etc.. I don't think of Burns as a technician like Barlowe, but when it comes to pure musicality, they both sit right in the pocket... Not just tub thumpers.. musicians!

rmandelbaum 06-26-2008 03:58 PM

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I am a Tull fan for sure. He is am amazing drummer. I never got to see them when he was in the band. I have seen them with Doane Perry multiple times. Always a treat, Ian is the consummate showman. They must have been something to see back in the day.

Eduard 07-24-2008 04:54 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Heretic (Post 389755)
Glad to hear he may be playing again--it would be great to see him at work again.

Greetings from Barcelona!

The last notice I have is Mr. Barlow is playing with Roland Chadwick in a project called "Native Tongue".
You can check it here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/rolandc4 and listen some tracks.

I've been a fan of Barlow's drumplay since 80's when I discover him and tried to make a tribute web, but my skills are not enough (like my english!).
Whatever, you can find it here (in spanish): http://awebando.iespana.es/index.htm
Unfortunatedly is not actualized (and works very bad), but there is some information about his carreer after Jethro Tull.
I put a little video of Barlow playing a little solo at youtube too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIeh89f6mD0
It's from an USA tour at 1976.
I hope this can help to remember this great drummer. I am glad to see him at drummerworld!

lonrow 02-20-2009 04:14 AM

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Hello Sergio. Barriemore Barlow is my favorite drummer and I have searched for any transcripts of his playing. Do you have any drum transcriptions from Songs From the Wood or Heavy Horses (in addition to No Lullaby)? I would love to see any that you have. Specifically, the time signature on Hunting Girl has me a little baffled. Thanks.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sergio Ponti (Post 402356)
Hey!

just saw this, yes I did transcribe the whole second half of A Passion Play myself. Some parts just list the time signatures and the grooves but most of it it's note-for-note. I can make copies and send them to you. I also have the whole Minstrel In The Gallery album transcribed if anyone wishes to have those, Baker St. Muse and all, and most Tull songs with Barrie like Dark Ages, No Lullaby and many more.

I can not find that mag Drum Head over here. Any chances of someone getting it for me in change of some Barlow transcriptions? Even just photocopies of the Barrie interview?

Sergio


cheezruff 10-13-2009 10:45 AM

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Just want to say how much BB's drumming was and continues to be inspirational. I saw Tull 3 times in the 70's, and Barrie's drumming was always spellbinding. His solos evolved substantially each time I saw him. The last time I saw Tull, UK was the warm up band in Nov 1979. I was in drummer's heaven as a young Terry Bozzio took center stage with UK and blew everyone's mind. Tull did their Stormwatch tour, complete with a stage set up that looked like a ship. Barrie's solo that night was somewhat like Conundrum, but with an added section that contained linear grooves with cowbell interspersed, it sounded like his version of Steve Gadd, but still original. Now 30 years later, Barriemore Barlow still holds my interest, even next to Virgil Donati, Vinnie Colaiuta, and the current greats.

Cuban 10-13-2009 11:09 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Heretic (Post 389755)
Was in Guitar Center in Boston yesterday, saw the Drumhead Magazine and grabbed it right up--I was going to post it here, but I see somebody already saw it.

Great interview--now I understand why he had disappeared from sight for so long.

Delighted that Bernard noticed and put him on the site--that was a real omission in my view. He's absolutely a great, great drummer, and I am glad to see him here. Nice work Bernard!

Glad to hear he may be playing again--it would be great to see him at work again.

Another BB fan here - having not seen this old article, why did he disappear?
What is he up to these days?

Rosko Bedosko 06-23-2010 04:21 AM

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Hello from Brisbane, Australia! Just joined Drummerworld especially so I could add my voice to the chorus of appreciation for the work of the awesome Barrie. Ever since I heard TAAB in 1972 I've been a fan, in fact it's partly his fault that I started playing. I saw Tull in 1974 and 1977 at Festival Hall in Brisbane and to this day I can't think of any other show to top them, especially the first one. Sensational! Thanks guys. And thanks Barrie, I don't know if you visit this forum but cheers for the inspiration, I hope all is well with you and long may you play!

Rosko

Honza 12-27-2010 05:56 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Sergio Ponti (Post 402356)
Hey!

just saw this, yes I did transcribe the whole second half of A Passion Play myself. Some parts just list the time signatures and the grooves but most of it it's note-for-note. I can make copies and send them to you. I also have the whole Minstrel In The Gallery album transcribed if anyone wishes to have those, Baker St. Muse and all, and most Tull songs with Barrie like Dark Ages, No Lullaby and many more.

I can not find that mag Drum Head over here. Any chances of someone getting it for me in change of some Barlow transcriptions? Even just photocopies of the Barrie interview?

Sergio

Hello Sergio,
I am Honza from Prague, Czech republic, I play in a band called "Bratranci Veverkove Jethro Tull Tribute Band" for 2 years. Barry Barlow is my the most influent drummer among all drummers in the world. I am just amazed of his style of playing. You can watch some You Tube things of our gigs here in Prague. We do have friends among Jethro Tull Tribute bands in the world, Beggar's Farm or Mother Goose from Italy as well. Our guitar player writes down all the notes which he transcribes from hearing to the music software (Guitar Pro, Sibelius etc.). But I am very interested of your work. Now I am approaching to the Minstrel In The Gallery song. It is really hard to play. Could you please inform me or help me with some special breaks which Barry plays? I would be very grateful of any hearing from you.
Best wishes in 2011.
Honza

Mike1964 09-18-2012 01:32 PM

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Was reading on Martin Barre's website that, now he and Doane Perry have been ,sort of pushed aside by Mr Anderson,Mr Barre wants to try and get together some of the old guard from the 70's line ups too do a tour playing the more heavy tracks from the Tull catalogue. He spoke too B.B and Clive Bunker,also John Evan who lives in Australia.Now that would be something too see...for those who never experienced the famous 70's line ups..a dream come true.Fingers x

Anon La Ply 09-25-2012 09:42 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by aydee (Post 402360)
In an era of bashers and thrashers, he, Bonham & Mitchell, really stood out for their technique.

I'd add Ian Paice, Cozy and BB's predecessor, Clive Bunker, to that list, although I'd guess that BB had more tight chops than any of them.

percussivelibrarian 10-24-2012 10:57 PM

Re: Barriemore Barlow
 
Count me as another fan of Mr. Barlow, he's definitely underrated in the pantheon of 1970s rock drummers. I always found his double bass work to be particularly inspiring -- Hunting Girl, Minstrel in the Gallery, Conundrum, etc.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike1964 (Post 1047829)
Was reading on Martin Barre's website that, now he and Doane Perry have been ,sort of pushed aside by Mr Anderson,Mr Barre wants to try and get together some of the old guard from the 70's line ups too do a tour playing the more heavy tracks from the Tull catalogue. He spoke too B.B and Clive Bunker,also John Evan who lives in Australia.Now that would be something too see...for those who never experienced the famous 70's line ups..a dream come true.Fingers x

Fingers crossed, for sure -- this sounds awesome!


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