Someone started a thread about the drum solo from the classic Iron Butterfly "In-A-Gada-Da-Vida" album. This was last year sometime.
They said that they saw no great technical merits in the famous drum epic. Amoung other things.
Many board members posted and said basically this.
Everyone agreed that the solo wasn't about showing off great drumming technique.
We all agreed that what the solo did have was, "Feeling"
Feeling for the music that led up to the solo. Feeling for the context of the arrangement of the song, and feeling that fit the time in history that the album was tracked in.
That is an example of a drummer playing something from the heart that people could relate to at the time.
Some younger people that listen to the song now laugh at it because they do not understand it.
Music and drumming is a reflection of the moment in time that it was performed in.
It doesn't have to be the best music or drumming in the world to be considered great by the listener.
It just has to connect with the listener and his frame of mind at the time that he is hearing it.
Links to part 1 and part 2 on youtube