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Old 02-15-2017, 11:22 PM
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Default First We Take Manhattan

Prepping for an upcoming gig. One of the songs is First We Take Manhattan by Jennifer Warnes (lyrics by Leonard Cohen).

I have heard it many times over the years. Appreciated the lyrics, the production, and the tasteful playing. A simple, solid groove with just the right amount of spice.

Once I started digging into the song, assimilating the essentials so I can own/drive it... I started geeking out. Odin's beard there is some tasty playing on this song!!!

Wondering if anyone else on the forum has covered it?

If you are looking for a new 'song study' project. I highly recommend this one.
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:10 AM
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Yes, that song has a great groove.
I hope you have a good bass player that you can hook up with for this song.

I think I would be on the hi hat for the verses and the ride for the chorus and bridge.

Groove on.............

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Old 02-16-2017, 02:46 AM
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My band covers it, but we base it on the REM cover instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xkueNLrAas. It's pretty rocking. I even get to do some backing vocals on it.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:34 PM
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@Hollywood Jim - Yes, a VERY good bass player for this project. Someone I have worked with before. We have a great musical rapport.

@alparrot - I forgot about the REM cover. They definitely made the song their own.
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Old 02-21-2017, 09:32 AM
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Well yeah - tasty it is! That's Vinnie Colaiuta on drums :)
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:43 AM
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My band covers it, but we base it on the REM cover instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xkueNLrAas. It's pretty rocking. I even get to do some backing vocals on it.
I hadn't heard that version before...it's a ripper!

VERY keen for one of my bands to play a version something like this.
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:20 AM
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Well yeah - tasty it is! That's Vinnie Colaiuta on drums :)
After I started digging in to the song, and transcribing it, I did a search to find out who played on it. I had to know who it was.

Burst out laughing when I read the personnel list... of course it was Vinnie! :D
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