Identify this song and artist

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
I've recently been converting my old cassettes to digital . I came across this song and I can't think of who it's by or who the drummer is. I'll probably kick myself when I find out.

I'd describe it as instrumental prog fusion European-style but it could be an American artist for all I know. Drums, bass, keys and guitar. Nice when you're relaxing later in the evening.

I've attached the first 2 mins of the tune.
 

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Andy

Administrator
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That really sounds like a Jan Akkerman guitar solo melody progression. I'm not sure, but this has the ring of an obscure Focus track to me. Andy's best guess.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Nice try, Andy. A similar genre but I'm sure it's not Focus. The guitar sounds less biting than Jan A and there's no evidence of Thijs van Leer's trademark organ or piano sounds.

It's not Gong or Soft Machine either.

Here's another grab (it's a long song - about 12 mins)
 

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Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Thanks, these guesses helped - I just remembered! What a relief - it was really bugging me.

Okay, should I spill the beans ... or will we see if anyone knows it? :)

A hint ... the song comes from a solo album by someone in the 100 Top Rock Guitarists list: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_newguitar.html

The music is more sophisticated than you'd expect, given the band he's best known for playing in ...
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
We have a winner! Nice one, Alan. What's the story with SoundHound? I've not heard of it.

For a while the name wasn't on my radar because it's not the kind of music we normally associate with Mick Taylor. He had three drummers on that album - Pierre Moerlen from Gong, Richard Bailey, who's best known for playing (brilliantly) on Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow and some other guy. It sounds like it's Pierre on this track.
 

eamesuser

Silver Member
Interesting.I was at a friends house and he had an instructional video by Mick for how he plays slide guitar,and he really is quite good at that genre too.
 

Alain Rieder

Silver Member
SoundHound is an application for iPhone (and other phones) that compares the sound wave from a recording to a database. I saw your post as a challenge, and as you can see it worked, although I had to try it twice. Then it also gives associated links on the net (YouTube), so checking one of the links I knew it was right.
I think it's pretty amazing how fast it is able to recognize a tune that I would consider as pretty obscure, although I know who Mick Taylor is.
http://www.soundhound.com/

Theres another app called Shazam, that does the same, but it failed at this one (I only have the lite/free version, so maybe that's why!?)
http://www.shazam.com/
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
I completely missed Mick on that list!

Mind you, I was so rattled to see Page a lowly number 5, I wasn't thinking straight either. :)
You have a problem with him being behind Jimi, Beck and Eric, and ahead of Bob Fripp, Brian May, David Gilmour and Pete Townshend?? Tough crowd.

But yeah "Mick Taylor" ... just one step from "John Smith" and maybe not a name to stand out in a list ...


SoundHound is an application for iPhone (and other phones) that compares the sound wave from a recording to a database. I saw your post as a challenge, and as you can see it worked, although I had to try it twice. Then it also gives associated links on the net (YouTube), so checking one of the links I knew it was right.
I think it's pretty amazing how fast it is able to recognize a tune that I would consider as pretty obscure, although I know who Mick Taylor is.
http://www.soundhound.com/

Theres another app called Shazam, that does the same, but it failed at this one (I only have the lite/free version, so maybe that's why!?)
http://www.shazam.com/
Thanks for the info Alan. Pretty amazing, especially since it's not a fairly obscure recording ... it must be a huge database.

I'd be interested to see how it goes with some Oz music. I ripped this bluesy number from cassette last week. My guess is that the iPod gizmo would get this one :)

(hey Larry, you might like this)
 

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Alain Rieder

Silver Member
Okay okay ;-) but sorry, this time it didn't work.
Maybe try to google a big portion of the lyrics, you may find it.
 

larryz

Platinum Member
Was not Mick Taylor very briefly with the Rolliing Stones as well? The same guy? Or am I incorrect.

I enjoyed the Name That Tune. Make it a weekly contest!
 
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