[Moderator Omega - Wristscan]
Let's get started with Rhythm Sections! . . .
. . . and for a change, no surprises this time from yours truly.
Yeah, Charlie and Bill . . . none other. Unlike many rock drummers - and yes, I'm thinking especially of Keith Moon here - Watts projects an eerie calm. He's seemingly motionless at times.
[Watts at right / photo credit: Dr No, May 2013]
I call him the eye of the hurricane . . . all hell is breaking loose on stage, yet Charlie remains unflappable.
Happy 80th, Charlie. Hope to see you on the road again soon!
Charlie's partner in crime . . .
. . . is no less remarkable. Bill Wyman's playing has probably been underappreciated due to the Stones' recording engineers during their early years. Their stereo recordings practically washed out Bill's bass.
Then just a few years ago mono recordings were re-released. Compare.
Hard to tell the difference? Try again.
Might be hard to tell on a digital internet connection . . . obvious thru analog vinyl, though.
Ok, I'm biased . . . seen the Stones forty times, and will gladly see them again. So who else?
There are so many great players: Ginger Baker, Simon Kirke, Mel Schacher, Cozy Powell, Gerry Conway, Chris Squire, the inimitable John Entwistle, the incomparable John Bonham . . . countless.
I'll play two obscure chips, as hs111 would say: 'Reebop' Kwakuh Bah . . .
. . . whose percussion complemented Jim Capaldi's drumming like Ginger Rogers matched up with Fred Astaire, and a mysterious acoustic bass player, Elmer Wheeler, who played on the first track . . .
. . . to capture young Dr No's affection. Used to play this over and over when I was four, testing Dad's patience. Amazingly enough, there's no info to be gleaned from the internet regarding Wheeler. If anyone knows anything about him, please clue me in.
Watch on my wrist at the moment? A vintage Omega . . .
. . . that keeps time like Carl Palmer.