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Dominant 7th #9

Registered: 10-2003
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Instrumentation in "The Shield"


Always wondered about this:

Between the 1st and 2nd verse of the song, there is a solo section, that sounds like bongo drums. I think it's Jon Lord slapping on the keys of the organ in a rhythmic, atonal, fashion but I'm not a hundred percent sure. Also, the tail end where it sounds like galloping horse's hooves fading into the distance (Mr. Ed, maybe you helped with this part of the recording...ehh?...or nayyyy!!?). emoticon

If that all was done by organ in "real time", no studio trickery, then that is amazing.

I have more respect for musicans who make their instruments speak in strange voices through "real time" manipulation, than those who just run it through a PC computer loop, effects processor, sequencer, or the like.

I think it is to this philosophy that Jon Lord really shines as a musician.

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Re: Instrumentation in "The Shield"


quote:

B3Burner wrote:

Always wondered about this:

Between the 1st and 2nd verse of the song, there is a solo section, that sounds like bongo drums. I think it's Jon Lord slapping on the keys of the organ in a rhythmic, atonal, fashion but I'm not a hundred percent sure. Also, the tail end where it sounds like galloping horse's hooves fading into the distance (Mr. Ed, maybe you helped with this part of the recording...ehh?...or nayyyy!!?). emoticon



I think one of those could be Jon. But back then Ian Paice also used more percussive instruments than he did later(just listen to Chasing Shadows) so he could also have an important part in the sound of that one.

However, Shield is a superb song(one of the best) and those instrumental sections have an important part in that.
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