Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yesterday I mentioned that the last ten seconds of the bridge from "Polythene Pam" to "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" on Abbey Road were my favorite ten seconds in all of rock and roll.

Ttoday, I decided to list some of my other favorite moments:

The opening to Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" (used to wonderful effect in Shrek the Third.)

The first line of Prince's "Little Red Corvette."

Roger Daltrey's in tune scream near the end of "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The bass parts in Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed-Girl" and Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al." (Not to mention the lyric about "the angels in the architecture.")

The opening guitar riff on the Beach Boys "Fun, Fun, Fun" which they blatantly stole from Chuck Berry.

Not to mention Roger McGuin's wonderful riff at the opening of "Mr. Tambourine Man."

And of course, you can't mention guitars without talking about  the opening to "Layla."  The original version, by Derek and the Dominoes.

The opening to the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What  You Want." The choirboys kill me.

Last but certainly not least, Michael Shrieve's insane drum solo during Santana's Woodstock version of "Soul Sacrifice." Have you ever seen the Hermitage version of the Marc Chagall painting "The Dance"? This is what the people were dancing to, albeit 59 years before the fact. And Shrieve was nineteen (nineteen?!?!?!) at the time.

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