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Unusual Instrumentals

I love the Fyfe Piper by The Dynatones which I'm fairly sure was played on a Clarkes C penny whistle. Any other tracks with unusual instruments?

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Hey Elfael,

Welcome aboard Yea Fyfe Piper Old School Soul from my Youth Club Days.

Here's one for you, And they don't come anymore unusual than this. Ananda Shankar- Dancing Drums, I Love It,

Enjoy....Rick

 

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Back to the Casino with this ....

 

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Then there's the wonderful Harp (as in Classical harp,not Blues harmonica,which is oft referred to as Blues harp by musicians &  fans)  on 'Sidra's Theme'/ 'As Long As You Love Me' -Ronnie & Robyn and  Fathers Angels' ' Bok to Bach' . 

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Always found this to be a one off sound.

Around 1980 revival at the KGB sheff where it was played to death.

Ed

 

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Hi Elfael, {Welsh division or Marker?}

                Unusual Instruments on Tracks or Unusual Instrumentals ?? I will go with former as I posted the latter 6 years ago :                                          "Love Factory " = Slide Whistle.

                                                   "My Hearts Symphony " Steel Guitar.

                                                   " Footsie" = Kazoo or Mirliton ,Russ Winstanley.

                                                    Many Motown hits = Glass Bottle ,Snow Chains ,Jack Ashford Legedary Percussionist!!

                                                     "Fife Piper" = Fife { Not aPenny whistle, a type of Piccolo} Ray Figlar ,Woodwind player.

                                                                     Too Much Lockdown, Cheers to All ,Stay Safe ,John ,Malaga,Spain.

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One of mine Las Vegas group AKA The Sprites ( I have the LP) same record

 

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I think that's a harpsichord (?) on this one- 

 

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not sure what or which or when instrument wise but...

 

 

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I think it might be a Tack Piano (a piano altered with tacks put on the hammers to give it that old 'Wild West Saloon 'sound(as in the old Western films) with added echo effects on the Sounds Of Lane ,although it could be a harpsichord with echo etc.- hard to say for sure-tough one!

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Mark Johnson - The Beautiful Place

 

Instrumental version of Frankie & the Classicals and Laura Greene songs

 

Odd bird noises throughout

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If we're going down the unusual root this has got to be up there with the scenes classics

Kirsty

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Theremin on some Shrine recordings, Prophets Hur Baby 

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hold the front page ,,,,,  i give you this beauty 

 

 

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A little Piano..

 

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Bongo Tastic..... 

 

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One Of Mr Bradys Stafford Cover Up's Kinettes - You Got Me Baby (Inst) (International Acetate) C/U Stanley Mitchell....

Kirsty

 

Kinettes.mp3

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Ace of Base...

 

 

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I know it's called "Drum Song" but, that's a kalimba on the intro - 

 

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2 hours ago, Michael V said:

I think it might be a Tack Piano (a piano altered with tacks put on the hammers to give it that old 'Wild West Saloon 'sound(as in the old Western films) with added echo effects on the Sounds Of Lane ,although it could be a harpsichord with echo etc.- hard to say for sure-tough one!

        I think you're right about the tack piano- it does sound like one.

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Another unusual instrument-on a Soul record,at least- is the banjo  on The Delicates 'Stop Shovin' Me Around on Challenge (later on Soultown) on the intro and mid-song break- a rare example of one on a Soul 45,although The Supremes had  a track ' The Man  With The Rock n Roll Banjo Band' on the UK 'Meet The Supremes'  Stateside LP (not sure which US Supremes LP it was on)  Producers and arrangers were always looking for that something a little different to make their record stand out-I guess that may have been the reasoning behind  The Delicates 45' featuring the banjo,which was almost certainly played by Glen Campbell,who did session work for Challenge and lots of LA labels-in fact he was an early/mid-60's member of Challenge instrumental act The Champs.

I spoke to Freddi Pool of The Delicates last year at a Three Degrees concert (she's one of the Degrees now,alongside Helen Scott and Valerie Holliday) she kindly signed my copy of 'I've Been Hurt' on Challenge-I should have asked her about the banjo player..

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The cabaret bar sounds...

Ed

 

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16 hours ago, Gold Band said:

One Of Mr Bradys Stafford Cover Up's Kinettes - You Got Me Baby (Inst) (International Acetate) C/U Stanley Mitchell....

Kirsty

 

Kinettes.mp3 2.31 MB · 3 downloads

Alvin Cash & Registers - Sweatin’.. came out on Secret Stash

Dave Thorley also plated it at Stafford. 

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More banjo ?

Cheers Paul

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A nifty electric guitar...on a real left field oldie.

Gawd knows how this got played or how you are supposed to dance to it....but its deffo part of the swons.

Ed

 

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2 hours ago, Soul Shrews said:

More banjo ?

Cheers Paul

Definitely two guitars to my ears-the rhythm guitarist behind  ace Clarence Nelson (who plays the hard-picked lead,with those short,biting notes) is playing  in a  short,chopping,percussive style that sounds a little like a banjo,but I don't think it is  .A great instrumental-always loved it,the band is so tight-and I don't mean drunk or stingy!

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Hiya, unusual instrumentals. Bill pursell- heartbeat. Some years ago my mate spoke to him- a master of music. Late 7ts everyone stomping like mad to off kilter track.  Good fun though, cheers

 

 

 

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Cordon Bleu from Stix Hooper (1979) features the prolific Frank Marocco on accordion. I've seen a reference to a musette (a small French bagpipe) being on there too, but I can't hear that. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOZfkErXIfw

Talking of bagpipes, does Martha Reeves Forget Me Not have bagpipes, or was it the Motown studio musicians recreating the sound of the Highlands on their traditional instruments?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASILqr6uVCE

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More mod club sound than northern    but you get the drift ......

 

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 wigan wasn't it did they play the vocal as well

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an early play I think 

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2 hours ago, Mark B said:

an early play I think 

An absolutely superb piece of music-but nothing to do with Northern!

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This one alway gives me the horn

 

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This. Particularly the oompah-band bit -trombone and tuba (I think).

 

 

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4 hours ago, sir cumference said:

An absolutely superb piece of music-but nothing to do with Northern!

I'm not sure....sounds alot like a basic afternoon of the rhino...I would not be surprised if it had a spin or two at the casino...

Ed

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14 hours ago, Joesoap said:

This. Particularly the oompah-band bit -trombone and tuba (I think).

 

 

Christ,   some rubbish was played back then (and still is). 

  Rhino,  Interplay,  Phil Coulter ....   SOUL ? 

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The ultimate carnival soundtrack..

Ed

 

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On 16/04/2020 at 20:49, Gold Band said:

One Of Mr Bradys Stafford Cover Up's Kinettes - You Got Me Baby (Inst) (International Acetate) C/U Stanley Mitchell....

Kirsty

 

Kinettes.mp3 2.31 MB · 13 downloads

That's awesome 😊

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Another Unusual Cover Up this time from wigan The Mystic Moods

covered up by Mr Winstanley

Kirsty

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On 17/04/2020 at 20:10, Tomangoes said:

A nifty electric guitar...on a real left field oldie.

Gawd knows how this got played or how you are supposed to dance to it....but its deffo part of the swons.

Ed

 

I've researched Travis Wammack.     innovator and all round guitar legend !   

  Little Richards band leader , amongst other things....    interesting read . 

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Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions - didn't actually think anyone would reply 🤣

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On 16/04/2020 at 12:09, Rick Scott said:

Here's one for you, And they don't come anymore unusual than this. Ananda Shankar- Dancing Drums, I Love It,

 

 

That's exactly what I was looking for - brill!

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On 16/04/2020 at 15:07, John Hart said:

Hi Elfael, {Welsh division or Marker?}

               

Yes, a bit of Wales.

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On 16/04/2020 at 17:52, The Yank said:

I think that's a harpsichord (?) on this one- 

 

I think it's a hammered dulcimer or cimbalom - they were all the rage in 60s spy soundtracks.

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What about this one? One I dug out of a box at home recently. Needs a bit of volume. Killer. Absolutely love it.

 

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Same vein..

 

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Brooks Brothers  Come See on Thomas,

Sorry not able to put sound file on!

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On 18/04/2020 at 18:17, sir cumference said:

An absolutely superb piece of music-but nothing to do with Northern!

It was played early days before the scene was called northern

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 Honey Townsend - The World Again   Crank up the volume....

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