Who's R&B & Greasy Fingers on the Fretboard........

An English Boy peter_dennis_blandford_townshend at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 18 10:24:04 CDT 2004

>From: "L. Bird" <pkeets at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: The Who Mailing List <thewho at igtc.com>
>To: thewho at igtc.com
>Subject: RE: Who's R&B
>Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 06:17:02 +0000
>>-Features lead singer with group - call and response
>-Complex musical layers with rhythms and repetition
>-Expressive, densely textured vocal and instrumental sounds
>These are the elements I expect when I hear the term "R&B."  The complex 
>rhythms really stick out when you hear the masters do it.
>So, the early Who set up the lead singer and the group, and they did songs 
>that featured call and response and audience participation, but they 
>couldn't manage the complex rhythms and densely textured sound.  With only 
>a three piece band, the sound was too thin and Moon's drumming too creative 
>and erratic.  In the eighties, with a keyboardist and a drummer who could 
>maintain a steady rhythm, they came much closer.
>Plus, Pete's power chords just don't fit into this definition at all.

Hmmm...those *powerchords* sure worked for Hendrix's style, which was
honed on the chitlin circuit of RnB with some notable names at the helm,
and continued throughout everything he did until his far too early demise.


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