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Just a few little notes on a few recent topics:
1. The primary effect used on the vocals in the alternate version of
"Mary Anne with the Shaky Hands" is actually tremolo (sometimes
inaccurately called vibrato), not phasing (or 'flanging' in current
lingo), and not just reverb (or echo), although there is some of that
added as well. Tremolo, as you older one-time garage band guitarists
know, is the nifty effect that processes the signal (audio output)
through a variable-speed gate, thus breaking a steady tone into a
broken rapid-fire staccato/machine-gun attack (dig this macho
terminology?). Most primitive guitar amps of the 60s & 70s had a
tremolo switch with a potentiometer (knob) to adjust the speed of the
gating, so one could attempt to pace it in rhythmic time to the tempo
of the song. Man, was that cool. Tremolo guitar was very popular in
the surf music bands of the day (a la "Pipeline" by The Chantays).
2. Yeah, as someone else pointed out, there was no violin used onstage
during the "Who's Next" tour. I caught them in Charlotte, NC around
late '71, and poor Daltrey was wheezing and huffing into that little
harmonica in a vain attempt to replicate the frenzied violin riff.
Didn't work very well, but nobody cared. I was busy watching Moon
drive the tempo out of town.
3. I have a snapshot of them onstage in Detroit (probably Cobo Hall)
sometime around '68, and Entwistle has a bass with one of the most
peculiarly designed bodies I've ever seen. I can't recall seeing any
other photos of this beauty. I can't draw the shape of it here in
cc:Mail, but it was fairly small, black finish, with the outer edge
highlit in a light yellow or pale orange, maybe white trim. The
general shape is sort of...hmmm...how to describe this...a tight curve
down at the lower edge nearest the plug and volume/tone knobs, and
very little else around to the neck intersection, only a very small
cutaway 'horn' by the underside of the neck. Looks vaguely like the
silhouette of a large conch shell. Kinda like a weird variation on the
old Vox teardrop body, but smaller than that. Anybody know this one?
(Now that I'm thinking about this, I believe I DO have another photo
of it, also onstage in the US, ca. '67-'68.) The headstock was pretty
similar to the standard Fender Jazz Bass shape, as I recall.