Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Sandy Nelson - And Then There Were Drums c/w Live It Up
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And Then There Were Drums
Studio drummer Sandy Nelson cut a long string of successful singles following his initial hit with "Teen Beat." Always drum centered, his rhythmic sessions captivated listeners and defined rock and roll drums until Ron Wilson and Hal Blaine came along. "And Then There Were Drums" is a grodie road runner of a track, with a nasty low-E guitar line that has always made me think of rolling down a rail line through a tribal outback. Excellent tribal drumming, of course. Incidentally, this single was cut after Sandy Nelson lost his foot in an auto accident. It didn't slow him down.
Ernie Freeman's repetitious tune is saved by Sandy Nelson's great drums. It's the beat, man, punctuated by guitar and sax.