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Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drumsdotdotdot
artworkSandy Nelson's impeccable "Let There Be Drums" appears on this LP. Nelson played with real hard precision. Drum solos are a difficult thing to pull off. Nelson was able to make his kit sing.
Picks: Slippin' And Slidin', Tequila, My Girl Josephine, Big Noise From Winnetka, Let There Be Drums, Bouncy, Birth Of The Beat, Quite A Beat, Get With It, Drum Roll

Track by Track Review


Slippin' And Slidin' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Little Richard's wailing song is the basis for this infectious blues jam. Energetic and bouncy, with a pumping piano and thumpy bass line, and a solid drum solo.

Tequila dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A sorta big band arrangement modeled on Cozy Cole's "Topsy II," the drums are rhythmic and so cool. It's a long ways from the Mexican cool of the Champs, but Sandy Nelson's drums sure do rock!

My Girl Josephine dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Fats Domino's suave song finds a pale presentation here. The sax work is not inspired...

Big Noise From Winnetka dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Aside from catchy drum work, this is just a moderately interesting interpretation of Bob Crosby's "Big Noise From Winnetka." Lotsa fun though.

Let There Be Drums dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Let There Be Drums" was the first track released after Sandy Nelson lost his foot. It is an infectious thing with a rolling rhythm and great drums. The formula was a cross between "Wipe Out" and "Rebel Rouser." Nelson's drums are solid, and Richie Podolor's guitar work is excellent too.

Bouncy dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sandy Nelson wrote "Bouncy," which is a riff rocker for sure. Kinda relentless, but rhythmic and party cool.

Birth Of The Beat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This slowly evolving drum masterpiece shows off a healthy nod to Cozy Cole and Gene Krupa. Tribal like a forties big band rocker, this drum solo is very powerful. It's drums solos that best show off how important a really good sounding and well tuned drum kit really is.

Quite A Beat dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Podolor plays guitar and co-wrote "Quite A Beat" with Sandy Nelson. It's patterned like many of his drums singles, with lots of drums and chord progressions on guitar setting off different verses. Richard Podolor's guitar plays an Indian thing. This grows on you.

Get With It dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Richard Podolor's cool reverbed guitar chops under the dry riff lead as Sandy Nelson plays restrained drums. Similar in some ways to a softened "Let There Be Drums," "Get With It" is an infectious percussion track.

Drum Roll dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This sounds almost like a demo, with dry sound and less distinct ambiently captured drums. Perhaps it's from earlier sessions. It's a rocker, with little focus or hook value.