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Sandy Nelson - Drums Are My Beatdotdotdot
artworkSandy Nelson played on many hit sessions with a wide variety of artists, and he had success under his own name as well.
Picks: My Blue Heaven, Hawaiian War Chant, Twisted, Caravan, Drums Are My Beat, Day Drumming, Drum Stomp, Hum Drum, Topsy, The City

Track by Track Review


My Blue Heaven dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Cool piano and fifties studio rock and roll sound. Pumped up, but not particularly catchy.

Hawaiian War Chant dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sandy Nelson's drums amp up this traditional Hawaiian number in a big band format. It's fun, but not particularly remarkable.

Twisted dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A rock solid drum beat opens this fifties style studio rock cut. Aside from Sandy's kit, there's nothing to really set this apart. It is quite energetic.

Caravan dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Duke Ellington's "Caravan" is a natural for a drum record. It's so rhythmic. This is a very cool version of this venerable song. Very exotic.

Drums Are My Beat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Drums Are My Beat" sports a fun little riff carried on piano and bass against guitar. It's pretty simple, but very cool. As always, the drums are focus.

Day Drumming dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Day Drumming" is another Sandy Nelson composition. There are no players adding to the song. It's all drums and almost eight minutes long.

Drum Stomp dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Drum Stomp" employs a Richard Podolor vibrato shimmered progression to lead the drum fest. Kinda country, kinda surfy, and rooted in the fifties.

Hum Drum dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With a simple riff inspired slightly by "Istanbul," this is a rhythmic and tribal track with solid energy. It's also a bit like "Let There Be Drums."

Topsy dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Topsy" opens with the middle section in brass before giving way to lead xylophone. It's an interesting concept, but is not as hard driving as the Cozy Cole hit.

The City dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Steve Douglas' nasty sax and Sandy Nelson's tribal thunder work wonders on this track. The guitar riff is highly repetitious, but the back ally mean streak comes through clearly, coupled with a Vegas runway giggle.