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Orchestras used in rock - name your favourite example.

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by RoyBGood, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    Oh, HAY-UL YES! (How we say it in NC)
     
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    have a listen to just the strings from "Eleanor Rigby"...genius



    give this a spin...Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford and an orchestra:



    the orchestra comes in at about 1:10 of this one



    and then there's this:

     
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    Have a listen to a piece off this sadly overlooked Elvis Costello album, 'The Juliet Letters' - the best use of a string quartet since 'Eleanor Rigby', imho.



    And this version of 'My Love' is sweet too - what is with me and string quartets?



    It goes without saying that Jeff Lynne raised the bar in this respect and this is a great example - I love the string fills at 0.58 and 2.23. I'm digressing here, but I defy ANY guitarist living or dead to have created a better solo for this song.

     
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  5. RoyBGood

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    I agree - the Eleanor Rigby score is superb and is as important as the song itself. The Beatles were SO blessed to have this wonderful musician as their producer.
     
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    Completely off topic, but it's always nice to see some people can put the apostrophe in Bishop's Stortford.

    Anyway, as you were.
     
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    Paul Buckmaster's arrangements on the early Elton John albums were sublime.
     
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    Indeed, "A Day ...." leapt to my mind, but ironically I find the use of orchestration on TLAWR annoying.
    Gilding the lily, IMO.
    The late Sir George Martin's orchestral contributions to A Day serves the intent and feel of the song.
    Uncle Phil's orchestrations just sound unnecessary and overblown.
    I always though so, even as a squirt kid.
    Luckily, decades later the Let It Be, Naked record vindicated me.
    I better make a nice tinfoil hat so no one else can read my mind!:rolleyes:;):)
     
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  11. RoyBGood

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    Couldn't have put it better myself! I alluded to the TLAWR score in my first post - it's an example of how not to do it. A string quartet would've worked well imho - there I go again!
     
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    Let's hear it for David (now Dee) Palmer, who did some great orchestral arrangements for Jethro Tull.
     
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    I really enjoy the album Metallica did with the SF Symphony.

    Kashmir is another great example IMO
     
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    David Angel's arrangements on Love's " Forever Changes ". :cool:
     
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    The first 2 Barclay James Harvest albums. Many orchestral pieces - and the band toured with the 48 piece Barclay James Harvest Orchestra.

    Here are 2 standouts



     
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    Not necessarily 'rock', but Van Dyke Parks's arrangements on Joanna Newsom's Ys are fabulous.

     
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    Conquistador by Procol Harum... Song starts at 0:47...
     
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    Apocalypse. Mahavishnu/Mclaughlin. Produced by George Martin. LSO.

     
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