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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by HotRodSteve, Mar 14, 2021.
A great opening riff.
A truly brilliant band!
I use to do a chord melody of that tune arranged and performed by Earl Klugh. I loved the song and most of what Orleans recorded.
this is my all time favorite Orleans song!
Chet Atkins stated that DWM had one of the best melodies that he had ever heard.
The whole album is a masterpiece, IMO.
I just remembered that drummer Wells Kelly also passed away too soon.
Great players and singers, all!
RIP, Wells and Larry.
i saw a video of Chet doing DWM and it was incredible. I will have to hunt it down.
I have accounted for about half of the views of this version.
That they weren’t a little more impactful was always of interest to me. They had a certain success for sure, but it seems they had tremendous talent.
I still get chills sometimes when I hear that line "I can take you where you want to go".
One of my favorites of all time, I use this song for vocal practice at least once a week!
They had a lot of competition, even on their own label. At the time they were on Elektra/Asylum, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Walsh, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne were on that label.
I think the quote from Chet was that "Dance With Me" was something like the song was the queen of fingerstyle melodies. That's high praise from Chet.
Members of Orleans, including Larry, originally came from the Ithaca, NY, band Boffalongo. Being an Ithaca guy, I used to see them often when I was a teen, and I was thoroughly impressed with their skill and sound. They reminded you how far your own band had to go before you could be considered good.
I always loved the original tune, but when I heard Earl Klugh’s arrangement who is a master at chord melody’s, I had to get to work on it. After a few weeks of obsessing over it I had it down. Earl is not an easy guy to copy.
It was part of my playlist for many years, but it faded away.
But I think I’m gonna get to refreshing the tune because I love it and so does anyone who ever heard it.
Orleansl was a great band, very talented all.
I liked the ABC label record that they did, there was also an import album also. The album with no shirts great album but awful cover.
John and Johanna Hall wrote lots of great songs!
John and Larry Hoppen played and sang brilliantly.
I read that John Hall played the solo on Still The One, and Larry overdubbed his harmony.
Very skilled, memorable and melodic.
Dance With Me, Sails and Still The One always take me back to my happy youth.
Thanks gentlemen, and Johanna!