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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Chrismo, Feb 15, 2010.
Frank Zappa and the London Symphony Orchestra, volumes 1 and 2
Procol Harum did a more recent concert with an orchestra and choir-- with the Danish National Orchestra (2006) Album and DVD 2008.
The Bee Gee frequently toured with a 21 piece orchestra.
Yes recorded the Magnification album with a live orchestra and no dedicated keyboard player.
So, lots of suggestions for bands who toured with orchestras, but not a lot of suggestions for bands who put out albums with orchestras.
You'd think in the seven years since this thread was started that more ideas would have come up.
I only replied to this thread because Hottie McBlondie.
Is Lou Reed a Rock Band?
And of course Electric Light...Orchestra.
I won't be a bore about it, but nothing screams "Not Rock & Roll" like a bunch of people playing fly specks of pieces of paper.
There, my cranky old man and inner teenager got his daily wonk out of the way.
Leningrad Cowboys, their Like A Virgin is brilliant but can't find a clip
That ENZSO concert produced a great version of "Message to My Girl," and permanently changed how Neil Finn sang the song live from then on.
Not exactly a rock band in the classical sense but Mono did a live album, Holy Ground: NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra in 2010
Him? He's in a rocknroll band...
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "The Last DJ" 2002. They did a couple of shows playing the entire album with the orchestra and released a dvd of one of the shows. It's really good.
Historically it was probably The Moody Blues who pioneered the fusion of group and orchestra in 1967.
Then in 1969 Deep Purple did the Concert for Group and Orchestra at the Albert hall.
I think it was after this that a lot more groups began to experiment with full orchestral sound.
It was an era of musical experimentation that hasn't been repeated since.
Live at St Anne's Warehouse, 2006. Terrific album.
Dimmu Borgir were mentioned above. They've been using a live orchestra on albums since 2001.
Not an orchestra, but VAST uses a real string ensemble and other orchestral instruments instead of keyboard analogs on their albums.
Surprised nobody mentioned Metallica's "S&M".
I saw clips from that 2006 concert and it was incredible. The version of Whiter Shade of Pale was better than the original IMO. And that's some feat. Brooker still sings great.
Generally though, the rock band and orchestra thing is pretty pretentious.