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Sleepwalk

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Boreas, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Love this tune, regardless of who plays it.







     
  2. _MementoMori_

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    One of the most perfect songs ever written, in my opinion. It is the genesis of dreampop, which is one of my favorite music genres.
     
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    I only like Santo & Johnny's TBH. Fond of this one as well:

     
  4. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I guess I have been living under a rock too long. What is dreampop?
     
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    Instead of telling you, I'll show you. This is one of my favorite dreampop songs, and it's pretty typical of the genre.

     
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    Agree with OP, I love most versions I've heard of it (even this one, but Deftones usually nail covers). Perfect song.

     
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    Yes, Beach House (!).

     
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    There are a bunch of santo and johnny original and cover instrumental tunes in the same vein as sleepwalk that aren't as overplayed and are arguably better. I am biased though as Santo and Johnny are among my favorite musicial acts. Lazy Day, Teardrop, a thousand miles away, etc. Sleepwalk is just the introductory tune to Santo's masterful touch on a Fender steel guitar.
     
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    Amos Garrett "slides" by bending his .009 lightweight strings --- and then ET CETERA! iirc He's playing a Tele w/ Modulus neck. Amos Garrett's "Sleepwalk" from his LP "I Make My Home in My Shoes"



    I bet 9 out of 10 players reading this Sleepwalk thread started by Boreas would be very disappointed if their rhythm guitar tone was as "background" - or even "dull" - as it is on the original Santo & Johnny hit 45!!! But the contrast between the slide guitar sound and the "treble-free"? electric guitar sound is a big part of the charisma. Ime, y'all!

    I notice Les Paul ignored the Bigsby?-vibrato-tremolo on his Les Paul :)
     
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    The master of the telecaster says “I got you, fam.” I thought for sure I remembered him using his famous michelob slide on this one, but I must be getting old.

     
  12. charlie chitlin

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    I've been fooling with this super simple version and I still hardly ever play it without making a mistake.
     
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    When I cover Van Morrison I do brown eyed girl, no one does that one. For Jimi I do Voodoo Child slight return since it is so often overlooked by your average blues rocker. When it comes to Stevie Ray I pulled the unexpected and covered pride and joy. My Skynrd cover is a little known song of theirs called free bird. I do a blues cover by Albert King it's called born under a bad sign. Ever heard Cream they wrote one song it's called Sunshine of Your Love.
     
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    Very frustrating for me years ago:

    I was in a Classic Country band for 10 years ( the bass player was the leader) and for years I would BEG the band leader and lead singer ( great voice but very basic guitar player- really simple) to work in a few instrumentals into our repertoire, just to add some well-needed variety.

    I tried " Sleepwalk", " Buckaroo", and "Apache" on the guys ( we were the core of the group),
    but basically the bass leader would not take the time to learn what I could teach him in an hour, and the singer could not handle the chord changes!!! ( "What's a minor chord?")

    Ticked me off!! No will to grow...
     
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    The only version of this that i DON'T like is Larry Carlton's. Nothing wrong with his playing, but geez, it sounds like the "Mantovani" version. Be fine in an elevator, I guess.

     
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    1989 Christopher walken bursts into the studio booth: “I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more chorus effect on that electric piano!”
     
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    I struggle w/ this song; when I play it on guitar it sounds like Heart & Soul :(
     
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    I've assumed that Sleepwalk was the inspiration for the Straitjackets' great tune Dreamland, another beauty

     
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    Years ago I joined a well-established local country band (playing bass), not knowing their repertoire (but I'm usually a quick learner). They pulled this old gem out (I'd never played it), and as we went through the changes, something just grated one me. I went home and pulled out my Oldies But Goodies Vol. 1 and gave it a listen. Much to their surprise, I showed them that the IV chord was a minor during the "verses"... They'd been playing it wrong for so long that it took some convincing to get them to correct it!
     
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    Surprised no one mentioned this version:
     
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