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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Boreas, Apr 23, 2021.
Love this tune, regardless of who plays it.
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.
I only like Santo & Johnny's TBH. Fond of this one as well:
I guess I have been living under a rock too long. What is dreampop?
Instead of telling you, I'll show you. This is one of my favorite dreampop songs, and it's pretty typical of the genre.
Agree with OP, I love most versions I've heard of it (even this one, but Deftones usually nail covers). Perfect song.
Yes, Beach House (!).
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.
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
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.
I've been fooling with this super simple version and I still hardly ever play it without making a mistake.
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.
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...
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.
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!”
I struggle w/ this song; when I play it on guitar it sounds like Heart & Soul
I've assumed that Sleepwalk was the inspiration for the Straitjackets' great tune Dreamland, another beauty
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!
Surprised no one mentioned this version: