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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Guitar Storage, May 21, 2013.
Joe walsh uses tons of leslie.
Robbie Robertson on Dylans "Planet Waves"..."Something there is about you"...and other tunes IIRC
Now that you mention it, I think he used it on the first Band album, too. "Tears of Rage" and "In a Station"? (Going from memory)
Not to hijack your thread Guitar Storage, but how do you like the TC Shaker Vibrato for a really subtle vibrato? Been thinking about one as an occasional alt to my Tremolo pedal.
From the top of my head...
Loads of Aimee Mann songs, including:
That's Just What You Are
I Could Hurt You Now
I Should Have Known
Symphony in Blue
L'Amour Looks Something Like You
All You Wanted
Friend of Mine
Just Another Girl
For me, Let It Loose is my definitive Leslie song. Probably my favorite song off of Exile.
Badge also, I guess.
while my guitar gently weeps. Hendrix Angel. Hendrix. dolly dagger.
And now for something completely different, Three Dog Night's "One Man Band". Check out the 760 where Mike Allsup is leaning his elbow - now THAT'S a Leslie. His non-typical lead sound on the solo is a Fender Blender fuzz through the big, solid-state Leslie or as I call it, "Bees in a blender."
That 760 is a beast, I have fond remebrances of lugging my keyboard player's 760 around in a Chevy van in the early '80s. Personally, I'd rather have a 950, basically four Vibratones in a single cabinet, with flourescent swirly patterns and blacklights (and a 200-watt power amp):
That is AWESOME!!!
Oh, yeah... I forgot when I got so carried away by the 950...
"Old Man" from ZZ Top's First Album.
I'm not convinced about that one. I think he might have used an EMS guitar synth for that one as the effect has too strong a resonant envelope quality to it. Maybe he amped/reamped with a Leslie, but I think there is some LFO-driven filter running here.
Elton John - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Pink Floyd - The Narrow Way part III
Led Zeppelin - Black Dog (solo)
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing (possibly reamped in the studio).
Jimi Hendrix - Ships Passing Through the Night
Jimi Hendrix - Angel
Jesse Ed Davis - Various tunes on Taj Mahal's Giant Step album.
Rusty Young on Poco's DeLIVErin album
George Harrison - Isn't It A Pity
Joe Walsh - Cast Your Fate to the Wind
Dan Foleglberg - Part of the Plan
Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells. Buddy Guy's using a Leslie all through that classic blues album.
Pink Floyd has tons of Leslie (or other rotating speakers). David Gilmour has one on all the time in his live rig, but he keeps it in the background.
Speaking of Blind Faith and Leslie speakers;
Had To Cry Today
Presence of the Lord
I think Clapton was into Leslies back then. Also,
Sour Milk Sea--Jackie Lomax w/Clapton solo
Actually, I don't think Robbie Robertson used a Leslie on Music From Big Pink. The guitar was played through a "black box" designed by Garth Hudson, which generated a rotating Leslie-like effect. I think it had a little speaker in it and a fan.
Not sure what he used on Planet Waves.
This was the first thing I thought of, partially because it doesn't sound like other players' uses of it. I think the story was that Guy was called in at the last minute, and didn't have an amp with him. The only thing in the studio was the Leslie, which they jerry-rigged to accept a guitar signal. He didn't play in any special way, it seems to me. Which may be why it doesn't work so well to my ears. Although, I have to admit that Hoodoo Man Blues with that guitar-Leslie part has really been ingrained in me.
When I was 17-18, that's when all the Clapton stuff had been coming out, and I was dying to try it. I finally got a chance one day in a music store, but it sounded very bland and insipid, not at all like Clapton, and more like Guy. Just like a Hammond B-3 with Leslie comes alive when the rotor is speeding up and slowing down, I think the same is true for guitar. It sounds better slow that fast. But this is a very old memory for me.
I forgot the famous story of John Lennon wanting his voice to sound like the Dali Lama on a mountaintop. Geoff Emerick, the young recording engineer rigged up a Leslie for his voice.
Oh yeah...talking about voices and leslies, there is this:
And this one with guitar: