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Subject: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Ryan112390 on 07/05/10 at 1:46 pm

Does anyone miss the use of the Saxophone or even horns in Rock music? It seems from Rock's founding through the early 80s this was pretty big especially with Hard Rock bands, and imo it added another dimension to a lot of rock songs--A sexual, sultry sort of element--A sleaziness that modern rock doesn't have. Some examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDunXAnMzPU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb8FgvstQu4


Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Frank on 07/05/10 at 8:30 pm


Does anyone miss the use of the Saxophone or even horns in Rock music? It seems from Rock's founding through the early 80s this was pretty big especially with Hard Rock bands, and imo it added another dimension to a lot of rock songs--A sexual, sultry sort of element--A sleaziness that modern rock doesn't have. Some examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDunXAnMzPU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb8FgvstQu4



I like the horns in songs like "Baker Street"- Gerry Rafferty, "Us and them" Pink Floyd, "It's still rock'n roll to me " Billy Joel

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/05/10 at 11:13 pm

I associate multiple wind instruments with Progressive Rock.  Anything from Soft Machine to ELO.  Prog has always welcomed orchestration whereas punk and new wave were more wary of it.  The interest in those movements rant from roots rock to minimalism.  However, there was an audience who wanted something more ornate than the Ramones or OMD. 

My favorite band, The Legendary Pink Dots wrote (writes?) songs including a wind section including bass trombone and bassoon. 

One of the first songs that really drew me to the band was "I Love You in Your Tragic Beauty," which featured a horn section, primarily at the end of the song. 

In the '80s, bands like Squeeze and Madness made generous use of horn sections.  Now some might argue Squeeze is R&B and Madness is Ska.  Never mind, they were both marked to the Top 40 market in their time.

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: nally on 07/05/10 at 11:19 pm

I guess it might've been a late 70's thing (even though I wasn't around then). I know this from some of the music I've listened to.

One "rock" type song (which I consider it to be because I've heard it on classic rock stations) that comes to mind from that time period is "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty, which has a notable use of the saxophone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF5dtePX5Jk

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Frank on 07/05/10 at 11:24 pm

And then there was 1970s Chicago, a group that had horns (and other wind instruments) and just about everything else in most of their early hits.

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/05/10 at 11:49 pm


And then there was 1970s Chicago, a group that had horns (and other wind instruments) and just about everything else in most of their early hits.


There was about a 15-year period of dismay when musicians found synthesizer taking over all the commercials and b-movies. 

Musicians whined about this understandably, but I always say you cannot synthesize the sound of a clarinet or a violin even with today's most modern programs.  Accidental harmonics.  Chance noises.  You start wiping all that out in the mix, you might have wiped out one of the composer's irreplaceable sound samples which makes realizing the piece possible...

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Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Henk on 07/06/10 at 2:36 am

One of my faves... 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-mU-YSk32I

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Paul on 07/06/10 at 6:51 am

A jaw-droppingly fine one, 2:21 onwards...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwWn6yYH9A

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: nally on 07/06/10 at 10:35 pm


One of my faves... 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-mU-YSk32I

Oh yes, that's a great one too. From Beverly Hills Cop. O0

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: whistledog on 07/16/10 at 12:33 pm

To me, the BEST use of a SAX in popular music was the late 80's hit AIN'T GOOD LOVIN' by Diamond in the Rough.  I don't believe this made it out of Canada, but it should have ...

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/music/watch/v989758deThRsDP

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 07/16/10 at 3:37 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BodXwAYeTfM

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: zcrito on 07/20/10 at 5:52 pm


Does anyone miss the use of the Saxophone or even horns in Rock music? It seems from Rock's founding through the early 80s this was pretty big especially with Hard Rock bands, and imo it added another dimension to a lot of rock songs--A sexual, sultry sort of element--A sleaziness that modern rock doesn't have. Some examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDunXAnMzPU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb8FgvstQu4




"...and imo it added another dimension to a lot of rock songs--A sexual, sultry sort of element--A sleaziness that modern rock doesn't have".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA6id4--BDg

Urgent - Foreigner (1981), with Junior Walker on sax.

I thought of this song since I heard it was one of Prince Charles and Lady Di's favorites back in the day...
and I thought of that after I saw Stephen Frears' "The Queen" on television yesterday morning. I was surprised, it was a really good movie.

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/21/10 at 4:22 pm


"...and imo it added another dimension to a lot of rock songs--A sexual, sultry sort of element--A sleaziness that modern rock doesn't have".

Urgent - Foreigner (1981), with Junior Walker on sax.

I thought of this song since I heard it was one of Prince Charles and Lady Di's favorites back in the day...
and I thought of that after I saw Stephen Frears' "The Queen" on television yesterday morning. I was surprised, it was a really good movie.



I crack up when I think about Charles and Di getting down to Foreigner. 
;D

Here's some cheesy sax from one of my favorite bands from back in the day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHx5QUpfjVQ

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: whistledog on 07/23/10 at 7:41 am

I made this a while ago ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hM_lRy-14E

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: danootaandme on 07/23/10 at 7:49 am

My favorite sax song is Soul Serenade by King Curtis.  The version on youtube doesn't do the studio version justice.  It's worth the download if you love a sexy sax.

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/23/10 at 12:33 pm

Double (pronounced doo-blay): The Captain of Her Heart (1986)

Noted for its soprano saxophone, cool piano motif, and smooth jazz/bossa nova rhythm.  The fawning critics and the band themselves downplayed the synthesizer, which underpins the atmosphere of the entire song.

Anyway, this was the first time I saw soprano sax in a pop video.  Kenny G was getting popular at the time, he plays soprano sax, but let's not go there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX-Ru1XkNZc

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 08/19/10 at 8:39 pm

I always thought this song had a really cool sax solo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysXMAOgEIq4

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/19/10 at 11:31 pm

I always loved the diabolical horn section in this song!

Earache My Eye featuring Alice Bowie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy51CTN6AfE

Sorry, it's sans "e-earache my eye, how would you like a butt ache."
:(

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 08/25/10 at 6:13 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3BAvjgtL80&feature=related
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Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/25/10 at 9:41 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3BAvjgtL80&feature=related
8)



It was the devil's music back then too!
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Now, would you like some more Jethro Tull? (asked the devil)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCyC1dZiN8

Let me qualify that -- the flute is neither a saxophone nor a horn, but it is a wind instrument, which is what I think the intent of this thread was.

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Claybricks on 08/26/10 at 3:07 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpYeqlvLAxQ

Chicago - Beginnings {1969}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxWSOuNsN20

Blood, Sweat & Tears - You've Made Me So Very Happy {1969}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJmjdfWvqlc

Chicago - Make Me Smile {1970}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRu93TEcSl8

The Ides Of March - Vehicle {1970}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvVN_KRriTM

Lighthouse - One Fine Morning {1971}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWODczdgGDQ

Dialogue (Part I & II) {1972}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh-IR5d5ywM

Lighthouse - Pretty Lady {1973}



Dan

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Claybricks on 09/22/10 at 8:19 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srPPL858WcM

Tower Of Power - So Very Hard To Go {1973}



Dan

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Claybricks on 09/22/10 at 8:42 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgAtvJNIdrU

Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' {1973}



Dan

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MrCleveland on 09/23/10 at 4:55 pm

Nobody posted this good rocker by The Doors?

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Even though Chicago is mentioned, here's a good rocker from them....

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No one has even mentioned Steve Winwood's band Traffic....

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Or Paul McCartney's band Wings....

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Even in the 90's you had Brian Setzer making rock songs with a Big Band!

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I have more, but as of now, enjoy....

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Claybricks on 10/05/10 at 12:08 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElQdOTrvzBA

Edgar Winter - Keep Playin' That Rock 'N' Roll {1971}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrBx6mAWYPU

Commodores - Brick House {1977}


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE2zx4lr-h8

Earth, Wind And Fire - Getaway {1976}



Dan

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Claybricks on 10/05/10 at 12:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNM0oCVTYdY

Chase - Get It On {1971}



Dan

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/06/10 at 1:18 am

Frank Zappa & The Mothers: Call Any Vegetable

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOLOnJbBdkI&feature=related

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: zcrito on 10/06/10 at 5:07 pm

One from the '70s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAPxsaRB30M

Edit: I forgot...
Zoot, sax was his axe.

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MrCleveland on 10/06/10 at 8:07 pm

Here's a very good one from Slade....

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Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Ashkicksass on 10/07/10 at 10:55 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgRJ81hTFG0

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: Claybricks on 10/07/10 at 2:17 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oueX4maRvQk

Roxy Music - Angel Eyes {1979}



Dan

Subject: Re: Saxophone/Horns in Rock songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/07/10 at 7:14 pm

The Coasters: Yakety-Yak

One of my favorite saxophone breaks and sax plays throughout the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtTC3pGBjs4&NR=1

My dad was also fond of quoting this song...

"Don't give me no dirty looks, your father's hip, he knows what cooks!"

"Just tell your hoodlum friends outside you ain't got time to take a ride!"


...et ainsi de suite.

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