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Me Myself I - Joan Armatrading. The whole album really, with some particularly powerful drum hits on the opening track. Drums are really pushed to the fore in the mix. So much so that at times the album comes across a drum solo with backing instruments and vocals. Still, an enjoyable album with a fine set of songs.
Follow the Leaders - Killing Joke. Big Paul Ferguson vs a beatbox. A song that always makes me smile tho I imagine it's not supposed to...
How about some tracks that are all drumming (and a serious system workout) - Monochrome and Koku from the "The best of Kodo"
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Sing Sing Sing With a Swing. Benny Goodman Orchestra (Drummer Gene Krupa)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=r2S1I_ien6A&vq=medium (Music only)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTzP7ecGQiw (Extract from the film 'Hollywood Hotel" 1937)
Damn, you pinched the no-1
Cream (Ginger Baker on skins) - Sunshine Of Your Love and Toad
The Power Station (Tony Thompson, RIP, on...) - Some Like It Hot
Antony & the Johnsons (Todd Cohen on...) - Twilight
Stevie Wonder (Dennis Davis) - Master Blaster (Jammin')
The Police (Stewart Copeland) - The Bed's Too Big Without You
Siouxsie And The Banshees (Budgie) - Spellbound
Japan (Steve Jansen) - Visions Of China
Beatles, a day in the life, also long long long off the white album
Cream - We're Going Wrong. Great stuff from Ginger Baker.
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Some Jazz greats,
Max Roach (of course)
and Sex Mob are one of my favorite bands with a superb drummer.
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Boredoms most recent stuff - 2 crazy Japanese drummers going at it hell for leather. Awesome live experience, not so great off youtube, but still!
No one seems to have mentioned the Foo Fighters yet, so I'm putting forward Taylor Hawkins. Too many tracks to mention really, as the guy is not too far off Dave Grohl's level.
Speaking of Dave Grohl, his drumming for Nirvana was great, and various bits and bobs he's done for Tenacious D (Tribute) and others, but his best stuff has to be for Queens Of The Stone Age (No One Knows) and particularly Them Crooked Vultures. I know their debut album split opinion, but you only have to listen to the complicated, ever changing drum patterns to appreciate how inventive and effortless Grohl is. It's just a shame he wanted the limelight, as he's a far better drummer than he is a guitar player.
Chad Smith is worth mentioning also. I forget the individual tracks to be able to pick out specifics, but Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the album to check out for his best stuff, as far as I'm concerned.
Rainbow's Stargazer is worth mentioning with the legend that is Cozy Powell.
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Most bands that any of us love, whether we're into jazz, prog, experimental, metal, krautrock, trance, indie, blah blah - the drumming is going to be pretty damn awesome. It's easy to get into musicianship for the sake of it. It's the coming together of a bunch of creative people that makes the magic.
I remember many years ago listening to some crazy freeform jazz with a guy at university who didn't really like the stuff (which I understand, bands like Amm and Borbetomagus can make little sense to most folk) and him being really obsessed with whether or not any of them could actually play their instruments. He was really into John Coltrane's blue period stuff (which I kinda like but is a bit tame for me) so I played him some of Coltrane's blowier freeform stuff, and I could tell he wanted to hate it but didn't want to admit it cos he knew that Coltrane is a virtuoso.
Probably gone a bit off topic from the OP, but isn't the drumming on any track you love pretty much the best drumming ever at point of listening?
Sure, Bonham and Moon were great drummers, but really was Dave Lovering any less exciting when belting out the relatively simple beats to the great Pixies tracks? I know through experience that many apparently technically deficient drummers have belted out fantastic rhythms to some of my favourite music ever, while some technically excellent drummers leave me totally cold.
Caravan, the first song of the new Rush album Clockwork Angels.
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So shafesk, heard anything you like?
Talk Talk - It's My Life 12" single version A side remix where they pushed the drums to the fore of the mix.
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