Thursday, June 19, 2014

Geezer Rock Revisited...The Fifth Choice.


Our last show was about a month or so ago.

And it was a lot of fun, pretty much a beer commercial type scene in a big old cabin in the woods up in the mountains behind Maple Ridge.

The thing is, we pretty much ran through a setlist that we had been using for the best part of a couple of years.

So, the recent jam sessions have been pretty loosey goosey.

And last night, after a little Ramones, Green Day and Rancid (we're almost in the new millenium!) b/w a little Howlin' Wolf, things really got a little crazy when our resident guitar savant, the PhD science-geek lawyer guy, started ripping into Steely Dan's 'Reelin' In The Years' pretty much out of nowhere.

This resulted in much caterwauling from yours truly trying to imitate the vocal stylings of Donald Fagen.

Which really was so bad that no amount of reverb could could even come close to bringing it out of the execrable range.

Still, once we got the hang of the thing the rhythm section wasn't bad and the guitar really was wicked good.

But here's something I did not know.

The signature lick of the thing was not done be either Fagen or Becker or even Jeff Skunk Baxter.

Instead, it was put together by longtime sideman Elliott Randall.

Here's what he had to say about the moment according to the Wikithingy:

...In an article in Guitar Player Magazine (July 2007) Randall was asked what rig he used to record the solo on "Reelin' in the Years". He states, "That was my '63 Fender Stratocaster with a PAF humbucker in the neck position, straight into an Ampeg SVT bass amp. The SVT wouldn't have been my first choice for an amp--or even my fifth choice--but it worked a storm on that recording!"...

Go figure.


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