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Old 01-04-2012, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 70's synthesizer song / HELP

this was a favorite of mine in the early 1970s...
somehow I remembered it as "Tank" by emerson lake and palmer...
however, Ive listened to every version of that song, by them, and its
none of the tunes available on YouTube, though very similar in the
building synth parts and general rhythm.

it goes a bit like this... the song Im looking for...
DUH DUH DUH-DUH-DUM Duh Duh Duh DUHH_
DUH DUH DUH-DUH-DUM duh-dah-duh duh-dah-duh...
with this pattern repeating for the entire song.
There is a dramatic stop near the beginning, after which the
build begins, with various solos, continuing several minutes,
and fading at end.
A very rememberable tune... by which I mean, I could sing it
for you, but cannot remember the song title or band performing(!).

This definitely is /not/ "Tank" (the ELP song) which has a l-o-n-g drum
solo... the song Im looking for is fairly long, but no real drum solo...
so, unless Emerson/Lake/Palmer recorded this variation in a studio, but
never put it on an actual album, it cannot be Tank.

Anybody hearing this, as I "duh duh-ed" it ?
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it goes a bit like this... the song Im looking for...
DUH DUH DUH-DUH-DUM Duh Duh Duh DUHH_
DUH DUH DUH-DUH-DUM duh-dah-duh duh-dah-duh...

OK_ thanks for bearing with me_ I have loaded up a MIDI
keyboard app, and figured out the notation...
this can be played in one octave, using five white keys, so should
be easy for any musicians out there.

Reading these notes from left to right, the notes alternate between
higher and lower octaves, as shown, with lower d and next higher d
as extremes:

(octave five)__"__d_ c___c___d_c________d_c__d_ c-c-c_____"
(octave four)__"d_____a___d_____a____ d____a________g-g-g"

this is the basic synth part which repeats thru most of the instrumental

Anybody hearing it ?
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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this was a favorite of mine in the early 1970s...
somehow I remembered it as "Tank" by emerson lake and palmer...
however, Ive listened to every version of that song, by them, and its
none of the tunes available on YouTube, though very similar in the
building synth parts and general rhythm.

it goes a bit like this... the song Im looking for...
DUH DUH DUH-DUH-DUM Duh Duh Duh DUHH_
DUH DUH DUH-DUH-DUM duh-dah-duh duh-dah-duh...
with this pattern repeating for the entire song.
There is a dramatic stop near the beginning, after which the
build begins, with various solos, continuing several minutes,
and fading at end.
A very rememberable tune... by which I mean, I could sing it
for you, but cannot remember the song title or band performing(!).

This definitely is /not/ "Tank" (the ELP song) which has a l-o-n-g drum
solo... the song Im looking for is fairly long, but no real drum solo...
so, unless Emerson/Lake/Palmer recorded this variation in a studio, but
never put it on an actual album, it cannot be Tank.

Anybody hearing this, as I "duh duh-ed" it ?
If I had to guess I would say it is from 1971, TRAFFIC "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys". I am fairly positive this haunting tune still rattles through your brain as it did mine through the 80's and 90's when nothing I did would bring it to memory. Took many years to figure it out as I only remembered 4 words and a few keyboard notes. For some reason this band and song name just would not come to mind, yet for some weird reason just a few years ago I started thinking about the tune and "John Barleycorn" kept popping in my memory. Wrong album but enough data to google and eventually find it. You can hear the song on utube.

Won't let me post a link just search for it.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If I had to guess I would say it is from 1971, TRAFFIC "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys". I am fairly positive this haunting tune still rattles through your brain as it did mine through the 80's and 90's when nothing I did would bring it to memory. Took many years to figure it out as I only remembered 4 words and a few keyboard notes. For some reason this band and song name just would not come to mind, yet for some weird reason just a few years ago I started thinking about the tune and "John Barleycorn" kept popping in my memory. Wrong album but enough data to google and eventually find it. You can hear the song on utube.

Won't let me post a link just search for it.
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It it turns out this is the correct title you should check out the version in the 1973 'On the Road' album, the longest at 17:53.
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Default 70s synthezizer song / HELP

Could it be: "Roundabout" a song by English progressive rock band Yes. It is the first single released from their fourth studio album, Fragile (1971).
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