About guitar sounds
Didn't know where else to post this. Can anyone help me with identifying the gear (guitar, pickups: humbuckers, P90's, amps, etc) on these tracks, please?
Thirteen Women - Bill Haley and his commets
Work Song - Nina Simone
and last but not least :
James Bond Theme - Monty Norman/John Barry
I think the first 2 are P90's and the Bond Theme ... I have no idea how he get that sound.
According to Wikipedia:
"The "James Bond Theme" was recorded on 21 June 1962, using five saxophones, nine brass, a solo guitar and a rhythm section. The guitar riff heard in the original recording of the theme was played by Vic Flick on a ParagonDeluxe guitar plugged into a Vox AC15 amp. (Flick would later play guitar on the original recording of Ron Grainer's theme music from the 1967 television series The Prisoner.) He was paid a one-off fee of £6 for recording the famous James Bond Theme riff. John Scott played the saxophone."
Here's a picture of Vic Flick's guitar. I believe that is a DeArmond Rhythm Chief pickup on it.
Well John Barry's guitar player was a guy called Vic Flick and he played a rather uncommon archtop guitar called a Paragon.
He also played the twangy guitar theme on John Barry's theme tune for the BBC tv show Juke Box Jury.
Edit: Ah, pipped at the post by Wiki!
Thirteen Women was (at least in the UK) the 'B' side of Rock Around The Clock. That presumably makes Danny Cedrone the guitar player. Just a few days after this session he fell and died after breaking his neck. He was replaced in the Comets by Franny Beecher. Cedrone played an archtop Gibson which presumably had a P90 pickup. Cedrone and Beecher, eh? — fabulous players, the pair of them.
I've still got my copy of Rock Around The Clock/Thirteen Women — on a ten-inch shellac 78.
the version of "Work Song" would seem to be the 1961 single released on Colpix. if so, the Nina Simone discography has it that the guitarist was Al Schackman, who became Nina's musical director for many years. in this contemporaneous video Schackman can be seen playing what appears to be a non-cutaway 1930s Gibson archtop with a pickguard-mounted single-coil PU. you experts will have to weigh in on whether it's a P90 or not, but it looks too shallow to be a P90 to me. note also the lovely amplifier tremolo in the clip, which reminds me of a Magnatone. God, i love the Internet.
"God, i love the Internet."
Know what you mean, mac. I followed your link and then found this. Same Nina, same frock(!), same guitar player, presumably the same show. But all that fugue-y interplay between the guitar and piano behind the vocal really is quite something.
imagine how many WEEKS it would have taken to find the answers to these questions before the Internet.