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#1 Jag2112

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 12:13 PM

It's been a while since we've seen or heard from Neil, so it was great to see that he recently penned a tribute to Buddy Rich for Rhythm Magazine.

You can read all about it at this link:  http://news.cygnus-x...ay-tribute.html

Let's hope this is the first of more writings from Neil...

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 12:17 PM

Gosh, Neil's already 100? Time needs to stand still man

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 01:51 PM

He died 30 years ago!

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 03:33 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 27 September 2017 - 01:51 PM, said:

He died 30 years ago!

Neil died 30 years ago? So who's playing drums then, Paul McCartney?
...wait a sec...

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 03:34 PM

View Postvaportrailer, on 27 September 2017 - 03:33 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 27 September 2017 - 01:51 PM, said:

He died 30 years ago!

Neil died 30 years ago? So who's playing drums then, Paul McCartney?
...wait a sec...
Eddie Van Halen when he was on METH.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 06:34 PM

View Postvaportrailer, on 27 September 2017 - 03:33 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 27 September 2017 - 01:51 PM, said:

He died 30 years ago!

Neil died 30 years ago? So who's playing drums then, Paul McCartney?
...wait a sec...

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:42 PM

View Postvaportrailer, on 27 September 2017 - 03:33 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 27 September 2017 - 01:51 PM, said:

He died 30 years ago!

Neil died 30 years ago? So who's playing drums then, Paul McCartney?
...wait a sec...
Shhh. It's been a Neil Peart lookalike the whole time. There's clues about Neil's death in the lyrics and album covers.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 09:19 PM

Buddy Rich was a notorius asshole. I wonder what he would've thought of Neil.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 01:10 AM

My boi Neil ❤❤

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 01:12 AM

I started getting into Mel's music a little bit ago. I'll give that album a try. The last one I listened to because of him was Sinatra at the Sands and that one was really fun

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:29 AM

Page 38 of Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times

Buddy and Mel's album, Together Again - For the First Time, was originally made as a direct-to-disc recording in the late '70s, shortcutting the analog technology of those days. It had been considered an "audiophile" product, for there was no tape involved, and thus no tape noise, with the aim of producing the cleanest, most dynamic sound possible. The mix went straight to the cutting lathe, and no edits or overdubs were possible, so the band had to play an entire side of the LP in one take, as near perfect as humanly possible.

I once talked with a recording engineer who worked on the Buddy and Mel project, and he told me that when an error marred one of the tunes, the producer stopped the band and instructed them to go "back to the top." Some of the musicians went back to the top of the song, and some remembered to start at the top of the side, and this apparently caused a hilarious "train wreck." (A musicians term for when the players get out of sync with each other, especially terrifying when it happened onstage.)

Mel himself had written the intricate and accomplished arrangements for the album, with the exception of the tour-de-force on "Blues in the Night," arranged by Marty Paich (father of David Paich, from the band Toto), which featured a brief solo from Buddy that was blistering, highly technical, and yet sublimely musical - in short, a summation of Buddy himself. For anyone who thought Buddy was only about pyrotechnical solos and driving swing, they should listen to his sensitive performance with wire brushes on a lovely rendition of "Here's That Rainy Day," even mimicking the patter of raindrops in a kind of musical onomatopoeia, and showing yet another facet of his consummate musicianship.

Mel sang wonderfully well, too (I particularly love his delivery of my favorite Paul Williams song, "I Won't Last A Day without You"), and the guest soloist on alto sax, Phil Woods, was poetic and kinetic, like swallows in flight. When you listened to the overall performances, and considered that every one of the musicians had to play perfectly through a whole side's worth of complication material, you had to be impressed. Most importantly, though, it was great music, and a testament to Buddy's excellence as a musician.

Edited by RushFanForever, 28 September 2017 - 08:34 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 01:07 PM

View Postedhunter, on 27 September 2017 - 09:19 PM, said:

Buddy Rich was a notorius asshole. I wonder what he would've thought of Neil.

Buddy for burning...

https://youtu.be/t8-uoTD4fMQ





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Posted 28 September 2017 - 02:31 PM

View Postedhunter, on 27 September 2017 - 09:19 PM, said:

Buddy Rich was a notorius asshole. I wonder what he would've thought of Neil.

"Pot - meet Kettle"

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 03:23 PM

BR's brushwork is often overshadowed by his solos, but the little asshole played with nuance.

Buddy Rich, playing Indian hand-drum for the first time, improvising with Ravi Shankar's tabla player:



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:23 AM

Just checked out the above Buddy Rich and a couple more on YT and obvs he pretty awesome but reminded me what Neil had, which was just the 'Rush' factor wasn't it.

You listen to Al's guitar you know it's Rush, similarly Ged's bass, Ged's keyboards - you know they Rush when you hear them. You listen to Neil's percussion, distinctively Rush.

There can't be many, if any other bands at all, where every single element of them so distinctively represent that particular band. Even Ged's voice does the same thing, it's crazy. You can make an argument to say even Neil's lyrics so uniquely Rush.

We need another album :)

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:46 PM

This video contains:
a) kick-ass drumming
b) lamentable wig
c) kick-ass suit



Effortless, it just poured out of him. Just like his hatred of men with beards.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:44 PM

Neil forgot to add his post script........ And unlike me, he played til the end.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 12:27 AM

View PostJag2112, on 27 September 2017 - 12:13 PM, said:

It's been a while since we've seen or heard from Neil, so it was great to see that he recently penned a tribute to Buddy Rich for Rhythm Magazine.

You can read all about it at this link:  http://news.cygnus-x...ay-tribute.html

Let's hope this is the first of more writings from Neil...

John

"The writer stares with glassy eyes
Defines the empty page
His beard is white,  his face is lined
And streaked with tears of rage

Thirty years how the words would flow
With passion and percision
But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision"


Neil wrote this decades ago to represent himself in today's reality.  Neil is done.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 12:28 AM

Some still love the show "The Walking Dead."  Why Why Zed?





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