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Moose KnuckleHead

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  1. Jack Bruce R.I.P.

    Jack Bruce was a bass TITAN. Along with McCartney, Jack changed the way that rock bassists could play. His lines tended to be upfront and energetic (with a bit of dissonance thrown in occasionally). His bass playing, strong voice and songwriting influenced a generation.
  2. Boats' Secret Weapon: David Wintour

    Wow. I admit to being truly amazed that it was not a fretless. I only wish that we could have heard more from the Carmen/Wintour combination (other than the four tracks from Change of Heart). Such a degree of synergy between two players is rare. Was it the same during the Change of Heart sessions?
  3. Boats' Secret Weapon: David Wintour

    Rock bassists oftentimes are locked into the root/5th concept. That usually sounds fine..... but unexceptional. There are some bassists who think "out of the box". They almost *force* me to get lost in the brilliance of their basslines. David Wintour is one of those bassists. His work is not aggressively "in your face" like some of rock's most heralded bassists (John Entwistle, Jack Bruce). Wintour is subtle and incredibly melodic (I would consider him to be McCartney-esque). None of his fills scream "look at me". All of his basslines fit the music like a glove. They never fail to serve the music. Fretless bass (when played correctly) gives music a flavor that is more luscious than the traditional fretted bass. I rarely hear fretless bass in rock recordings (it is more of a jazz thing). Wintour's fretless tone is amazing. He makes frequent use of slides that are both subtle & devastating (yes, it is possible to do both at the same time!). Eric - I assume that Wintour was one of Dudgeon's London "sessions guys" that were thrust upon you after you were forced to abandon the use of the orgininal band from the first album. If so, what a stroke of luck to have an obviously mismatched producer bring such a perfectly suited talent to the project. Did you insist that he play fretless? From my perspective, Wintour's fretless work was the cherry on the top of that incredible Boats Against The Current sundae. For what it's worth: Wintour's work on "Heaven Can Wait" is also exceptional. I can't believe that I missed the Boats tour.......
  4. Request for A Raspberries Encore!

    Here is a quote from Eric on 04/08/14: The Raspberries didn't work the first time, or during the reunion tour, because, contrary to what Kay would have you believe, Wally is a very angry and bitter man. Let me tell you a quick story to illustrate my point. During the last "reunion" shows, we had a terrific and talented sax player, named Paul Christianson with us. We had never had the benefit of a sax player onstage, since the earliest days of Raspberries, so it was a treat to have Paul onboard. In the absence of a sax player, Wally played the "sax solo" that Michael Brecker played on "Overnight Sensation" on guitar, but since we now actually HAD a sax player, during rehearsals, I suggested that Wally should let Paul take the sax solo, and then come in on top of it, the way he did on the record. Wally's reaction to that suggestion was one of "You're taking something away from me!", rather than "OK, we've got a sax player, let's make use of him, and make it sound "just like the record." During rehearsals, Wally "layed out" of the sax solo, but when we played our last show, a private party at the Rock Hall, the night before the induction ceremony, in 2009, he played right over Paul. I had my "earbuds" in and couldn't believe what I was hearing, at the time. When I got home that night, it just so happened that someone with a camera phone, standing just to the side of Wally's side of the stage had recorded it, AND put the recording on YouTube! I don't know if the video is still there, but in it, you can hear Wally blasting his guitar over the sax solo, and you can also see me, at the keyboard, on the opposite side of the stage, whipping my head around in disbelief! That is precisely why Raspberries failed, and why there will never be another reunion. Because Wally never was, and cannot be, a "team player." It didn't matter what was right for the song. It only mattered that the spotlight would have been on Paul for the 15 seconds that the solo took, and not Wally. Being in a band is about recognizing your "role" in the band, and doing that, to the best of your ability, not about who is the center of attention for 15 seconds. Eric's post is merely the tip of the iceberg. One of many posts on the topic. These problems are much deeper than disagreements over which songs to play. A history of physical violence is not something that can easliy be ignored. A Leopard does not change its spots.
  5. Request for A Raspberries Encore!

    This forum has featured multiple posts from Eric regarding the internecine conflicts which have never been put to bed. If you have read even one of them, I can't imagine that you would ask that question.
  6. I found this quote from producer David Prater: Records I've produced have sold millions of copies domestically and internationally.....The movie "Dirty Dancing" singles "I've had the time of my life" (Academy Award winner) and "Hungry Eyes", although, due to pre-existing legal constraints, as of the present time I've yet to be formally acknowledged for the role I played in their creation. Nevertheless, it must be stated that without my involvement, the songs as the public has come to know them wouldn't exist. I went back and looked at the Dirty Dancing credits. Eric is listed as producer of the track. Prater is not thanked on the album.
  7. "Tonight You're Mine" in Japan

    After reading the comments in this forum, it seems like I have stumbled upon some kind of "horny girls club". I hope that your computer seats are scotch guarded....
  8. My comments to the over-reaction/assumption of some

    Hollies - I just looked at the WKYC website and noticed the comments after the story. The person posting as "mooseknuckle" is NOT me. I at Moose KnuckleHead. Although there is no knucklehead in his name, that guy did truly sounds like one.
  9. Bad News....

    How are the thoughts of people not associated with the incident going to be considered relevant to a legal case?
  10. Bad News....

    I have been a supporter of Eric's since 1973. I will continue to do so and hope that he gets all the help that he needs. People with problems are not necessarily bad people. I have more than my share of shortcomings. What I don't get is the concept of people thinking that someone with two DWIs most likely only drove in that condition *twice*. That sounds absurd to me. Also, less than 2 years after the first DWI, the thought that a someone blowing 3 times the legal limit has no problem but is just a person "letting their hair down" is startling. One of my close friends just got arrested last week for forging prescriptions over a 10 month period. The first thing that he told me when he bailed out was, "I don't have a problem."
  11. That's Rock and Roll 1976 video

    I love the fantastic live video clips that have been posted. However, I have a question about this comment on the 1976 Don Kirschner video: Perhaps overtly intended to bury Shaun's limp recording of the rocker once and for all, this live performance from The Midnight Special shows off Eric's ability to continue to "rock out" on demand. And "rock out" he does! Shaun Cassady's version did not chart until July of 1977. Assuming this video was from 1976, I don't think Eric was trying to "bury" a cover version that hadn't happened yet.
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