Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Who's next - with an overdue shout out to the late, great Nicky Hopkins

The Who's Who's next.  We have all seen the iconic front cover - one of the best and most memorable in the annals of rock and roll.  But the back cover is quite intriguing.  See the photo I took of it below - cropped.  I paid a whopping five bucks for this record last Sunday at a record show.  It is on anyone's Must Have list.  Look down for the separate and notable paragraph, it reads, "Special thanks to Nicky Hopkins who played Piano on "Song is Over" and "Getting in Tune," and Dave Arbus who played violin on "Baba O'Reilly."  This summer I read an autobiography on Nicky Hopkins.   It was a fun read - but the author seemed a bit too intent on just counting how many tracks (compared to others) Nicky played on on various records.  And how well he was thanked (or not) by Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Kinks, the Stones et al.  This record was made mostly at London's famed Olympic Studios.  Click on the title post to listen to Nicky's gorgeous opening notes and stay to the end to him him pound away.  For my money - it's his best work as sideman or otherwise.  My pad Dante will present a Guest Post on this record and what it means to him.

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