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Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle #2974367 02/07/19 10:16 PM
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Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" should get an award for best palm glissandos. Wikipedia credits the organ playing to Joachim Young, and while I'm not familiar with him, he clearly had chops. Not only are the glissandos great, but he really works the drawbars, Leslie, and swell pedal well to keep the organ timbre interesting and animated.

I don't know if there was an effect on the organ to give the opening gliss that whooshing sound (12 seconds in), but it just sounds fantastic...



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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: Sundown] #2974373 02/07/19 10:35 PM
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Nah. Emerson's were better.


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: AnotherScott] #2974375 02/07/19 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: AnotherScott
Nah. Emerson's were better.


so were Jon Lord's


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: AnotherScott] #2974376 02/07/19 10:39 PM
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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: drawback] #2974394 02/07/19 11:13 PM
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RIP. Memory Eternal. Great jazz pianist. Paid the bills playing with Boz and on Steve Miller records. He died way too young. A fantastically talented musician.

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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: drawback] #2974415 02/08/19 12:11 AM
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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: EricBarker] #2974418 02/08/19 12:38 AM
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I'm sorry, but the King of Smears is Mark Stein.

(This song isn't the best example, but I just stumbled on it tonight and wanted to share it:)



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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: mate stubb] #2974421 02/08/19 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted By: mate stubb
I'm sorry, but the King of Smears is Mark Stein.


+1!

Matthew Fisher had a pretty good one breaking into the final chorus of WSOP, too.


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: mate stubb] #2974422 02/08/19 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted By: mate stubb
I'm sorry, but the King of Smears is Mark Stein.

(This song isn't the best example, but I just stumbled on it tonight and wanted to share it:)
that's some psychedelic shit right there, nice


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: waygetter] #2974425 02/08/19 01:08 AM
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Ethel did all that stuff decades before. Amazing technique.



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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: burningbusch] #2974433 02/08/19 01:48 AM
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I think his glissandi are great, but what really does it for me in that song is the times it makes it sound like there is a loose wire or something.


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: WesG] #2974444 02/08/19 04:15 AM
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There have been other threads in the past about his playing on this track. It's just flat out great Hammond playing, with glissandi, expression pedal work, drawbar manipulation and staccato playing that just drives the tune. Every time it comes on the radio I still crank it up just like the first time I heard it on vinyl.

Here's an extended version that seems to have the organ a bit louder in the mix. I wish I could find the stems somewhere where the organ is isolated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSjvMv2cK1k

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Just found this version without vocals. You can hear his playing a little more clearly...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QSjuxXi-2o

Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: zxcvbnm098] #2974455 02/08/19 09:58 AM
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I have always thought Fly Like an Eagle is one of the best examples of rock Hammond playing. I too turn it up when it comes on my radio.

A lot of pop music buried the Hammond behind guitars and drums. This song is unusual because the Hammond is so prominent. So it seems to me some credit is due to the mix and production decisions.


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: BbAltered] #2974457 02/08/19 10:19 AM
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Boston's Smokin' has some smokin' glissandos. From a guitarist no less!

Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: ABECK] #2974464 02/08/19 11:01 AM
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In addition to some of the folks already mentioned, I've always dug Seth Justman's work with the J. Geils Band -- especially on their live stuff (which imho is where they were at their best). He does some wicked palm smears in "First I Look at the Purse" from the Full House album.


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: wineandkeyz] #2974467 02/08/19 11:10 AM
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Yes, the live recordings really highlight what a badass on the B3 he is. AND - he used to have an absolute gaggle of leslies on stage.

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I saw the Steve Miller Band back in about the mid-90's and it stands out in my mind as a great set, I have no idea if the keyboard player was the same musician on the record but I remember he recreated Fly Like an Eagle live very accurately nuance for nuance, very impressive.


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Re: Best Hammond palm smear/glissando - Fly Like an Eagle [Re: BbAltered] #2974475 02/08/19 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: BbAltered
A lot of pop music buried the Hammond behind guitars and drums. This song is unusual because the Hammond is so prominent. So it seems to me some credit is due to the mix and production decisions.


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Originally Posted By: ABECK
he used to have an absolute gaggle of leslies on stage.

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he used to have an absolute gaggle of leslies on stage.

A troop of baboons/monkeys/kangaroos


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I think my favorite Hammond organ playing (which includes beautifully placed palm smears) is Neil Larsen playing on “Hallelujah”. Leonard Cohen, Live In London.


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Originally Posted By: BbAltered
A lot of pop music buried the Hammond behind guitars and drums. This song is unusual because the Hammond is so prominent. So it seems to me some credit is due to the mix and production decisions.


So true. Pop music emphasizes the dance elements. Usually it is the guitar, bass, and drums. Playing static chords on the Hammond is not exactly a dance element. "Fly Like A Gaggle of Eagles" spotlighted the Hammond dancing along with the groove. I wish more players had learned that technique.

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Fly Like an Eagle one of those songs I've heard so many times that my brain had sort of relegated it to background noise. It is an absolute joy to give it a fresh listen and really appreciate and enjoy it!


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Rev. Charles Hodges is definitely one of the palm smear GOATs.


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Originally Posted By: wineandkeyz
In addition to some of the folks already mentioned, I've always dug Seth Justman's work with the J. Geils Band -- especially on their live stuff (which imho is where they were at their best). He does some wicked palm smears in "First I Look at the Purse" from the Full House album.
My main band does the J. Geils version of that tune, and a couple of other J. Geils tunes. Very underrated band, especially live.

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