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    OT: Best Tambourine and/or Cowbell musician

    This seems to have become a lost art in todays music scene. With the advancement of technology in music it seems that the true artists have been replaced by drum machines and keyboards - but is this trully possible ? How can a machine catch the human element and technique involved with this long lost art form ? Does a machine know when to use the palm of the hand, rear back pocket or side pants pocket during a solo ? - I think not. You see there is this thing called "action" that can never be obtained by an artificial device. Once known as the "non-musician people distractor" or "girlfriend instrument" back in the 50's the Tambourine (pronounced Tam-Bour-Ine) grew to its peak popularity in the late 60's and most of the 70's. Think of your favorite song from that era and then eliminate the Tambourine - That's right - the song becomes lifeless without the percussive cow skin smacking on denim while the spine tingleing cymbals fill in the gap. I can go on and on but I think you get the point. Lets give props to the excellent and forgoten masters of the thigh slapper.


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    youve got to be kidding me with this thread......

    damn i hate the offseason....

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    I have been waiting for this thread. The lost art of tapping farm equipment, and harnessing the resultant tone is one of the most intriguing phenomenons out there. Think of that fat slob Lesley West. He played a good guitar and was a hero in NY and the World. Why? Cowbell. Listen with special headphones to "Mississippi Queen", really tune into the magic that is going on with that black steel. Hear that chimey wonderful cow-calling ring, a ring that is cut short, like so many great songs. It's heart-breaking at times.

    Thank you, JetsRush. You really understand.

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    [QUOTE=WestCoastOffensive]I have been waiting for this thread. The lost art of tapping farm equipment, and harnessing the resultant tone is one of the most intriguing phenomenons out there. Think of that fat slob Lesley West. He played a good guitar and was a hero in NY and the World. Why? Cowbell. Listen with special headphones to "Mississippi Queen", really tune into the magic that is going on with that black steel. Hear that chimey wonderful cow-calling ring, a ring that is cut short, like so many great songs. It's heart-breaking at times.

    Thank you, JetsRush. You really understand. WCO[/QUOTE]


    Blue Oyster Cult - The Reaper. Best damn "cowbell" song ever made. Oh wait, that was a skit on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell. :P


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    One thing this board needed was more cowbell

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    [QUOTE=Limolady]Blue Oyster Cult - The Reaper. Best damn "cowbell" song ever made. Oh wait, that was a skit on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell. :P[/QUOTE]

    Everyone loves Will.

    But the Mack Daddy carried that skit, Christopher Walken.

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    [QUOTE=BSponz1]One thing this board needed was more cowbell[/QUOTE]

    I was thinking the exact same damn thing. Welcome to the board ;)

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    This freak, Mark Rivera, is the best cowbellist in the United States. He plays every instrument under the sun including tamborine. He toured with Billy Joel for years and jumps around on the stage like the coke-fiend you know he is. You can't challenge me on this. Don't dare.

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    See below for the [SIZE=4][B]Master of the Cowbell![/B][/SIZE] :yes:

    [SIZE=1]God I hate the offseason[/SIZE] :zzz:
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    [QUOTE=SAR I]This freak, Mark Rivera, is the best cowbellist in the United States. He plays every instrument under the sun including tamborine. He toured with Billy Joel for years and jumps around on the stage like the coke-fiend you know he is. You can't challenge me on this. Don't dare.

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    SAR I[/QUOTE]

    On which point SAR? The cowbell thing or the coke head thing? :P

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    Best producer of the cowbell is Bruce Dickinson, yes, THE Bruce Dickinson. The one who puts his pants on the same as all of us, one leg at a time. Except when he puts his pants on, HE MAKES GOLD RECORDS!!!

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    Very underrated cowbell work by Charlie Watts in the beginning of Honky Tonk Women.

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    I gotta FEVER and the only perscription is MORE COWBELL

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    [COLOR=Red][SIZE=7][CENTER]why???[/CENTER][/SIZE][/COLOR]

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    Davey Jones of the Monkeys played a mean Tambourine....
    I'm laughing hysterically. would that be ILH or LH?

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    I used to play a mean bucket.

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    i can't say who the best Cowbell player is because there are so many good ones...

    But, Ian Anderson was the best Flute player, HANDS DOWN!

    Long live Tull

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    A versatile instrument. Check out the heavy metal version :
    [IMG]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0002F5C7Y.01-A26YF6IE4OQDOU._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg[/IMG]


    ...and lets not forget one of the true masters - The gray haired dude from the Moody Blues who has been rockin the "Tambo" for over 40 years. And he plays a mean flute as well.

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