Friday, April 12, 2013

John Bonham's drumming on "Fool in the Rain" examined

I'll admit to being a big Led Zeppelin fan ... I have been since the late 80's. There was and still is something very special about their music ... it is timeless ... especially John Bonham's drumming. Some people don't rate him but I do ... and the above video vindicates this belief, in my opinion.

According to OpenCulture ...
Bonham’s later playing is on display in this isolated drum track (above) from Fool in the Rain, a single from the 1979 album In Through the Out Door, the last album released by Zeppelin before Bonham’s death in 1980. The recording above includes about one-third of the entire drum track, ending just before the samba-style breakdown in the middle. Bonham is playing a variant of the half-time Purdie Shuffle, a pattern developed by the legendary session drummer Bernard Purdie, who began playing it when he was a youngster trying to imitate the dynamics of a train. 
Have a listen and decide for yourself ... then head over to OpenCulture and read their full article.


1 comment:

Tim said...

Sounds absolutely awesome in isolation. Complex but so catchy at the same time. Nice one!


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