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JGB "Let It Rock" - Nicky Hopkins what a Pianoman

 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:19 pm    Post subject: JGB "Let It Rock" - Nicky Hopkins what a Pianoman Reply with quote

I have just recently downloaded the "Let It Rock" album, and put it in my IPhone, so I have had the opportunity to listen with my hearphones most of it ... hell with the hearphones you really can hear better the music Shocked Laughing

Anyway, being weird I started from the middle of the show and I went for "Sitting in Limbo" I loved this version and this acid/scretching guitar solos which were delivered by Jerry (what guitar was he using back then?), but most of all I was caught by the man on the keyboard this Nick Hopkins guy.

His solow remind me a bit of Jerry noodling, he has a very "heavy" sound ... he can make his presence being felt for sure. In most of the songs the main interplay was Hopkins/Jerry and this was very nice to hear.

So, this guy is a surprise to me, and I will have to search for other JGB shows with this fellow on piano .... I know that Grateful Nirvana pointed out the existence of even a better 1975 show and I have downloaded it so I'll go on to listen to it.

Is it just me or this Hopkins guy has that "something" special, but if so why didn't he stay longer .....

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:05 pm    Post subject: Re: JGB "Let It Rock" - Nicky Hopkins what a Piano Reply with quote

tizi wrote:
I have just recently downloaded the "Let It Rock" album, and put it in my IPhone, so I have had the opportunity to listen with my hearphones most of it ... hell with the hearphones you really can hear better the music Shocked Laughing

Anyway, being weird I started from the middle of the show and I went for "Sitting in Limbo" I loved this version and this acid/scretching guitar solos which were delivered by Jerry (what guitar was he using back then?), but most of all I was caught by the man on the keyboard this Nick Hopkins guy.

His solow remind me a bit of Jerry noodling, he has a very "heavy" sound ... he can make his presence being felt for sure. In most of the songs the main interplay was Hopkins/Jerry and this was very nice to hear.

So, this guy is a surprise to me, and I will have to search for other JGB shows with this fellow on piano .... I know that Grateful Nirvana pointed out the existence of even a better 1975 show and I have downloaded it so I'll go on to listen to it.

Is it just me or this Hopkins guy has that "something" special, but if so why didn't he stay longer .....

He didn't stay longer because he was a severe alcoholic, and I guess he would be trashed at some gigs to the point of distraction. Brilliant pianist. Tizi, not sure if you know his history but he was a session pianist for the Stones among others - his piano is all over Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Stickey Fingers, Exile...and he did a stint with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Pull up a biography on him on the net. Kind of a tragic figure.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed I made up this thread without a research ... as an insinctive reaction to a very excited listening to that show. I'll go to wiki to read his story!

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