13 Month Old Baby

Doug McClement sent me a copy of the tracks. A whack of famous recordings but all I had my eyes on was Superstition.

The separate tracks. The….Separate…..Tracks.

Have spent a significant portion of my life trying to figure out what his hands specifically did on the clavinet in Superstition. I had my older brother’s clavinet in the 70’s and tried to figure out how to play Superstition. Couldn’t figure it out.

Ah ha. EIGHT TRACKS OF CLAVINET. Glad to finally understand. So powerful to pull back the curtain. Plus anyone who ever studied Stevie Wonder knows he is also the drummer on Superstition, so how many tracks on the kit? THREE. One pass is just a 1/4 note on the kick. The other two mono tracks by the hi hat and by the ride. Captured the whole kit with no skins close mic’d.

How many horns? I thought it was three, four or five. Only two horns trumpet and tenor but I couldn’t figure that out, I had to surf the internet and go through youtube videos then it was clear. You can hear the horn players talking to each other. You can hear Stevie Wonder screaming little things in his vocal track that were never audible to your ears before. Even making jokes with himself calling himself “nasty” which he more properly did 5 years later in I Wish.

This is part of music’s future unless Sir Paul and others plan on erasing their masters.

 

2 thoughts on “13 Month Old Baby

  1. Philip Hill

    Stevie, one of my favourite drummers after putting headphones on with Innervisions in ’76…Too High my favourite drum tune he plays on dig those relaxed funky ride patterns…..I only wish I could play keys like him too…as does the rest of the world

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  2. Sean Taylor

    “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture”

    Let us hear an example of what you are talking about Bob!

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