Look for setlist tunes for an "advanced" cover rock group

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  1. gennation

    gennation Member

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    Not sure what to call this music, not rock fusion, not progressive rock, modern rock maybe? Just classic rock I guess, but not Nugent or Foghat classic rock...but...

    It's for a new group we are trying to get off the ground. None of us have a high vocal range some but we can turn things into a instrumental if needed.

    The musician are some of the best my area has to offer, which is why I added this group onto the list of many bands I play with. This is the core instrumentation...

    vocals, guitar, keyboards/synth, bass, saxes/flute/clarinet, drums

    We aren't out to prove anything, just play some great classic tunes, this is what we have so far:

    Hottentot- Scofield
    The Chicken- Jaco
    Black Market- Weather Report
    Boogie On Reggae Woman- Stevie Wonder
    Peaches En Regalia- Zappa
    Freeway Jam- Jeff Beck
    Black Cow- Steely Dan
    Is This Love- Bob Marley
    Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder
    Hey Pockey a Way- Idris Muhammad
    Whiter Shade Of Pale- Procol Harum
    Mercy Mercy Mercy - Zawinal/Buddy Rich
    Stratus - Billy Cobham
    Come Together - Beatles
    I wouldn't want to be like you - Alan Parsons
    Cantaloupe Island - Adderley

    But I'm trying to throw out more tunes...ala...Zanibar - Joel, some Tubes, some Crack the Sky, Donovan - Sunshine Superman, Ambrosia - World Leave Me Alone...

    There are always the Steely Dan goto's like Kid Charlemagne, Parkers Band, Bodisatva, My Old School, etc... Toto would be a dead ringer but we'd need to do the vocals with alto sax or something.

    I'd love to do Hocus Pocus, but we are a little light in the yodeler category ;)

    Any other great vocal or instrumental tunes you can throw my way??? Classic stuff or newer music is fine too as I'm always interested in new tunes. Stuff with great sax/flute would be great, great keys too, and great guitar as well as we can throw down just about anything.
     
  2. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    Steely Dan - Deacon Blues (gets lots of airplay and people like it).

    Tubes - we did "Talk to You Later" - they use it for their closer and it is a good song - but possibly lacking in recognition.

    Miracles - Jefferson Starship - a very romantic song, lots of airplay, too complex for most bands

    Easy Street - Edgar Winter

    You Can Leave You Hat On - Harry Nilsson

    Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues - Robben Ford

    By the way - are you looking for guitar players? (didn't think so)
     
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    Epistrophy - Monk. Makes a great jazz rock funk tune
    I'm An Old Cow Hand - play it Western Swing style. Could be your version of the Blues Bros Rawhide
    Moondance - Van Morrison
     
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  6. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    I'm in a band that does Baker St. now. Its a fun song with flute and sax (we have keys and a live sax). The solo is short but cool.

    I like White Bird - (It's a Beautiful Day) a classic old song.
     
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    You guys are awesome. Thanks! Some I know, some I don't. I'll be checking them out tomorrow.
     
  8. supersonic1414

    supersonic1414 Silver Supporting Member

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    Cool idea, best of luck.....not sure how much demand there will be for type of cover band, hope you find a lot...
     
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    Yeah I wouldn't want to be in the position of trying to sell this to club owners ("But you don't understand, these are hard songs to play!") but I appreciate someone doing something outside of the tried and true.
     
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    Wow. I'm 45 and the only songs out of all of those I know are:

    Come together: Beatles
    Love reign o'er me


    That's it. I like to think I'm a typical 45 year old.



    I don't know.
     
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    Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band


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  12. gennation

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    I'm sure you know more than you think, probably not by name. Although, at 52 myself there are a few of them I only became aware of in the last few years. I never listened to Jaco or Weather Report that much and never knew the name of Mercy, and I only knew Cantaloupe Island from seeing it in the realbook. You've possibly heard Jeff Beck play Stratus.

    Check the tunes out, there's some great ones to discover.
     
  13. loudboy

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    We used to empty clubs with "Freeway Jam" back in 1977, and that's one of the more well-known ones on the list.

    Interested to know if the OP has had success playing this stuff in his area?
     
  14. Analog Delay

    Analog Delay I Judge Books By Covers Silver Supporting Member

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    Those tunes will be forever linked together...at least in my mind.
     
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    LOL!

    I'm in an old dudes band playing more obscure stuff than the tunes listed in this thread. It doesn't seem to work very well in Cincy, even if we explain to audiences that the tunes were written by guys like Ornette Coleman & Horace Silver. What's up with that? :rotflmao
     
  16. TheGuildedAge

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    I wonder if you will find a market for it.

    My first band in college was a cover band and we played a lot of jam band stuff (not my style, initially, I was just excited to be in a band).

    I was surprised by how much even the girls liked longer solos and anything by Hendrix, Dave Matthews, Phish, etc. They didn't mind when we stretched out and jammed a bit.

    I have to confess, I haven't heard of anything on your setlist. So if I saw you play I would think you were an original band.
     
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    From my somewhat limited experience with the jamband scene, obscure covers garner big points from the audience.

    And they all love a good instrumental jam - hence the name.

    I did a few records with a young band and they would pull off really cool covers at live shows - "Beware of Darkness" a few from "Astral Weeks" "Ophelia."

    They said that they picked it from their parents' record collections.
     
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    A few more:

    Spooky - Classics IV / Atlanta Rhythm Section
    Cut the Cake - AWB
    Glad - Traffic
    Vehicle - Ides of March
    Make Me Smile - Chicago
    Still the One - Orleans
    Funk #49 - James Gang
     
  19. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    Thought of another one..

    Had to Cry Today - Blind Faith
     
  20. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    I don't think these are jam songs as much as they are classic rock songs that require an advanced amount of musical accomplishment. Most are deep album cuts & some were even hits that were on popular records that may be just more obscure now.
     

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