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Obscure Robben Ford solos: post in here please

Poppa Stoppa

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I had completely forgotten about that Georgie Fame album...

Would be good if someone could upload the Guitar Player flexi-disc of RF playing that tune they didn't put on 'Talk To Your Daughter'- that is a great track.

The Charles Ford Band album on Arhoolie contains some wonderful tonesome & firey early stuff.

Anything from the Jimmy Witherspoon Live at the Ash Grove album is great and relatively obscure.

My brother gave me Ruthie Foster's album. I thought the guitar playing sounded pretty competent - good chops, nice tone, in the pocket timimg...then he told me who it was.:crazyguy
 

mike walker

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I had completely forgotten about that Georgie Fame album...

Would be good if someone could upload the Guitar Player flexi-disc of RF playing that tune they didn't put on 'Talk To Your Daughter'- that is a great track.

The Charles Ford Band album on Arhoolie contains some wonderful tonesome & firey early stuff.

Anything from the Jimmy Witherspoon Live at the Ash Grove album is great and relatively obscure.

My brother gave me Ruthie Foster's album. I thought the guitar playing sounded pretty competent - good chops, nice tone, in the pocket timimg...then he told me who it was.:crazyguy
OMG. You could eat off Ruthie's voice. She is killer, that girl.
 

Lucidology

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Some of my favorite work hands down by Robben ...
is his playing on Larry Steen's View from A Far album (a masterpiece of a CD BTW)

You can check his solos from two of the tracks at the Guitar9 site ...
talk about some sweet outside playing here & there
Here's the link ...

http://www.guitar9.com/viewfromafar.html

Click on these two song samples which play two complete solos by Robben on the CD
Kharslama Blues & Second Wind
 
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scottl

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I have them on vinyl. There was one solo, in particular, that is one of my alltime favorites from Robben!! Just killer. Great tone too.

Mega.

Richard,

Do you have any work he did with the Generation Band? A couple of those solos were Joyous.
 

azgolfer

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Would be good if someone could upload the Guitar Player flexi-disc of RF playing that tune they didn't put on 'Talk To Your Daughter'- that is a great track.
Yeah, that was a great one with the 'Isn't She Lovely' kind of groove and then a great funk/blues part. It's on at least one bootleg. Other great stuff on the Ford Brothers Reunion album - Forty Days and Forty Nights and Cotton Creeper. I've got him doing Footprints at GIT and also Born Under a Bad Sign with Eric Johnson - Eric takes about 10 choruses so there isn't much room left for Robben ! Bullfunk was a good one, Dave Koz, maybe ? Monmouth College Fight Song from Casino Lights. Got a great version of 'I Put a Spell On You' from a boot, too. Bad Luck Blues, Ain't Got Nothin but the Blues and Roberta are great from the North Sea Jazz fest in 90. I think Roberta is on Youtube from about that time with his brother on harp. There is some great stuff on his instructional tapes, the Blues and Beyond and also his Hot Licks tape. Some of the best stuff is just him jamming in the intro. Doodlin, from Live at Notodden with Witherspoon is like a tutorial on how to play a I VI II V turnaround blues, and the organ player is great too.
 

Rotten

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When I was in high school, about '82 or '83, I went to a guitar camp in the San Bernardino Mountains. One night, Robben played with Don Mock. We were all allowed to record and I still have it on tape. Some absolutely stunning guitar work.
 

scottl

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Killin!

I remember this tune from a Berklee clinic he did. I pinched the form for something I did in my recitals. I'll see if I can dig it out. Fun times....

Btw, I like RF here. Diggin' in and going for it.

By "obscure", are you looking for stuff the was produced for release, or YouTubes and boots? I have more of the latter than would choke the internet. Here's one solo I'll throw in:

Blue Line before they were Blue Line, 1990

Mike
 

JSeth

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Here's a couple that haven't been mentioned:

Joni Mitchell's "Miles of Aisles" lp, with Tom Scott and the LA Express - Robben plays a great solo on "In France, They Kiss on Main Street", along with a lot of other great guitarwork...

On Ricki Lee Jones lp, "Pop Pop", Robben plays nearly all of the acoustic lead guitar, mostly on a nylon-string classical guitar...
 

RichardB

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Some of my favorite work hands down by Robben ...
is his playing on Larry Steen's View from A Far album (a masterpiece of a CD BTW)

You can check his solos from two of the tracks at the Guitar9 site ...
talk about some sweet outside playing here & there
Here's the link ...

http://www.guitar9.com/viewfromafar.html

Click on these two song samples which play two complete solos by Robben on the CD
Kharslama Blues & Second Wind
Joe,
there is no way that is RF on "Kharslama".....but definitely him on "Second Wind"....thx for posting
 

RichardB

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Richard, were you looking for people to tell you about solos or to post the solos? I could TELL you about dozens of solos in a list format. I was thinking by your OP that you were looking for artifact.

I THOUGHT you were looking for actual clips of solos he did on commercial releases (as there are hundreds of boots). I always loved this one, from 1979. I bought the tape for a road trip in 1980, and the solo came on this tune and I flipped out, immediately recognizing it as Robben:

Robben solo on a Little Feat record in 1979

Mike

Mike,

Thx for that...I guess I was looking for bona fide recordings and not just boots....
 

scottl

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Call of the Wild. Robben KILLS on it. I found this YouTube of one track. Just some tasty rhythm work and a couple clean fills.

 

guitarjazz

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The whole Live with Jimmy Witherspoon side is my fav Ford by far. Loose as a goose comping on soloing and people in the audience are hollering like the Allmans at the Fillmore. On the cover the dude looks like he hadn't started shaving yet.
 

tallcharly

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Yeah, it's called 10th Ave. Tango. It's the one he did with Bruce Willis:



Mike
The Guy to talk to about some old Robben Ford takes would be Chris Cain.

At His house in San Jose, when He lived with His Parents i saw a long row of bootleg Robben shows in cassette tape form all neatly labeled! These were from the early Robben days!

Also it was nice to see my Robben/Bruce Willis upload get a little air! Thanks Mike! If anyone wonders about the percussive sound, just before the beat at 3:07 that was my Wife sneezing as i was recording from an old VHS tape played on the TV and caught with a shirt pocket Digital Camera!

Tallcharly




Retired and living the good life in the Philippines.
 

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