Sandy Nelson Let There Be Drums / Drums Are My Beat

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  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Sandy Nelson was one of the first star drummers of the Rock era. His work laid the groundwork for drum solos in later Surf music and Rock hits. This CD collects two of his early '60s instrumental albums and includes his two biggest Pop hits, "Teen Beat" and "Let There Be Drums", both of which reached the Top 10.


  • 1.Slippin'And Slidin
  • 2.Tequila
  • 3.My Girl Josephine
  • 4.Big Noise From Winnetka
  • 5.Let There Be Drums
  • 6.Bouncy
  • 7.Birth Of The Beat
  • 8.Quite A Beat
  • 9.Get With It
  • 10.Drum Roll
  • 11.My Blue Heaven
  • 12.Hawaiian War Chant
  • 13.Twisted
  • 14.Caravan
  • 15.Drums Are My Beat
  • 16.Day Drumming
  • 17.Drum Stomp
  • 18.Hum Drum
  • 19.Topsy
  • 20.City
  • 21.Teen Beat
  • 22.Drummin' Up A Storm
  • 23.All Night Long
  • 24.Then There Were Drums, And
  • 25.Teen Beat '65

Product Description:

Contains 2 LPs on 1 CD: LET THERE BE DRUMS (1962)/DRUMS ARE MY BEAT (1962).
Personnel includes: Sandy Nelson (percussion).
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
This two-fer pairs back-to-back Sandy Nelson LPs from the drummer's commercial and creative heyday. Let There Be Drums is more than just an album title. It's a proclamation from above, a call to arms that galvanized an entire generation of aspiring drummers. The infectious title cut proved Sandy Nelson's second and final Top Ten hit, and its bombastic drum sound remains a rock & roll archetype, distilling the immense power and allure of bashing the skins in well under three minutes. Like no one before him, Nelson captures the fundamental frenzy that is the essence of rock drumming, and his performance remains the template for successive generations of players to follow. The remainder of Let There Be Drums ain't too shabby, either. Additional Nelson/Richie Podolor originals like "Bouncy" and "Birth of the Beat" showcase the energy and invention of Nelson's drumming to no less impressive effect, rendering the record's cover songs (including the Champs' "Tequila" and Fats Domino's "My Girl Josephine") obsolete in the process. Drums Are My Beat! is most eclectic Sandy Nelson LP to appear during the drummer's commercial heyday. Like the preceding Let There Be Drums, it evenly divides between originals and covers, but the songs in the latter category derive from an unusually diverse group of sources, guaranteeing Nelson the opportunity to explore new facets of his craft. Duke Ellington's rhythmic fantasia "Caravan" proves a perfect fit with Nelson's primal style, as does the traditional "Hawaiian War Chant," presented here in a big band-influenced arrangement. Best of all is a version of Cozy Cole's "Topsy," featuring Nelson on xylophone. His original compositions are equally appealing -- "Drum Stomp" is a shimmering surf-rock excursion, "Hum Drum" anticipates the Middle Eastern flavor of the subsequent hit "Casbah," and the closing "The City" features a filthy Teenage Steve Douglas saxophone performance that brings to mind the bump-n-grind joints of days long gone. Most impressive of all is the epic "Day Drumming," an eight-minute Nelson solo showcase that captures the drummer in all his protean glory. ~ Jason Ankeny

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Let There Be Drums/Drums Are My Beat Music Lover: from Oklahoma -- January, 19, 2008

This has an irresistible rhythm, especially on the tracks written by Sandy and R. Podilar, including the album title songs. Some have such a driving power to them, they remind one of the chugging of an old-fashioned steam train engine. I listen to it a lot, and it never fails to be uplifting.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 14,723
  • UPC: 090431588727
  • Shipping Weight: 0.26/lbs (approx)
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