Best Recording of Solo Tambourine


I seek the best, most accurate and most realistic recording of a solo tambourine that anyone is aware of. Please give ordering details (Disc title and label, artists, and disc serial or product #'s) Out of print discs are not too helpful, as I intend to order the suggested discs from Amazon or Arkiv Musik. Thanks, 'Goners!
winstonsmith
Only instrument playing is a solo tambourine? Can't help you there.
You're kidding...
Actually, there's some good stuff out there, but we need to know what genre you are looking for:

In rock, I would say Metallica's "Tambourine Tsunami" is right up there with the best. Its only flaw is a bit of occasional brightness; try the SACD version.

Country, perhaps George Strait's' "Take the Pick-up Truck, but Leave the Tambourine" might work, if you don't mind a just a little singing with your instrument.

Classical is hardest to find solos. If you're willing to compromise, any of the Mozart tambourine concertos on Telarc are nice. Personally, my favorite recording is Berlioz' Requiem for Tambourine as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic (Herbert Von Karajan conducting, London Records). But have kleenex ready, it's a real tear jerker.

Can't help with ordering info, but I'm sure you could find them if you're willing to spend a few hours on Google.
The Lemon Pipers had a hit called "Green Tambourine". Although I don't think there is a solo, it still can be heard quite distinctly.
No, I'm NOT kidding, and I've already gotten three helpful posts at AA in less than an hour. I guess I just don't understand someone who takes the time to say "You're kidding". If you can HELP someone, by all means, SHARE. But simply 'nay saying' is unproductive.

And YES, there ARE recordings of solo tambourine available at Amazon, but they are of questionable quality. I assumed folks here at the 'Gon could use their minds to recall passages in recordings where a tambourine was featured prominently, if not exclusively, and which passages sound exquisite. The forums are to help one another, not to try to embarass one another. That's for grade schoolers!
Relax, it is a rather unusual request. I can understand why he thought it might be a joke.
I don't think it's a joke, though. If you really love tambourine, you might consider some middle eastern music. I can't think of any particular recording that features one off hand, but my eyes were opened to the possibilities fo this as a real instrument (as opposed to the thing Susan Dey banged on her thigh while singing Partridge Family songs)last summer when I heard someone playing one in person. She had a wide variety of techniques for striking and muting the frame and bangles to produce intricate rhyhtms. In Arabic music, the tambourine is called a Riq. If I come up with any particular recordings, I'll post.
"I've got a fever. And the only prescription is more...tambourine."
I particularly like "Shik Shik Shikka Shikka" by uncredited. It's probably second only to "Shikka Shikka Shikka Shik Shik".
But personally, I prefer cowbell.
I guess I don't understand why someone would want the definititive tamborine recording. That's VERY unusual in case that's not obvious to you. You might want to take an extra ten seconds and explain why. It makes your post much more interesting to the reader.
Is this another case of Hey Mr. Tamborine Man play a song for me?
Try some albums by "The Subdudes". They used a tambourine instead of drum kit for most of their recordings - quite a novel approach. Not the hollow ring type of tambourine, but a large one with a skin or head stretched over it, and often played with a mallet or drum stick.
MWilson - That is the FUNNIEST post I have ever read!!! I'm sitting here laughing myself silly. Thanks!!!
Tambourine Concerto`s # 5 & # 8, Igor Kablibsky (1819-1876) avaialable on Hungarton St 12667, The tone of his tambourine (made in Transylvania 1835, by the Gypsie Tambourine maker "Ivan") is to die for, realy!
Probably some gypsy music . . .
'more cowbell...more cowbell'
Jaybo,

Think Mountain's "Mississippi Queen". Set your cd player to repeat the first 4 or 5 seconds of the song continuously. Gets my vote for the greatest cowbell solo ever!

Marty
Check out who 'Mr Tambourine man' Is by Bob Dylan.
I listened to all of my tambourine solo music last night and just can't recommend anything at this point.

It doesn't move me as it did years ago.

I may put everything up for sale on e-bay.

shika shika shika shika
Thanks, Pelv and Honest1. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

Pelv, I believe I have the Lemon Piper's doing that song on some compendium CD, although it isn't the highest fidelity, to my recollection. I'll have to check.

Honest1, I received numerous helpful posts over at the Audio Asylum (and for which I have expressed my thanks to the posting folks, just as here.) The folks at AA referenced some recordings of Arabic ethnic music as prominently featuring such instruments (among other percussive types), which ties directly into your recommendation. Good call! Thank you. I'll definitely look into that area, as I normally enjoy ethnic music with which I am unfamiliar. It expands my musical horizons.

Again, thanks to you both for your help here. As of now, with multiple recordings referenced, I have enough for what I need. I have accomplished my goal. And the well-meaning and sharing help and direction I received from all those who posted responses in earnest is very deeply appreciated. Thanks for your time and efforts.

(Of course, what follows next does not apply to either of you, obviously.)

As to the other posts, they were 'enlightening', to say the least. A number of audiophiles had told me a while ago that the 'Gon was (unfortunately) mostly filled with arrogant know-nothings who will jerk you off, and that Audio Asylum had the decent people who didn't dick you around, and more importantly, who actually knew what they were talking about.

So, let's see: 15 answers on the 'Gon, two of which were serious, the 13 others perfectly defining the concept of 'inanity'. WOW! That's better than 80% pure assininity. Yep, sure looks like my audiophile friends were right: this place has WAY MORE than its share of sphincter-esque folks! Apparently, these certain members make the 'Gon a proctologist's delight! (Absolutely NO fault of the 'Gon, of course, mind you. Just certain of its members.)

Sadly, the 'Gon would appear to be NO place for someone honestly seeking helpful information. I had really hoped otherwise. How terribly disappointing that so much potential goes so unfulfilled. Trust me, I've learned my lesson. I won't waste my time posting here again.

However, I just had to chuckle when my wife read a few of the 'responsive' posts and perceptively asked, "These guys actually waste their time writing this drivel? Don't these morons have a life?" Apparently not.

Again, all of this reminds me of grade school antics. Grow up, children.

BTW: To me, this is now a dead thread. Don't waste your time responding, as I won't be reading it! Tell it to the wall --or the Marines-- if you have to, it'll be more effective. I don't get sucked into that garbage of back-and-forth exchange. Excoriate the clowns and move on, that's my motto. (If you even know what 'excoriate' --or 'inanity', for that matter-- actually mean!)

WS
WS -- Your post appeared to me to be a likely prank. My response, and I think the others, was intended in that spirit and meant no harm. Sorry I offended you.
I'm not sorry at all. WS can Fck off.
Boy he sure has changed his tune...

http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?aamps&1180850746&openusid&zzWinstonsmith&4&5#Winstonsmith

I guess when thing's don't go Winston's way, we're in trouble.
when my wife read a few of the 'responsive' posts
I like it when they watch...

This moron at least knows how to use Google for such obscure questions - leaving more time to post drivel elsewhere.
This was the best response of all:

02-01-08: Roberts4152
Actually, there's some good stuff out there, but we need to know what genre you are looking for:

In rock, I would say Metallica's "Tambourine Tsunami" is right up there with the best. Its only flaw is a bit of occasional brightness; try the SACD version.

Country, perhaps George Strait's' "Take the Pick-up Truck, but Leave the Tambourine" might work, if you don't mind a just a little singing with your instrument.

Classical is hardest to find solos. If you're willing to compromise, any of the Mozart tambourine concertos on Telarc are nice. Personally, my favorite recording is Berlioz' Requiem for Tambourine as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic (Herbert Von Karajan conducting, London Records). But have kleenex ready, it's a real tear jerker.

Can't help with ordering info, but I'm sure you could find them if you're willing to spend a few hours on Google.
Roberts4152 (Answers)

Thank you Roberts!
The day someone wanders in asking about tambourine solos, expecting NOT to get made fun of...I just don't know what kind of world that person is living in. But it's a world I would like to visit, because everyone sounds very 'inanity' there. That is, if I'm using that word correctly. I still haven't looked it up, and I don't expect anyone here to make fun of me for that.
Did he just excoriate the Marines?

Unpatriotic and a wanker. Probably hangs out with the concrete speaker guy!
I think Winstonsmith is Carlos269 in disguise
Guys, guys, guys! The tambourine concertos include orchestras such as in the 39 Mozart tamb. concertos. Since we're looking for solo work, we need to seek the sonatas. Mozart, as I recall, only wrote one tamb. sonata. That was after his pet starling died and the piece was performed at Tweety's funeral. Wolfie couldn't bear music that sounded anything like his beloved pet's singing, so he went with pure jingle percussion. Beautiful.
This has got to be the funniest thread I have read in a month
If you search on "Riq solo" on Youtube, you can find some good stuff"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAshV_fkzK0&feature=related
Sorry you won't be reading this but I'll include it for future reference. The Monkees always had a good tambourine. That little Davy Jones is good tam player.

Jeez! Someone needs to lighten up and have a SOH!
This is so lame. The tambourine sucks, and once you get some real hours up listening, you will find out how fast the magic fades. After a few years you will wish you could not even spell tambourine (i used spellcheck).
I am with audiofeil and plan to dump my collection on ebay as soon as the market picks up.

I learned my lesson on the tambourine and I am now really getting into the Vuvuzela which kicks the tambourine's scrawny a#@, but you would be shocked to find out how few quality recordings there are out there. Lots of live stuff which is lacking somehow. Any recommendations ?