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the return to forever band & the mahavishnu are not really rock & roll but they jam like a sob.
If fiddles count:
The Moody Blues
What's all this I hear about violins on television?
Let's not forget John Cale, screeching away on his electric viola for the Velvet Underground.
The Flock (Jerry Goodman)
Jean Luc Ponty (really fusion, not rock)
Canadian duo Myles& Lenny featured an electric violin as lead instrument. They had two or three albums then folded.
Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review, on the road 1975-1976 -- Scarlett Rivera played violin.
.... String Driven Thing!
Al Stewart - Year of the Cat.
Bob Dylan - Desire. (you know, Hurricane?).
Seatrain- sort of bluegrass meets R&R.
Zinfan I just bought her (Scarlet Rivera) LP last Saturday. Jethro Tull also used Violins in the studio (minstrel in the gallery is a good example), along with UK although most of their stuff would have been later. Didn't Fairport Convention employ strings too?
Kansas still has some of my favorite rock and roll violin, viola, cello recordings ever. I don't really like the song Dust in the Wind, but I love the strings.
Jefferson Starship Red Octopus-Beatles used Violin in some their works.
Jean-Lic Ponte is good.
Surprisingly, Help Albert's Definite Hits has some tracks with violin.
Jethro Tull, Loggins and Messina (Al Garth and Richard Greene were the players; Al went to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Greene..dunno).
Some pretty brain fry poop (violin isn't exactly a staple of generic rock) came out in the early 70's that might stretch alot of people's definition of rock to a breaking point. Haven't seen these listed yet:
-PFM, "Per Un Amico" might be a good start, "Cook" is not recorded as well, but is a scorching a live record, the "Cook" versions of "Four Holes in The Ground" and "Alta Loma 9 til 5" are anthemic monsters (if you dig Lou Reed Rock and Roll Animal, the best ELP or Focus this stuff will kill you).
-Arti + Mestieri, 1st two "Tilt" and Giro di Valser" still stand as a couple of the most advanced classically informed instumental rock records made. Fantastically skilled players, great ideas and very Italian.
-Wolf, Darryl Way, the violinist from Curved Air made a quantum leap by splitting and forming this band. All three releases are excellent (and mostly instrumental). "Saturation Point" (their 2nd) is my favotite, any Ponty/Holdsworth/Mahavishnu/Zappa head should get a deluxe buzz off this one.
Other supoib violin rock came from:
-Stomu Yamashta (the ones w/ his wife on Violin and Hugh Hopper on bass)
-Zao, (the French 70's band)
-Roxy Music (Viva)
-East of Eden (1st two w/ Dave Arbus)
-Esparanto (start w/ Danse Macabre)
-Alquin, (Mountain Queen)
-King Crimson ("Lark's Tongues", "Starless and Bible Black" and "Red" might seem like twisted nightmares, but they're damn good records).
Can in album "Soon Over Babalooma".
King Crimson used the violin extensively during its Lark's Tongue in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black period
Michael Dreyfuss played the electric violin & Viola.
Don't forget The Who's Baba O'Reily
How 'bout ELP when they toured with an orchestra during their "Works" years.
I also consider Kronos Quartet as pure violin rock...
Kansas! Played the fiddle live,too! Forget "dust in the wind"-- their first three albums are classics.
How could I forget Kansas, especially, "Dust in the Wind?!"
Can you believe it was my high school Junior Prom theme song. . .I didn't vote for it!
I am surprised no one has mentioned Jackson Browne. His violin player, David Lindley is one of the best.
Timo: Did you go to Nihilist High School also? Class of '64. Remember the school colors? -- Black and Black.
McKendree Spring. Michael Dreyfuss played the electric violin & Viola.
Blind Faith uses one beautifully on "Sea of Joy"...
Kansas oh around 1979 I voted them my third favourite band now I listen to glitch electronica, Jazz and er...Kansas still...
Point Of Know Return....still great.....
OK, so it's country rock: The Charlie Daniels Band! Who can forget "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"?
Charlie Daniels played fiddle on Dylan's Nashville Skyline.
Norman Blake also played guitar.
I hope you weren't including Gentle Giant in "brain fry poop".
OK, its a little pretentious, but some of my earliest audiophile aspirations began while listening to my "Peel the Paint" on my older, next door neighbor's stereo.
I was hypnotized by the blue light of his Marantz receiver watching him apply another coat of linseed oil to a huge, er, water pipe, made from a cedar tree in his garage.
Lugnut-You beat me with 'its a beautiful day'
The album with 'white bird'.. awesome!
For you familiar with this band,you may want to check out "days of the new" a modern band that sounds very familiar to IABD...they have 2 CD's out,both are good but I think the first is the best.Very good music!
oh,and yes..'days of the new' has violins.
Gentle Giant was definitely on the brainfry poop menu. Really dug that Playing that Fool record. It's not the greatest recording and it looks like the One Way Label did its usual piss poor job of putting an analog recording on those shiny little digital discs.
Gotta' agree that some G.G. tunes seem a little pompous and embarrasing at times, but they came up w/ some pretty intricate and high quality stuff. What really did it for me was being at a concert where they opened for Yes (who were great). Gentle Giant clobbered them in the chops department, no mean feat since the Relayer tour was a real high point for Yes.
Sorry about the opinionated tangent... umm, High Tide (Simon House), Embryo and early Michael Urbaniak also put out some good burnin' violin rock in the early 70's
What about Jimmy Page and Alvin Lee? Mr. Page actually used (uses?) a bow on his Les Paul. Alvin Lee makes his Gibson ES-335 sound very much like a violin on the Ten Years After album "Cricklewood Green - Love like a Man".
Dweller, I was just going to mention Ten Years After. "A Space in Time", a great album, uses violins on some of the tracks. And speaking of guitars sounding like violins, Eric Clapton and Duane Allmon do a good job of that on the instrumental part of Layla.
i am not sure but I think I remember "city boy" using violins on some of their stuff.
I listened to the Scarlet Rivera LP last night. She's the one who played on Dylans Desire LP and toured with the Rolling Thunder Review.
She has a very distinctive sound, and the LP is obviously violin driven. The sound was very good. It's not just violin though, there is a solid bass and drum underpinning with a little vocal thrown in there occasionally. It also has guitar and some piano.
It will have to be found used since I'm sure it has been out of print for 25 years. I just bought a copy for $1.00.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful renditions of the violin in rock is on Jethro Tulls' stand up album, reasons for waiting. Also the Who's Baba O'Riely, One of my favorite allthough it is not rock is Cosmic Messenger by Jean Luc Ponty.
FM. They were a trio out of Toronto that had a minor hit up here with Phasors on Stun from Black Noise. One LP they released was called Diecrct to Disc. Its when they had a vinyl master cutter and didnt use any tape. It was cut in one go or they tossed it and did the whole thing again. The sound was very clean and clear on it. The violinists name is Nash the Slash. Mr Slash(???) is an amzing violinist. Saw him live and rocked through his own stuff and the best cover of Smoke on the Water Ive heard. Im sure theres tuff is out of print but soem of it it did get to CD. Black Noise is the one to look for.
Papa John Creach - didn't he play violin on some of the later Jefferson Airplane records? Did he play with Hot Tuna?
I know Papa John Creech played in Dragon Fly and yeah that has some of the best violins on it. Ouststanding album IMHO. I also think He palyed on a few other Jefferson Starship albums. But that was the mid 70s. ;)
Renaissance (early-mid 70's).
String Driven Thing had a lot of violin. They were an early 70s prog group.
United States of America
Flying Burrito Bros.
Eric Burden & the Animals ("When I was Young")