Released on this day, way back in 1981.
No sorry Alec I meant my copy of the Guitar Handbook!
Forgot to say that my copy has a pic of Bill sitting in front of his Mesa Boogie and Hiwatt amps.
I’ve had a few different copies of the record over the decades and I don’t remember that. Care to share?
Alec the quote that I was thinking of was from Ritchie Blackmore - " Listening to as many guitar solos as posible is the best method for someone in the early stages. But saxophone solos can be helpful. They're interesting because they're all single notes, and therefore can be repeated on the guitar. If you can copy a sax solo you're playing very well, because the average saxophonist can play much better than the average guitarist".
Some years back I read a book about John Coltrane that mentioned that he was listening to Indian classical music, since being introduced to music of Ravi Shankar.
Then it went on to mention that Roger McGuinn was influenced by both Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane in the guitar solo on ‘Eight Miles High.’
After I read that, I remembered the solo at the end of ‘Decline And Fall’ the way it enters the room wailing away not like a guitar, but like a sax.
From the Wikipedia entry:
Although the basic idea for the song had been discussed during the band's flight to England, it did not begin to take shape until the Byrds' November 1965 tour of the U.S.
To alleviate the boredom of traveling from show to show during the tour, Crosby had brought along cassette recordings of Ravi Shankar's music and the John Coltrane albums Impressions and Africa/Brass, which were on constant rotation on the tour bus.
The impact of these recordings on the band would manifest itself in the music of "Eight Miles High" and its B-side"Why"—both of which were influential in the development of the musical styles of psychedelic rock, raga rock, and psychedelic pop.
Bear with me Alec, but somewhere in the Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer there is a quote saying that the average sax solo is far better than the average guitar solo and that guitarists could learn alot from sax players. I'll look it up. I may be wrong, but the solo seems to have some sort of backwards effect. As much as I love Sound on Sound it was as if Bill came back to his blistering best in terms of solos with QDAGOTB.
The guitar solo in ‘Decline And Fall’ reminds me of a saxophone solo 🎷 ⚡️🌟🔥💥✨⭐️
I love Sound on Sound, but I was always craving for more of Bill's guitar on his next album. Quit Dreaming delivered that - the solo at the end of Do You Dream in Colour is unforced magic IMHO
I was just around 10 years old when I heard 'Mr. Magnetism' on K-NAC (when that station played cool music for a brief period) and immediately liked it. Some of those bass lines that Bill played were solid like a robot. Got a little more into it when Vistamix arrived.
I can vividly remember buying this the day it came out, from WH Smiths in Llandudno - borrowed a fiver from my mum as I had gone to help with shopping with no money.
It became the soundtrack to that summer in '81. Every track infused with brilliance. The 'free' album, Sounding The Ritual Echo caught my imagination too - I'd never heard anything quite like it.
I painted the cover on my art portfolio to go to college later that year - still have it somewhere.
Thirty-nine years ago, and it still sounds astonishing, and as fresh and exciting as with that first afternoon's play......love it!
I need it ....can't live without it