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Nicky Hopkins

Postby Bent Fabric » 15 Oct 2018, 10:55

A friend forwarded me this a few days back -

http://www.adioslounge.com/wwnhd-what-would-nicky-hopkins-do-part-1/

Only the first five parts have been executed so far, but...it is exhaustive in the best possible way. It seems rich to say "the man who brought the piano into the guitar era", but...didn't he?

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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Neige » 15 Oct 2018, 15:26

Oh man, that is exhaustive (and exhausting)... but fabulous article, that'll keep me occupiedfor a while when I get the chance to listen to the youtube clips
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Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Oct 2018, 16:01

He enlightened so many tracks that he played on - Stones, Quicksilver, Jeff Beck Group, Lennon, etc. Possibly my fave rock pianist from that era.
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Postby Earl E. Eel » 15 Oct 2018, 16:16

Did he play with the Allmans?
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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Oct 2018, 16:25

No, U2.
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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Earl E. Eel » 15 Oct 2018, 16:40

8-)
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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Snarfyguy » 15 Oct 2018, 18:58

Matt Wilson wrote:Possibly my fave rock pianist from that era.

Possibly?

I'd say he was probably peerless.

I managed to track down his solo album, which turned out to be quite disappointing. Oh well!

EDIT: this one:

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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Oct 2018, 19:08

In terms of guys who played on a lot of sessions and was a star in his own right. Yeah, he was peerless.
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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 15 Oct 2018, 20:33

But "The tin man was a dreamer" was not exactly 4 star material.
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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Bent Fabric » 15 Oct 2018, 21:41

I know it has its fans, but...speaking as someone who'd had it "bigged up" to me by folks I generally trusted, my reaction upon finally hearing it was "THAT'S his fucking VOICE!?!?!"

God bless him - I know even Charlie Watts belittles this record in some big Rolling Stones book.

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Re: Nicky Hopkins

Postby Neige » 16 Oct 2018, 10:13

He's a fabulous musician but also the epitome of "sideman".

As "ill-advised solo albums" go, The Tin Man Was A Dreamer is up there with Two Sides of the Moon. :lol:
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