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I've Seen All Good People, Percussion

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    I've Seen All Good People, Percussion

    On Keys to Ascension 2, beginning at about the 40 second mark of "I've Seen All Good People", Alan White seems to use a different type of drum or drumming technique than he and other Yes drummers use on many of the other studio and live versions of the song I have, and the drumming is also much further up in the production mix.

    Does anyone know which drums or drumming technique White used on KTA2, what made him decide to try it/them at that point in time, and what made him decide to drop it again in subsequent eras? Are there any other eras in which he used this approach?

    I think we can speculate that it was up in the mix because of Billy Sherwood's production work on the live album. That's where he likes drums (A preference I concur with).

    While overall the perception I get of a plodding tempo (Even though the runtime indicates that the tempo probably isn't *actually* plodding) on that version keeps it from being a personal favorite rendition, I do like what they did with the drums on that part. That drumming bit would probably be in there if I could Frankenstein together all my favorite bits of the song as performed through the years to form a a single whole version optimized to my tastes.

    It might be heresy to suggest it, but while on the topic, the instrumental parts, and particularly Trevor Rabin's guitar work (Though White's uptempo drumming and Tony Kaye's energetic rock and roll keyboards can not be discounted) beginning at about 3:50 of ISAGP on the Another Town and One More Show bootleg (Milwaukee 1984) might also make it onto that hypothetical combined version of the best renditions of each part of the songs.
    Last edited by downbyariver; 02-17-2022, 11:08 AM.
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