Sunday, 13 July 2008
Give The Drummer Some
Whenever I get back from the boot-sales or charity shops with a fresh batch of records, the first thing I listen for is a drum-break. There's nothing better than finding some dope drums, and the more obscure the record, the more satisfying the feeling. Now obviously there's drum-breaks on near enough all genres of music, but what could be better than a whole album of nothing but drum-breaks? I've picked up a few 'drum tuition' L.P.'s over the years, but this is probably my favourite. Lloyd Ryan's 1978 album - "Prelude To The Pulse Of Time", released only in the U.K. on 'The Label' (TLED 2). There's also a 'part one' titled "The Pulse Of Time - Rock Drumming" (TLED 1) which I have never seen or heard, but judging by this release should also be a sampling producers dream. The cover alone on this one is worth every penny of the £1.00 it cost me, and the record itself does not disappoint. A very basic, beginners guide to drumming, broken down in to 32 short exercises, ranging from individual drum sound demonstrations to playing different rhythms (dance beat, rhumba and pop). So to start with, you've already got a nice little drum kit to sample with all the separate hits, clean and with plenty of breathing space, and then you've got the loops - and the 'pop' beats are where it's at. I've uploaded one example below so you can get a taster, but there's plenty more on here, so keep your eyes peeled for a copy. I put this in my eBay search soon after I got it, which was about two and a half years ago. Not one single listing has appeared yet!
The only other record I have by Lloyd Ryan is "Kendo's Theme", a U.K. 45 on PVK which was actually the song British wrestling legend Kendo Nagasaki used for his entrance to the ring. It's a spacey Disco-Funk type of tune that kinda reminds me of Rah Band's "Messages From The Stars". There's a break on this as well but nothing amazing - the 12" version though, is extended and harder hitting. Try finding that!
Lloyd Ryan 'Exercise 10b' (1977 The Label L.P. track)
Lloyd Ryan's Express 'Kendo's Theme' (1975 PVK Records U.K. 45)