More Electric Pianos

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Jordy’s excellent post on the Wurlitzer electric piano inspired me to post a few of my favorite songs that feature various electric pianos.  Click the album titles to buy the referenced albums.

Stevie Wonder -“Higher Ground” from Innervisions (1973)

Featuring Stevie Wonder on the Hohner Clavinet and every other instrument in the song.  Seriously, he plays everything.

Here is another Stevie Wonder classic featuring perhaps the baddest (by which I mean the best) Clavinet riff known to Man:

Led Zeppelin – “Trampled Under Foot” from Physical Graffiti (1975)

Featuring John Paul Jones on the Clavinet.

The Band – “Up On Cripple Creek” from The Band (1969)

Featuring Garth Hudson on the Clavinet with wah-wah pedal.  I wanted to include this one because the wah-wah makes it especially interesting.

The Doors – “Riders On The Storm” from L.A. Woman (1971)

Featuring Ray Manzarek on the Fender Rhodes.  Since the Doors did not have a bass player, Manzarek normally played the basslines with his left hand on a Rhodes Bass Piano while playing melodies on a Vox Continental organ, but here he goes with the full-blown Rhodes and turns out a great solo.

Check out this video for a look at Manzarek’s usual setup, a blistering organ solo, and Jim Morrison’s likely drug-fueled stage antics.

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6 responses to “More Electric Pianos

  1. These are all incredible songs. I didn’t realize that piano sound was the Clavinet. I just figured it was some prickly timbre ordinary humans don’t get to use.

  2. Also, those kids rockin’ out to “Superstition” are awesome.

  3. Jordy

    Trampled Under Foot is great, thanks to JPJ.

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  5. Stevie Wonder often played his Clavinet through a Mu-tron III (an effect later popularized by Jerry Garcia on guitar). Some tunes have two Clav tracks, one with Mu-tron and one without. Until I finally realized this I had a lot of trouble learning the parts!

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