Jim Gordon – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Many of you may not recognize the name of Jim Gordon, but I can assure you that you’ve heard his music. Gordon was the drummer on many of the 60’s and 70’s greatest recordings in the history of rock and roll. During this period he performed on many classic recordings including George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass”, The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” and Joe Cockers “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” among many others. Gordon also played on the Derek & The Dominos’ 1970 classic album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” and contributed the piano coda for the title track, “Layla”, co written by Gordon and Clapton.

There was a reason why Gordon was on all those great recordings. He was the best. The man could set a groove like no one else. As a keyboard player I’ve always thought that when the drummer is playing the right beat, the rest of the band always sounds better and Gordon could do that like no one else.

After listening to Layla the other day I was inspired to google Gordons name thinking he was dead and was made aware of a few things. In the late 1970s, Gordon complained of hearing voices in his head. He was later diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia, which had been worsened by a cocaine addiction. By 1981, this ended his music career. June of 1983 Gordon stabbed his mother to death with a butcher’s knife. In May 1984 he was sentenced to sixteen years to life in prison. He has served his sentence at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, Atascadero State Hospital in Atascadero, and the State Medical Corrections Facility in Vacaville. He is still incarcerated.

More googleing brought me to Gordon’s Myspace page where you can sign a petition asking the parole board to consider his release. I signed the petition and forwarded this info to many of my friends and colleagues and was met with some interesting responses. Most were very supportive of the petition. However, there were some who argued that it was none of our business getting involved since we knew nothing of the details of Gordon’s case and a petition was “meaningless”. Some argued that just because he co-wrote Layla does not give him a pass to commit murder, which I totally agree with.

Yes, he did commit a serious act of violence (over twenty five years ago), but has done his time and if the doctors who are treating him feel that he is ready to return to the street I support their decision. If he’s been deemed mentally balanced while medicated, has served the time he was sentenced and will be supervised while on parole and as a condition of release, possibly supervised for a time longer than his parole, he deserves a chance to prove himself, just like any other paroled killer that’s walking the streets.

As far as the petition goes, it’s certainly not “meaningless”. It offers hope and inspiration to Jim that people are pulling for him and just might help him in the healing process. It shows support. I agree that it will probably not influence the parole board much, but I would think with a boarder line case where they are weighing all their options, something like that might just make a difference.

I do admit that I know nothing of Jim’s current condition, but I support him none the less. I sincerely hope that his demons are gone and whatever drove him to commit such a violent act is part of his past. I’m pulling for you Jim and look forward to seeing you released one day soon. Best of luck with the parole hearings.

Check out this amazing video of Jim playing during the Mad Dog’s tour. Delta Lady with Joe Cocker Live at the Fillmore East, March 1970. 


 
More info on Jim can be found at; www.wikipedia.org

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Remembering Delaney & Bonnie and Friends

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I had first heard about Delaney & Bonnie in 1971 when they did a live radio broadcast for New York’s WABC-FM (which later became WPLJ). They were backed by an amazing group of players including Duane & Gregg Allman and King Curtis. Duane Allman’s slide guitar solo in “Out On The Open Road” remains one of my favorites to this day. By that time it seems like everyone who was anyone wanted to jam with what seemed to be the biggest rolling party on tour in rock and roll.

Eric Clapton had discovered D&B when they were the opening act for the 1969 Blind Faith tour and quickly became one of the “friends”. Clapton is quoted in his autobiography saying: “For me, going on with Blind Faith after Delaney and Bonnie was really, really tough, because I thought they were miles better than us.” This is also where Clapton met Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock and Jim Gordon which later became Derick & The Dominoes. Duane Allman was also included on the Layla recordings and Clapton wanted Duane to join the band full time, but Allman had a little band of his own that he was more interested in playing with at the time.

George Harrison was so impressed with them that he offered Delaney and Bonnie a contract with the Beatles Apple Records label and also was how many of the same players wound up on Harrisons “All Things Must Pass” album. Harrison also credits Delaney with teaching him how to play slide guitar.

Other greats included with the “friends” were Leon Russell and Dave Mason. Many of D&B’s ex-members were recruited by Russell to join Joe Cocker’s band, participating on Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen 1970 recording sessions and North American tour. Mason took many of the same players on tour with him with Traffic and they played on the live “Welcome To The Canteen” recording.

Amazing how so many great players got linked up to make some of the greatest recordings in the history of rock though Delaney & Bonnie. D&B never did break though in a big commercial way and while many of their albums were well received by the music community, they never really sold very many. Still, I would have to say that they were one of the most important groups of the late 60’s and early 70’s.

I did a search on youtube and found this great video of “Coming Home” which features many of the “friends” that I’ve talked about. It looks as though they are having a great time on that rolling party. I wish I could have been there!

Korg M3 Sound Update Classic Synths For Radias Expansion

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Proto Rock Version 1.3 – “Radias Rock” now adds “thirty two” new programs designed for the M3 Radias expansion board.

AND….The best part is if you have already updated to Proto Rock 1.2 then the update is FREE! That’s right, thirty two new Classic Synth programs at no extra charge. We appreciate your support and we just wanted to say thank you with some free sounds.

The new programs feature an assortment of vintage synth sounds geared towards Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk or Jazz tracks and live gigs. A mix of analog basses, leads, pads, synths and rhythmic programs featuring the Radias Mod Sequencer, M3 drum track and KARMA technology.

Proto Rock now contains a total of: 96 Programs, 80 Combis and over 50 megs of new multi samples. Sounds are in Korg PCG format and KSC sample format and delivered by our quick download delivery.

More info Over Here.

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M3 Radias Rock Video Now On You Tube

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The Patch King has just released a new video promoting our Korg M3 Radias Rock collection. “New York To Barbados” features several new sounds programmed for the M3 Radias expansion board and film clips taken from around New York City and The beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados.

We have also just launched a music video section at kidnepro.com where you can view some of the latest you tube music videos from up and coming artists.

More info on our Korg M3 Radias Rock sounds Over Here.

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Winter NAMM 2008

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The Winter NAMM 2008 show opened today out in California and it looks like it’s the usual onslaught of new goodies for all us music gear junkies. Hundreds of new hardware and software products all bidding to be the one that stands out above the rest and becomes that “hot new product”.

The new Akai MPC5000 looks pretty sweet with that analog synth built in. Over 300 Virtual Analog synth presets included in the presets. Over 40 all new effects and Expandable up to 192MB RAM. This is not your fathers MPC! The popular MPC series has sure come a long way since Akai released the original MPC60 bank in the early 90’s.

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Roland always does winter NAMM in a big way and this year is no different with the release of over 40 new products! The new Fantom ” G-Series” keyboard workstation must be getting a lot of hands on it right about now. Three models are available – 61 and 76 note models and an 88 note model with Roland’s weighted PHA II “Ivory Feel” keyboard. Advanced sound engine, bigger sequencer, more effects and a graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5” wide colour LCD and mouse connectivity. Looks like this this one could be a big seller for people looking to update their old Fantom’s or for someone jumping into the workstation market for the first time.

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For the DJ that has everything Numark announced the TTi turntable which will record directly to your iPOD. This new turntable includes a Universal Dock for iPod, USB audio interface, a metal platter and pitch control, making it, say Numark, one of the most versatile turntables ever produced. If I were a DJ, I would be giving this one a good look. It’s pricy for a turntable at: $449. US, but it looks like it will do everything except make you a pot of expressio to keep you going when your up all night D’Jaying at the club!

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Sonic State usually does a great job covering the NAMM show with lot’s of cool video. You can find everything at; www.sonicstate.com

Korg Kaossilator and the funny world of You Tube

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As you probably know by now, all of us here at Kid Nepro are big fans of Korg’s musical instruments. We have been supporting their products since we first purchased their Poly 800 synthesizer back in 1985. 

A lot has happened since then in the world of electronic instruments and the products that they are releasing today are truly amazing. Of course everyone is talking about the new M3 and their flagship Oasys keyboards which are on the high end scale of things. However, the products that they are selling on the low end are just as innovative. One that I’ve recently discovered is the “Kaossilator”. An incredible little device that sells for under $200. It has lot’s of cool synth, drum sounds and sound effects along with an easy to use loop recording feature. Great for the teen who’s ipod is now old news or that next up and coming DJ who wants to start making beats.

There have also been a lot of interesting demos posted on youtube about the Kaossilator, but the one I enjoyed the most is this dude from Japan who calls himself “Jetdaisuke”. Complete with baseball cap, sunglasses and lot’s of cool stuff on his shelves to look at. Looks like he’s been busy since he has over 500 videos posted. A star is born!

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Keith Emerson & Oscar Peterson

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 We lost one of the great ones a couple of weeks ago when Oscar Peterson passed.  I was searching around You Tube for some videos of Oscar and found several interesting ones from various points in his over fifty year career. However, the one I found most interesting or I should say “off beat” is a recording of “Honky Tonk Train Blues” that features Oscar and Keith Emerson that was done in 1976. You can see that Keith was a bit out of his league with this one, but it makes for some fun viewing. 

 

 

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Proto Rock 1.2 – Radias Rock For Korg M3 Sampler/Workstation

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Not just another sound library, Kid Nepro’s “Proto Rock” for the Korg M3 is more like a software program. Regular updates will be released and all Proto Rock owners will be able to update for a small fee. Proto Rock Version 1.2 – “Radias Rock”, the first update is now available and contains sixteen new combis designed for the M3 Radias expansion board. 

Kid Nepro will also be running specials linking sounds from our sample city vault to all registered users. Build up your M3 and sample sound libraries all at the same time with a great selection of sounds from The Patch King.

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Proto Rock – New Sounds For Korg M3 Now Available @ www.kidnepro.com

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The Patch King pleased to announce the release of Proto Rock. Our first collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Sampler/Workstation. 

Proto Rock contains 64 programs, 64 Combis and over 50 Megs of new samples. All for only $60. US dollars.

Complete Info and MP3 Audio Demos can be found at:   

The Korg M3 Section Of Our Web Site 

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Proto Rock – New Sounds For Korg M3 Coming This Fall

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The Patch King is hard at work on our first collection of sounds for the new Korg M3 series. “Proto Rock” will contain 64 new programs and 64 new combis for the Korg M3 and M3m sampling workstations. It will also include several new multi samples and will be available “Fall 2007”.

You can find more info and three audio demos at;

The M3 Section Of Our Web Site

Korg has really hit a home run with this new instrument. They have added everything that was missing in the Triton and Karma and put it all together in a sweet package that is sure to do very well with pro musicians and weekend warriors alike. The editing software included with the M3 is a pleasure to work with. It’s all laid out very well and makes it really easy to bring your ideas to life.

The 64 megs of RAM included is a great starting point for adding your own multi samples and the Radius board option is simply amazing! Hook a microphone up and you will have hours of fun playing with vocoder effect included. The new multi effect section has also been drastically improved with some great new effects like a sweet “Tube Preamp” and “Mastering” effect.

We are looking forward to producing a large library of sounds for this amazing new instrument. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like us to develop please contact us and let us know.

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