Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Nicky Hopkins was a tin man dreamer

A friend of mine likes to learn a littlebit about classical music. Simple classical to start with. So I ripped some Bach - Brandenburg Concerts & the organ church music Jesu joy of my desiring, Vivaldi - Four seasons, some Mozart, Tchaikovsky - First piano concert (Allegro Non Troppo) and so on. I hope it'll be not too difficult for her.

I told ya all earlier about Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady grove.
Check my archive 2008_july_08 and listen to Nicky Hopkins Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder. In my humble opinion a classic in Popmusic, a 'must have'.
This keyboardist lent his talents to an astonishing number of LPs - the Who's My Generation, the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society just to name a few. Listen to some outtakes of the Rolling Stones Satanic sessions.... Need I go on ?

When you search the internet, no doubt, you will find a lot about this pop classical keyboardplayer. Check Revolutionary Piano of Nicky Hopkins.

Nicky Hopkins AMG Biography by John Dougan
Born Feb 24, 1944 in London, England & Died Sep 6, 1994.
Check the credits on any number of rock albums from the late '60s through the '80s, especially Rolling Stones albums, and you'll come across the name Nicky Hopkins. For almost two decades, he was the most in-demand session pianist in rock; the Beatles, Kinks, Who, Jeff Beck Group, Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane — there was hardly a major rock band in the world that hadn't benefited from Hopkins' deft touch at the keyboards. Born in London in 1944, Hopkins honed his chops with Screaming Lord Sutch and British bluesmeister Cyril Davies before producer Shel Talmy absconded with him to provide keyboards on early Kinks and Who albums. Hopkins' biggest break was in 1967, when he worked with the Stones on Their Satanic Majesties Request; it was the start of a professional relationship with the band that would last until 1980. Hopkins only recorded three solo albums, the second of which, The Tin Man Was a Dreamer, was a surprisingly solid, engaging record that, frankly, no one thought he was capable of recording. Frail and often in ill health, Hopkins never toured much, preferring the studio to the road. Sadly, his chronic health problems culminated in his death in October 1994.

Hopkins, Nicky - The tin man was a dreamer _1973
01-Sundown in Mexico
02-Waiting for the Band
03-Edward (the mad shirt grinder)
05-Speed On
07-Banana Anna
08-Lawyer's Lament
09-Shout It Out
10-Pig's Boogie

AMG Review by Bruce Eder
Nicky Hopkins' finest solo album, the memorably titled The Tin Man Was A Dreamer is a solid piece of engagingly edgy pop-rock — picture Elton John's early '70s work with more variety, a few rough edges, and a bit less ego. As one would expect, Hopkins' piano playing (augmented by the organ in spots) dominates most of the songs, but there's ample room for strong contributions from George Harrison (working as "George O'Hara") on lead and slide guitar on four of the tracks, and Mick Taylor on lead and acoustic guitars on four tracks; the rest of the band includes Klaus Voormann on bass and Bobby Keys on sax, as well as future Tubes alumnus Prairie Prince on drums. Highlights include the hauntingly beautiful ballad Dolly, the closest thing to a potential hit on this album, featuring a moving vocal performance by Hopkins (who wasn't known as a singer), with a beautifully understated lead guitar contribution by Taylor; the instrumental Edward, featuring Hopkins' piano and organ rippling across a wide range of musical textures; the pounding, pumping rocker Speed On, which offers Hopkins and his songwriting partner Jerry Williams on vocals; the wittily scatalogoical Banana Anna; Lawyer's Lament, with its exquisite harmonies and Taylor's sensitive lead playing; and the rollicking Pig's Boogie, which crosses paths with the work of Merrill Moore and Jerry Lee Lewis. This isn't a perfect album, lacking the pronounced pop hooks of, say, Elton John's work of the same period, to put it across to the public, or the personality flash to go with the virtuosity to make Hopkins into a star, but it is a very worthwhile foray into center-stage by one of rock's most renowned side- and session men.

It's time to check the comments and enjoy one of my favorite piano-players !

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'Clickable' links are for you downloaders soooo convienent but the disadvantage is they don't seem to 'last' long.
The Blogger gets a lot of comments 'please re-up'...... Other, more appropriate/interesting comments, they sadly don't get... :(
So you will have to do a little work to get the link.
This seems, in my opinion, the best deal between 'protecting' my links and the least effort for you.

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Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN. You can also copy/paste the link into your 'downloadmanager'.

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The file is a small 35MB, 'cause the songs are only in low bitrate 128kbits.
Please donnut give a nasty comment about that : check 'My opinion about bitrates' on 2008_jan_25.

The next depends, amongst other things, on your security options in your browser and by so the ability to copy/paste the link.
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....And while you are there you might as well give a comment yourself....
Thanks for this great music, will there be any more of the Crusin' series coming up?
I have too many projects at the moment... but next Cruisin' will be in a short while.
I'd love to hear some Nicky Hopkins. Thank you for sharing!
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