200 Greatest! Albums & Performances
Max Roach on “The Drum Also Waltzes”
On this three-minute all-drum piece from the 1966 album Drums Unlimited, Roach redefined the kit as a melodic instrument, hanging in-time motifs and over-the-bar-line flurries onto a waltzy bass-and–hat-chick ostinato.
Mitch Mitchell on Are You Experienced?
Mitchell’s speedy chops, ingenious grooves, and jazzy underpinning on Hendrix’s 1967 debut album elevated rock drumming from the basic backbeat into previously unheard territories.
John Bonham’s “Moby Dick” Solo
December 26, 1968 marked the date that Led Zeppelin played “Pat’s Delight” live for the first time. The drum solo showcase tune would appear on 1969’s Led Zeppelin II in its enduring form as “Moby Dick.”
Ron Bushy’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” Solo
The Iron Butterfly drummer’s solo in the 17-minte epic from 1968 is notable for the hypnotic quality of its boomy open toms. Bushy’s solo wasn’t a spontaneous live thing — it’s on the tune’s radio and vinyl versions — unheard of at the time.
Ringo Starr on “The End”
The “solo” section in this song from Abbey Road, which created a bridge between “Carry That Weight” and “The End”’s hard-driving beat, took Starr out of his comfort zone as an accompanist and gave fans a new appreciation.
The Release of Santana
Never before had Latin jazz and rock collided with such groovy results. Subsequent generations were inspired to pick up Latin percussion instruments after hearing the fiery percussion workouts of Miguel Caballero and Chepito Areas.
Shelly Manne on “Shelley Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn”
Jazzy instrumental versions of Henry Mancini’s score and theme song to the groundbreaking 1959 TV thriller (which Manne also played on). Compare it to the shockingly rock-oriented version Manne does on the ’67 remake.