Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group (1972)
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"Frankenstein" was a rock instrumental by The Edgar Winter Group from their album "They Only Come Out At Night". In live performances of the song, Edgar Winter further pioneered the advancement of the synthesizer as a lead instrument by becoming the first person ever to strap a keyboard instrument around his neck, giving him the on-stage mobility and audience interaction of guitar players. The song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week starting in May 1973, and sold over one million copies. The song's title, coined by the band's drummer Chuck Ruff, derives from the fact that the original recording of the song was much longer than the final version, as the band would often deviate from the arrangement into less structured jams. The track required numerous edits to shorten it. The end result was pieced together from many different sections of recording tape using a razor blade and splicing tape. Winter frequently refers to the appropriateness of the name also in relation to its monster-like, lumbering beat. Winter played many of the instruments on the track, including keyboards, saxophone and timbales. As the album's only instrumental cut, the song was not initially intended to be on the release, and was only included on a whim as a last-minute addition. It was originally released as the B-side to "Hangin' Around", but the two were soon reversed by the label when disc jockeys nationwide were inundated with phone calls and realized this was the hit. The song features a double drum solo, with Ruff on drums and Winter on percussion. In fact, the working title of the song was "The Double Drum Solo". The song was actually performed three years previously when Edgar was playing with his older brother Johnny Winter at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970. "They Only Come Out At Night" was the fourth studio album by The Edgar Winter Group. It went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, eventually selling two million copies. Edgar Holland Winter (born December 28, 1947), is an American musician. Winter is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on the keyboards, and as a vocalist, saxophonist and percussionist, well-versed in jazz, blues and rock. He was most successful in the 1970s with his band, The Edgar Winter Group. He is easily recognized by his albinism. After recording with his brother, Johnny, Edgar was signed to his own Epic Records contract in 1970 and recorded two R&B flavored albums, "Entrance" and "Edgar Winter's White Trash". In 1972 he formed The Edgar Winter Group, which included Dan Hartman, former Sawbuck members Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff and later included the band's producer Rick Derringer in place of Montrose. It was with this band that Winter had his biggest success with the album "They Only Come Out At Night. During performances, Winter showed his virtuosity by performing on the keyboards, synthesizer, saxophone, and drums, all within the confines of the single song "Frankenstein" on stage. Both "They Only Come Out At Night" and "Frankenstein" each were awarded gold discs by the R.I.A.A. in 1973. This channel is dedicated to the classic rock hits that have become part of the history of our culture. The incredible AOR tracks that define music from the late 60s, the 70s and the early 80s . . . Classic Rock is here!
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