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The Best of Sound Opinions Live & Hal Blaine

Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Jim and Greg share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including artists like Wilco, Common and Cheap Trick. They'll also bid farewell to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who died at age 90.

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The Best of Sound Opinions Live

Jim and Greg share some of their favorite Live Sound Opinions performances.

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Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine

One of rock's most legendary drummers died this week: Hal Blaine. He was 90 years old. The session drummer and de facto leader of The Wrecking Crew played on 38 chart-topping singles. He played the iconic "Be My Baby" beat for The Ronettes, he recorded with The Beach Boys' on Pet Sounds, he played on number 1 hits for both Frank and Nancy Sinatra, among nearly 40 others. Hal Blaine spoke with Jim and Greg in 2015. He shared stories about Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and more, but one of the best was about recording the drums on Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer."

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Featured Songs

  1. Cheap Trick, Surrender (Live on Sound Opinions), Cheap Trick at Budokan, Epic, 1978
  2. Aimee Mann, Save Me (Live on Sound Opinions), Magnolia, Warner Music, 1999
  3. Allen Toussaint, Southern Nights (Live on Sound Opinions), Southern Nights, Reprise, 1975
  4. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, White Man's World (Live on Sound Opinions), The Nashville Sound, Southeastern, 2017
  5. Run the Jewels, Early (Live on Sound Opinions), Run the Jewels 2, Mass Appeal, 2014
  6. Low Cut Connie, Shake It Little Tina (Live Sound Opinions), Hi Honey, Contender, 2015
  7. Common, Sound Opinions Freestyle, Sound Opinions Freestyle, Not released, 2006
  8. St. Vincent, The Strangers (Live on Sound Opinions), Actor, 4AD, 2009
  9. Wilco, She's a Jar (Live on Sound Opinions), Summerteeth, Reprise, 1999
  10. The Ronettes, Be My Baby, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, Philles, 1964
  11. The Beach Boys, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Pet Sounds, Capitol, 1966
  12. Sam Cooke, Another Saturday Night, Ain't That Good News, RCA, 1964
  13. Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, A Taste of Honey, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, A&M, 1965
  14. The Crystals, Then He Kissed Me, (single), Philles, 1963
  15. The Byrds, Mr. Tamborine Man, Mr. Tambourine Man, Columbia, 1965
  16. Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walking, Boots, Reprise, 1966
  17. Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer, Bridge over Troubled Water, Columbia, 1970
  18. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, What It Takes, Years, Bloodshot, 2018
  19. Fats Domino, I've Been Calling, What a Party!, Imperial, 1961
  20. The Stooges, T.V. Eye, Fun House, Elektra, 1970
  21. The Stooges, Little Doll, The Stooges, Elektra, 1969
  22. At the Drive-In, Rolodex Propaganda, Relationship of Command, Grand Royal, 2000
  23. The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute, Frances the Mute, Gold Standard, 2005
  24. The Police, Don't Stand So Close to Me, Zenyatta Mondatta, A&M, 1980