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« on: March 08, 2013, 09:45:16 PM »

Was just marvelling in the glory of the first Left Banke album. I love the sound of the harpsichord/clavichord. Can we get a list going of great pop records featuring the use of this fantastic sounding instrument?
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 02:13:12 AM »

Astair by Matt Costa.  I fell in love with this song the very first time I heard it.  Can't link YouTube as video not available on mobile.

Make sure you listen to the studio version and not live.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 02:26:34 AM »

I too love the harpsichord.

Elton John's song Valhalla (from his first album) uses an harpsichord: http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Empty+Sky/373101

Edit: Skyline Pigeon also features an harpsichord.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013, 08:19:12 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWF_PBde-3E

Joanna Newsom's "Peach Plum Pear"
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2013, 09:05:27 AM »

I Want Her She Wants Me - The Zombies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNvj8i_EGLM
Golden Brown - The Stranglers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVHVvbnmgjM

I would've loved to've heard the guitar in 'Get Together' (by the Youngbloods) replaced with a harpsichord - would've sounded boss.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2013, 09:20:38 AM »

Since there is a current thread....how about that Lesley Gore and "Judy's Turn To Cry"?

Lesley Gore now she sure looks pretty....
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2013, 11:41:04 AM »

Come On Get Happy and I Think I Love- both by The Partridge Family
The Last Balloon- XTC
Cold Morning Light,Cliche- Todd Rundgren
Forget All About It- Nazz
Please Don't Ever Leave Me- The Cyrkle
Lazy English Sun, Chocolate Soldiers- Louis Phillippe
That's all for now
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2013, 05:21:08 PM »

My personal favorites:

Leaves That Are Green
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwOgXWOX-iE

For Your Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2LSSgQMc2E

Fixing a Hole - instruments only
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pt4ZE9atfo

Then there's this little-known band called the Beach Boys who did songs like When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) Wink
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgTRU-UVLwA

Then there is what I consider The Masterpiece of All Harpshichord Pop songs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA-9Joq549E

EDIT: Can't forget Sunshine Superman! (though the harpsichord is only in the intro)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTuPbJLqFKI
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2013, 05:35:10 PM »

The Soft Parade - The Doors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XlqCFi6o-E
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2013, 07:36:42 PM »

Surprised no one has mentioned one of the greatest pop singles of the 1960's...

"The Girl I Knew Somewhere" by the Monkees, featuring Peter Tork on harpsichord. And had record biz politics not interfered with their original plans, the other side of that single would have been "All Of Your Toys"...the great single that never was which featured a harpsichord intro that was also a fantastic rhythmic and harmonic hook of the song, again played by Peter Tork.

On the TV show, they once rigged up a harpsichord onto a bicycle for Peter to drive around as he was trying to woo Julie Newmar,  the episode which featured "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" as the musical montage.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2013, 07:40:04 PM »

Surprised no one has mentioned one of the greatest pop singles of the 1960's...

"The Girl I Knew Somewhere" by the Monkees, featuring Peter Tork on harpsichord. And had record biz politics not interfered with their original plans, the other side of that single would have been "All Of Your Toys"...the great single that never was which featured a harpsichord intro that was also a fantastic rhythmic and harmonic hook of the song, again played by Peter Tork.

On the TV show, they once rigged up a harpsichord onto a bicycle for Peter to drive around as he was trying to woo Julie Newmar,  the episode which featured "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" as the musical montage.

Certainly a classic tune. Seeing Nesmith sing it on the Monkees tour last year was quite a trip.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2013, 09:01:19 PM »

I knew there was a Monkees song I was forgetting. Agreed, great tune.
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2013, 09:54:04 PM »

Burning of The Midnight Lamp by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Cool
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2013, 08:01:45 AM »

Burning of The Midnight Lamp by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Cool

YES.
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2013, 10:24:35 AM »

"Everybody Loves A Clown" by Gary Lewis & The Playboys. They had some good songs.
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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2013, 11:57:37 AM »

"Everybody Loves A Clown" by Gary Lewis & The Playboys. They had some good songs.

They really did - I think they had something like 7 top ten hits in a row. My first concert was Gary Lewis (along with Billy J Kramer and Mark Lindsay), and I probably had every Gary Lewis LP before I was 10. Wierd kid, i know...but he has some fantastic material, wonderfully arranged, written, and produced.
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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2013, 04:36:52 PM »

Don't forget this. Wink
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFk4b6yeX4
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2013, 06:36:34 PM »

I can't believe that nobody has mentioned Wonderful yet.  Thud
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2013, 06:41:12 PM »

I can't believe that nobody has mentioned Wonderful yet.  Thud

I was going to. But I prefer the BWPS version, and I didn't know if that qualified as a real harpsichord Huh
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2013, 07:04:12 PM »

I can't believe that nobody has mentioned Wonderful yet.  Thud

I was going to. But I prefer the BWPS version, and I didn't know if that qualified as a real harpsichord Huh

For those who haven't seen it - Darian stumbling his way through some of Wonderful on the real thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLIwOKGYLs0
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2013, 06:19:12 PM »

Just realized the Jackson 5 got into the act, too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg2vMrDzoXM
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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2013, 12:35:47 PM »

Like I've written in another thread, I'm on a bit of a PF Sloan trip at the moment. So here are some harpsichord Sloan magic:

The Grass Roots - Here's Where You Belong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13eZPf3n44U

The Grass Roots - Lollipop Train (You Never Had It so Good)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTDIhBPmQQY

Johnny Tillotson - Cling to Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmEFGKZ7OVg

The Grass Roots - Beatin' Round the Bush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnKmWbADkL0
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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2013, 03:51:31 PM »

The Cyrkle - Please Don't Ever Leave Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qaOzrPin4k
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« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2013, 03:00:19 AM »

Surprised no one has mentioned one of the greatest pop singles of the 1960's...

"The Girl I Knew Somewhere" by the Monkees, featuring Peter Tork on harpsichord. And had record biz politics not interfered with their original plans, the other side of that single would have been "All Of Your Toys"...the great single that never was which featured a harpsichord intro that was also a fantastic rhythmic and harmonic hook of the song, again played by Peter Tork.

On the TV show, they once rigged up a harpsichord onto a bicycle for Peter to drive around as he was trying to woo Julie Newmar,  the episode which featured "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" as the musical montage.

This has been a favorite of mine for years as well.
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« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2013, 08:32:20 PM »

Some Kinks songs:

Two Sisters
Village Green
Wonder Boy
Village Green 


Probably more
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