154 What’s That Sound?

A celebration of unusual sounds and instruments in jazz, rock and pop settings, the show was well attended by a changing crowd.  The instruments and sounds are revealed below.


Title Artists Album Year Strange sound
Percolations – Part I & II Gong Gazeuse! 1976 Mallet percussion
I Need You To Turn To Elton John Elton John [1990 CD Reissue] 1970 Harpsichord
Sock Puppets – Flyover Iain Ballamy MirrorMask 2005 Cimbalom, accordian, tuba
Etude in the Key of Guildford Tony Levin World Diary 1995 Chapman Stick
Penny Lane The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour 1967 Harpsichord
Mother Nature’s Son Gryphon Raindance 1975 Bassoon
Skyline Pigeon Elton John Empty Sky (Remaster) 1969 Harpsichord
Throwdown at the Hoedown Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Left of Cool 1998 Banjo

Main Show

Special Delivery Stomp Artie Shaw Traffic Jam 1940 Harpsichord
For Your Love The Yardbirds Yardbirds Story: 1963-66 1965 Harpsichord
Fixing A Hole The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Harpsichord
Here We Go Again Dave Mason Headkeeper 1972 Harpsichord
Golden Brown Stranglers La folie 1981 Harpsichord
King Henry’s Madrigal Jethro Tull 20 years of Jethro Tull – Radio Archives and Rare Tracks 1988 Harpsichord
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) Modern Jazz Quartet Pyramid 1959 Vibraphone
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys Smiley Smile 1967 Theremin and cello
Fat Man Jethro Tull Stand Up [Remastered] 1969 Mandolin
Great Expectations Miles Davis Isle of Wight 1970 Sitar and tabla
New York Girls Steeleye Span Commoner’s Crown 1975 Ukelele by Peter Sellers
Journey Of The Sorcerer Eagles One Of These Nights 1975 Banjo
White Wheeled Limousine Bruce Hornsby Hot House 1995 Banjo
Big Riff And Mando Jethro Tull Rock Island 1989 Mandolin
Places to Go Tony Levin Resonator 2006 Chapman Stick
Wish You Were Here (With Stéphane Grappelli) Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here CD2 2011 Violin by Stéphane Grapelli
Goin’ Up the Country Canned Heat single 1968 Quillls
The Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Make It Happen 1967 Bassoon
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) AC/DC High Voltage 1976 Bagpipes
Saturday Decameron Third Light, Tomorrow’s Pantomime 1976 Cor Anglais
Twist in My Sobriety Tanita Tikaram Ancient Heart 1988 Oboe
Wild Thing The Troggs From Nowhere 1966 Ocarina
The Condor Dance Incantation On The Wing of a Condor 1982 Pan pipes
Three Clowns Weather Report Black Market 1976 Lyricon
Dreamer Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue 1977 Bass harmonica
Lone Digger Caravan Palace Robot Face 2015 Baritone sax, trombone, midi controller
Nine to Five Dolly Parton Nine to Five and Odd Jobs 1980 Fingernails


Lady Jane The Rolling Stones Aftermath 1966 Dulcimer
Break it Down Tony Levin Resonator 2006 Chapman Stick
Ballade Terje Rypdal Odyssey 1975 Trombone – in a fusion band
Winds On The Mountain Incantation On The Wing of a Condor 1982 Panpipes
Wild Honey The Beach Boys Wild Honey 1967 Theremin
Not Just Another Pretty Bass Tony Levin Stick Man 2007 Chapman Stick
Getting Better The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Piano played with plectrum

As promised, this is a bass harmonica…Brendan Power Harmonica

and this is Tommy Morgan, who played it on Good Vibrations.Tommy Morgan | Discography | Discogs