TS: The sax solo in 'Baker Street' vs. The guitar solo in 'Baker Street'

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"Baker Street" when it came out in 1978 sounded like just about nothing else being played on the radio, and it (to a certain degree) retains that freshness today.

this is otm. when i first glanced the tracklisting to the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, i was like how does "BAKER STREET" fit into this? but you listen to it in that context and it does sound modern/fresh. though i'd add it's all about the VERSES.

rip van wanko, Monday, 15 December 2014 23:54 (six years ago) link

Baker Street is a very well done production. It's got that smoothe 70s studio sound with that electric piano and the additional latin percussion which keeps things moving during the breakdowns. Underneath that soft synth giving a totally different texture to the raw guitar and the uber sax riff, during the musical breaks. That smoothe jazzy underpinning then works so well when it breaks down with the laid back vocals. That laid back smoothe to the riffy crunch is definitely one of those birth of the power ballad moments that many have tried to ape but few ever really pulled off nearly as well.

earlnash, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 02:06 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Is this not the most famous sax solo in rock and roll? What could challenge it?

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Sunday, 22 August 2021 11:24 (four weeks ago) link

well Careless Whisper would like a word

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 22 August 2021 11:31 (four weeks ago) link

Isn't the sax solo in Careless Whispers kind of proto-vaporwave tho?

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Sunday, 22 August 2021 11:37 (four weeks ago) link

if you’re gonna call Baker Street “rock” the field is wide open

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 22 August 2021 12:36 (four weeks ago) link

xp try playing it at 1/8th speed.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 22 August 2021 13:48 (four weeks ago) link

Nothing in music more perfectly simultaneously inhabits the realms of both “awful” and “fantastic” than the sax solo in Baker Street.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 22 August 2021 15:51 (four weeks ago) link


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