langmick wrote:Tony Thunder Smith was a huge influence on me, I hear drums the same way he does. I used to play along to that live Beck/Hammer record a helluva lot. Cool grooves and a tight powerful sound, but with some sloppiness and bashing that wasn't too crazy, but almost out of control. Lots of odd times, but grooving.
I was there at that Day on the Green!
...actually, the day before, cause they had a better line up:
Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Santana, Jeff Beck, Journey, Nils Lofgren (June 5, 1976).
The next day it was:
The J. Geils Band, Jeff Beck, Blue Öyster Cult, Mahogany Rush, Sammy Hagar (June 6, 1976).
The Jan Hammer Group was pretty impressive, but Jeff Beck was awe-inspiring.
Tony sounds great on Hammer's Oh Yeah? album; David Earle Johnson's conga playing really sounds good to me: