How good are your ears after standing by the Marshall amp at that REO SPEEDWAGON show in 1978? .png" alt=":smileywink:" title="Smiley Wink" />
Listening today to one of my favorite records again, 1963's "On Broadway" by The Drifters
Listen starting at time 2:30. Can you hear the violins screaming in their very highest sopranissimo range--- we're talking dog-whistle notes here--- playing that syncopated quarter-note figure above the "wall of sound" ?
My keyboard shows that this note is an extremely high Bb (MIDI NOTE: Bb 6), adding a 9th scale degree to the overall bluesy Ab7 chord.
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kewl, huh? I'm guessing Jack Nitszche wrote in that note for them to play.... It adds a melancholy, almost creepy feel (sopranissimo strings are always glassy, creepy, slightly hackle-raising, which is why Bernard Herrmann used them for that infamous PSYCHO riff) to the desperate tone of this song...