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 Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Chris P (---.proxy.aol.com - ISP in United States)
Date:   2006-11-09 12:04

What pop tunes have used oboes or cors in them?

The first time I recognised an oboe used in a pop single was in Culture Club - 'Victims' - anyone know who played oboe on this track?

China Crisis - 'Wishful Thinking'
Tanita Tikaram - 'Twist In My Sobriety'
Roxy Music - 'Virginia Plain'

As for cors:
Dream Academy - 'Life In A Northern Town'
Lindisfarne - 'Run For Home'
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie - 'Endless Love'

Though the Carpenters used them both in several of their tracks.

Chris.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: DressedToKill (---.cable.mindspring.com - ISP in United States)
Date:   2006-11-09 13:17

And of course there was "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher.

Reba McEntire also uses a beautiful oboe solo in her song "Starting Over Again".

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: cjwright (221.151.142.---)
Date:   2006-11-09 13:45

Isn't there an EH solo in a beatles tune? McCartney used to play oboe.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: JRJINSA (209.223.50.---)
Date:   2006-11-09 13:59

Really!?!? Too cool. I do know that McCartney's holding an English Horn on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I didn't know he played either of these two instruments at one time or another....



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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: oboemelli (---.th.ifl.net - ISP in Abingdon, K2 United Kingdom)
Date:   2006-11-09 15:12

I heard the oboe for the first time in a pop song in Stereophonics, 'handbags and gladrags' - I think it's called. The orginal one had a violin as the solo, though.

"People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by"- Schubert.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Chris P (---.proxy.aol.com - ISP in United States)
Date:   2006-11-09 15:16

"And of course there was "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher."

I saw one of the oboes owned by the player that was paid to play the two notes in that (he played Howarth S2 oboes - pure thumbplate systems but these had fully automatic 8ves!), I can't remember his name but when he retired from playing it's been said that he was more than glad to!

The Move - 'Flowers In The Rain' has oboe in it - not surprising as Roy Wood did use a variety of 'unusual' instruments (as 'unusual' was rather popular in the late '60s, though a bit later on the bari sax found it's place in the Glam Rock era in the early '70s).

Japan - 'Gentlemen Take Polaroids' - Mick Karn plays oboe on this, though I do use the term 'plays' very loosely.

The bari sax player in Portishead's live in New York video is seen with an oboe.

Chris.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: winstondawg (---.bc.hsia.telus.net - ISP in Vancouver, BC Canada)
Date:   2006-11-09 15:27

Bright Eyes (sung by Art Garfunkel) has a very good oboe intro.

Abraham, Martin and John (sung by Dion, around 1968) has very good oboe (or cor anglais - or both) solo and accompaniment.

Don't Give Up on Us, Baby (sung by David Soul mid to late 70's) has a brief oboe intro.

Theme to "Miss Marple" (with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple) composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.



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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: JRJINSA (209.223.50.---)
Date:   2006-11-09 15:32

Any children o' the '80s out there? "Love is a Shield" by Camouflage (released approximately 1988) has an oboe in it. The solo sounds rather amateurish but is an oboe nonetheless and rather catchy.



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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Astrobleme (---.telia.com - ISP in Sweden)
Date:   2006-11-09 18:17

If I remember correctly there's some oboe in a Steve Hackett song, probably on the album Spectral Mornings or some other from about the same time.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: mosh (---.58.220.203.static.comindico.com.au - ISP in Australia)
Date:   2006-11-09 23:56

SEAL

Are we are missing Seal and "Kiss from a rose" with David Theodore playing his Howarth arn't we ?? That was a rather large oboe intro and solo in the middle.


ICE HOUSE

Also.. for an FYI there is an Australian Iva Davies who could be the biggest selling recorded "oboist" ever .. like 10 gold records etc.....

He was the front man for Ice House, an 80's Australian Band with hits like "Great Southern Land" and also one called "Man of Colours" which has oboe and Cor played by the Lead Singer ( Iva - studied Oboe at the Sydney Conservatorium prior to turning to Electro-Pop).

I have seen a video where they band is doing a stadium concert ( like 50,000 people) and Iva is in a cherry picker over the audience with a micophone and an oboe in hand.. he does a very large oboe solo with synthesiser backing - very 80's and rather pop meets art music ( not so rock & roll), but some one has done it !!

He could also be the only ever "Oboist Sex-Symbol" with 80's hair and tight jeans with an oboe ??

I once did a two day class at the conservatoirum ( in my younger years) and Iva was there, I went home and told my sister that that guy form that band ?? ( I had no idea at the time) was at the class.. She really wanted to learn the oboe, that weekend and meet this pop star.... !!!

He now does composition for movies, such as the Rusel Crowe Film Master & Commander and works with modern dance companies on compositions..

http://www.icehouse-iva.com/bio/ivabio.html

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Chris P (---.proxy.aol.com - ISP in United States)
Date:   2006-11-10 13:02

Icehouce didn't dent the UK charts - only their UK debut single 'Hey Little Girl' made an impact (got to 17).

I didn't realise David Theodore played on the Seal track - I'm surprised I didn't remember that as it was played all the time on Virgin.

Jaz Coleman (of Killing Joke fame) arranged various Led Zep tunes for orchestra on the 'Kashmir' album - and has 'Stairway To Heaven' as an oboe solo (with the harp playing the famous guitar part) - though the track 'Kashmir' definitely lends itself well to the sounds only lower strings can make.

Is Jaz Coleman still running youth orchestras in NZ?

Japan - 'Nightporter' - an Eric Satie 'Gymnopodie' inspired track has oboe on it.

Chris.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Craig Matovich (---.hsd1.co.comcast.net - ISP in Littleton, CO United States)
Date:   2006-11-21 21:27

If I may extend the topic slightly to include jazz, new age, and world music featuring oboe or englsih horn there is a lot to enjoy.

Paul McCandless probably has the most out there. He played with Paul Winter ( I think they even had a bit of a pop hit with Icarus.) He co-produced another 25 or so CDs with Oregon where he just plain wails... oboe, e-horn, bass clarinet and some other toys. He has a few solo and other mixed-ensemble things and even played with Bela Fleck a few years back.

Nancy Rumble, also of Paul Winter heritage is out there and has some solo works available.

On the folk/jazz side there are a few others including myself doing oboe in alternative settings.

Another oboist here in Colorado appears on a Steve Barta CD in a nice setting...

There is much to choose from and its a lot of fun to follow our instrument around to unusual places and musical settings.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: oboemoboe (---.lv.lv.cox.net - ISP in Las Vegas, NV United States)
Date:   2006-11-22 05:36

Lise Beauchamp plays some cor anglais (quite wonderfully) on a Daniel Belanger album (a well known Quebec pop signer).

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Jaysne (---.hsd1.ma.comcast.net - ISP in Wakefield, MA United States)
Date:   2006-11-28 02:18

Yeah, it's at the end of You've got to Hide Your Love Away. Not really a solo, but a soli with flute and other winds.

Interestingly, the famous bridge of Penny Lane with that great piccolo trumpet solo was originally scored for two cor anglais! You can hear that version on the Beatles Anthology discs.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Jaysne (---.hsd1.ma.comcast.net - ISP in Wakefield, MA United States)
Date:   2006-11-28 02:19

I heard what I thought was a cor anglais at the very beginning of the Carpenters' "Bacharach/David Medley," but upon closer listening it sounds suspiciously like a synth.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: mzcmnw (---.maine.res.rr.com - (Road Runner) Portland, ME United States)
Date:   2010-11-21 19:50

Check out this rock oboe band, called Hoboe:

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Chris P (---.proxy.aol.com - (America Online) , (null) United Kingdom)
Date:   2010-11-21 20:55

A short history of oboe in pop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeX-eQgfyA8&feature=related

Yusef Lateef: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoAtTi_u2u8&feature=related

Chris.

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: Old Oboe (---.dhcp.aldl.mi.charter.com - (Charter Communications) Charlevoix, MI United States)
Date:   2010-11-22 02:55

I always wondered about the little lick in "Happy Together". It sounded like oboe but could have been synth. It was the only time my little brother let me play with his junior high "garage band"!

Linda

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: heckelmaniac (---.tukw.qwest.net - (Qwest Communications) Seattle, WA United States)
Date:   2010-11-22 07:43

A number of "pop" pieces with bass oboe as well,
To name a few:

John Pearson Heather recorded by The Carpenters
Anthony Phillips The Geese and the Ghost
Buell Neidlinger Our Night Together
Frank Zappa The Duke of Prunes
The Grand Wazoo
The Petite Wazoo
Be-Bop Tango
Civilization Phase III
Marty Krystall The Way Is West

I do not know of any "pop" pieces so far with Heckelphone, though both
Heckelphone and bass oboe have been used extensively for film scores and commercials...

With best wishes,
Peter Oboes.us

Oboes.us

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: rgr8house (---.lsanca.fios.verizon.net - (Verizon Internet Services) Huntington Beach, CA United States)
Date:   2011-02-22 14:29

Sailing The Wind: Loggins and Messina

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 Re: Oboes And Cors In Pop Music...
Author: davyd (---.dc.dc.cox.net - (Cox Communications) Fairfax, VA United States)
Date:   2011-02-24 03:04

Judy Collins's interpretation of the Sondheim ballad "Send in the clowns" wouldn't be what it is without the obbligato C. A. (it's clarinet in the Broadway cast recording). Not sure if that counts as 'pop', though.

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