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Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:53:14 PM »

"I Can See For Miles" was the greatest triumph from the Who's psychedelic stage. The song was released as a single in October 1967, becoming the biggest hit the band had in US, where the record reached #9. Meanwhile, the single peaked at #10 in UK; but Pete Townshend, the author of the song, was disappointed because he had higher expectations. Anyway, the song shines by its own merits: far-out vocals, furious guitars, and especially the wild drumming by Keith Moon. The lyrics describe the capability of the singer to see further than what his girlfriend thinks. This is certainly an acid rock masterpiece.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 03:52:55 AM »

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 02:29:48 AM »

It seems that "I Can See For Miles" was not performed live while Keith Moon was alive, due to the complexity of the track. Curiously, the song started to be played regularly in live shows in 1979, soon after Moon's death.

This is a live version with Kenney Jones on drums, performed in 1979:

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It's a shame the Who didn't try to do a live version with Moon, since the studio version has some of my favorite drumming ever.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 03:24:35 AM »

That's interesting. I didn't realise they took so long to play it live. Is it that complex to play live? I hadn't thought of that.

In any case I like the song. Seems to have all the ingredients that make a good Who song. Lots of power chord strumming, thundering drums, soft to hard dynamics. People who don't like this probably just don't like The Who.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 03:31:23 AM »

That's interesting. I didn't realise they took so long to play it live. Is it that complex to play live? I hadn't thought of that.

I believe the vocals were quite complicated to replicate on stage. For instance, the live version from 1979 is not so good in my opinion.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 03:41:05 AM »

Another song I usually turn.  Its alright, but its never done much for me.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 03:51:12 AM »

Another song I usually turn.  Its alright, but its never done much for me.

What do you think about the drumming? I'd like to know your opinion as a drummer. Perhaps is another performance that we the non-drummers enjoy despite eventual technical issues.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 08:55:36 PM »

I've always seen "I Can See For Miles" as a wilder variation of "Eight Miles High". It seems that the word "mile" was suitable for acid rockers. Here's a third example by Jefferson Airplane:

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 11:37:40 PM »

What do you think about the drumming? I'd like to know your opinion as a drummer. Perhaps is another performance that we the non-drummers enjoy despite eventual technical issues.

In all honesty its one of Moonies easiest songs to play.  Its mostly all single stroke rolls and cymbal crashes that gets boring really quick.  I would pretty much take any other song from the Who over this one concerning Moons drums.

Its all personal opinion though.  I'm a fan of Pauls drumming on Dear Prudence, but most drummers I talk to dont see it.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 12:00:56 AM »

In all honesty its one of Moonies easiest songs to play.  Its mostly all single stroke rolls and cymbal crashes that gets boring really quick.  I would pretty much take any other song from the Who over this one concerning Moons drums.

Its all personal opinion though.  I'm a fan of Pauls drumming on Dear Prudence, but most drummers I talk to dont see it.

I understand. I still love Moon's drumming in "I Can See For Miles", not because of its complexity but because I think it works very well in the song. But again, I'm not a drummer, that's why I just analyze the sound and not the technical performance.

By the way, I also believe "Dear Prudence" has superb drumming by Paul. I once showed the track to a brother-in-law who is a drummer but he's not too much into Beatles music; I told him that was McCartney, and he said that Paul was better than Ringo!
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 01:39:31 AM »

I understand. I still love Moon's drumming in "I Can See For Miles", not because of its complexity but because I think it works very well in the song. But again, I'm not a drummer, that's why I just analyze the sound and not the technical performance.

By the way, I also believe "Dear Prudence" has superb drumming by Paul. I once showed the track to a brother-in-law who is a drummer but he's not too much into Beatles music; I told him that was McCartney, and he said that Paul was better than Ringo!

I've heard some interesting stuff on various shows that suggest that the drumming at the end of Dear Prudence is actually a later overdub and is more likely Ringo than Paul. Undoubtedly Paul did the basic backing track but the sound and playing on the end drums is very different and more in keeping with Ringo's style on things like Strawberry Fields and a Day in the Life than anything we ever heard from Paul before or since.

Can't judge myself not being a drumming connoisseur
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 03:43:00 AM »

I've heard some interesting stuff on various shows that suggest that the drumming at the end of Dear Prudence is actually a later overdub and is more likely Ringo than Paul. Undoubtedly Paul did the basic backing track but the sound and playing on the end drums is very different and more in keeping with Ringo's style on things like Strawberry Fields and a Day in the Life than anything we ever heard from Paul before or since.

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Whether the drummer of the last part of "Dear Prudence" was Paul or Ringo, we may never know; all I know is that it is great to my ears.

With regard to "Strawberry Fields Forever", it also has some of my favorite drumming ever. But I believe that performance couldn't have been done in just one take, since that sounds as multiple drums!
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 06:58:00 AM »

Whether the drummer of the last part of "Dear Prudence" was Paul or Ringo, we may never know; all I know is that it is great to my ears.

With regard to "Strawberry Fields Forever", it also has some of my favorite drumming ever. But I believe that performance couldn't have been done in just one take, since that sounds as multiple drums!

Certainly sounds great regardless.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 08:14:16 PM »

"I Can See For Miles" was the greatest triumph from the Who's psychedelic stage. The song was released as a single in October 1967, becoming the biggest hit the band had in US, where the record reached #9. Meanwhile, the single peaked at #10 in UK; but Pete Townshend, the author of the song, was disappointed because he had higher expectations.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 08:43:11 PM »

With regard to "Strawberry Fields Forever", it also has some of my favorite drumming ever. But I believe that performance couldn't have been done in just one take, since that sounds as multiple drums!

It is multiple drums.  They were overdubbed. 

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« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2017, 10:00:26 PM »

I've heard some interesting stuff on various shows that suggest that the drumming at the end of Dear Prudence is actually a later overdub and is more likely Ringo than Paul. Undoubtedly Paul did the basic backing track but the sound and playing on the end drums is very different and more in keeping with Ringo's style on things like Strawberry Fields and a Day in the Life than anything we ever heard from Paul before or since.

Can't judge myself not being a drumming connoisseur

The bass sound on Dear Prudence changes big time near the end too - it goes from being very loud and prominent to sounding almost muffled so maybe it was an edit too.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2017, 11:20:15 PM »

Talking about "Dear Prudence" and the Who, I once read a music critic claiming that the Beatles song (recorded in 1968) has a similar guitar line to "Our Love Was", from the album The Who Sell Out (recorded in 1967). What do you think?

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Re: Classic 60's songs: I Can See For Miles
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2017, 12:00:52 AM »

^

Sounds a bit like Susan by The Buckinghams, especially that middle part...


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But both songs were released around the same time.





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