Classic Rock songs not in 4/4

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I was having a discussion with a young man who I hired for the summer. He is studying classic guitar and is heading off to get his Masters this fall. We were talking about time signatures in popular music and I gave him a few examples. I know there are many bands that play songs in different time signatures now, but who was doing it back in the 60's, 70's and 80's? Let's hear what you've got...
 

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Jethro Tull - Living in the Past
Pink Floyd - Money
A whole bunch of tunes by Rush and Yes
 

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I think Led Zeps Ocean goes into 5/4 could be wrong though.
 

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There are lots of instances of bands using an odd time signature for a single bar to create tension, extend a melodic phrase, or perhaps just because they could. A couple of examples:

"Barracudda" Heart
"Blinded by the Light" Mafered Mann version
"The Weight" The Band
 

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Turn It On Again - Genesis
Tied To The Whipping Post - Allman Brothers
 

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Manic Depression-Hendrix
Go Now-Moody Blues
Changes-Yes
House Burning Down-Hendrix
 

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"House Burning Down-Hendrix" is straight 4/4. Some of Mitch's fills are a bit syncopated and out there, bu they are also in 4/4 and keep the same tempo.
 

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drawtheline55 said:
I think Led Zeps Ocean goes into 5/4 could be wrong though.
It's actual a 2 bar phrase - bar 1is in 4/4 & bar 2 is in 7/8. I like playing it to a quarter click so that the 1st time thru the click is on downbeats & 2 time thru it's on the up beats & continues to flip ever time. Really fun groove to play :)
 

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Black Dog - sort of.

According to John Paul Jones:

"I then came up with the bridge riff, which is in E (see Figure 3). This riff is rather tricky-sounding, as it's built from a repeated phrase that is four-and-a-half beats long. Each time the phrase is repeated it's displaced by half a beat. Notice how the E note, which falls neatly on beat one the first time the phrase is played, falls on the second eighth-note of beat one the second time around, on beat two the third time, and on the second eighth-note of beat two the fourth time. This technique of repeating an odd-length phrase in an even time signature such as 4/4 is known as hemiola and is a very effective compositional tool. "
 


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