Famous Gretsch Recordings?

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Wow...really? I'd always assumed that was the clear Fibes kit.

I know BC played a small Gretsch kit on most of the more bop-oriented work he did prior to Mahavishnu, but I figured he was with Fibes after that.

The kit on Inner Mounting Flame sounds an awful lot like the Fibes kit seen in the 1972 live footage. Definitely Gretsch on the recording?
Yep....'twas a mixture of Gretch and Slingerland for the recording IIRC and then toured and recorded with the Fibes from then on.
 

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Ed Soph mentions it in that Drummers Resource podcast (which is fantastic by the way) that someone posted in the last couple of days. The album (vinyl) cover photo shows the gretsch set and an old snare that others have described as Leedy.
 

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The toms in the photo look Gretsch; the 8x12 looks walnut. Can't really tell abut the snare, but it looks experienced.
 

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OP can I ask you to change title to Famous Rock Gretsch Recordings;
or Famous Gretsch Rock Recordings;
my mind keeps flashing to John Coltrane A Love Supreme every time my eyes scan new posts..


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This is an interesting thread as you always see the stickers or hear "That Great Gretsch Sound" but yet I don't really know when I may be hearing "That Great Gretsch Sound" when listening to the radio. I've just assumed Gretsch when listening to the Stones or Phil Collins but I wouldn't be able to pick any others out just by listening.
I always thought Phil Collins played Premier and didn't go with Gretsch until the mid 80s.
 

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No.
other way around/
he added a Premier small tom/ to existing/ G set (?s) /to make 5 pc.




not the best videos but do a deep dive some night and discover lots. the blonde set turned white at some time; maybe to match the Premier tom maybe to flash better under the lights, maybe maybes. Pretty much a stone cold Gretsch head rating I'd give him.
 
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other way around/
he added a Premier tom/ to existing/ G set/



From the November 83 Modern Drummer interview-

As far as his acoustic kit, Collins
has switched brands a few times. I
asked him why. "I don't want to badmouth
Premier because I've still got
two of their kits and I still play them.
One is the black concert-tom kit
which I used to use on the road with
Genesis and I used on all the albums;
even my new album. I basically went
with Premier in the first place because
they were the only company that was
interested in offering me a deal about
seven or eight years ago. They were
British and it was easier to get parts
for. There was a man called Eddie
Haynes who then left and went to
work for Zildjian, then left Zildjian
and is now with Sabian, which is why I
now use Zildjian and Sabian as well as
Paiste sometimes. I've got about 150
different cymbals for all occasions.
"By comparison to Premier, Pearl
are heavier drums. They've got that
hard sound which is like 'In the Air.'
Pearl certainly has been good on the
service side of it. And, in the end,
that's what it comes down to because
a drum sounds like a drum when all is
said and done.
"Recently, Gretsch got in touch
with me and asked if I would be one of
their endorsees. While I have been
very happy with Pearl, I'm going to
change to Gretsch because my first
proper kit was Gretsch and they've always
had a lovely sound. So, now I'll
be playing Gretsch, although I'll keep
the Pearl kits and they'll still be used
on different albums, depending on
what things I do.
 

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Wish I could, but Gretsch transcends genre :)
But that's not ----If I can read---- what you asked...
for in orig posting
Else we're going to go across 330,752 classic jazz recordings.

Recommend the Jon Cohan book Star Sets if you can find it.
 

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Yep....'twas a mixture of Gretch and Slingerland for the recording IIRC and then toured and recorded with the Fibes from then on.
- This video, dated 1972 6 15, shows he did not tour with the Fibes until he got them:

- So does this one:

- I saw Mahavishnu on 1972 6 9. Bill told me he'd had the Fibes for a few weeks; I think he said 2. Elsewhere on the web, maybe on Walter Kokoloski's site (haven't found the link yet), I saw mention of him using them first in Miami, on 6 May.

-Later on,a larger Gretsch kit appeared. This clip is from 1973:
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