Wednesday, June 4. 2008
Two guitars on 'Johnny B. Goode'?
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I'll have another look at La Juanda.
I hear just one guitar on take 2/3 of Johnny B Goode. The recording follows the tried and tested methodology adopted by Chuck and Chess, namely, first lay down a base track with strong guitar introduction and then a powerful guitar rhythm and vocal with one or two guitar fills. Second, overdub the staccato guitar lines which seem to float on the rhythmic bed and you have a classic. This is what happens on Johnny B Goode, the early take with the base guitar, the finished article with the sharp overdubbed guitar.
I appreciate your patience. I guess some of this is just over my head. To me I hear the lead guitar stop and the rhythm guitar continue. And I'm still uncertain why Chess would ask Chuck whether he wants someone to stay away from "Roll Over Beethoven" on the piano or the GUITAR, unless there's another guitarist. But I thank you for your time and for putting up with me hounding you about this.
And I apologize for my ire at your first response. I was under the impression that the individual stopping the take was the same individual who was saying to stay away from "Beeethoven", and I knew the latter to be Chuck's voice. So when you said that Len Chess stopped the take, I automatically thought you were saying that Len Chess was also the one saying to stay away from "Beethoven".
I appreciate your help,
And I don't hear a second guitar any more than Fred Rothwell does.