In the late '60s a new sound was born when horns were introduced to rock and roll. The sound added power and volume,
and jazzed up the music.
Bands like "Blood Sweat & Tears." "Paul Butterfield Blues Band," "Chicago Transit Authority" (soon to become "Chicago"),
the "Electric Flag" and "Sly &The Family Stone" lead the way. These bands were also commercially successful providing
the rational for others to add more band members and further dividing the monetary pie. Soon not only were rock and
blues bands adding horns, but "Holiday Inn" bands were also beefing up and writing their own material in hopes of
landing a deal. Traditional blues and soul bands had always had horns going back to the jump blues days of the
early '50s, but it took until the late '60s for rock bands to get on board. Rather than draw the line as to what
is or isn't "rock and roll", I've decided to blur the edges and include representation of some of the other genres
of the day such as jump blues, soul, and hit rock records that augmented their sound with big horn arrangements.
Some eye openers for me were "Little John", "Colosseum", "Chase" and "Ekseption". I didn't realize how excellent
these bands were.
One album cover and one tune per band is included below. Hope you find your favorite band represented. If not,
let VinylBeat.com know on Facebook.