Showing posts with label Atlanta Rhythm Section. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Atlanta Rhythm Section. Show all posts

Jul 20, 2015

Atlanta Rhythm Section - Imaginary Lover (1978)

Atlanta Rhythm Section - Imaginary Lover (1978)
On February 26th 1978, "Imaginary Lover" by the Atlanta Rhythm Section entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #70; and on May 28th it peaked at #7 (for 1 week) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100. It spent 4 weeks on the Top 10; started out at #10, then to #9, next was #8, and finally to #7. Between 1974 and 1981 the sextet had fourteen records on the Top 100; with two making the Top 10, and its other Top 10 record, "So In To You", also reached #7 on the Top 100.

Put the Atlanta Rhythm Section before an audience and watch the boys from Doraville whip them to a screaming, foot-stomping frenzy with their all-time clasics. "So Into You," "Imaginary Lover," and "Champagne Jam," are just part of the specially priced two record set of ARS at their best, doing their best. (November 3, 1978. Billboard )

Features of This Track

basic rock song structures
a subtle use of vocal harmony
mild rhythmic syncopation
repetitive melodic phrasing
extensive vamping
a clear focus on recording studio production
minor key tonality
a vocal-centric aesthetic
mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
electric guitar riffs
an electric guitar solo
a dynamic male vocalist
heavy instrumental improvisation

Jan 2, 2015

Atlanta Rhythm Section - So In To You

Atlanta Rhythm Section - So In To You
"So In To You" was the first major hit from the Atlanta Rhythm Section "A Rock And Roll Alternative" album, a group which was formed in 1970 consisting mainly of former members of Classics IV and The Candymen. The group was highly popular in the the Southern states, less so nationwide. Still, they are considered pioneers of Southern Rock and have a loyal following, who attend the festivals where the band still performs. The song itself is about unrequeited love.

This classic tune features a pop feel with vocals layered over guitars and keyboards over a solid rhythm foundation. The passion of the vocals, the steady driving rhythm and some tasty guitar soloing make it obvious why this was a hit.