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With a new generation of players including Keith Moon and Ginger Baker restoring the luster to the kind of primal rhythms that defined Sandy Nelson's earliest and most successful records, Rebirth of the Beat brings the drummer full circle, covering the songs of a psychedelic rock era he helped shape. Featuring renditions of rock hits like Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride," Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country," and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," the album captures Nelson doing what he does best, bashing the hell out of his drums with absolutely no regard for subtlety or nuance and recapturing the sheer abandon of landmark hits like "Teen Beat" and "Let There Be Drums."


Born: 01 December 1938 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Sandy Nelson was the biggest -- and one of the few -- star drummers of the late '50s and early '60s era in which instrumental rock was at its peak. He landed two Top Ten hits, "Teen Beat" (1959) and "Let There Be Drums" (1961), which surrounded his Gene Krupa-inspired solos with cool, mean guitar licks that were forerunners of the surf sound. Nelson had only one other Top 40 hit, "Drums Are My Beat" (1962). He ground out a quick series of instrumental albums in the early '60s -- eight within 18 months,...
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