Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

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Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by kayvon » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:21 am

I'm getting more than a little interested in the new Tom Oberheim SEM (not so excited about the potential import taxes to the UK though :? ) and I'm just trying to get a couple of reference points for the sound.

Can anybody point me in the direction of any funk/soul or even more pop-ish/'80's electro tracks that feature some prominent Oberheim SEM?

From what I gather Herbie Hancock used a four voice for some of his Seventies stuff & i'm sure I saw an interview with Stevie Wonder where he said he borrowed the four voice off Herbie.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:04 am

Hello,

Most soul/R&B/Funk players who used Oberheim (and there were many) didn't use
one SEM for the most part. They mainly used the 2,4, & 8 voice polyphonic units.


Rose Royce - "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
keyboardist, Michael Nash, shown playing OB4vce




Rose Royce - "Still In Love"
also Michael Nash's keyboard work. The intro and the brass swells are all 4-voice. killer piano solo @3:40




Prince - "Soft and Wet" from his debut album "For You"
Prince played the tracks on the release, and Terry Lewis/Jimmy Jam credit him
with passing the OB/ARP Solina sound to them.
This is one of the best early Prince tracks.

http://thedude.vox.com/library/audio/6a ... 8be2b.html


Herbie Hancock - "People Music" from the Secrets release
This track has the 4-voice and ARP String Ensemble all over it.
I still have the original cassette recording.




Herbie Hancock - "Doin It" also from the Secrets release. H.H. used the Odyssey for
the leads/OB for chords




Brothers Johnson - "Strawberry Letter 23"
Classic r&b/funk tune. Originally written by Shuggie Otis. George and Louis Johnson were
produced by Quincy Jones. Keyboardist Wayne Vaughn joined them for this and subsequent releases.




Brothers Johnson - "Runnin For Your Lovin" from their "Right On Time" release
Wayne Vaughn pictured playing 2-voice. The second guitarist, just to the right of George
Johnson, is Alex Weir. Many only know him from Talking Heads, whom he later joined.





Earth, Wind, and Fire - "Let Your Feelings Show" (live)

note: the drone at 1:38 is keyboardist, Larry Dunn using either an 8-voice or OB-X (he used both onstage). The drone begins an intro that also has the Oberheim bass patch being played as melody and bassline. This intro appears on the album, "Raise" and is titled,"Kalimba Tree".




Earth, Wind, and Fire - "Jupiter" (the battle)
The pipe organ chord progression at 2:43 onward is also Dunn playing the OB 8-voice.
All effects in the show were done from his setup, and this clip gives a glimpse of the
instruments he used. Larry Dunn said he used an ARP Odyssey for explosion fx.




George Duke
G.D. used the OB 4-voice on "Master of the Game" and "Brazillian Love Affair"
Check the pitch swoops on the intro. The sync solo is P5.




George Duke - (in studio)
His setup circa 77 can be seen @2:55




Rufus featuring Chaka Khan 1979 - "Do You Love What You Feel", from "Masterjam" release
Rufus keyboardists were David "Hawk" Wolinski and Kevin Murphy (both pictured)
iirc, Wolinski, seen playing the 4-voice actually used a Yamaha CS-80, and the Kevin
Murphy used the 4-voice.





Philly International keyboardist, producer, arranger, Dexter Wansel - "Voyager" from
his 1978 release of the same title.





Dexter Wansel - "Solutions", from 1978 "Voyager" release





Dexter Wansel - "All Night Long" from his 1978 Voyager release




Cameo - "Flirt"
this was a later incarnation of the band. Keyboardist, Thomas "TC" Campbell left the band
and Randy Stern (seen playing the OB 2-voice) replaced him. Gregory Johnson remained.




Quincy Jones - "Mellow Madness" (1974)
Many of the synth tracks on QJ early releases were played by Ian Underwood and Larry
Williams. Please excuse the stoner video footage. The album is quite good.




Quincy Jones - "Paranoid". Also from "Mellow Madness" release.




Tom Browne - "Throw Down"
T.B. used a cast of musicians based in Queens N.Y.(aka the Jamaica Boys)
I believe keys are Don Blackman and Bernard Wright.





Tom Browne - "Secret Fantasy" 1984
I believe by this time, T.B.'s keyboardists used an OB-X, but many of the
sounds to me are classic reproductions of some of the earlier SEM-based
poly sounds. Georgeous track. Drums sound like DMX.





Bernard Wright - Bread sandwiches
His setup at the time was an OB-X, P5rev2, Yammy CP-70, Clavinet, Rhodes.




Lenny White and his band Twennynine - "Peanut Butter"
The keyboards played by Don Blackman. iirc, his main synth by late 70's
was OB 2-voice. Its all over Lenny White's classic 1978 album, "Streamline".

http://www.viddler.com/explore/GStrongRAW/videos/22/


Don Blackman - "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide":
D.B. also played a OB 2-voice on his tracks





Herbie Hancock - "Stars In Your Eyes" from the Monster album





Eddie Henderson - "Cyclops"
note: this track is being played back too fast; it was not recorded that way
It has Herbie Hancock playing keys, with John Bowen doing some overdubs.
The track was written by James Mtume (same one who would later write "Juicyfruit")





...................and many more.


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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by masstronaut » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:37 pm

Fantastic post!

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by Sexor » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:26 pm

yeah!
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by kayvon » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:20 pm

Ummm... Thanks Lawrence :thumbleft:

That's one of the best replies I think I've ever had on a forum. I've got more than enough to be looking through there =D>

A SEM with a Doepfer minicase for some extra bits could be a very tasty monosynth for me. The extra bother of Midi keyboards & cv cables could be justified by the extra quality in sound.

Now I've got to work out the final price after import taxes etc as I don't believe there's a EU distributor.

Thanks again LWG.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by nuromantix » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:43 pm

Very enjoyable.
Does anyone know who the guitarist is in the George Duke studio clip?
unbelievably good.

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by Dj Pound » Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:47 am

Pretty sure David Frank from the system used an Oberheim back in the early to mid 80's.
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by tim gueguen » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:53 am

An Oberheim, but an OB8/DMX/DSX combo, not a SEM based synth.
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:08 am

nuromantix wrote:Very enjoyable.
Does anyone know who the guitarist is in the George Duke studio clip?
unbelievably good.
Hello,

Thats Charles Icarus Johnson. Additional guitar on the recorded release was played by Michael Sembello, who also
appeared on Duke's previous release, "From Me To You".
Most remember Sembello from the 80's movie soundtrack, "Flashdance" ("Maniac", etc.), but he also played with G.D. during the late 70's.



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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:33 am

tim gueguen wrote:An Oberheim, but an OB8/DMX/DSX combo, not a SEM based synth.

Tim,

I believe David Frank used an OB-Xa around the time of the "X-Periment" (84) and "Pleasure Seekers" (85) releases, and later used a Matrix 12 for later albums like "Don't Disturb This Groove" and "Rhythm and Romance".


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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by pflosi » Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:55 pm

shaft9000 wrote:...you can never have to many 'Micke's in a forum like this :)
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by japan » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:36 am

Joe Zawinul ( R.I.P. ), from Weather Report, used an Oberheim SEM, with 8 voices I think.
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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by LWG » Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:30 am

japan wrote:Joe Zawinul ( R.I.P. ), from Weather Report, used an Oberheim SEM, with 8 voices I think.

Hello,

Yes, he did and he's not being omitted here. Its that the original poster of this thead requested a few artists
specifically in the funk/soul category.


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Re: Funk/Soul tracks featuring Oberheim SEM?

Post by Chas » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:09 pm

Such a great post Lawrence. I really enjoyed the listening.

Love that music!

Cheers,
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