For My Sunday Song #128, the instrumental this week is the great “Frankenstein” by The Edgar Winter Group. The song was off the band’s 1972 album ‘They Only Come Out at Night’ and went all the way to #1 for one week in May 1973. The song sold over a million copies and you probably know it and don’t even realize it.
The title of “Frankenstein” is interesting. The title came from the fact the song was pieced together from a very long version of the song as the band would often just jam. So pieces from that jam were spliced together to form the 4 minute album version. It sounds seamless, but the song is an amalgamation of so many different sounds and styles from funk to progressive rock to just plain experimentation. It is a monster for sure.
Speaking of monster, what a monster line-up on this song. You have Dan Hartman on bass, Chuck Ruff on drums, Ronnie Montrose on guitar and Edgar Winter synthesizers and keyboards as well as Rick Derringer producing the song. What a fine group of musicians.
Back to the song, the song is also famous for the double drum solo between Chuck Ruff and Edgar Winter. Chuck on the drums and Edgar playing a set of timbales. It really adds to the song. And don’t forget all the synthesizers music, sound and whatever strange noises were being made. It was just such a weird song sandwiched in between those awesome Montrose guitar riffs. And Ronnie Montrose is a beast on this one.
Now you need to give this one a listen and you will understand why it is called “Frankenstein”. It will take you on this amazingly wild ride as they showcase their god-given musical talents. It is like nothing you have ever heard.