This question has been bugging me for years. Who plays the drums in Barry White's (Love Unlimited Orchestra) early records (1973/74)???
Whoever it is has magic drums. I consider him one of the best disco drummers in the world among Earl Young and Tony Thompson. I suspect Ed Greene, but I'm not sure. Anybody know?
This is a good question. According to an article written on the occasion of the release of "The Best Of The Love Unlimited Orchestra" CD (Funk Essentials series from the UK), Barry drummed himself in the late 60's for an artist called Jackie Lee while on tour.
With regards to his early releases, I think the answer might well be that it would have been some studio/session drummer. I have checked all my early BW/Love Unl/Love Unl Orch albums and none have credits other than for BW, his wife Glodean and Larry Nunes as spiritual advisor.
In the same article I referred to above, the way Barry worked was described as follows:
"He planned his orchestra work with care - nothing but professional players, full string complements of violins, violas and cellos, and totally live recordings with all the musicians crammed into the studio. No overdubs for the maestro."
What else can I say. He is indeed the one and only maestro!
Thanks Tony. We have a big mystery here! I suspected Ed Greene because he is the drummer on the Gene Page's Hot City album (1974/75). This album is produced by Barry White and is very similar to Love Unlimited Orch. It also contains a interesting version of "Satin Soul".
Check ya later,