This will be added to for a while to come, but to start with:
All The Things She Gave Me – the Waterboys
Bruce Springsteen’s wonderful sax player Clarence Clemons on Badlands, Jungleland, Thunder Road, Prove It All Night, Born To Run, etc – the list goes on!
Baker Street is OK but the guitar solo on the end is better than the sax bit. Another example of ebing overshadowed by the guitar is the great sax on Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ – pity Dave Gilmour is so good!
It’s got to be the tenor sax. Alto doesn’t count – too wimpy. Though Hazel O’Connor’s ‘Will You’ nearly qualifies.
Supertramp on The Logical Song – John Helliwell really goes for it!
Great sax on the end of Aha’s ‘I Call Your Name’. I think it’s played by Sigurd Kohn (who was killed in the Tsunami in 2004 – at least this thrilling sax lives on)
Spandau Ballet – I’ll fly for you. Though I have a feeling that one of their less good songs has better sax. The one on Gold is pretty good. And the one on True is even better. Hmm, no I’m going to give the Spandau pride to the fadeout of Through The Barricades – almost Springsteenesque
The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom, and Jackpot (two saxes!!)
INXS have to be on the list – maybe the track Kick, or What You Need, maybe there’s a better one – I’ll have to check it
Walk on the wild side is wonderful of course, but more jazz than rock (nothing wrong with that though!) and if you want effortless jazz you’ve got Billy Joels’ Just The Way You Are, Grover Washingtons’ Just The Two Of Us, and lots of really nice Steely Dan tracks on Aja – but I want to go for rock sax in this blog.
.. maybe Shame by Evelyn Champagne King? and Billy Ocean’s Carribean Queen – funky!
Hall and Oates – Maneater. I love the way it starts with one note, then two, then three, then four, then off it goes!
…..What did I miss?
PS – We’re just talking rock here. Don’t start me on John Coltrane and Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Sonny Rollins and Illinois Jacquet! (Though I just discovered that it’s Sonny Rollins playing on the Stones ‘Waiting on a Friend’ – that’s got to go on the list. I prefer it to the one on Brown Sugar, good though that is). And Roland Kirk and Gato Barbieri, and Earl Bostic — mmm, jazz….