Tales of a Raggy Tramline

January 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

“Tales of a Raggy Tramline” was originally an instrumental track on the Shadows 1962 album “Out of the Shadows”. My version is basically a straight cover.

Written by (then) bassist Jet Harris and drummer Brian Bennett, it features a prominent drum solo part presumably inspired by the rhythm of a tram going down its tracks. A “tram” is the same thing as a “streetcar” — a vehicle running on tracks laid in the street and obtaining power from overhead wires.

Both Harris and Bennett grew up in London in the 1940s, when trams were a major component of public transport. London Transport discontinued their use in 1952, although other areas of England still utilized them after that. Trams were reintroduced to London in the year 2000.

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