Baba O’Riley

ZACH: Man, this crunch just now sounded like the drum-fill in “Baba O’Riley”.

“Baba O’Riley”, a song by English rock band the Who, and the opening track to their 1971 album Who’s Next. Written by Pete Townsend, the song refers to his two major inspirations of the time: Indian spiritual master Meher Baba, and American jazz composer Terry Riley.

It was a Top 20 hit in The Netherlands, and a minor hit in Australia. It is considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, has been highly influential, and is often used in film and television themes and soundtracks.

Keith Moon’s drum fill on the song has a bass pulse underneath while his hands remain busy on the snare drums and toms, in a jazz/swing inspired style. It’s considered a showcase for his signature style.

Crunch refers to a setting when mixing tracks – “crunch” will bring up the high and mid frequencies to add presence to claps, snares, and cymbals.

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