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Doug Wamble / Charlie Hunter / Bernard Purdie at The Iridium, July 2010

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Following another tour de force of drum mastery from Purdie, Wamble announced the inevitable words: "I done did it, didn't I?" Yes, he done hired Bernard Purdie. > Given the slogan, it became obvious that Purdie is also a great self-promoter. A famous controversy surrounding his work is the suggestion that he touched up early records by The Beatles for US release, presumably in 1964, after the group had its first US number one hits. It is more likely that Purdie was hired to add luster to the Pete Best-drummed records that The Beatles made when they were gigging in Hamburg, Germany in their very early days. Following the success of the group in America, the owners of those earlier records released some of them in the US, attempting to "Capitol-ize" on the Beatlemania craze that was earning so much money for the Capitol label. After his Iridium set, Purdie said, "Everybody tries to get me to talk about it, but I am not saying anything." He did say, however, that he played on 21 tracks, and that a guitarist followed him in the studio that day to work on those same tracks.

The set closed with Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," famously covered by Rolling Stones. It was easy to feel the singer walking to the station, with the "suitcase in his hand," as Wamble's voice painted a clear picture. It was a song that wrapped up this soul/rock/jazz/blues gig with strong communicative power.

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