Thank you D-slam and Niki!
I very much appreciate those very nice responses. And it is good to be back here.
Thank you D-slam for really putting together such a nice and thorough and helpful reply and for checking out the other stuff I have on there. Wow! I highly appreciate it and cherish your view and opinion.
Regarding more" inner-play" (or interplay) I am perfectly aware of it and I feel it too and a complete agree. But just to tell you a bit where I came from with this was that it was – to me – quite hard to be able to really go "mad" behind the kit AND keeping the pulse and groove fairly steady and in time(in "their" time actually – synced up along to the track). I guess if I'd played the track with a band of my own, it would have been a whole lot easier to let it breath a bit more to my own sense of time and in such a way I would drive the band along. In my version here it is just a couple of bars where I feel the intensity is kinda like I'd want it to (namely a couple of bars only during the china-ride section).
Also from all the live versions I've heard of this song is that they really take it quite a bit further in their interplay and how they communicate (where they also break it down with Jerry just playing his violin and Jan filling in.) So I perfectly understand and feel where you coming from. I thank you for pointing it out though. I really do.
The fun and interesting thing is that when I TRIED to cover this song, I did somehow get a deeper appreciation (if that is possible for me) for the fantastic musicianship of the highest calibre and how hard some of the material actually was. Kind of looked at it with a fresh set of eyes (or ears!!)
And it is (as you very well pointed out) very hard to be able to get that intensity and interplay that they did achieve…as well as keeping an odd-time groove together.
I did TRY though!!
It was great fun trying…and it would be interesting to play some of this material with a band someday, but….we'll see.