Head East – Never Been Any Reason synth solo – with sheet music
Never Been Any Reason was a big hit for Head East. Although another song of theirs, Love Me Tonight, charted higher, Never Been Any Reason continues to be a staple on classic rock stations more than thirty years after its release.
The synth solo was played by Roger Boyd, a founding member who has been the band’s keyboardist and leader for forty years. An interesting aside, in 2005 he completed his doctorate degree in public policy studies and is now an associate professor in the Department of Social Work at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, a town we used to go to to get drunk when I lived in Indiana and the drinking age was 19 in Illinois. Or was that Carbondale. (Actually it was Marshall but we did road trip to SIU a couple times.)
This solo was tricky. It’s a duet, or more likely, a couple of takes that were mixed together. I just did one of them. The solo sounds simple, and mostly it is, but it’s pretty quiet in the mix at points so it’s hard to dig the notes out even using EQ and panning to try to help isolate the notes. So this is more of a guess in places than usual.
I should also say that I’m considering putting the project on hiatus. There is a ton of stuff to work on, and this has started to interfere. Also it’s getting harder to find iconic solos to do.
But for now, here’s Roger Boyd mostly in the left channel, me mostly in the right, the killer solo from Head East’s Never Been Any Reason…
[Updated May 2012 – here’s a PDF of a score of the solo.]