The Left Banke

By Bob Fagan

 

The Left Banke is the best-known example of what has been termed “baroque rock,” a style combining creative use of string quartet and harpsichord with rock instrumentation and vocals. If their strident harmonies might have borrowed a bit from the octave-interval harmonizing of the Kinks, they may well have been the first band to use the harpsichord in a pop music format, a good year before the Kinks recorded “Session Man” (featuring the harpsichord playing of Nicky Hopkins) for their 1966 LP Face to Face.

 

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