It's been 50 years since the Cry Baby, the first commercially available wah pedal, hit the market bearing an image of horn player Clyde McCoy as a reference to the effect's ability to mimic the vocal character of a plunger mute.
To pay homage to all the great wah riffs recorded in the last half century, Reverb.com's Joe Shadid performs 50 of the most classic wah riffs in a single take. Among the better-known classic songs he demonstrates are Earl Hoooker’s “Wah Wah Blues,” George Harrison’s “Wah-Wah,” Jeff Beck’s “I Ain’t Superstitious,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” and Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”
Joe also tosses in a handful of lesser-celebrated entries, like the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Vambo Marble Eye,” Frank Zappa’s “I’m the Slime” and Mick Ronson’s “Angel No. 9.”
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