Buried Treasures

Buried Treasures & the Wah-Wah Pedal

If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, Jim and Greg have you covered. They'll dig out some Buried Treasures – albums not yet in the mainstream but who deserve some more attention. Plus, an in-depth look at the history of the wah-wah pedal.

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Buried Treasures

Jim, Greg and listeners share some Buried Treasures – hidden musical gems from the last year that you may have missed, but deserve a place in your music library.


Instrumental: The Wah-Wah Pedal

Wah-Wah It's time for the next installment of our Instrumental series, where we trace the history of an iconic piece of musical gear. Next up: the wah-wah pedal. The wah has a distinctive sound that became a building block for psychedelic rock, funk, and even reggae – but its creation back in the mid 1960s was the product of a technological glitch. Daniel Escauriza and Shelby Pollard of Chicago Music Exchange join us to break down the history of the wah and unpack the science behind the pedal and demonstrate what it adds sonically to iconic riffs.

Jim and Greg explore how legendary musicians from Eric Clapton and Earl Hooker to Melvin“Wah-Wah”Ragin and Mikey Chung used the pedal. They ultimately note that, despite getting a bad rap for being gimmicky, the wah-wah pedal plays a critical role in a number of genres of music.

Featured Songs

  1. Ron Gallo, Young Lady, You're Scaring Me, Heavy Meta, New West, 2017
  2. Gothic Tropic, Stronger, Fast or Feast, Old Flame, 2017
  3. BONZIE, Crescent, Zone On Nine, Nina Ferraro, 2017
  4. Jigsaw Youth, Aunt Jenny's Got My Back, America's Sweethearts, Jigsaw Youth, 2017
  5. Loyle Carner, Florence (feat. Kwes), Yesterday's Gone, EMI, 2017
  6. BONZIE, Fading Out, Zone On Nine, Nina Ferraro, 2017
  7. Chicano Batman, The Taker Story, Freedom is Free, ATO, 2017
  8. Luke Elliot, The Great Rondout Train Robbery, Dressed for the Occasion, Athletic Records, 2017
  9. La Santa Cecilia feat. Eugenia Leon, En El Último Trago, Amar Y Vivir, UMG, 2017
  10. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Dwight Yoakam, Sidelong, Bloodshot, 2017
  11. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Julie's Place, The French Press, Sub Pop, 2017
  12. Capitalist Kids, More Dreams Than Plans, Brand Damage, Eccentric Pop, 2017
  13. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, French Press, The French Press, Sub Pop, 2017
  14. Marvin Gaye, Let's Get It On, Let's Get It On, Tamla, 1973
  15. Cream, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Disraeli Gears, Reaction, 1967
  16. Chet Atkins, Boo Boo Stick Beat, Boo Boo Stick Beat (single), RCA, 1959
  17. King Curtis, Mr. Bojangles (Live), Live at the Fillmore West, ATCO, 1971
  18. The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations, Good Vibrations (single), Capitol, 1966
  19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Electric Ladyland, Track, 1968
  20. Blind Faith, Presence of the Lord, Blind Faith, Polydor, 1969
  21. Earl Hooker, Sweet Black Angel, Sweet Black Angel, Blue Thumb, 1969
  22. The Temptations, Cloud Nine, Cloud Nine, Gordy, 1969
  23. The Temptations, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, All Directions, Gordy, 1972
  24. Isaac Hayes, Theme From Shaft, Shaft, Enterprise, 1971
  25. Curtis Mayfield, (Don‘t Worry) If There’s Hell Below We're All Going to Go, Curtis, Curtom, 1970
  26. Bob Marley & the Wailers, Exodus, Exodus, Island, 1977
  27. Bunny Lee, Blood Sweat and Dunza Dub, King of Dub, Clocktower, 1975
  28. Miles Davis, Black Satin, On the Corner, Columbia, 1972
  29. The Stooges, Little Doll, The Stooges, Elektra, 1969
  30. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Tell Me Something Good, Rags to Rufus, ABC, 1974
  31. Marianne Faithfull, I'd Like to Dial Your Number, Counting (single), Decca, 1966
  32. Wayne and Garth, Wayne's World Theme, Wayne's World (Music from the Motion Picture), Reprise, 1992
  33. Arcade Fire, Everything Now, Everything Now, Columbia, 2017
  34. KC and the Sunshine Band, Keep It Comin' Love, Part 3, TK, 1976
  35. Arcade Fire, Signs of Life, Everything Now, Columbia, 2017
  36. Duran Duran, White Lines, Thank You, Capitol, 1995