I am presently involved in a recording project with a singer/songwriter. The producer is a friend of mine and suggested to the artist that he include vibes as an integral part of the background palette throughout the recording. That's where it got interesting; when he first talked to me, he asked me to send him a list of well known recordings using vibes in that way so he could pitch it to the client. I came up with a handful off the top of my head. In the end, I got the gig by knocking out a rough of what I could do for him on one track.
It inspired me, though. I should be more ready in the future, so this is a project for the vibe hive mind. I want any additions to this list that are helpful, especially if they are examples where the vibes are used differently than these examples. Besides, it's good for us to all know how to play in this manner. Here's what I came up with on short notice:
Baby Love - the Supremes
Sing this All Together - The Rolling Stones
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
In the Book of My Mind - Beach Boys
California Girls - Beach Boys
Til I Die - Beach Boys
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word - Elton John
Will to Love - Neil Young
Razor Boy - Steely Dan
Love Will Save the Day - Whitney Houston (this may be a MalletKAT... it's Roy Ayers and a LOT of processing)
This Close to You - Luther Vandross
Ooh I Love It/SalSoul Hustle/It's Good for the Soul/Chicago Bus Stop/Love Letters - SalSoul Orchestra (AKA Vince Montana)
I know there's a bunch more. I remember some psychedelic rock tunes that had it, but can't think of their names. I'm not looking for jazz tunes that got popular like the theme to the Frazier Show... Also, a lot of the stuff on Motown had it, but it was overwhelmed by the fact that there was a layer of glockenspiel on top of it (Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson, for instance). I'm looking for "sounds-like" tracks that we can cite when pitching ourselves to clients as percussionists.
Ideas??? What am I missing. I am sure there are some obvious examples.