The Definitive Drum Database: Open Drum Breaks, Percussion Breaks & Drum Solos

By Shades-of-Grey Shades-of-Grey
updated 5 months ago

This is a database of open drum breaks, percussion breaks & drum solos of all different varieties from 1948 to 1989. This spans from the first year the LP was introduced until what is approximately the end of the first vinyl era where vinyl was a/the main format for releases.

The master release is used, unless there is only a single version in the Discogs database. If I am aware of a version included in the master release that does not contain the open drum breaks, percussion breaks & drum solos, I will make note of it.

List order is as follows: Known Artist 7" and 12" singles grouped together (due to some singles coming in both formats), Known Artist LP's / EP's (and select compilations: see note below), Unknown Artist LP's, Various Artist Compilations. Artist name groupings start with symbols (i.e. ? & the Mysterians), followed by cardinal numbers (i.e. 60,000,000 Buffalo), then ordinal numbers (i.e. 2nd Chapter Of Acts) and end with the alphabet. Articles (i.e. The) are not used in determining order. Artists listed alphabetically by first letter in the artist name, not by their last name. If there is a difference in the name releases are billed under due to the Artist Name Variation function on Discogs, the releases will be grouped together in this list by a single Artist Name. This name will be in curly brackets in the notes section of the release. For artists that have multiple entries on the list each album is listed chronologically, if I can decipher the releases chronology. If I can't decipher the chronology (i.e. multiple albums from the same year with catalog numbers that don't flow sequentially because the releases are on different labels) they will be listed in alphabetical order by the album title.

I am including open drum breaks, percussion breaks & drum solos that may have portions where instruments or vocals are included, as long as there is a sufficient portion of open drum breaks, percussion breaks & drum solos to chop up in a sampler (i.e. Bill Cosby "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself"). I am not including breaks where tricks such as panning to one channel have to be used to isolate the drums from other instruments in the song (i.e. Zakarrias "The Unknown Years"). I am including breaks where the drums were only recorded to one channel, but no other instrumentation is present (i.e. Classics IV "The Girl From Ipanema").

I am not including any compilations of songs containing drum breaks from other sources (i.e. Ultimate Breaks & Beats) or compilations of sampled drums (i.e. Drum Library). I will include any drum break records consisting solely of new and / or replayed compositions. I am not including compilations of previously released songs by Known Artists, unless the compilation is the only release by the artist that includes the song containing the drum break (i.e. Sandy Posey – Born A Woman: Put Your Hand In The Hand). Also, I am not including any bootleg sources.

I am trying to provide the most organized, non-repetitive, detailed, confirmed and informational list. This is to the benefit of both record diggers and e-diggers alike, as they know exactly what they are looking for and the reference information is easily accessible when scrolling through the list on Discogs.

The information contained within this database comes from a plethora of sources I've found throughout the years, in addition to my own knowledge garnered from digging in the crates. In no way am I taking sole credit for this body of work. I will take credit for laboriously fact checking to make sure that the information was accurate and met the criteria for the database I wanted to create. Thank you to all the drum break diggers willing to share their knowledge throughout the world.

If you see any mistakes please let me know. I have caught a few myself, so I know there may be some.

A note on the same song and break being linked to various releases:
This means that each release contains the same recording of the song. However, the mix and master of the song and sound quality of the pressing may be different between each version.

*Additional Contributors*

Discogs:
Chimp_Guevara, drpepperfan, geniusgod, MixtapeMadre, PatsysHouse

Instagram:
dj_young_einstein, gino_alfredo

  1. ? (Question Mark) & The Mysterians* - 96 Tears

    {? & The Mysterians}

    • Midnight Hour

    * This song and drum break are also on ? & The Mysterians's LP ? & The Mysterians ‎– 96 Tears and EP ? (Question Mark) And The Mysterians* ‎– 96 Tears.

  2. ? (Question Mark) And The Mysterians* - 96 Tears / Got To

    {? & The Mysterians}

    • Got To

    * This song and drum break are also on ? & The Mysterians's LP Question Mark And The Mysterians* ‎– Action.

  3. Üç Hür-El* - Gönül Sabreyle Sabreyle / Küçük Yaramaz

    2 For Sale from $14.58

    {3 Hür-El}

    • Gönül Sabreyle Sabreyle

    * This song and drum break are also on 3 Hür-El's LP 3 Hür-El ‎– Hürel Arşivi.

  4. Five Stairsteps & Cubie* - Don't Change Your Love / New Dance Craze

    {5 Stairsteps}

    • Don't Change Your Love

    * This song and drum break are also on Five Stairstep's LP 5 Stairsteps* & Cubie* ‎– Love's Happening.

  5. 7-Eleven - Dance The Slurp / The Strange Things

    • Dance The Slurp (The Wildest...The Kookiest...The Grooviest...The Slurpiest)

  6. 1910 Fruitgum Co.* - The Train / Soul Struttin'

    {1910 Fruitgum Company}

    • Soul Struttin'

    * This song and drum break are also on 1910 Fruitgum Company's LP 1910 Fruitgum Company ‎– Simon Says.

  7. Abracadabra* - Hustle Bustle

    • Hustle Bustle (Part 1)

  8. AC-DC Current Swingers / Disco Kid (5) & AC-DC Current Swingers - Love Me Baby / Souling Before News

    1 For Sale from $24.10

    • Disco Kid (5) & AC-DC Current Swingers – Souling Before News – Inst.

  9. Advance - Take Me To The Top

    Original 12"
    • Take Me To The Top (Vocal)
    • Take Me To The Top (Instrumental)

    Remix 12"
    • Take Me To The Top (Remix)
    • Take Me To The Top (Instrumental)

    *

  10. African Vibrations - Get Together

    2 For Sale from $77.87

    • Get Together

  11. Alan Garrity - Put Your Hand In the Hand

    6 For Sale from $1.04

    • Put Your Hand In The Hand

    * This song and drum break are also on Alan Garrity's single Alan Garrity – Superstar Alan Garrity and LP Alan Garrity – Put Your Hand In The Hand.

  12. Alan Garrity - Superstar Alan Garrity

    8 For Sale from $8.00

    • Put Your Hand In The Hand

    * This song and drum break are also on Alan Garrity's single Alan Garrity – Put Your Hand In The Hand and LP Alan Garrity – Put Your Hand In The Hand.

  13. Alice Street Gang - Bahia

    • Brasilian Hustle

    * This song and drum break are also on Alice Street Gang's LP Alice Street Gang ‎– Bahia.