Sample Sunday

Published on May 26th, 2013 | by Queso


Sample Sunday: David Axelrod/David McCallum – “The Edge”

Now here’s something that confuses me: Are David Axelrod and David McCallum the same person? Why are both of these names credited for “The Edge.” Either way, one (or both) of these gentlemen meet Dr. Dre on this weeks Sample Sunday.

The Sample

David Axelrod is an American producer, arranger and composer, born in Los Angeles, California. He began his solo career in 1968 and released several albums during the 70’s.  David Axelrod’s sound combined elements of Jazz, Rock and R&B, and made him an often sampled artist in Hip-Hop production.

Let the confusion end hear. David Axelrod is the producer. David McCallum, as it turns out, is a Scottish actor and musician. He was exposed to music at an early age, moving to London so that his father could lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He began voice acting for BBC Radio at the age of 14 and playing the oboe during college. He recorded four albums during the 60’s with Axelrod for Capital Records and his most well known recording is “The Edge,” which was sampled by Dr. Dre and is today’s Sample Sunday selection.


The Flip

“The Next Episode” is a single from Dr. Dre’s 1999 studio album, 2001. Funny, because the track was officially released on July 3rd of 2000. The track samples two parts of the opening of Axelrod and McCallum’s “The Edge.” The easily identifiable horns, symbols and looping bass are used at the opening, bridge, and later in “The Next Episode.” Yes, I’m talking about that large 5-seconds opening piece. Then, there is the guitar at the top of “The Edge” that can be heard throughout the Dr. Dre joint. Dr. Dre’s 1999/2000 hit also features Snoop Dogg (Lion), Kurupt, and Nate Dogg.

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