Joined: May 2004
||Posted: Aug. 11 2010, 12:34
OK, but I may change my mind by tomorrow.....
Neil Young (feel and power);
Clarence White of The Byrds (signature country rock stringbending legend);
David Gilmour (sweet tone);
Mike Oldfield (versatility and style);
Tom Verlaine of Television (jazz/punk hybrid trailblazer);
(Damn, no room left for Roger McGuinn's signature 12 string Rickenbacker jangle and twang.)
Ringo (exquisite taste and feel);
Moonie (rock's greatest drumming extrovert);
Gene Parsons of The Byrds (wonderful feel and skipping fills);
George Hurley of Minutemen and fIREHOSE (punk drummers aren't supposed to sound like this! );
Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead ("when he plays it's like dancing").
McCartney (perfected the bass as countermelodic instrument);
Mike Watt of Minutemen/fIREHOSE (the alternative scene's legendary lord of "the thunderbroom");
Chris Hillman of The Byrds (translated his mandolin playing knowhow to the bass with great results);
Chris White of The Zombies (another undersung master of the countermelodic bass);
Mike Mills of REM (always plays what's needed without showing off).
Richard Naiff of The Waterboys (both tasteful and expressive);
McCartney (knew how to write a great song on the piano and play it just right);
Ray Manzarek of The Doors (great on organ or the piano);
Keith Godchaux of The Grateful Dead (could play just about any style equally well);
Mike Mills of REM (there's much more to Mills than just the bass as his beautiful piano and organ playing prove).
Michael Stipe of REM (hickory wood smoked tone);
John Fogerty of Creedence (can just about outsing anybody on the planet - power and style in abundance);
Stephen Stills (in his prime he had a voice like honey and broken glass);
Elvis Presley (especially in the late 60s/early 70s, Elvis was a phenomenal singer);
Art Garfunkel (the sweetest sound, and perfect pitch too).
(Honourable mention goes to the young Neil Diamond - incredibly uncool, but a velvet hammer of a voice.)
Other Instrumentalist -
Steve Wickham of The Waterboys (greatest folk/rock fiddler in the world);
Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention (the second greatest folk/rock fiddler in the world);
Mike Oldfield (multi instrumentalist wunderkind);
Ben Keith (pedal steel legend, recently departed this world, alas);
Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipe legend - what a sound! ).
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