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Posted: Aug. 11 2010, 10:53

OK, list your Top 5 musicians in each of the following categories:

Guitarist

Drummer

Bassist

Keyboardist

Vocalist

Other Instrumentalist
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Posted: Aug. 11 2010, 11:10

Guitar - Mike Oldfield! There's not much competition actually.
Drummer - Bryan Spring. Listen to Nucleus' "Under the Sun" LP.

Bassist - Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath).

Keyboardist - I can't think of many remarkable keyboardists. Mike Ratledge of Soft Machine I guess.

Vocalists - It's difficult to compare vocalists and saying that one is better than the other. Is Leonoard Cohen a "good" vocalist?

Other Instrumentalists - Elton Dean (saxello)


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Posted: Aug. 11 2010, 11:12

For me:

Guitarist:

David Gilmour
Brent Hinds
Alex Lifeson
Mike Oldfield
John Petrucci
(Damn that was hard. Honorable mentions: Bryan Josh, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Ian Anderson)

Drummer

Bill Bruford
Brann Dailor
Gavin Harrison
Neal Peart
Mike Portnoy

Bassist

Les Claypool
Mariusz Duda
Geddy Lee
Roger Waters
Tal Wilkenfeld (for more than one reason :D)

Keyboardist

Tony Banks
Richard Barbieri
Keith Emerson
Neal Morse
Richard Wright

Vocalist

Mikael Åkerfeldt
Mariusz Duda
Peter Gabriel
Sting
Steven Wilson

Other Instrumentalist

Troy Donockley (Uillean pipes)
Karlheinz Essl (Computer)

uhhhhhh... that's all I can think of in this category. :/
More later.
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Posted: Aug. 11 2010, 12:34

OK, but I may change my mind by tomorrow.....

Guitarist -
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.)

Drummer -
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").

Bassist -
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).

Keyboards -
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).

Vocalist -
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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Posted: Aug. 11 2010, 21:25

Not in Order of Preference.

Guitars.

Mike Oldfield.
David Gilmour.
Neil Young.
Edward Van Halen.
Brian May.
Jimmy McCulloch.
Sammy Hagar.
Nigel Tufnel.

Drummers.

Simon Phillips.  
Pierre Moerlen.
Alex Van Halen.
Joe English.
Bernard "Buddy" Rich.
Nick Mason.
Graham Broad.
Virgil Donati.
Morris Pert.
Mike Frye.
Jeff Porcaro.
Manu Katche.

Bassist.

Paul McCartney.
Roger Waters.
Peter Hook.
Tony Levin.
Michael Anthony.

Keyboards.

Mike Oldfield.
Vangelis.
Jarre.
Michael Cretu.
Nick Rhodes.


Vocals.

Paul McCartney.
Andy McCluskey. not bad Bass either.
Michael Hutchence.
Freddie Mercury.
Peter Gabriel.
Neil Young.
Roy Orbison.
Sammy Hagar.
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Posted: Aug. 12 2010, 08:47

I feel this is gonna be tough.

Guitar

Adrian Belew (King Crimson)
Mike Oldfield
Fred Frith
Andy Partridge (XTC)
Brian May (Queen)
(honourable mention to Jónsi Birgisson, for showing Jimmy Page just how to employ a bow on a guitar without sounding like an asshole)

Drums

Neil Peart (Rush) (dumb, obvious choice, but necessary -- I just love the guy)
Bill Bruford (Yes / King Crimson)
Klaus Dinger (NEU! )
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Jaki Liebezeit (Can)

Bass

Tom Jenkinson (a.k.a. Squarepusher)
... err, I think I'm gonna stop right here.

Keyboards

Rick Wakeman
Keith Emerson
Vangelis
Mike Pinder (Moody Blues)
Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós)

Vocals

Björk
Milton Nascimento
Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab)
Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle / Faith No More / etc.)
Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)


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Posted: Aug. 12 2010, 21:56

This is a tricky question, because fairly obviously for any musician you stipulate in the popular area there are going to be dozens in the classical field who are ten times better. That said - and because it's much easier with the guitar than it is with other instruments to create a personal sound -  I think Mr O is in a class of his own. I'm thinking, for example, of the guitar sound he achieves on pieces like "Celt". So he's my favourite. Gilmour would be number two, for similar reasons.
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Posted: Aug. 13 2010, 05:43

Best Vocalists

David Bowie
Kate Bush
Bono
Peter Gabriel
Joan Armatrading
Elvis
Freddie Mercury
Prince
Sting
Bruce Springsteen
Tori Amos
Bette Midler
Justin Haywood
Bing Crosby
Shirley Bassey
Frank Sinatra
Bill Withers....


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Posted: Aug. 13 2010, 07:46

Quote (nightspore @ Aug. 12 2010, 21:56)
This is a tricky question, because fairly obviously for any musician you stipulate in the popular area there are going to be dozens in the classical field who are ten times better.

I think anyone who thinks it's about musicians being "better" is kind of missing the point.  Surely we're talking about who moves you the most, not who has the best technique?  Because if it was about the latter, then I couldn't care less.

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Posted: Aug. 13 2010, 07:53

Quote (familyjules @ Aug. 13 2010, 07:46)
I think anyone who thinks it's about musicians being "better" is kind of missing the point.  Surely we're talking about who moves you the most, not who has the best technique?  Because if it was about the latter, then I couldn't care less.

Jules

The topic was "top" musicians. I don't think it's too much of a slide from "top" to "better/best". By the way, Jules, what happened to your polar bears?
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Posted: Aug. 13 2010, 13:51

Quote (nightspore @ Aug. 13 2010, 07:53)
Quote (familyjules @ Aug. 13 2010, 07:46)
I think anyone who thinks it's about musicians being "better" is kind of missing the point.  Surely we're talking about who moves you the most, not who has the best technique?  Because if it was about the latter, then I couldn't care less.

Jules

The topic was "top" musicians. I don't think it's too much of a slide from "top" to "better/best". By the way, Jules, what happened to your polar bears?

Whereas I don' think it's the same thing at all.

Polar bears?!?!   :O

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Posted: Aug. 15 2010, 11:09

no one mentioned paco de lucia...its cool to watch his work with guitar

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Posted: Aug. 17 2010, 15:42

Guitar

Mike Oldfield
Al Di Meola
Paco de Lucia  ;)
Frank Zappa
Steve Vai
Brian May

Bass

Stanley Clarke
Les Claypool
Marcus Miller

Drums

Billy Cobham
Vinnie Colaiuta
Steve Gadd
Airto Moreira
Brain

Keyboards

Glenn Gould
Herbie Hancock


Vocals

Tom Waits
Grace Jones
Jim Morrison
Freddie Mercury
Rachid Taha
Astrud Gilberto
Caetano Veloso

Other instruments

Bela Fleck (banjo)
Leonard Bernstein (symphony orchestra)
Matt Molloy (flute)
Stan Getz (saxophone)
Manu Dibango (saxophone)
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Posted: Aug. 19 2010, 14:46

All in random order, except those posted on the top of each list:

Guitarist:
Steve Hackett
Duncan Browne
Robert Fripp
Mike Oldfield
Andrew Latimer

Drummer:
Bill Bruford
Pierre Moerlen
Phil Collins
Simon Phillips
Stewart Copeland

Bassist:
John Wetton
Tony Levin
Chris Squire
Jaco Pastorius
Jeff Berlin

Keyboardist (top three are ultimate faves):
Tony Banks
Eddie Jobson
Rod Argent
Kit Watkins
Peter Bardens

Vocalist:
Gino Vannelli
Annie Haslam
Colin Blunstone
Jon Anderson
Gerry Rafferty

Other Instrumentalist:
Mel Collins (sax/flute)
Iver Kleive (church organ)
David Spillane (uillian pipes/low whistle)
Garry Shannon (irish flute)
Bela Fleck (banjo)


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Posted: Aug. 19 2010, 16:57

Mike Oldfield
The Mike Oldfield Group
Michael Oldfield
The Sallyangie
The Whole World
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Posted: Aug. 19 2010, 17:59

Guitarist

Mike Oldfield
David Gilmour
Steven Wilson
Steve Rothery
John Williams


Drummer

Simon Phillips
Nick Mason
Tristan Fry
Klaus Dinger
Sarah Jones


Bassist

Herbie Flowers
Pete Trewavas
Mike Oldfield
Colin Edwin
John Giblin


Keyboardist

Jean Michel Jarre
Mark Kelly
Richard Barbieri
Rick Wright
Billy Currie


Vocalist

Kate Bush
Bjork
Alison Goldfrapp
Tim Bowness
Midge Ure


Other Instrumentalist[B]

Jean Michel Jarre (electronics/theramin)
Steven Wilson (electronics/samples)
Paddy Bush (musical saw/didjeridoo)
Vivian Stanshall (ukulele/hose pipe)
Roger Ruskin Spear (musical leg/robots)


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Posted: Aug. 19 2010, 18:04

Guitarist : Mike Oldfield
Bass Player : Chris Squire
Keyboard : John Beck ( It Bites)/ Jem Godfrey ( Frost )
Drummer : Simon Philips
Vocalist : steve Hogarth (Marillion) / Kate Bush
Instrumentalist : Troy Donockely
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Posted: Aug. 19 2010, 21:33

Quote (smillsoid @ Aug. 19 2010, 17:59)
Drummer

Simon Phillips
Nick Mason

This is not a dig at Smillsoid - I completely agree with him about his top two guitar choices - but that anyone could prefer Nick Mason's drumming to, say, Carl Palmer's is evidence that questions of musicianship are absolutely redundant in pop music.
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Posted: Aug. 29 2010, 13:45

Quote (nightspore @ Aug. 19 2010, 21:33)
Quote (smillsoid @ Aug. 19 2010, 17:59)
Drummer

Simon Phillips
Nick Mason

This is not a dig at Smillsoid - I completely agree with him about his top two guitar choices - but that anyone could prefer Nick Mason's drumming to, say, Carl Palmer's is evidence that questions of musicianship are absolutely redundant in pop music.

I much prefer Mason.  He's not flash but he has a beautiful feel and sense of how to support a song.  Whereas Palmer does nothing for me whatsoever.

Jules

PS  And I still don't get the polar bears reference above!


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Posted: Aug. 29 2010, 13:56

One more thought - I also prefer Mason because he's in Pink Floyd (a band I love), whereas Palmer is in ELP (a band I abhore).  You could therefore argue that my preference is biased because of this.  But I could also argue that surely we like the bands we like, in part, because of the musicians in that band and the way they play.  Anyway, that struck me as interesting....

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