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  • Trane 13 Jan 2009 16:33:03 4,050 posts
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    Hi chaps, purpose of this thread is to open up a bit of discussion.

    Who in your opinion, is the most talented musician? Alive or dead.

    Taking into consideration, music creation, songwriting, mastery of instruments, vocal ability, so on and so forth.

    Write a little about why you have picked who you have.

    Mine:

    Neil Young -

    One of the finest lyricists of our time. He's also proficient with acoustic and electric guitars, and writes very different music to suit each. Can also play harmonica and piano very well. Encompasses folk, country, grunge, classic rock etc.

    Mike Oldfield -

    There is only one Mike Oldfield. Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals. Again his music spans many genres and his production work is amazing.

    Steven Wilson -

    The main man of Porcupine Tree, a band I've not been into thatlong, but have had a massive effect on my tastes since I picked up Fear of a Blank Planet. Steve is responsible for songwriting, and also sings, plays guitar aswell as piano and keyboard. Musicianship is so attentive on all their production, I'v got to see them live soon.

    There are more, but I may come back to them, or leave someone else bring them up for discussion :)
  • OllyJ 13 Jan 2009 16:36:20 3,259 posts
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    that thomas haake guy from Sol niger Within, amazing drummer!
  • phAge 13 Jan 2009 16:37:02 24,349 posts
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    Beethoven, surely?

    EDIT: Although whoever is responsible for Crazy Frog is pretty hardcore as well. All those mixes must require some propa skillz.
  • spindle9988 13 Jan 2009 16:37:19 3,530 posts
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    Hendrix: Invented his own chords

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  • JuanKerr 13 Jan 2009 16:37:26 36,241 posts
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    Skee-Lo.
  • kalel 13 Jan 2009 16:38:03 87,179 posts
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    I would say Brian Wilson and Roger Walters would be my shouts.
  • Deleted user 13 January 2009 16:39:23
    David Gilmour. The man has magical fingers.
  • Der_tolle_Emil 13 Jan 2009 16:40:46 7,299 posts
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    Marilyn Manson. Seriously. I am always amazed how he manages to make every album sound really different yet familiar at the same time. On top of that the melodies of the songs sound like nothing I've heard somewhere else.

    He is not necessarily my favorite musician but as far as talent is concered I rank him very, very highly.
  • GuiltySpark 13 Jan 2009 16:40:55 6,369 posts
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    Heh, came in here to say Steven Wilson. Amazing musician. They are absolutely awesome live, been about 6 times now.

    Don't skimp out on the old stuff either, it's not as rocky as Fear of a Blank Planet but there are some proper gems in there.

    Get bent.

  • JuanKerr 13 Jan 2009 16:41:08 36,241 posts
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    Chinster wrote:
    David Gilmour. The man has magical fingers.

    .
  • billythekid 13 Jan 2009 16:41:34 11,111 posts
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    Mozart > Beethoven
  • GuiltySpark 13 Jan 2009 16:42:07 6,369 posts
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    Also Trent Reznor is probs high on my list.

    Get bent.

  • Trane 13 Jan 2009 16:43:06 4,050 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I would say Brian Wilson and Roger Walters would be my shouts.

    I'm presuming you mean Roger Waters mate?

    Yep, he is awesome, saw him live last year.

    Definately the best concert I've ever been to.

    I will be sure to see David Gilmour next time he tours. My favourite guitarist, ever.

  • Deleted user 13 January 2009 16:43:55
    Rog has done some amazing stuff, with and without the Floyd, but he gets on my tits.
  • ayrtonsenna 13 Jan 2009 16:44:27 1,566 posts
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    Jimi or Prince.
  • Nasty 13 Jan 2009 16:45:46 4,741 posts
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    Der_tolle_Emil wrote:
    Marilyn Manson. Seriously. I am always amazed how he manages to make every album sound really different yet familiar at the same time. On top of that the melodies of the songs sound like nothing I've heard somewhere else.

    He is not necessarily my favorite musician but as far as talent is concered I rank him very, very highly.

    O_o

    Paul Weller probably. Not the greatest singer or musician technically but as a song writer and performer there are few who beat him.

    Edit: Of course I meant to say both Stevie Wonder and Maurice White (check the profile pic baby) as well. L E G E N D S.
  • Trane 13 Jan 2009 16:46:51 4,050 posts
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    Chinster wrote:
    Rog has done some amazing stuff, with and without the Floyd, but he gets on my tits.

    Amused to death is right up there with some of Floyds best work, IMO.

    I recognise lots of people hate him for getting a bit power hungry in his later Floyd days.
  • PES_Fanboy 13 Jan 2009 16:51:59 15,067 posts
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    For me, it's probably not even a famous recording artist, more likely a record producer (Quincy Jones, maybe?) that has been involved with a huge amount of fantastic music. Ones that you can tell from the production and sound of the record.

    I'm slightly weird in that I'll listen to albums (sometimes) on the strength solely of the producer.
  • UncleLou Moderator 13 Jan 2009 16:52:19 35,518 posts
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    Trane.
  • kalel 13 Jan 2009 16:53:34 87,179 posts
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    Yes, I did of course mean Roger Waters. And yes, he’s a total cock, but you’re allowed to be if you’re a genius, which he is.
  • Deleted user 13 January 2009 16:53:56
    There's hope for me yet then! :D
  • pjmaybe 13 Jan 2009 16:55:06 70,676 posts
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    Neil Finn...possibly his brother Tim.

    Nick Beggs from Ellis, Beggs & Howard (oh yeah, and Kajagoogoo I spose..blehh).

    Top of the stack, Nick Kershaw. New album is stunning.

  • Syrette 13 Jan 2009 16:56:18 43,359 posts
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    Me.

  • StringBeanJean 13 Jan 2009 16:56:32 1,777 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    Also Trent Reznor is probs high on my list.

    lol
  • Trane 13 Jan 2009 16:57:29 4,050 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Trane.

    Much love :)

  • Syrette 13 Jan 2009 16:58:08 43,359 posts
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    OllyJ wrote:
    that thomas haake guy from Sol niger Within, amazing drummer!

    Don't you mean Meshuggah?

    The album you mentioned is just a one-off solo record from one of their guitarists.

  • UncleLou Moderator 13 Jan 2009 17:04:01 35,518 posts
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    Trane wrote:
    UncleLou wrote:
    Trane.

    Much love :)


    I didn't mean you, though. ;)
  • Trane 13 Jan 2009 17:09:29 4,050 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Trane wrote:
    UncleLou wrote:
    Trane.

    Much love :)


    I didn't mean you, though. ;)

    I love you regardless.
  • Stretch 13 Jan 2009 17:10:39 122 posts
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    Good Thread - I likey! - Although there is gonna be some BIG disagreement on some of these!

    Dave Ghrol - The God of modern rock - Drummer for Nirvana, Wrote and played EVERYTHING for the first Foo's album, Drummed with Queens of the Stone Age for one album and a complete tour, All the drum and electric guitar work for the first Tenacious D album, etc etc etc - Without Davey boy the modern rock landscape would be VASTLY different.

    Les Claypool - Not the best vocalist in the world, but a stunning bassist and song writer.

    Theres a couple, I'll add more when they pop in to my head!
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