Tonight I'm doing a QRF mission (quick reaction force: basically like being on standby), and anyway, we're hanging out in the ready room, listening to some tunes, and debating about the best guitar players of all time.
And it got me wondering, so who would they be? Who's the top 5 best players of all time?
--------Here's my top 5-----------
1.) BB King:
What can I say - his name says it all: He's the king. His string bending technique is legendary and the sole he plays the guitar with is matched by no other. Throughout his entire life he has inspired some of the other greatest guitar players. And to top it off - his voice is awesome. Lets face it: we can draw almost all modern guitar sounds back to old blues songs. King simply commands respect - and while others might have him beat in skill and technique - King has a lifetime of rocking to the top. Best guitar moments: The Thrill is Gone, Rock me Baby
and The Sky is Crying
2.) Jimmy Hendrix:
I placed him second, simply because we don't have a lifetime of guitar playing to base an opinion on. Had he lived longer, he probably would be at the top. But even in those short years, he revolutionized the way the guitar is featured in modern music. His style and techniques have inspired countless others after him - including Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, etc... Best guitar moments: Purple Haze, Along the Watchtower
and Foxy Lady
3.) Eric Clapton:
Eric Clapton's versatility scores big points. Hell... look at his song "Layla", it was an awesome song in its original form... and yet he was able to take the same song and make it sound totally different by going acoustic. He's played along side Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pete Townshend and BB
King - and unquestionably held his own. Clapton has also quite a few hits that have bridged beyond blues or rock hits - his music appeals to a very large audience. Best guitar moments: Layla
(both versions), Cocaine
and when he jammed with BB
singing Rock me Baby
4.) Stevie Ray Vaughn:
When you listen to Stevie, you just get the impression that he's playing with everything he's got. His skill is incredible and his quick paced technique is extremely hard to duplicate. And look what he did, he took old blues songs, mixed them with a Hendrix-type style, and created jaw dropping guitar sounds. But I down grade him because of the scope in which he created music. Clapton won out over Stevie, because Clapton is versatile and plays to a wider range of music. But still Stevie was a natural with the guitar. And if you know anything about him and his long battle with drugs and kicking them towards the end of his life, it's a real shame we lost him so early. Best guitar moments: Pride and Joy, Voodoo Child,
5.) Eddie Van Halen:
This is a tough one - because there are quite a few other great guitar players who could arguably be in the top five of all time. And the reason Van Halen beat them out was because of his effect on music through the entire decade of the 80s. His famous two handed tapping technique was adopted by almost all other major rock bands. Best guitar moments:
the solo in Michael Jackson's Beat It,
and his 1:42 minute solo in Eruption,
So what would your top 5 list look like?
[Edited 2006-08-14 01:58:26]
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