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#1 Smelodies

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 09:11 AM

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 09:59 AM

I've seen him live a few times.  He is an all-time great to say the very least.  And his bumblebee vibrato is as distinct as anything anybody plays on the guitar.  All Hail Lucille!!!

For a terrific concert, check out BB King & Friends: A Night of the Blues.  I've still got it on VHS somewhere at the house.  Not a dull moment.  Billy Ocean goes off, Etta James and Dr. John are fantastic in their duet, Albert King looks like he's gonna drop dead from a heart attack when he hits a couple of big bends during a solo, and Paul Butterfied has the best blues voice you'll hear all night.

Oh, and SRV looks like a kid who picked up the guitar for the first time and walked in on Clapton and the others jamming.  He tried to "get in where he fit in," but it was awkward to saay the least.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:46 AM

I'll definitely give some props to BB.

Saw him Thanksgiving night 1986 with Bo Diddley opening.  Excellent set, and then I met him at a blues club after the show.  Very cool guy.

Saw Butterfield and Albert King on separate nights, both when they were near the end.  Albert was shitfaced and wouldn't get off the stage.  Butterfield was on smack and weak on the voice and the harp.  Props to BB for always being a pro.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:57 PM

Honestly believe he is one of the most overrated guitarists ever. Brilliant singer, and very influential, but seriously overrated.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE(TheysavedHolyfield'sbrain @ May 17 2011, 04:57 PM) View Post

Honestly believe he is one of the most overrated guitarists ever. Brilliant singer, and very influential, but seriously overrated.


He played rhythm the way Ali went to the body, meaning never, but I'm guessing your criticism extends beyond that.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE(Smelodies @ May 17 2011, 04:24 PM) View Post

He played rhythm the way Ali went to the body, meaning never, but I'm guessing your criticism extends beyond that.



I'm not criticizing at all. He's a very good guitarist, and a really great singer, but he's not as amazing as he is generally thought to be. Most of the British guys that he influenced eclipsed him pretty early on, and some of his contemporaries were better players as well, IMO.
  But yeah, not much of a rhythm player, and he couldn't sing and play at the same time either. His playing is really just a handful of stock phrases that he continuously recycled.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:35 PM

QUOTE(TheysavedHolyfield'sbrain @ May 17 2011, 08:53 PM) View Post

I'm not criticizing at all. He's a very good guitarist, and a really great singer, but he's not as amazing as he is generally thought to be. Most of the British guys that he influenced eclipsed him pretty early on, and some of his contemporaries were better players as well, IMO.
  But yeah, not much of a rhythm player, and he couldn't sing and play at the same time either. His playing is really just a handful of stock phrases that he continuously recycled.

Yeah, he's got a handful of pretty standard blues licks he plays over and over.  He has a great voice and a pretty cool guitar tone (if a bit thin), and the longevity of his career is impressive.  Still a legend though.  I'm with ya, Holy.

Willie Nelson > BB King...  Better songs, better guitarist, better singer.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:03 PM

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Yeah, he's got a handful of pretty standard blues licks he plays over and over.  He has a great voice and a pretty cool guitar tone (if a bit thin), and the longevity of his career is impressive.  Still a legend though.  I'm with ya, Holy.

Willie Nelson > BB King...  Better songs, better guitarist, better singer.



GAAAHHH!!! Willie Nelson, WORST guitarist ever! Great talent, amazing songwriter, WORST GUITARIST EVER! Tune your fucking guitar, Willie!!
  That being said, he's a bit better than Alex Lifeson.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:37 PM

B.B. King is the Bernard Hopkins of guitarists.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:01 PM

More like Pascal. Plays in spurts.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:50 AM

I don't care what you guys say, I think his style is sublime.  I also think one of the most badass things in the world would be having a band wherein you can just blow over the top whenever you want and don't need to play chords.



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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:38 AM

Playing guitar is more than just "blowing over the top".

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:50 AM

View PostTheysavedHolyfield, on 10 April 2012 - 09:38 AM, said:

Playing guitar is more than just "blowing over the top".

On the contrary, it can be whatever you want it to be (and whatever listeners and bandmates are willing to put up with).

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:02 AM

View PostSmelodies, on 10 April 2012 - 09:50 AM, said:

On the contrary, it can be whatever you want it to be (and whatever listeners and bandmates are willing to put up with).

Yup. That's why I enjoy jazz guitar most. More likely to get sounds you've never heard before.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:33 PM

Listen to this one though, Prod:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 02:08 AM

View PostSmelodies, on 10 April 2012 - 09:50 AM, said:



On the contrary, it can be whatever you want it to be (and whatever listeners and bandmates are willing to put up with).

Your youtube productions are evidence of that.


Dont know about blowing over the top. They do blow though.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

Saw BB a few times in the early/mid 90s.  Money well spent.   I remember that Miles Davis wanted him to play guitar on Bitches Brew, but there was some snag.  Availability or something.  Will always wonder what that would have sounded like with BB.

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 06:21 AM

RIP BB, and this board.

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 12:19 AM

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 09:55 AM



The estate sent me Lucille.

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