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Rolling Stone names Jimi Hendrix the ‘Greatest Guitarist of all Time
NYDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, November 23 2011, 3:44 PM | Jim Farber

Posted on 11/23/2011 9:26:13 PM PST by This Just In

Rolling Stone names Jimi Hendrix the ‘Greatest Guitarist of all Time,’ followed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page The rest of the top five are Keith Richards and Jeff Beck

BY Jim Farber

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, November 23 2011, 3:44 PM

Yes, he’s experienced.

Jimi Hendrix has been proclaimed the “Greatest Guitarist of All Time” by a panel of musicians wrangled by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Though dead for more than 40 years, Hendrix’s fiery and distinct style clearly continues to inspire, and intimidate, six-string pluckers the world over.

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To: This Just In
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Augustin Barrios (1885-1944).

101 posted on 11/24/2011 12:18:16 AM PST by death2tyrants
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To: spodefly
My top ten faves...

Blackmore
Steve Howe
Uli John Roth
Iommi
Petrucchi
Via
Andre Segovia
Paco Pena
Huw Loyd Langton
Michael Ackerfelt

102 posted on 11/24/2011 12:21:25 AM PST by mitch5501 (My guitar wants to kill your momma!)
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To: This Just In

James Burton is the greatest guitarist of all time. Everyone knows that, right?


103 posted on 11/24/2011 12:26:19 AM PST by anton
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To: Chunga

Thanks. I haven’t dug out any old Hendrix albums to check in ages. Now it’s just MP3 playlists with no album cover.


104 posted on 11/24/2011 12:41:40 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: This Just In

What happened to Chet Atkins or Roy Clarke?

Oh yest, they are not Black or hippies.


105 posted on 11/24/2011 12:48:23 AM PST by yarddog
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To: This Just In

Mother Maybelle Carter was the greatest. Her techniques have been copied (or attempted to be copied) by countless musicians. Another ignored artist is Duane Eddy. Rolling Stone’s ratings are based on the ages and exposure to music of the existing generation that read that publication.

Listen , hear the applause and then vote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENS4nD0vRKI


106 posted on 11/24/2011 12:50:04 AM PST by barnrat
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To: jobim
Pat Metheny is the best guitarist who ever lived.

You clearly are not a musician. Also, if you ever had the chance (which you never will) to ask Pat Metheny who the best guitarist that ever lived was....he would say Jimi Hendrix.
107 posted on 11/24/2011 1:09:17 AM PST by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: DetroitRight
Jimi Hendrix was great, okay? I liked the guy. But it was the AMPS that made him; Marshall Amps were the reason Jimi was Jimi. Let’s be real. Yes, I know black and all that. Yes, Yes, and Yes....

I assume you are serious, so I heartily recommend checking out some of the lesser-known Hendrix recordings - here's one messy one I just found by typing "Hendrix Rare" into youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByN1oHmRVrU What you will find is not always technical perfection (He was an envelope-pushing live player) but a dynamism, complexity, and focus that remains as completely, stunningly new today as it ever was. I think it is fair to say that Hendrix was more than "great and black and all that" but remains in a league of his own. Nobody, ever, has ever played like this, or since, or, in fact, quite as well. His phrasing alone, off the cuff is simply mind-bogglingly amazing, and seems to have nothing to do with the limitations of the instrument - he just brushes them aside. There are faster, more technically perfect test pilots for instance, to be sure, but who wouldn't say that Yeager was probably the best ever? That's how it is, I think, with Hendrix... Only Hendrix's work, because it never really has been fully imitated, is as fresh as ever.
108 posted on 11/24/2011 1:12:36 AM PST by golux
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To: LanaTurnerOverdrive; jobim

I am a huge Pat Metheny fan but Lana is absolutely right here. Pat is a serious and deeply respectful musician. By the way, his Statement Regarding Kenny G is one of my favorite pieces of “music related writing” of all time!

http://www.jazzoasis.com/methenyonkennyg.htm


109 posted on 11/24/2011 1:17:19 AM PST by golux
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To: This Just In

No he isn’t. Stevie Ray Vaughn was the best.


110 posted on 11/24/2011 1:26:33 AM PST by dforest
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To: spodefly
You forgot Buckethead...does he even get a mention? Buckethead
111 posted on 11/24/2011 1:31:04 AM PST by willyd (your credibility deficit is screwing up my bs meter...)
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To: gigster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b9oddxm3aA

Here's Alex Lifeson playing a cover of “Crossroads” which I thought more fitting on this thread in honor of Eric Clapton who did make the list.

Although one of my personal favorites of his is La Villa Stranglato. And “Malignant Narcissism” is a recent GREAT instrumental. I can't wait to hear what is on Rush's new album.

112 posted on 11/24/2011 1:57:57 AM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: DetroitRight
Yes, the "dude" from Sabbath.

Tony Iommi

113 posted on 11/24/2011 2:18:24 AM PST by hawkeye101 (Electing lawyers to political office is like hiring a raging alcoholic to run your bar!)
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To: This Just In

Question: What do you have when drool is coming out of both sides of Keith Richard’s mouth?

Answer: A level stage


114 posted on 11/24/2011 2:30:14 AM PST by Artie
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To: Army Air Corps

Wrong!


115 posted on 11/24/2011 2:55:33 AM PST by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Just went over to YouTue and listened to Segovia’s Asturias. Beautiful. Had the privilege of hearing him in concert many, many years ago. He stands alone.


116 posted on 11/24/2011 3:10:02 AM PST by animal172 (All aboard the Cain Train.)
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To: This Just In

Richard Thompson. Saw him at a an acoustical, one-man show in New Haven, CT. Would swear he was not alone on some songs.


117 posted on 11/24/2011 3:20:19 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: This Just In
Any poll that doesn't have Mark Knopfler in the top 25 is pretty worthless.
118 posted on 11/24/2011 3:42:25 AM PST by Aussiebabe
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To: This Just In

Amazing -

100+ posts on this thread, and no mention of Les Paul...

Not only was he seminal in the technical evolution of the electric guitar from a big-band side novelty into the dominant instrument it is today, (one of the, if not the, most popular instruments bears his name to this day) but he also created many of the playing techniques that form the ‘basics’ for every electric guitar player since, from the eminences mentioned on this thread to the kid keeping the neighborhood awake nights with his screeching and sqawking...

If innovation and influence is part of the criteria, Les Paul certainly belongs on any serious list....


119 posted on 11/24/2011 3:42:38 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Army Air Corps

“I’ll wager that they have never heard of Andres Segovia...”

Glad to see someone chime in that really knows true talent, thank you. Segovia is the master, without question.

In my opinion, Charro, Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Jose Feliciano were/are all better than Jimmie.


120 posted on 11/24/2011 4:23:02 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: yarddog

Agree both tie at number one.


121 posted on 11/24/2011 4:35:35 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: This Just In

Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
Jeff Beck.


122 posted on 11/24/2011 4:37:20 AM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: barnrat

“Rolling Stone’s ratings are based on the ages and exposure to music of the existing generation that read that publication.”

BINGO!!


123 posted on 11/24/2011 4:46:36 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: This Just In

1) Jimi
2) SRV
3) Page
4) Gilmour
5) Iommi
6) Angus
7) Blackmoore
8) Lifeson
9) Allen Collins
10) Townsend


124 posted on 11/24/2011 4:47:48 AM PST by TheStickman
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To: LowOiL

Admittedly, I haven’t heard every recording of Hendrix but what I have heard just grated on my nerves. To me, it was alot of noise. He is not #1 on 3cats list.


125 posted on 11/24/2011 4:55:21 AM PST by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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To: This Just In
Not a Top 10, but names worthy of consideration:

Django
Les Paul
Cliff Gallup
Tal Farlow
Scotty Moore
Snakefinger
George Van Eps
Bruce Anderson (MX-80 Sound)
Roy Wood
126 posted on 11/24/2011 5:05:56 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (When is the Queen Haters reunion tour?)
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To: This Just In
As one who saw all these guys live---Hendrix and Beck twice---there is no comparison. Hendrix was an innovator, but Jeff Beck is simply the best guitarist ever. If you watch the video "Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott's" where he has Eric Clapton play a blues number with him, there is no comparison. Clapton is great, tasteful, but Beck is the master.

I never "got" Jimmy Page. He was horrible live. Sloppy (perhaps drunk or stoned), totally unimpressive. He was a great studio guitarist though. Richards' greatness comes from his rhythm playing---probably one of the top rhythm guitarists of all time. Harrison probably rates because he was neither an innovator nor a technician but a "bridge" between Chuck Berry and the new sound.

An interesting challenge is on the "Abby Road" album in the guitar jam just before "The End." There are three guitars, according to the Beatles' biographer Jon Gould, and Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon were all playing lead, trading off. See if you can figure out who is who!

Getting back to Clapton and Beck: I got the sense after I heard Clapton with Cream live that at some point you heard everything he could do. It totally fit whatever he was playing---and that was the greatness of Cream, in that since they were all soloing all the time, the genius came in the mix of the three, not any one guy in particular. But every time I heard Beck, I got the feeling that "this guy is really holding back. He's teasing you with what he can do."

Hendrix was awesome the first time I heard him circa 1968---he had just come out with the Experience. But a year later, he just couldn't get it together, none of the rifs really were as good, and he appeared stoned. The audience was screaming for "Vanilla Fudge," who opened for him, 10 minutes into his set. It was sad.

127 posted on 11/24/2011 5:16:14 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Stevie was a total copier. Good, but couldn’t even get the essence of Hendrix at times. Like Clapton, after a while, you heard everything he had. I’d rank him #5 or 6.


128 posted on 11/24/2011 5:17:07 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

NFW!


129 posted on 11/24/2011 5:17:46 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: acapesket
Townsend and Entwhistle came into the Troubadour in 1975 when my band was playing a set. They sat through the whole set, and when we left, Townsend came up, slapped me on the back and said, "Good show, eh wot?"

Personally, I couldn't stand Townsend as a guitarist.

130 posted on 11/24/2011 5:18:45 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: spodefly
I saw "Yes" and "Black Sabbath" together right as "Fragile" came out. We hadn't really heard of Yes except for "Roundabout." Howe blew Tommy Ionni (sp?) off the stage. Wasn't close.

If you want a current excellent Christian guitarist who doesn't go for a lot of distortion or tricks, listen to Lincoln Brewster. He played with Michael W. Smith and Journey for a while. Super.

131 posted on 11/24/2011 5:20:33 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: DBrow

As a contemporary of Kaukonen, who saw him at least once live, I never got the high regard with which he was held.


132 posted on 11/24/2011 5:21:17 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: This Just In

John Petrucci deserves a mention.


133 posted on 11/24/2011 5:22:45 AM PST by marvlus
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To: lefty-lie-spy
Mea Culpa from omitting Johnny Winter from any list I do. The trouble with Winter is it depended on how strung out he was at the time. His "Johnny Winter And" album, with Rick Derringer on #2 guitar, was superb and totally new. He didn't hesitate---like Hendrix---to "go" for something without being sure if it would work. That's one thing I don't like about Clapton. He almost always plays it safe. But Winter and Hendrix would play what they felt---occasionally it just didn't work, but they had the guts to go for it.

I think Vaughn has too much Clapton in him. The only guy who doesn't do this is Beck, who not only doesn't play it safe, but unlike Hendrix and Winter, "gets" whatever weird thing he goes for.

134 posted on 11/24/2011 5:23:59 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: eddie willers
I'm a drummer, but I can tell you this: almost ANY rock drummer will say that Ringo Starr was one of the best drummers ever---for a lot of reasons. Any non-drummer will scoff. So when another guitarist tells me Hendrix is the best, I'd tend to believe him. I didn't meet Duane, but I met Greg a couple of times.

BTW, Clapton said of Beck, Hendrix, and himself that Jeff Beck was the best.

135 posted on 11/24/2011 5:26:01 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: spodefly

As well as Bill Nelson. He’s fantastic. Manages so many styles.


136 posted on 11/24/2011 5:27:07 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Les Paul.


137 posted on 11/24/2011 5:27:28 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: The KG9 Kid

Try Highway Chile, 51st Anniversary, Killing Floor, Mannish Boy, Can you see me? I don’t live today, Red House, Hear my train a comin’...

Sorry FRiend, but yer out to lunch on this one.


138 posted on 11/24/2011 5:31:40 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: eddie willers
“If he said that about Jimi, he was just being nice.”

No he wasn't. Jimi could do things with a guitar Duane (or anyone else) had never even imagined much less accomplished. A biographer listed some 210 odd sounds Hendrix invented and used in his playing vocabulary. No one was more appreciative of Hendrix than fellow musicians. He blew them out of their shoes and they said so to anyone who would listen. When Jimi was playing clubs in NY, early on, a top session player (whose name escapes me) would leave the studio, step across the street and see the unknown Jimi playing things he admitted he couldn't do (if he'd thought of them in the first place). Hendrix was two things: A virtuoso (a more physical accomplishment) and a spellbinder ( a more spiritual thing). That voodoo of knowing how much silence to put in between the notes is the rarest thing in musical accomplishment. Allman, like Les Paul and Eric Clapton etc had it (in spades) but recognized that Hendrix owned it.

139 posted on 11/24/2011 5:31:49 AM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: DetroitRight
Ummmm... Strats were the reason Jimi was Jimi.

And I am a git fiddler meself.

140 posted on 11/24/2011 5:35:14 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: This Just In
No Bill Nelson or Johnny Marr in the top 25?

I don't know about this list....I think RS is as misguided about guitar greatness as they are about politics.

Just my $.02.

141 posted on 11/24/2011 5:35:35 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: This Just In

CHET ATKINS.


142 posted on 11/24/2011 5:38:57 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: LS

You should check out what Beck said about meeting Hendrix. It’s on YouTube.


143 posted on 11/24/2011 5:39:03 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: Mase

Bill Nelson is still pushing out some *amazing* work at age 61 or 62.


144 posted on 11/24/2011 5:40:47 AM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: This Just In

Dick Dale.


145 posted on 11/24/2011 5:46:11 AM PST by Fair Paul
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To: Fair Paul

Dick Dale is so under rated. He had major influence on the designing of Fender amps. Another guy that gets written off is Frank Zappa. His music is not for every one, but he sure could play.


146 posted on 11/24/2011 5:50:11 AM PST by JimC214
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To: JimC214

I saw him perform a few years ago with his son In Newport Beach, still a great performer.


147 posted on 11/24/2011 6:05:52 AM PST by Fair Paul
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To: The KG9 Kid

I’m getting old. Now I can talk about Yngwie J. Malmsteen concerts with other Freepers.

I too went to a couple of his tour shows in the 80’s. At one that he headlined, he made us wait about 75 minutes to appear after his band was set to go. People were tired and angry. Same show he waited backstage 15 minutes before coming back for his encore.

I love his recorded music from Alcatraz and the first couple solo albums. But it didn’t translate to the stage performance in those days. Live he was a pompous ass and couldn’t really make his compositions sing like they did on the recording.

The interesting thing to me about all these posts is that we are naming guys from 30 and 40 years ago. It would appear the whole guitar god thing was an era in time that no longer exists.


148 posted on 11/24/2011 6:28:22 AM PST by SteveAustin
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To: gigster

Agreed. There cannot be a serious conversation on who is best without Alex Lifeson.

The only trophy Richards deserves is “Highest Toxicity” attained without departing earth.


149 posted on 11/24/2011 6:29:47 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: This Just In
May I vote for Chet Atkins ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRtvALWlKK4
150 posted on 11/24/2011 6:35:18 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen. --> AmeriCain)
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