Originally posted by generalissimoYes Harrison, what can we say, an excellent group player and Santana also is quite distinctive, however it may be contested as to whether they were 'great', or the greatest, time would leave us if we mention blues players like Buddy Guy, Albert King, Micheal Bloomfield, Peter Green, Daune Allman, Walter Trout etc etc or the English guitarists, Clapton, Beck, Page, David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, Richie Blackmore, Alvin Lee, Bill Nelson, Mark Knopfler, Robert Fripp etc etc there are so many assumed to be excellent, some of my personal favorites are Mick Ronson who played with Bowie and Billy Duffy of the Cult and Robbie Krieger of the Doors and of course Jeff Healy, check out this guy Rob Tognoni, hes an Australian and plays rather excellently in my opinion,
I forgot to mention George Harrison and Carlos Santana.
Originally posted by ChronicLeakyThe tragedy of Clapton is that he could have produced some really artistic and experimental music (even more than he did), however he chose a very middle of the road path, check out his stuff with the Allman brothers, amazing!
My answer depends on the style of music, the type of guitar being played, and what I have and haven't heard so much as to make this a not-very-reasonable question. Mr. Clapton is boring, though.
Originally posted by robbie carrobieOriginally posted by robbie carrobie
Clapton WAS a great guitarist but faded into mediocrity, Page was never a great guitarist although incredibly successful, and who knows what Jimi may have achieved, he was a force of nature!
Originally posted by robbie carrobieI know this response is somewhat unrelated to the original idea of the thread, but sometimes a person's genius is not about just "one thing" such as musical talent. It may be in how they redefine themselves later in life or following a tragedy.
The tragedy of Clapton is that he could have produced some really artistic and experimental music (even more than he did), however he chose a very middle of the road path, check out his stuff with the Allman brothers, amazing!
Originally posted by divegeesterPage may not be one of my personal favourites but he certainly deserves to be mentioned as one of the greats, alongside Hendrix, Allman, Zappa, McLaughlin and the like. When I was at college a housemate had a massive Zep bootleg collection and there was ample evidence that Page was cranking out brilliant, inventive, ballsy, distinctive, never-quite-the-same-twice guitar night after night for one of most blockbuster rock groups of all time. The thoroughness of the bootlegging gives an unusual degree of 'documentary evidence' to support any case made for Page. The fact that recordings of the vast majority of the Grateful Dead's 2,000 shows are out there, in circulation, provides similar 'vindication' of any case made for Jerry Garcia's status as a guitar great. (Trey Anastasio's ouevre is out there too, almost in its entirety, make of it what you will). We're not talking about a few solos by Page and Garcia on the albums their bands released. We're talking about almost everything they ever played being out there somewhere for consideration and evaluation! Jimmy Page was without doubt a great.
Sorry robbie but ['Page was never a great guitarist'] is utter twatter