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    Recently, I have been searching throughout the music industry and history for some of the best musicians. This threads purpose is to discuss individual musicians, artists, producers, and singers; not bands. Please do not disrespect anyone's opinions.

    I'd like to start this off with my list.

    Guitarist: Zakk Wylde, Jimi Hedrix
    Bassist: Justin Chanellor, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu
    Drummer: Fredrick Andersson, Dave Buckner
    Singer: Bruce Dickinson, Zakk Wylde, Freddie Mercury
    Rap Artist: Eminem
    Renaissance Man: Prince
    (A Renaissance Man is a person who is generally great at a lot of things; in this case many instruments, plus songwriting.)
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    ^^ GREAT TOPIC!!

    Well, i'm going to start:

    Guitarist: Gary Moore = An All around guitarist, capable of play from heavy metal/hard rock to Blues, and mostly, he played with is heart and soul, he make cry the guitar....

    Bassist: As a bassist myself, I have to say JACO PASTORIUS, he is, by far (along with Stanley Clarke) the most influential bassist in history.

    Drummer: Neil Peart....he is just Freaking amazing....

    Singer: here I don't know who to pick....But, I have to go with Freddie Mercury..Such Voice, Such Range, Such emotion....and in a second place, I have to go (Sorry Mr. Halford and Mr. Dickinson and Mr. DIO) with Geoff Tate....great vocal range, great technique, great live perfomances.....he was (at least in his golden age) a freaking monster.

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    Well now that's a topic that could even turn into some heavy debate.

    If it's just about pointing out your personal favorites, this thread will turn into: MAI GUITARRIST IS BETTER THAN YOURS or something.

    As for myself...

    Guitarrist: Michael Romeo, Michael Petrucci, Eric Johnson and Brad Paisley (this last one is the BEST in his genre).
    Bassist: Roscoe Beck (Worked with Eric Johnson) and Michael Lepold.
    Drummer: Mike Portnoy, Thomas Lejon and Jason Rullo
    Singer: Rusell Allen, James Hetfield and Brad Paisley (again, Paisley goes for ALIVE country figures)
    Sonwriter: John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton and Keith Urban.

    These guys i'm placing go for THEIR RESPECTIVE genre, not of ALL TIME. Trying to reach a consensus that's been eluding mankind for years here is just going to raise hell on this thread.

    I'm also considering for putting them in there: Their personal skills and achievements; even though andromeda is not that popular, also their coordination with their bands.

    That's it for me
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    Ok, I have one, and I'm pretty sure I'VE FOUND THE BEST ONE IN THE WORLD!

    Drummer: Me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Himura
    Drummer: Neil Peart....he is just Freaking amazing....
    That's not nice.

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    I'm just going to leave this here.

    Aside from that power trio, there's a few other people who deserve a mention. Buddy Rich, the only person who I think is better than Neil. Les Claypool the greatest living bassist.
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    if we're talking only about how talented a person an instrument is at their instrument and not songwriting, then:

    drums: Flo Mounier
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REp0ca3-FjQ (drumming kicks in around 0:50)
    a video of him rehearsing the song above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_1RZcM3zso

    bass: Steve Digiorgio
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6glYZvLe2vo (not all of these show really technical playing or anything, but it should give you a basic idea)
    the above mentioned Les Claypool definitely applies as well, even if i'm not the biggest fan of most of his projects anymore.

    guitar: Jeff Loomis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0vctp35IkA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP9llsABGdo

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    I think poeple like Parry Gripp and Wierd Al Yankovick are the best. I can't say I have much taste for anyone else.

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    Just within the genres I usually listen to, I have to say that Will Pugh from Cartel is easily one of the top vocalists. The man can sing anything. Even though that last one gets a lot of hate because of comparisons to the original, you can't deny that he's got pipes.

    As for everything else, I'm really not familiar enough with any instruments to accurately judge the proficiency, but I've always admired the piano work from Jack's Mannequin. Surely not the best, but one of my favorites.

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    Bass - Kenny Vasoli

    Guitar - Tom DeLonge (close runner-up - Lenny DiNardo)

    Drums - Chuck Comeau
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    Guitarist: Jeff Loomis, Synyster Gates, Eddie van Halen
    Vocalist: Roy Khan, Ivan Moody, Shagrath

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokezack1995 View Post
    your kidding rite? didn't mention eminem?

    No, because I think sober Eminem is trash.
    Just my opinion though. Wouldn't really call him a vocalist, anyway.

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    Eminem is a fine testament to the perversity and awful culture of white America. End racial division and inequality NOW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokezack1995 View Post
    WAT?? wat kind of boy duzn't like eminem?? your obviously a girl or a in-between :lol:
    Smart ones. You want good rap? Listen to Jedi Mind Tricks or Immortal Technique. Mainstream rap is crap.

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    Guitarist: Tom Morello
    Bassist: Flea
    Drummer: Dave Grohl
    Singer: Aretha Franklin
    Rap Artist: Wonder Mike
    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

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    Are we talking skilled as in technically proficient? or skilled as in their ability to create great music with their instrument.

    Cause technically Michael Angelo Batio is like a machine when it comes to guitar playing, but it's not always the nicest to listen to. Now take Neige from Alcest, nothing he plays requires a great deal of skill, but it sounds incredible.

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    Boy, this topic is kind of... confusing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moltanic View Post
    I'm just going to leave this here.

    Aside from that power trio, there's a few other people who deserve a mention. Buddy Rich, the only person who I think is better than Neil. Les Claypool the greatest living bassist.
    +1

    Outside of them, though:
    -Guitar: Too hard to tell.
    -Bass: Toss-up between Tony Levin and Jaco Pastorius (well, I guess -- I probably missed a ton of other great jazz bassists, e.g. Charles Mingus).
    -Drums: Neil Peart. Wait, I said outside him, didn't I? Well, it's still gotta be someone in that genre. For a specific one? Uh... no idea.
    -Vocals: Let's not even go there. Kinda hard to judge this.

    This topic needs better standards.

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    Guitarist: Too many good ones to identify I clear winner
    Bassist: Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), MCA (Beastie Boys)
    Drummer: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
    Vocalist: Daniel Johns (Silverchair, The Dissociatives), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
    Rap Artist: Jonny 5 (Individual), Beastie Boys (Group)

    As you can see, I'm a massive fan of Grunge and post-grunge, which skews my decisions.
    Jonny 5 is a member of the Flobots and while still impressive with his band, alone he is one of the biggest rap genius' I know. Last year, he attempted to post one rap each day onto his YouTube account, because he wanted to do it and he succeeded admirably. He had one solo album before the Flobots as well, titled Onomatopoeia. T'was great. This is the song Onomatopoeia off that album. The whole song is damn good, but particularly at 1:45, where he uses the letters from the word "DARE" in the verse (listen to it and you'll understand).

    I also love the Beastie Boys, and believe their combinations are perfect.

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    Guitarist: Buckethead, John Butler
    Bassist: John Myung CRAP I FORGOT LES CLAYPOOL OH MY GOD
    Drummer: Mike Portnoy, Gavin Harrisson
    Singer: Matt Bellamy, Steven Wilson
    Rap Artist: i dunno lol
    Composer: Clint Mansell
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    Interesting topics, cos there are so many different ways in which one can be a good musician.

    In terms of pure musical ability, I think Prince has to be discussed in a topic such as this. The sheer number of songs he has written is amazing, along with his complete creative control over his music. He plays so many instruments, produces his own records. Any Prince record from 1979-1988 is a pinnacle in musicianship.

    Another pair I could highlight are Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan. Both amazing musicians at the instruments they play, but they are also to write brilliant songs with a dry, witty twist. They have never written a serious love song, which I think is pretty sweet. Only ever a wry take on love.

    There are loads of amazing guitarists/bassists/drummers/keyboardists/sax players out there. Just a short list of some of my faves.

    Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys in general but especially Brian Wilson, Clarence Clemons, Renato Neto, Robin Pecknold, George Clinton, and many more.

    My favourite rappers are Edan and Andre 3000. Their love for other forms of music enter their consciousness when making rap music. Both witty lyricists.

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    Guitarist: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Robbie Kreiger
    Bassist: John Entwisle, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee
    Drummer: John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart
    Singer: Jim Morrison, Pat Bennitar, Freddy Mercury

    So true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarkingRat View Post
    Guitarist: Tom Morello
    Bassist: Flea
    Drummer: Dave Grohl
    Singer: Aretha Franklin
    Rap Artist: Wonder Mike
    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
    Just reposting this. This is the end all be all of the conversation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malanu View Post
    Guitarist: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Robbie Kreiger
    Bassist: John Entwisle, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee
    Drummer: John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart
    Singer: Jim Morrison, Pat Bennitar, Freddy Mercury
    this is the first post of yours i agree with (except for Jimmy Page)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malanu View Post
    Guitarist: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Robbie Kreiger
    Bassist: John Entwisle, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee
    Drummer: John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart
    Singer: Jim Morrison, Pat Bennitar, Freddy Mercury
    It was a well known fact that Jimmy Page could not play live. At all. Yes, his recorded stuff was brilliant, but his live act lets him down, so I don't think he can be included.
    Why has nobody mentioned Richie Sambora or Jon Bon Jovi for guitarist/vocals respectively. Richie is a very overlooked guitarist, especially when you consider some of his solo stuff. Jon Bon Jovi may be down to my personal bias, but I still think he has a great set of vocals regardless, thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malanu View Post
    Guitarist: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Robbie Kreiger
    Bassist: John Entwisle, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee
    Drummer: John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart
    Singer: Jim Morrison, Pat Bennitar, Freddy Mercury
    Admittedly Jimmy Page was probably the worst member of the Yardbirds trio but that's like being the stupidest person at NASA; you're still miles ahead of everyone else.

    Also, I can't believe forgot to mention him sooner but Frank F'ing Zappa should pretty much own this discussion.
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