The Best Electric Guitarists in the Universe - a personal choice!

Now this is difficult because it is so subjective. I do not like guitarists because they are technically brilliant but purely on how good they sound to my ear. Thus I rule out people like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani because I find them boring.


The very best is easy - Jimi Hendrix stands out for me above everyone. Nobody has come near to the showmanship, skills or excitement - let alone his experimental techniques.


After that it is not so easy. Elmore James stands out for me because I just adore that ringing slide guitar sound he creates.


Then there's Bo Diddley who created such an incredible and unique rhythmic sound - his jungle beat.


Peter Green is the top British guitar man for me. The beauty of those clean notes is just chilling. Seeing him live was exquisite.


Paul Kossof of Free was another unique player. Seeing him perform was so exciting. He produced such power.


Jeff Beck brought such innovation to the Yardbirds that he sent them into a different plane. Just listening to those early tracks is amazing.


Then there's Jimmy Page. He was present on most of those sixties singles - the ultimate studio session man creating all those exciting licks that we know so well. Then out in front of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin - and with Roy Harper.


Mick Taylor was another great guitarist who came out of John Mayall's band. His work with the Stones was sublime and he was responsible for some of their best stuff.


Going back to the beginning of Electric guitar we had the superb Johnny Guitar Watson  and T-Bone Walker.  Johnny created that long lead that enabled him to do his tricks and I remember being enthralled by T-Bone playing his guitar with one hand while walking it around the stage - so delicate and amazing.


Then there's Buddy Guy with his guitar histrionics and Stevie Ray Vaughan  who was so exciting. Johnny Winter who brought Muddy Waters back to life and Keith Richards who provided those memorable Stones licks.


Eric Clapton was so superb with Cream but has rarely captured that same intensity. But Pete Townsend drove the Who to greatness with those guitar heroics. Oh how I wish I could see him as that young man leaping and windmilling around. Then Neil Young is an underrated guitarist and I do like Robbie Kreiger of the doors with his great slide work and Jeremy Spencer did fabulous Elmore James impersonations.


Jack White was the man that brought that great raw sound back, superb riffs and sheer excitement. I thought White Strypes were so exciting to see live.


If only Zoot Horn Rollo was still playing. How I would have loved to have heard that long lunar note once more!!


I guess we all have our favourites!


So many great guitarists. So who are the present day guitar heroes?? Please update me!!


opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 8:58am
It would be interesting to hear what some of the younger members of WB think about the newer generations of guitarists. They do not seem to be the same subject of adoration.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:13am
Ollie Halsall (band: Patto)
Hassan Hajdi (band: Ange)
Luther Allison
Gary Moore
I said it before.
New guitarists ? Let them be seen without effects and distortion and I can tell you. It's not about how fast one can play but how much feelings he can get across.
Just a start LOL
Bill Kamps Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:14am
T-bone Burnett
Leslie West
Dickie Betts
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Hi Stone - some great ones there! Thanks for them! I agree - it's about the feeling!
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:17am
Thanks Bill - three more! A mountain of a list.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:27am
LOL I'm working on it :-)
Ah....Leslie West - Mountain, Bill. Theme for an imaginary western.
Nostalgia !!!!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:35am
BTW: Neil Young is about the worst solo guitarist there is who is famous. But he's so fucking authentic !
Bill Kamps Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:46am
Ry Cooder
George Thurogood - like Bo Diddley a bit of a one trick pony, but a very cool trick :) he can get a room rockin.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:55am
Al Demeols
Stanley Jordon
Gary Moore
Danny Gatten
Brian Hughes
Mike Campbell.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:58am
AHHH sure Prince !!!
The rest - all proms and good musicians - are no match to him :-)
FacePalm Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:00am
Jimi Hendrix, hands down.
He wasn't that technically proficient - didn't shred or play many monster licks - he just had the absolute best FEEL of any guitarist i've ever heard.
The "Band of Gypsies" is the best live album, by far; one can feel how his energy is going out to the audience and they're feeding it back to him...very much like his creative use of feedback, as well.  Of course, that could also be related to the likelihood that most of the audience was trippin'...
Heard a story about him - ok, a couple.  One was that a guy in the audience was friends with a famous guitarist, and he called the guy to say, "Man, you gotta get down here and HEAR this cat!  He plays your songs better than YOU do!"
The second is similar.  Before he got really famous, he was playing for a NY audience at a relatively small club.  A couple of guys had a small chat at the urinals, one complaining about how wet the floor was in front of where Jimi was playing.  The other replied, "That's just the tears of all the other musicians."
I'd also heard that Jeff Beck was so blown away that he quit playing for a year or more, though that one's probably apocryphal.  At any rate, Beck developed his own style that in it's way, is unique and innovative...but he could never write lyrics like Hendrix.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:01am
That's why I put him first. The ms was a flat out genius. Madyered about 27 instruments plus wrote and composed and produced. Areyou kidding me.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:02am
Stone - yes - quality is not necessarily the greatest attribute. I do like Neil's playing.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:03am
Ric - Oh yes - and Prince. I missed him off! What a musician.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:04am
I really regret that there's no 20-minute version of Crosstown Traffic....
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:06am
FP - Glad you agree. He was immense. I have hundreds of hours of Jimi noodling in the studio. I never tire!
Thank you for those two great anecdotes. I think when Jimi came across to the UK he had that effect on all the other guitarists! Nobody could quite believe how good he was.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:07am
I liked Neil a lot more than Bob Dylan. I'm not a guy for acoustic guitar. Neil's "Southern Man" or "Cowgirls in the Sand" are epic. And his lyrics, man :-)
Bill Kamps Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:08am
More honorable mentions:
Taj Mahal and Leon Redbone both could solo entertain an audience for hours.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:09am
Chet Atkins
Mark knopfler
Andre Segovia.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:11am
THIS is about the most feeling I ever saw in a Blues man. It makes my skin wrinkle :-)
If I listen to that guy I'm always close to crying.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:12am
Last but not least Carlos Santana.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:13am
Almost forgot Frank Zappa and his son Dweezil.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:13am
Stone - well I certainly prefer Neil's playing to Bob's guitarwork and Neil writes some great songs but Bob is the master songwriter IMO.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:14am
Leif Erikson from Rush.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:15am
Bill - I limited it to electric guitar. I could do another on acoustic. Taj does play great electric but Leon is acoustic - at least he was when I saw him.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:16am
I like Ric Wells' mention of Stanley Jordan (frankly don't recognize the other names he lists, though).  That guy's technique is off-the-wall  brilliant. 
Yes, Jimi Hendrix  sets the standard.  As you say, it's the feeling.  Stevie Ray Vaughan was definitely among the most exciting. 
I disagree on Eric Clapton:  I saw him just last month and he still has it. Very clean technique; slow or fast as the song merits.  On that subject, I would mention Gary Clark, Jr., Clapton's favorite. 
I was always amazed at the stuff that Steve Howe (Yes) could play. 
On the subject of Neil Young:  very good songwriter, his guitar work is primal, but not nuanced at all.  His singing--something else, I could do without. 
But i am not particularly a guitar aficionado, or a guitarist.  I am more of a keyboards maven. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:16am
Bil - Ry Cooder is a favourite of mine as is the dirty playing of Hounddog Taylor and George Thorogood!
Good choice!
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:18am
I forgot:  I commend the mention of the guitar work of Peter Green (early Fleetwood Mac).  Understated, instead of flashy; fits the music perfectly. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:18am
Ric - I was knocked out by that original sound of Mark Knopfler. I like distinctive sounds.
Chet and Sergovia are both acoustic. Maybe that's a section we could have a look at later - you're in Django and co then. 
Bill Kamps Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:20am
opher you right, Redbone is acoustic.  I love the stories he would tell, about things that "happened" to him, and songs he "wrote", and then you look it up later and find out these things happened before he was born, lol.   Maybe it was a previous life.  There also was this story that he really was Zappa's alter ego, but then Zappa died and Leon didnt.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:24am
Opher you are incorrect. Atkins and Segiobia both played electric. Atkins cut an album with Kopfler titled Neck and neck. Just a session where they sat down and someone decided to record. Atkins was a master at both. 
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:25am
Took another look at Ric Wells' list (of course I've heard of Prince, but I would say he was more of a polymath than a guitarist, per se).  
That was Al DiMeola he had.  Good choice.  On a similar vein, I loved the guitar work  of Phil Manzanera.
Johnny Marr. 
Finally, blues guitarist John Lee Hooker. 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:28am
Zappa was one kind LOL "Muffin Man"....
….but I think Clapton was always overrated. He could play the blues ok, but to me he was always kind of….sterile....if you know what I mean. There are musicians who have it others not. The Stones never had a really good guitar player in the band except maybe Mick Taylor for a while, the Beatles never had one, the Kinks had a good drummer who set the energy, only the Who with Townsend had one who wasn't brilliant technically, but was ORIGINAL.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:31am
Stone IMO technique is not the makings of a great guitarist. It is the emotions that come from the listener. I'll take a sloppy guitar player like Joe Walsh over  perfectionist anyday.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:34am
1967. Not known, but there were and are a lot of guitarists around which were brilliant, but never made it big. Who remembers Vanilla Fudge ?
Bill Kamps Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:36am
Stone, I would agree.  STV played the blues also, and took a lot more chances.
I saw Muddy Waters open for EC once, and the crowd didnt want MW to sit down.  Then EC came on stage and put us to sleep.  Not that EC isnt very good, just as you say a bit sterile and safe. 
As an aside, Muddy Waters lived not far from me when I was in high school, and would sometimes play at the high school when he was not on the road and had nothing better to do.  
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:42am
Vanilla fudge? That was the first concert I ever saw. High school gym. Vanilla Fudge headlines and the opening act was a new one to the rock scene. Steve Miller. Just switched from jazz to rock to make some money.
Steel Breeze Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:00am
David Gilmour...
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:02am
Thank you SB. Thought of him just as you posted it.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:03am
Bill - Leon looked a bit like Frank, didn't he. I loved that growly voice of his. I saw him in LA at the Bottom Line. He was on the same bill as Loudon Wainwright. Great stuff. We did both shows - so I caught him twice! Great version of Diddy Wah Diddy.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:05am
Ric - I know Chet did electric work. He was the electric guitar with the Everly's wasn't he? But I had him down as more of an acoustic guy. He was the sound of Nashville.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:13am
Carlos Santana.  You could say that he repeats himself, doesn't sing, whatever.  IMHO, he's just a great person, a force for good, and his guitar is his mode of communication.  I love him. 
Erik McFadden is someone whose guitar work I like a lot. 
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:17am
Eric Johnson
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:24am
Stone IMO technique is not the makings of a great guitarist. It is the emotions that come from the listener. I'll take a sloppy guitar player like Joe Walsh over  perfectionist anyday.
Thanks. That gives me hope for my last years. My goal is to become the most unknown guitar genius on earth. Joke aside - I agree. One who can play a single note exacty on a place where it produces a feeling is better than one who can play 2 scales in 5 seconds.
But for example if you look at Hassan Hajdi - or a parallel is Prince. These people don't play and instrument. It has become A PART of their body. And that fascinates me.
Just like Jim said, as he noted he's more into keyboard. Me too - I think there is no better instrument to COMPOSE a song than a piano...maybe I'm old-fashioned. But people like Keith Jarrett or Glenn Gould - wow. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:26am
Stoner - and then you've got Albert King, Hubert Sumlin and Muddy Waters.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:27am
BTW: I was 14 when I heard Shotgun from Vanilla Fudge. The, the ultimate was "When the sky cried". Man, that flipped me over. We didn't have such stuff in Europe at that time - it just blew me over. And then came Pink Floyd.....and the scene became boring. I mean Gilmour …. no thanks, Gary Moore could do that better…….sustain a note for a minute and it still sounds good.
But....a matter of taste :-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:28am
Stone - Zappa was great. I loved Clapton with Cream. Then there's Townsend. He was exciting. Mick Taylor was great with both John Mayall and the Stones.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Leo Moracchioli Coldplay cover
You might not like that, but I do. This is the new generation of the netm - and I like their humo(u?)r :-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:31am
Stone yes Mickey Finn - nice sound. Then there was Glen Miller of the Misunderstood. I remember Vanilla Fudge! Great band.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:31am
Ric - me too. I find perfectionists boring. I like it raw!
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:32am
Bill - I only saw Muddy three times. I would loved to have seen him in Chicago in the 50s.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:33am
Steel - how did I forget Dave Gilmour?
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:37am
Do you have a song that has been "following you" all your life ? I have one:
The Raspberries - On the beach
Sorry, Oph, not much on guitar here. But their drummer was excellent.
Steel Breeze Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:40am
SE....Robin Trowers 'Bridge of Sighs'....
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:41am
The Who. Love Reign O'er Me. And the whole Quadrophenia Album. IMO the best concept album ever recorded.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:43am
Albert King, Hubert Sumlin and Muddy Waters.
Sorry, but maybe it's the fact that to me these early sounds don't SOUND too much. I'm more for dramatic stuff, like sustain, delay, Wah Wah or other effects. Pure native guitar is…...boring. Like Mark Knopfler. He's an excellent guitarist, but his solo in "Brother in arms" I liked most of him.
Maybe if was the guitar effect LOL
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:47am
BTW: Do you think that Hendrix would have become as great as he is if he wouldn't have the possibility to use guitar effects like feedback (actually the Who were first to use that), Wah wah or others ? 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 11:58am
IMO the best concept album ever recorded.
Hm....I prefered the Kinks' "Arthur or the fall of the British Empire" better. A year earlier, but ok, I was always a fan of the Kinks. When I started to understand Ray Davies' lyrics - wow. There was and never will be a band which is more British than the Kinks. Forget Oasis, Blur or all the followers, even Radiohead profited from the Kinks (listen to their first album Pablo Honey). The Beatles were mega composers, the Stones copied old Blues stuff from the US, but the Kinks in their time reflected British society with a twinking eye and produced the first hard rock riff ever.
Just like Monty Python....somewhat.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:01pm
Stone - yeah - my song was @m Not Like Everybody Else - The Kinks.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:02pm
Steel - Robin Trower could belt those strings!!
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:08pm
Stone - check this out from the 50s.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:10pm
Ric - Who's Next for me! Best Concept album - SF Sorrow?
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:11pm
Stone I loved Ray Davies lyrics too.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:29pm
Robin Trower
I had a bootleg of that album, a lot better than this. But it got burnt together will all the albums I had when the fire destroyed our house in Mali in 1998.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:36pm
SF Sorrow ? Pretty Things ? Was that even a concept album ? And....what's so special about concept albums ? I find them rather boring. To me, it often sounds that they compose the music AROUND the story. To me, the music IS the story, and THEN you can do the lyrics according to that. To write lyrics is a lot easier than to compose a song (I'm not talking of cut'n'paste RnB stuff 2018).
Which means that the music which is composed around the story doesn't have the same effect anymore. I even prefer Jam stuff very often. Be it The Dead in old ages, or newer ones like Phish or Umphrey's MsGee. These bands are in the tradition of the Dead but spice up the stuff with a bit of Funk or Metal at times. Check it out !
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:38pm
McGee, not MsGee. Sorry.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 1:00pm
Robin Trower--yes!  None better with a bit of being stoned. 
Robert Fripp, of course.  We are about 100 years away from making his music topical, I think, if we advance more quickly than we have been doing. 
Zappa was an excellent guitarist--I feel it was a bit of a shame he mucked it up so much. 
As Stone-Eater suggested (are we related?  my ancestors in Germany were Steiners),  keyboard, yah.  Keith Jarrett is my inspiration for my playing ambitions (but also singing, not just that contrapuntal whine).  McCoy Tyner:  I can't begin to aspire to that kind of playing. 
One thing that has changed in recent decades is guitar solos taking more of a team role rather than the almighty hero.  Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is a good example; his stuff is wonderful. 
Peter Townshend:  My favorite live rock performer of all time--I'm thinking post-smash-and-burn, pre-deafness.  Actually, I like "Tommy" best (and the concept that could never be realized, the "Lifehouse" stuff, some of it on Who's Next and Odds n Sods).   The drumming on "Underture" (great song name) will live in my aural memory forever.  
Opher:  The list of notable blues guitarists is almost endless--I do like the ones you named.  Check out Corey Harris (a youngblood)--his early stuff, before he went over totally to reggae. 
I think the follow-up topic is songwriters (beyond the obvious choice, Bob Dylan).  I am not much of one for most modern poetry, but there are some song lyrics out there that have hit me deeply. 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 1:09pm
Robert Fripp, of course.  We are about 100 years away from making his music topical, I think, if we advance more quickly than we have been doing. 
Only one word: Starless. THAT And....when I heard 21st Century Shizoid Man the first time I was FLAT :-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 1:19pm
,,,the second time was "Supper's ready"...dream on, and then Yes' Sound Chaser. Before I was a huge Alice Cooper fan (until he broke with his old band), but then - I listened to everything right up from Crimson to Gentle Giant to Rush to….. Stockhausen - until I heard the Ramones and the Pistols.
Then I got back to earth.
Now I play it cool. Some Flower Kings here and there, some Korn, some Spock's Beard for nostalgia, and lots of new bands which are hungry, from Caligula's Horse to 6:33, from old stuff like King's X to today's indie bands like Everything Everything, OkGo or Kings of Leon or Soilwork. 
I never understood how people can hang on onto old stuff all their life or romantize their youth when there's so much new stuff around that deserves attention. My daughter told me not long ago: Aren't you too old to listen to that Progressive Metal noise ? 
Oh....erm….no. As long as there's no constant growling I can handle it :-)
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 1:38pm
Tom Petty
Roger Waters 
Neil Pert. 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 1:49pm
Lyricists in music:
Henry Rollins
Jim Morrison
Mark E. Smith
Farin Urlaub (German)
Stromae (Belgian rapper)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2018 - 1:52pm
Stromae - Papaoutai
Sometimes it's important to check what happens today in music too.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 3:01pm
Forgot about Morrison. 
Jeff Michka Added Nov 15, 2018 - 3:58pm
Wow, one kinda important to electric guitar nobody mentioned: Les Paul.  Les made the modern electric gutiar we're familiar with.  Paul can also be handed "The Godfather of Multitrack recording" with his "Paulverizer."  And did you mean Al Dimeola, Ric W?
Mogg Tsur Added Nov 15, 2018 - 4:16pm
RE: opher goodwin - Your list of stellar guitarists is hard to argue with but still you lost me with those guitarists you left out and your subjectivism. One aspect of your rant, and I'll call it a rant because it is so incomplete in discussing guitarists, even if we accept your limit to electric guitars is the yardstick you use to measure these musicians.
Had you merely posted, Here's my list of the electric guitarists I really, really, really like to listen to and left it at that you might have some credibility but as it is you come off trying to make of yourself an authority on guitar music.
Another thing that makes me chuckle is your invitation to young aficionados for their input. That is just dull on so many levels. Long time (read: older) fans of guitar music are much more likely to know the undiscovered greats of guitar, a broader appreciation for the diversity of styles, a respect for the seminal players, and a more mellow view of what is great guitar music.
You hit it on the head when your raise the issue of what sounds good to you as, IMO this is really what music appreciation is about. Getting back to older fans, we can look back and see how time and experience have changed our view of guitarists, in some cases guitarists whom we finally get and who rise in our opinion of their work.
On the matter of work in regard to guitar music, there is the whole universe of guitarists who play only for their own pleasure, who never made it into the limelight or who have dual lives as professional, vetted musicians and who have personal opinions that don't rely on standards. 
It's not just the names that don't get mentioned, it's the names of those we don't know about who draw out from their instruments the distillation of their own imaginations and souls. Music is a Janus. There is the music of the audience and the music of the orchestra.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 5:48pm
Jeff. Yes. I thought I misspelled his name.
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 5:57pm
One who just died today. Roy Clark. Electric acoustic banjo fiddle. Mastered them all.
Jeff Michka Added Nov 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
Was the ear that counted, Ric. :-)  Clark was quite a guy and musician.
Ken Added Nov 15, 2018 - 7:15pm
Not a bad list, but you missed Randy Rhoads and Neil Schon.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 7:19pm
Jim - I'm a lyrics man. I love good lyrics - Dylan and Roy Harper, Phil Ochs, Leonard Cohen, Don Vliet, Ray Davies, Nick Harper, Nick Drake, Buffy St Marie...…….
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 7:21pm
Stone - Oh yes - Mark E Smith, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra.
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2018 - 7:26pm
Mogg - as I stated - its a personal, subjective list. I like what I like and I explained why I like the ones I picked. It's not a rant.
Put forward your own. Stop being such a downer.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 8:24pm
Yeah, Mogg!  Show us yours.....
Opher definitely hit some of my lyrical faves:  (Dylan, Cohen, Vliet--Cap'n Beefheart, Davies).  I would add Conor Oberst, Matt Johnson (The The), Elvis Costello (for the quality of the wordsmithing, not content), a couple of Beatles (maybe 3), Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, one of Crosby, Stills and Nash (but only one), Joni Mitchell, Carole King.  Bernie Taupin (before he got totally overwhelmed by Sir Elton's star power). I might mention Win of Arcade Fire, the guy in The National and the ones who write the words for Imagine Dragons, Muse, and War on Drugs, the guy(s) who wrote for the Temptations, Marvin Gaye.   And yes, I like Alanis Morissette's lyrics, if you can believe that. 
Looking at that list, I pretty much ran the gamut from simple to convoluted. 
Ric, you said Morrison.  Did you mean Morissey? 
Jim Stoner Added Nov 15, 2018 - 8:27pm
Roy Clark:  Which was he--"I'm a pickin'" or "I'm a grinnin'"?  Seems like he could do both.  I always liked that bit on Hee-Haw.  RIP. 
Les Paul--can't argue with his primacy in this list.  Chet Atkins, also. 
Ric Wells Added Nov 15, 2018 - 8:39pm
Jim no way on Morrisey. Jim Morrison. Doors  brilliant lyrics.
Michael B. Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:52pm
Here we go again. Everybody has their own "Hall of Fame". The stodgy old-timers sitting in judgment...again! lol
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:31am
Yep. And always the same names show up. I mean....The The was really good, but guitar ? And if you name The The, Jim. you might also add The Waterboys :-)
But I guess the whole thing is endless anyway. There's so many good musicians, but strictly off the charts of today. Basically it was always an industry.....before we had Leiber/Stoller, then Chinn/Chapman, Stock, Aitken, Waterman and now....who ? Rappers and Hiphoppers LOL
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:32am
....and for the ones who like Rock-Jazz: Frank Gambale. An Aussie who really had it too.
Ken Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:43am
brilliant lyrics.
lyrics a whole different story. Jimmy Buffett has songs that start to finish tell some of the most interesting stories ever.  I love Cheap Trick, but most of their lyrics make no sense. 
Rush, lyrically is one of the greatest bands ever - great guitar as well
Michael B. Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:47am
Fuck off Ken. You're WAY too much of an asshole to have an opinion here. Go listen to Stryper, lol.
Ken Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:56am
Huh? wow. where did that come from?  I seem to recall a Stryper song from about 20 years ago that had a nice melody and a beat (still remember those black and yellow zig zag clothes, don't recall song), but I would prefer something like Triumph.
Not sure why I am not allowed to have an opinion, been completely respectful of the topic
Mogg Tsur Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:16am
RE: opher goodwin - Had you merely posted, Here's my list of the electric guitarists I really, really, really like to listen to and left it at that you might have some credibility however then you leave yourself open to to people telling you your taste is all in your ass. If my posts bring you down, don't read them. 
Now that I've got your attention let me ask you, do you play guitar or any musical instrument? I ask because you said, I do not like guitarists because they are technically brilliant and I think a lot of musicians would tell you your playing will not be pleasing, interesting, evocative or inspiring unless you have the TECHNICAL skills to get out of your instrument all that is in it. Likewise, amateur musicians who fall victim to the plateau in learning to play will tell you that the main impediment to their progress is the failure to be able to handle the grinding, repetitious WORK it takes to develop your technical skills to the point where one can turn these skills into the music inside them.
You mention Jimi Hendrix who is a good example of a guitarist who for many used outrageous stunts to feign real genius. Especially for those who pondered the words of Andres Segovia who said an electric guitar is not really a musical instrument Hendrix' showmanship and the interplay between his guitar and amps/mics/etc. left us wondering if he was for real. Speaking for myself, it was only after years of playing guitar and finally making a breakthrough to understanding why some people (myself) play a guitar and others are guitarists that Hendrix' genius was confirmed and there can be no doubt about it, Hendrix played as he did because his technical skills facilitated his originality and interpretation to produce wonderful guitar music.
Now, there is nothing wrong with people who enjoy music on a more pedestrian level and I will be the first to suggest that an artist is entitled to credit for ANYTHING his audience derive from his work At the same time Free Speech allows YOU to frame your comments any damn way you please ... just don't expect me to pat you on the head and tell you what a great judge of talent you are.
Mogg Tsur Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:26am
Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges, Mark Knopfler, Doc Watson, and so many others, too numerous to name. Your own list is the only one that counts until you start talking about who is best and who is better. That disrespects musicians and implies that, according to you we don't need any of these if they are not on your list.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:01am
Nile Rodgers. As far as Rhythm guitar is concerned, this guy is Mr. Discofunk to me. And the influence he still has with his distinctive style lifts him out of the mass.
(Although I'm not too much into Disco LOL)
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:04am
Mogg - Now this is difficult because it is so subjective. I do not like guitarists because they are technically brilliant but purely on how good they sound to my ear.
I think I made it quite clear that this is my view - a very subjective view. There is no disrespect and certainly no putting down of anybody else's view.
Thanks for your contribution though Michael Hedges, Tommy Emanuel  and Doc Watson are acoustic and we were focussing on electric.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:06am
Good comment. After 40 years of playing guitar and trying to be only a quarter as good as Gary Moore for example (I was never able to play with a Plectrum….) I can sign that. The amount of work is amazing until one only arrives to play a clean barré chord :-)
I never had the energy to really do repetitions and learning scales. Just strummed along with any song that came on the radio. Of course now I can play solos blindly in any key, but as I said…..40 years. With discipline and maybe a teacher I'd have been able to do that after 5 years.
But that's ok LOL
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:07am
Mogg - unfortunately I do not have the skills to play an instrument. I would agree that a certain amount of proficiency is necessary but a lot of the guitarists I like are not superbly technically able while others who are technically able are boring. For me it is about their ability to express their passion. Particularly with electric.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:09am
Thanks for the tell, Mogg. 
You say that a musician needs to have the technical skills to get everything out of the instrument.   I think that, like the synthesizer, the electric guitar is so new that some of the potential of the instrument is yet to be realized.  That is, no one has all the technical skills possible with the instrument.  The best part of the listing was the diversity of skills that we recall and love.  No?
Stone-Eater:  I listed The The under the lyricists I favored.  The guitar lines were good (one album had Johnny Marr), but it was the composition, the layering of sound, that made the band's product special.  And the lyrics bit, hard and personal.  
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:17am
I've got to admit that as being a non-Anglophone I never had special interests in lyrics, because lyrics in German rock music were mostly insignificant, and when I was able to understand the lyrics of the first couple of Beatles' albums I thought, well, ok. Bullshit. Understanding that simple love stuff made me LESS like the songs. And then came stuff like "Lucy in the sky with diamonds"......oh well.
But I forgot Randy Newman. Ok, that's piano, not guitar, but his lyrics…
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:18am
OH ! Shame on me ! Forget Ben Folds ! First class piano, and to me that's George Carlin in music :-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:26am
Jim - Oh yes - how did I miss Elvis and Joni? I'd add Ian Dury too! Jim Morrison and Albert Lee. Did I put John Lennon in there?
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:26am
Ric - Yeah - Jim Morrison!
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:30am
Ric - Oh Yes - Les Paul! - RIP Roy Clark!
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:30am
Ken - thanks for your input.  No problems.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:31am
Michael - stop being such a grouch. Don't you have any favourites?
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:32am
What about Dick Dale? The sound of Surf! And Buddy Guy who inspired Hendrix?
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:36am
If you like great lyrics and superb guitar:
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 3:40am
Hm....I guess I'm too young for that LOL Almost puts me to sleep :-)))))
Flying Junior Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:14am
I guess you guys are all so happy you never get the blues.  I would add to the list...
Just about anything by B.B. King
And I was going to add Buddy Guy with Junior Wells circa about 1966.  But I see Opher beat me to the punch.  That's right.  Jimi's solo on Red House studio version is a tribute to Buddy Guy on the epic, Stormy Monday Blues.
Did anybody mention Chuck Berry and Keith Richards?  I still think Midnight Rambler is the baddest British Blues Rock ever recorded.  The riffs on the studio Sympathy for the Devil from Beggar's Banquet with the Mick Jagger piano chords.  Keith taught Jimmy Page every thing he knows!  Jumpin' Jack Flash and Satisfaction have the best rhythm parts.  But Whole Lotta Love is raw English guitar power.
Stateside, I'd say that John Fogerty is under-rated.  Keep on Chooglin'!

Flying Junior Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:20am
I know all of you Sabbath heads want to say Tony Iommi.  What he did was so simple and pure.  But nobody else could ever do it quite as well.
Of course being West Coast I heartily second and third Carlos Santana.  He made that Stratocaster sing like no one else.  Absolutely number one for melody making.  He blew the whole sound wide open.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:34am
Yep. Tony Iommi. That very first Black Sabbath song and THAT riff changed my life forever. My mother was almost killing me when I played that on max volume. WHAT IS THIS THAT STANDS BEFORE ME....Ozzy. Stephen King in music LOL
Flying Junior Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:49am
For me it was Lord of This World on the first album.   That slow rhythm part just sounded so good.  Right, it's like you're never the same.  I heard it on one of those little close and play record players like kids have in their rooms.

Ken Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:57am
 You mention Jimi Hendrix who is a good example of a guitarist who for many used outrageous stunts to feign real genius
did you know Jimi was left handed?  almost impossible to play guitar that way, especially in the 60's, had to restring guitars to e able to play.  He was an absolute genious
Ken Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:00am
Tony Iommi. That very first Black Sabbath song and THAT riff changed my life forever.
Randy Rhoads was found by Ozzy when he went solo, and probably one of the best technical guitarists ever, right up there with Clapton, Hendrix and others.
Many names are mentioned because the music is good, but not because the guitar is, it just fits in...I actually don't like most of songs Hendrix did, but I recognize how skillful he was with the guitar.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:06am
I actually don't like most of songs Hendrix did, but I recognize how skillful he was with the guitar.
Same here. …… there's quite some people who talk about Randy Rhoads. But to me (as with Alice Cooper), the original Sabbath lineout was best. It mostly is, as with Yes as well.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:12am
Hey Stone - The guy's younger than you!
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:13am
FJ - no I don't think Keith, Chuck or Tony had a mention. Nice.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:22am
Who ? Ken ? Sure. But Hendrix wasn't really my thing either. 4-5 songs, that's it. I mean, I started REALLY getting into music with two albums: "Killer" by Alice Cooper and "Hard Meat" by the same band - in 1971. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:23am
Ken - yes that left-handed playing was amazing. I have not seen anyone as exciting live. It was the sheer showmanship. He'd play the feedback, play it with his elbow or back of his hand and it sounded great - no gimmick.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:28am
Ollie Halsall was left-handed too. Too bad, no one knows him today. He also played Vibraphone and Piano pretty well.
A British band … ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:32am
….and here on guitar:
I mean that was 1972...
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:05am
I quite like Patto but they are not my favourites Stone.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:07am
Ken/Stone - I love just about everything Jimi did. I remember the first time I heard Hey Joe on the radio. It was so different it blew me away. Nobody had ever sounded quite like that.
Seeing him live was the most incredible thing. I only got to see him three times but they are seared in my head.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:16am
I never saw him - I was too young then and he never played in Switzerland. Like I said, Crosstown Traffic or Foxy Lady are cool. But there's a lot I think is not ourstanding, especially the Blues stuff which I think other Blues men were better at. But well, matter of taste...
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:23am
Stone - with music it all comes down to a matter of taste doesn't it? But that's not a bad thing. There's no wrong and right in taste.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:28am
Yep. It's like politics. Some love Hitler and others Gandhi. All a matter of taste LOL ;-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:41am
Err - not quite the same. A liking of fascists is not a matter of taste so much as a revealing of an obnoxious character.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 7:12am
Joke .... ;-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 7:30am
Koshersalaami Added Nov 16, 2018 - 10:37am
Glad you guys finally got to Fripp. Duane Allman. On slide, Bonnie Raitt. Betts is a good call. Brian May, who plays so well you forget Queen was usually an instrumental trio. Jan Ackerman of Focus - if you've seen this guy, you know why. Ritchie Blackmore. Lowell George. Frampton. On acoustic, Leo Kotke. Ralph Towner. Carlos Montoya. And, in terms of making strumming an art form, believe it or not Ian Anderson. Listen to some of the work on Thick as a Brick. 
Koshersalaami Added Nov 16, 2018 - 10:39am
On rhythm, Keith Richard. Period. 
Steel Breeze Added Nov 16, 2018 - 10:58am
some things i learned from a Hendrix biography, dont know how true they are; 1. he was lefthanded and played a righthanded guitar 'upside down.' producers would play a new jam for him and when it ended he would play it backwards note for note.
3.those were 'one take' days and producers said that no matter how many times they did a take it was way better each time till they'd stop him...
bottom line;guitar wizard...
Koshersalaami Added Nov 16, 2018 - 11:26am
Backwards note for note sounds a bit far fetched. The rest sounds likely. 
Cliff M. Added Nov 16, 2018 - 11:55am
As a past dead head I have to mention Jerry Garcia for his unique distinct style.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:02pm
Kosher - Jan Akkerman - yes. I just saw Focus play on Wednesday! Jan Akkerman wasn't with them but the new guitarist Menno Gootjes was phenomenal!
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:03pm
Steel - I've heard that too and I wouldn't put it past him to play note for note! He was phenomenal. Listening to him doodling and jamming in the studio is incredible.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:05pm
Cliff - why a past Deadhead? Last time I saw the vestiges of the Dead they were Furthur - just as good.
Cliff M. Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:12pm
Opher, Back when I was a kid The Grateful Dead rang supreme in the town I grew up.
Koshersalaami Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:14pm
Garcia was good
Koshersalaami Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:15pm
Actually, from a style and sound standpoint, Joe Walsh
Cliff M. Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:22pm
I had a chance to see the Eagles a couple of years ago and a sober Joe Walsh was the goods. So were the rest of that crew. Recently I saw Cheryl Crow and Eric Clapton playing Tulsa Time on utube. They also passed the lead around to a bunch of quality guitarist's who played the venue with them.Worth the watch.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:44pm
Cliff - I much preferred Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. They were still the best gig I ever went to.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:45pm
Kosher - yes Garcia was good. Walsh was OK too but not my favourite.
Ric Wells Added Nov 16, 2018 - 1:05pm
Don't know if he's been mentioned. Angus Young AC/DC. Raw power like Townsend.
Cliff M. Added Nov 16, 2018 - 1:51pm
How about Jorma Kaukonen from Hot Tuna and the original Jefferson Airplane. One of the best accoustic guitarist's I have seen and heard.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:12pm
KS:  I loved Thick as a Brick as a teen; played on 8-track continuous loop.  The Jethro Tull guitarist was Martin Barre, though, I think (maybe Ian on acoustic--was that what you meant?)  Talk about your concept albums--that was a weird one. 
Steel Breeze: 1.  Yes, Jimi played guitar 'upside down'.  Paul McCartney, too, on bass. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:27pm
Ric - I do like AC/DC.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:28pm
Cliff - Jefferson Airplane were one of my favourite groups.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:29pm
Jim - I used to see Jethro Tull quite a bit when they first started out - with Mick Abrahams on guitar. He did a mean Cat's Squirrel.
Ric Wells Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:31pm
Try playing blind like Jeff Healey or Jose Feliciano. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:52pm
Ric - yes that must be hard - like Blind Willie McTell or Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Ric Wells Added Nov 16, 2018 - 2:53pm
Ray Charles Stevie Wonder
John Minehan Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:04pm
Thanks for remembering the Blues guys, like Buddy Guy.
I's add B.B. King and (although not a virtuoso, vastly influential) Chuck Berry.
On the Rock and Roll side, I'd also add Link Ray.  
Ric Wells Added Nov 16, 2018 - 5:52pm
I might add the up and comer Joe Bonamassa. 
Mogg Tsur Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:50pm
RE: opher goodwin - I don’t know any guitarist who never picked up an electric unless they never got the chance. Changing your punctuation and the meaning of your comments? Man, that is really butthurt. You ask, how did I miss …? I think I can tell you, you need to back off your self important rhetoricality and do your research.
RE: Stone-Eater - (with a cc to opher goodwin) - I’m pretty convinced that native talent, that undefinable something that distinguishes, in this case a guitarist plays a role and in varying degrees on the end product. I’ve been banging my old Yamaha FG-180 for 40 years or so, too and have picked up other guit’s along the way. My hands were never big or flexible enough to make ‘the reach’ and I never had the dexterity for consistent travel up, down and across the neck or down around the sound hole but having heard guitarists with missing fingers and others play with their feet can’t really raise an excuse for my play. On the other hand, pun intended, more than one guitar hero has opined that as long as your playing brings value to your life, as long as your spirit and soul are touched when you make music the time you spend on the endeavor is a labor of love and worthwhile.
RE: Jim Stoner - I don’t think guitars of any variety have been around long enough for anyone to acquire ALL the skills necessary to realize the complete potential of the instrument. Statistically this is achievable except that there is a certain undefinable something that guitarists bring to their music that will fuel innovation and interpretation for longer than you or I are around to hear it. Consider this, the musical scale consists of only 7 notes and look at ALL the music made from them.
RE: Ken - If you are 12 years old or so I’ll apologize in advance but who doesn’t know Hendrix was left handed? And as for left handed guitars they have been around forever. Playing a ‘right handed’ guitar is only more difficult to the extent that most guitar instruction is and has been presented in the right hand playing position. You need to get a little more education under your hat before you start using words like impossible.
Mogg Tsur Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:54pm
My favorite whenever I read post like so many here that fly off the thread and pretend like they know something is Maryanne Faithfull for her interpretation and hair:
It is the evening of the day,
I sit and watch the children play-ay-ay-ay,
Doing things I used to do, 
They think are knew-oo,
I sit and watch as tears go by ...
Best sung flat and off key with with a nasal, feminine quality.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:57pm
Ric - it probably makes the ears more tuned in.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 6:58pm
John - we could even go to Hank Marvin and Duane Eddy. Both very influential.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 7:02pm
Well thank you Mogg - I refer you to Django Reinhardt.
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 7:12pm
Ric - check out Cedell Davis for a severely disabled guy who plays unique guitar.
Bill H. Added Nov 16, 2018 - 8:27pm
I'm old school and still go with Hendrix and Beck.
Logical Man Added Nov 16, 2018 - 9:12pm
Here is a remarkable guitar solo few have heard of.....
Eddie Hazel
Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
Definitely worth a listen.
Koshersalaami Added Nov 17, 2018 - 2:36am
Martin Barre was electric. The acoustic work on Thick as a Brick I’m reasonably sure was Anderson, and it’s more notable than the electric playing. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 3:50am
Bill - me too. I don't think anything has surpassed them.
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 3:51am
For those with Taste - there's the Irish maestro Rory Gallagher!
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 3:59am
Logical - Yes I loved that. First time I've heard it! I went and bought the album. Not the Funkadelic I've heard before.
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 4:00am
Kosher - at one time Tull were the biggest band on the planet. They seem to have been forgotten somewhat.
Koshersalaami Added Nov 17, 2018 - 9:01am
I don’t remember Tull ever being quite that big. And I don’t think, like a lot of bands, their later material is as noteworthy, at least that which I’ve heard. They had an unusually good first album. Standup is really well written, very original material with really good lyrics. I thought they were great until they passed Thick as a Brick. 
A lot of bands have most memorable early work, but they don’t usually have starts quite that strong. Yes’ Time and a Word isn’t particularly great, but the next three albums are really good, probably because Steve Howe showed up, then Bruford leaves and the difference is unfortunately way too obvious. The first few albums by Genesis had loads of potential but weren’t quite there until Selling England By The Pound, when they finally reached potential. One album later, Peter Gabriel left; they were still good, but I don’t think quite as good. 
I have to be careful here. Any second this could become about drummers, as any paragraph with Bruford and Collins is likely to do. Which is kind of funny for me because actually I’m mainly a keyboard player, though I’ve always listened to guitarists more. 
Ric Wells Added Nov 17, 2018 - 9:41am
Drummers IMHO
Gene Krupa 
Buddy Rich
Neil Pert
Keith Moon
Bass players
John Entwistle.
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 11:57am
Kosher - they were enormous in their day.
60 million albums worldwide,[2] with 11 gold and five platinum albums among them.[3] They have been described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive rock bands".[4]
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 11:58am
Ric - Keith Moon
Ginger Baker
Phil Seamens
opher goodwin Added Nov 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
John Entwhistle
Norman Watt-Roy
Jack Bruce
Paul McCartney
Logical Man Added Nov 17, 2018 - 1:22pm
I saw Taste a couple of times - Rory could certainly drive a guitar, played a bit of Sax too.
For all around musical ability Gentle Giant would be top of my list. What they could pull off live was hard to believe and totally unforgettable.
Ginger Baker has to be way up there for drums. Toad from wheels of fire is incredible.
Flying Junior Added Nov 17, 2018 - 10:58pm
You didn't enjoy Thick as a Brick?  I loved every second of it.  Aqualung was definitely not their old sound.  I think it best exemplified Anderson's incredible rough and ready rock sound on the flute better than the old stuff.  Locomotive Breath was about the slammin'est Jethro Tull rocker ever.  There was also very pleasant poetry such as Wondering Aloud.  Mother Goose was psychedelic nursery rhymes.  Benefit was fairly old.  That was the classic Tull sound.  Again, crazy about every song.  I guess I just dig that London sound.
You must have seen Tull live during the early days.  I saw him in San Diego in 1972 appearing with Steeleye Span.

opher goodwin Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:30am
Logical - yes I saw Ginger a few years ago with his jazz band. They were excellent. He signed my albums and gave me a drum stick! 
opher goodwin Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:33am
Logical - one of the best drum things I witnessed was a drum off between Ginger Baker and Phil Seamen at one of the festivals. They set two drum kits and played against each other - phenomenal.
opher goodwin Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:35am
FJ - I used to see them regularly back on the old Blues circuit and at festivals. I saw the festival where they broke. In those early days Ian wore a long coat and stood on one leg to play flute. He often played behind the amp. They were a great band - though not at all Blues.
opher goodwin Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:37am
Logical - Keith Moon was the best drummer to see live. He was not only brilliant on drums but great to watch. You couldn't take your eyes off him. I watched him in the studio and he was amazing - so technically brilliant.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 18, 2018 - 5:28am
Rico Pastorius
Stanley Clarke
Jojo Mayer
John Bonham
Robert Plant
Ian Gillan
Keith Jarrett
Keith Emerson
Koshersalaami Added Nov 18, 2018 - 9:56am
Jaco Pastorius, not Rico
The most technically proficient rock keyboard player I ever saw was Keith Emerson. I’m primarily a keyboard player and he’s the only guy I ever saw about whom I said “It doesn’t matter how much I practice, I won’t be able to do that.” Even right side up. (I saw the spinning piano bit without knowing about it beforehand and without being intoxicated, unlike the other 200,000 or so people at Charlotte Motor Speedway.) But not a guy I play like. For what I do, I’m more likely to emulate Chuck Leavell and Bill Payne. And just a little Floyd Cramer. I was up late one night and a K-Tel ad came on for a Floyd Cramer collection and they played three or four minutes of ten second samples. At one point it suddenly clicked as to what he was doing. It really helped because he has a lot of influence on later players.
You misread me. I love Thick as a Brick. I think it’s their last great album. It contains the best acoustic guitar strumming I know anywhere.