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Old 01-05-2005, 12:51 PM   #1
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Edge invented "The edge" sound???

Edge is a genius of composition, but I think that "the edge" sound (the one we hear and love in songs like Streets, Crumble, etc) was invented by David Gilmour.

You can hear it clearly in songs like The Wall part 2, Echoes, and Run like Hell...

What are your thoughts about this?

BTW, I absolutely love U2
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I love U2 and Pink Floyd - they've been my two favourite bands for many years - and it was listening to the great David Gilmour that influenced me to start playing guitar myself.

I can hear some vague stylistic similarities, in certain songs, but I've never thought Gilmour and the Edge sound particularly alike. I could certainly never confuse the two. The only time I thought "hang on... this sounds a bit like..." is during Pink Floyd's Take It Back, at which point Gilmour sounds more like The Edge than vice versa!!!
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I love U2 and Pink Floyd - they've been my two favourite bands for many years - and it was listening to the great David Gilmour that influenced me to start playing guitar myself.

I can hear some vague stylistic similarities, in certain songs, but I've never thought Gilmour and the Edge sound particularly alike. I could certainly never confuse the two. The only time I thought "hang on... this sounds a bit like..." is during Pink Floyd's Take It Back, at which point Gilmour sounds more like The Edge than vice versa!!!
Yeah, totally right.

The sound similar, not identical; and David Gilmour has never played fast (like steve vai, or some others) He plays slow, like Edge, more with the feeling, thats what i love about them (both edge and gilmour)
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Old 01-05-2005, 03:19 PM   #5
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well, I think you're basing that comparison on the delay sound.
but edge had more going than just the effect; it was the way he combined high chords and ringing harmonics with the delay as well as an absence of blues that created an original voice.
he also had some punk influence.
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That's exactly what I was thinking.
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Yes Edge always cites Tom Verlaine in interviews. I'm not aware of him mentioning Dave Gilmour, great though he is, as a major influence.
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Gilmour is way too much of a straight blues player compared to Edge. Both kick ass, but they're not that similar.
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I have to agree with the point about Gilmour, my fave guitarist besides Edge. See what I think makes them different is that Gilmour uses the bends and whatnot more selectively than Edge does...Edge seems to use those sounds as often as he can, which isn't bad but I believe that Gilmour gave him the foundation for that sound.
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I have to agree with the point about Gilmour, my fave guitarist besides Edge. See what I think makes them different is that Gilmour uses the bends and whatnot more selectively than Edge does...Edge seems to use those sounds as often as he can, which isn't bad but I believe that Gilmour gave him the foundation for that sound.
That makes a lot of sense.
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yeah, there are actually similitudes between gilmour's sound and edge's sound, but the way of playing is completely different, edge has an absolute style of his own, you recognise a u2 song after the first 2 seconds!
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Truthfully Edge has one of the most distinctive guitar sounds imo Gilmour and Edge although not being fast players most of the time, tend to install more dare I say feeling and thought into what they play than speed demons like Satriani et al
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Satriani plays with feeling... playing slow pentatonics does not = feeling.
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