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Old 07-03-2007, 09:57 PM   #46
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The fact that Hendrix died at 27, and is still so highly regarded, speaks volumes about his talent.
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The fact that Hendrix died at 27, and is still so highly regarded, speaks volumes about his talent.
He was incredibly talented, there's no doubt.

But there's also no doubt that almost every artist who dies tragically or before their time is deified to almost everyone.

John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain

There's no doubt that the first four are extremely talented as well, but it gets a little annoying you know?
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And Hendrix wasn't? Hahahahaha that dude was probably stoned out of his mind 95% of the time anyway on stage.

Any guitarist for Funkadelic could do what Hendrix did, and better. Listen to Maggot Brain sometime and feel your mind split open.
Well, we can put those Funkadelic guitarists ahead of Page too, then
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:21 PM   #49
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He was incredibly talented, there's no doubt.

But there's also no doubt that almost every artist who dies tragically or before their time is deified to almost everyone.

John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain

There's no doubt that the first four are extremely talented as well, but it gets a little annoying you know?
No, I definitely see that Hendrix burned out in a blaze of glory, while Page lived on, and had the trials and tribulations of a long career. In many ways, it's the latter road that's the most impressive...the ability to live on. Who knows what Hendrix might have accomplished? I think people are always fascinated by the 'what if?' factor...it's tantalizing.

Since I don't play, I can't comment at all about Jimi vs Jimmy, when it comes to technical ability. Just looking in from afar, it seems like Hendrix set such a standard that it still resonates today...but I don't know how you measure that against peers who are equally accomplished. Art is a hard thing to quantify.
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No, I definitely see that Hendrix burned out in a blaze of glory, while Page lived on, and had the trials and tribulations of a long career. In many ways, it's the latter road that's the most impressive...the ability to live on. Who knows what Hendrix might have accomplished? I think people are always fascinated by the 'what if?' factor...it's tantalizing.
You're 100% right, it's hard to gauge that "what if" scenario, the classic McCartney vs. Lennon debate comes to mind almost immediately.

But comparing subjective tastes is what makes the world go round
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But comparing subjective tastes is what makes the world go round
Damn straight!

*cough* Lennon...
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If I had to listen to one of them just go off on a guitar, I'd much rather listen to Hendrix. You would have no idea where he could take the guitar. It's amazing the variety of guitar players that mention him as an influence.

If I wanted to listen to one of them play actual "songs", Page was probably the greatest guitarist as musician in rocks history. When Led Zeppelin put out an album, you had no idea where he was taking them.

I think Page was the bigger influence on the genre, but Jimi was a bigger influence on individuals.
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I'd vote Hendrix. Hendrix also sang as well as played at the same time. I don't see how Page improvised any more or any better than Hendrix. Page's one advantage over Hendrix (outside of the macabre benefits from dying in one's prime) was that Page was able to develop his style and music over a longer period of time thus basically IMO do more than Jimi could have.

Jeff Beck rules over all guitar gods of the 60s and early 70s.
Jimi died when he was supposed to with the path he chose. I believe the last years of the 60's were owned by jimi and when they died he died with them. he was never meant to be a part of the seventies. He gave birth to the seventies, got them walking and continued on starsailing. The jesus of rock and roll/music, there was before jimi/after jimi. It's not even debatable.
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Seems like it's being debated, though. Funny, that.
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I'm guessing if you asked every guitar player mentioned so far in this thread who they would choose, Jimi would win in a landslide. I'd pick Jimi because he was the blueprint and totally original.
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Comparing musicians to biblical figures

Can Lennon be Vishnu?
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Clearly Chris Martin is God.
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Clearly Chris Martin is God.
False, that would be Stephon Marbury. HE'S A DAMN POINT GUARD!
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Page was a better song writer. Jimi was a better guitarist.
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Page was a better song writer. Jimi was a better guitarist.
Wrong.

I think what it really comes down to in this debate is what kind of music you're into. I've never been into the whole "hard rock" thing, and Zeppelin's music has never really appealed to me all that much outside of a few (now vastly overplayed) songs. Jimi was all about psychadelia, which I'm totally into. Also, I think Jimi put a certain amount of elegance/soul into most of his music which is mostly absent in Page's stuff. Not to say that Page couldn't be soulful/elegant, but he'd never write anything like "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)," "Voodoo Chile," or "Castles Made of Sand" (or "Little Wing," etc., etc.).

They were both very talented technical guitar players. It's really something that comes down to personal preference like Pepsi or Coke.





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