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Old 09-22-2010, 10:19 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Prince is the GOAT, great on guitar, piano, bass, drums, no one does more. Paul Mcartney and Jimi Hendrix also have to get votes.

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Old 09-22-2010, 10:33 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Michael Jackson. The King of Pop!
Maybe not the greatest all around. But I do believe he was probably the best vocalist in Western Music.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:01 PM   #33 (permalink)
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He hasn't made a lot of music, nor has he really done much in the music scene in general. But Raul Midon is fascinating to me.

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Old 09-23-2010, 10:54 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I think there's too many dimensions to name. I mean, composition skill is a different arena than production skill is a different arena than performance skill.

I'll just try to judge on composition/influence since I feel it's infinitely more important than just being a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, and pick one of the many I think would be eligible:

How about... Miles Davis. Extremely prolific, extremely cutting edge at points, and an amazing jazz innovator. Not sure if it'd be a good choice but I'm trying to think outside the box a tad.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:21 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Maybe not the greatest all around. But I do believe he was probably the best vocalist in Western Music.
I agree that he's a good singer, but most of his performances and tours were all lip synched. I mean, his Dangerous tour was 90% lipped. I don't have a problem with this, because he compensates with dancing, as does Britney and a host of other pop icons. Only MJ seems to get a LOT less criticism for lipping than other artists do, and some people just seem to completely ignore that he's the pioneer of lip.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:30 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I agree that he's a good singer, but most of his performances and tours were all lip synched. I mean, his Dangerous tour was 90% lipped. I don't have a problem with this, because he compensates with dancing, as does Britney and a host of other pop icons. Only MJ seems to get a LOT less criticism for lipping than other artists do, and some people just seem to completely ignore that he's the pioneer of lip.
I wouldn't say 90%. He lip synced some of the more elaborate ones to focus on the choreography, but he sung a lot of his material live. From his studio sessions and outakes alone I'd say he had an amazing gift with his voice, so that he lip synced every now and then doesn't bother me either. He was as much a performer and a showman as a musician I suppose.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:34 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Tyondai Braxton is my choice. He's my avant-garde savior

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Old 09-23-2010, 03:07 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Tom Waits, without a doubt. That man is probably the most talented musician of all time. He's just so creative and experimental, it's great to hear the progression in his music. Plus he hasn't put out any terrible records in almost 40 years.

The second greatest all-round musician is imo Robert Pollard. I mean, he made over 1200 songs and alot of them are actually really, really good. Bee Thousand is imo still the best indie rock record along with Alien Lanes. His vocal melodies are amazing too. He's the Pop Zeus.
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Who would you say is the all around greatest musician of all time?


My vote is for Paul McCartney. First off, he's a phenomenal bassist and guitarist (listen to the bass on I Want You (She's So Heavy) and the guitar solo on Taxman, as well as the acoustic guitar on Blackbird). I'm not sure how good of a drummer he is, but still, he can drum. He's got one of the most versatile voices in the history of music (He recorded Long Tall Sally, I'm Down, and Yesterday) on the same day, and he recorded Yesterday last!

Also, he's arguably as good as mozart with melodies
McCartney couldn't hold a light to Jamerson as far as bass playing goes.
Not even close with No. 1's either.

If we're including classical music then Mozart wins hands down.
If we're not, then Earl Van Dyke tops the lot.

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Old 09-23-2010, 11:45 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Todd Rundgren.

Wikipedia Article On "Something/Anything"

"Rundgren played every instrument (as well as sang every vocal) on the first three sides of the double LP, while a band accompanies him on the fourth."

Wikipedia Article On "Hermit Of Mink Hollow"

"Todd Rundgren - Arranger, Instruments, Producer, Vocals."

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