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Jeff, Eric or Jimmy?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by TeleBluesMan, Oct 13, 2020.

Choose one: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page?

  1. Jeff Beck

    73 vote(s)
    48.3%
  2. Eric Clapton

    37 vote(s)
    24.5%
  3. Jimmy Page

    41 vote(s)
    27.2%
  1. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

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    I can't choose between Clapton and Page. JP may just edge it for his acoustic playing and lead work but Eric's earlier stuff is stunning.

    I can see that JB is an incredibly good guitarist but I never really get his music.
     
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  2. MatsEriksson

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    No "more than one choice is possible" ? I'd choose all three. Page for his "visionary" helicopter view of production with lots of 3 dimensional layers, of overdubs of guitars, as well as cunning "off-time-signature" riffs. More soundscape oriented guy (think "10 years gone"). Sound, timbre oriented. Layer oriented. But hasn't really released that much new material, compared to the other two. Also a person that is heavily reliant on others contributing to his material.

    Clapton, for his songwriting skills. He's left the guitar-hero or guitar-trailblazer behind him long ago. He wanted to stay in the "Americana" kind of music, and just play straight up-and down singer-songwriter songs. Derek and the Dominoes, Bramlett & friends, The Band, etc etc was his kind of music. It was a long time ago he did have any impact on the guitar playing world. Frankly he hasn't done anything that sounded "new and fresh" since Cream years, and I think he's mellowed down to some mere kind of "Elevator blues" kind of muzak. Two songs in, it's a snorefest for me. All the drama and build ups, and excitement is gone. Songs that hotel lounge bands plays.

    Beck, yes, he dared to try new paths formerly untraveled. Way more experimental, and daring than any of the other two combined. His command of the whammy bar has still to be topped. A sound of his own. He DO have problem with material, and is best heard when he's guesting on other peoples albums. He's not that great a songwriter. He dabbled with clubby material when house and dance was in vouge, and managed quite well. Still, he has notes that I don't have on my guitar, I am pretty sure about that! o_O:D

    So, I chose all three:
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  3. fasthand

    fasthand TDPRI Member

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    Jimmy Page has been my biggest influence as a guitar player for the last 52 years.
    I was 10 when the first Zeppelin album came out.
    my uncle Mark who was 5 years my senior introduced me to much of the music that I still love today.
    many have been an influence but only Page has been the constant
     
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  4. Weazel

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    Jeff Beck.

    Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton bore me beyond belief.
    Really.
     
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  5. Twang Deluxe

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    I would choose Robbie Robertson
     
  6. WingedWords

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    And Richard Thompson.
     
  7. Guitardvark

    Guitardvark Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    #1 Eric has done it all and then he did it again.
    Guy has played with everyone a few times.
    Made a lot of money for musicians who otherwise would not have made much at all if not for Eric.
    Started Crossroads treatment clinic and has donated millions and millions of dollars of his guitars and time to benevolent human causes.

    Hard to top the big picture of Eric Clapton no matter how much you love Beck or Jimi.
     
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  8. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I am fond of all three gentlemen, but in all my years of watching interviews of them, Jeff Beck always strikes me as the most approachable and down to earth.

    The fact that he's a car guy, and loves working on/tuning his own vintage street sleds, well that seals the deal for me.

    :)

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  9. Gene O.

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    I don't think I ever heard this before and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. Only Jeff Beck would play Puccini at the Crossroads Guitar Festival... and, I might add, that is an awfully big and dramatic sound coming from a 4-piece band.
     
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    Which former Yardbirds guitarist is best imitated by Joe B?
     
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    Eric and Jimmy are both on the record as saying that Jeff is clearly the better guitar player. I defer to their expertise.
     
  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Thanks for this!
    I could not have stated it better.
    I greatly admire artists like George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, and Jon Bon Jovi who “give back”.
    It ain’t always “Me, Me, Me” with them.
    Bless them!
     
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    I'm transactional.

    I cut a deal with Jeff: I'm voting for him, and in exchange he's agreed not to sing for six weeks.

    :^)
     
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  15. guitarswheelies

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    I saw Rory Gallagher. He was great. Hendrix said that he was one of the greats.

    Jimi Page said that Beck was probably the best when he was playing at his absolute best. Otherwise he thought Hendrix was the best.

    I think Clapton was shattered when he saw how good Hendrix was. Townsend was saying that in a wild moment during a live Hendrix solo both him and Clapton were just awestruck.
     
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    Clapton gets my vote, because he never has appalling lapses of taste.
     
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    I'm sorry, who?
     
  18. chris m.

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    Jimmy Page for me. Like Keith Richards, his "sloppiness" is part of what makes his guitar playing so distinctive and musical, IMO. I do love the Jeff Beck album, "Wired", but overall his music just doesn't move me like the best of Led Zep. But everyone has their own taste.

    Guitar players tend to focus on lead playing so much. IMO to a fault. I have lots of rhythm guitar heroes, too. And in many respects I think Jimmy Page might be the best rhythm player of the three in terms of what he chooses to write and play. For example, he uses drop D and open tunings to create really iconic sounding rhythms, and to my knowledge I'm not aware of either JB or Clapton doing that to any significant degree.

    Here's a huge rhythm guitar hero for me-- Nile Rodgers-- bass and guitar are totally impeccable on this track:

     
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    I'd have to go Clapton.
     
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  20. schmee

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    I like this, I'll go with it.
    As far as most listening over the years, I guess I'd have to go with EC.
     
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