Best musician ever?

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    May 09, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    Paul McCartney. He actually plays instruments (unlike most of the "artists" now). Piano, guitar, and drums. Oh, and he wrote a few songs that you may have heard.
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    May 09, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    Piano, guitar and drums? ...sounds like EVERY rock musician or anyone that is in the music industry!
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    May 09, 2010 8:18 PM GMT
    Didn't he play in a band a long time ago? I think it was named after some creepy crawly exoskeleton insect or something. That was back when the earth's crust was cooling, so I'm sure not many people remember anymore; but that's what I heard.
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    May 09, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    jeffrey lewis best all around musician
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    May 09, 2010 8:25 PM GMT
    'Just patiently waiting to be thoroughly amused.
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    May 09, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    Glenn Gould, check him out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Gould
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    May 09, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    what about Leonard Bernstein, Prince, Lady Gaga...

    Meanwhile, yes, Paul McCartney is extraordinary
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    May 09, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    was sorta kidding about Gaga
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    May 09, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2010 10:08 PM GMT
    I have always been a big Prince fan. He can do most of it himself. He’s a virtuoso on the guitar and piano. He writes a damned good tune too. He has been chugging away at his craft for 35 years.

    But best ever…?

    Mozart? Beethoven?

    I like Chopin. He made a piano sound like an orchestra. Some of his pieces are unbelievable.

    There are too many to name.
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    May 10, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    lady gaga i would count as a musical genius i don't know why you would discredit her at all on that. she was accepted to Julliard a year earlier than most people are, she also was a piano prodigy, her lyrics and her songs are all her. she isn't autotuned (unless its for electric effect) and many of her songs chord structures are insanely sophisticated...

    she also performs lots of her songs acoustically and with different piano music behind the songs. she may not be the best ever but she definitely could be there by the end of her career.
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    May 10, 2010 12:19 PM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidPaul McCartney. He actually plays instruments (unlike most of the "artists" now). Piano, guitar, and drums. Oh, and he wrote a few songs that you may have heard.


    I concur! McCartney is arguably one of the best bass players ever...iirc: he and stevie wonder are the only musicians ever to release album where they played all the instruments themselves ("songs in the key of life", "...secret life of plants", "McCartney", and "McCartney II")
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    May 10, 2010 12:26 PM GMT
    For popular music: STEVIE WONDER.

    Great singer, great keyboardist, great harmonica player, incredible songwriter. His music reaches across generational, racial, and even genre lines.
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    May 10, 2010 12:27 PM GMT
    n8698u said

    But best ever…?

    Mozart? Beethoven?

    I like Chopin. He made a piano sound like an orchestra. Some of his pieces are unbelievable.

    There are too many to name.


    My thoughts exactly. What happened to musicians before the 20th century in this thread?
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    May 10, 2010 12:36 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    n8698u said

    But best ever…?

    Mozart? Beethoven?

    I like Chopin. He made a piano sound like an orchestra. Some of his pieces are unbelievable.

    There are too many to name.


    My thoughts exactly. What happened to musicians before the 20th century in this thread?


    Ah...in that category I'd have ta say: Antonin Dvorak, Francis Poulenc, and my favorite: Erik Satie ....oh, and honorable mention to: Henry Cowell and Aaron Copeland
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    May 10, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
    I'm gonna have to go with Prince on this one. Not only does he write his own songs and play most (if not all) the instruments on his recordings he also self-produces them through the musical label he founded. So pretty much he does it all which is hard to say about most musicians. Especially pop musicians.
    On top of that he is still one hell of an entertainer. His music has inspired people of all generations, and will continue to do so for many more to come.

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    May 10, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    n8698u said

    But best ever…?

    Mozart? Beethoven?

    I like Chopin. He made a piano sound like an orchestra. Some of his pieces are unbelievable.

    There are too many to name.


    My thoughts exactly. What happened to musicians before the 20th century in this thread?


    The OP and some of the earlier posters seemed focused on 20th-century popular Western music. It made sense to keep the discussion within that context.

    Including music from earlier periods might make for a more difficult conversation. How do you compare Handel and Mozart to, say, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney? What criteria would you use? Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney are both singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. But Handel and Mozart made their careers are composers and keyboardists. They weren't acclaimed singers.
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    May 10, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    Bach is best for me, followed by Beethoven,for their capacity to reach the (my?) soul.

    A little behind: Rachmaninoff, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky.

    Closer: Philip Glass, John Adams (listen to the transmigration of the souls, composed for 9/11 victims).

    Peter Gabriel, the Who, Pink Floyd are perfect for an old guy like me.
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    May 10, 2010 1:55 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Can't pick the best, can't even pick the fave, but recently I've discovered Jerry Goldsmith - mind-blowing icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 10, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    Dtimshell saidEddie Van Halen icon_cool.gif


    Heh.


    I'm gonna say the greatest musicians of all time is probably either a jazz or classical artist. Those seem to be the most complex and technically difficult types of music to play.




    I would say Paul McCartney might be the best pop musician.

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    May 10, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    RPMSoccer saidwhat about Leonard Bernstein, Prince, Lady Gaga...

    Meanwhile, yes, Paul McCartney is extraordinary


    How the fuck does Lada Gaga ,make this list? And how do any of them belong next to Bernstein?
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    May 10, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    dashdashdash saidGlenn Gould, check him out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Gould

    "His maternal grandfather was a cousin of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg."

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    May 10, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    Bach
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    May 10, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    Delivis saidBach


    Hands down.
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    May 10, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent said
    Bunjamon said
    n8698u said

    But best ever…?

    Mozart? Beethoven?

    I like Chopin. He made a piano sound like an orchestra. Some of his pieces are unbelievable.

    There are too many to name.


    My thoughts exactly. What happened to musicians before the 20th century in this thread?


    The OP and some of the earlier posters seemed focused on 20th-century popular Western music. It made sense to keep the discussion within that context.

    Including music from earlier periods might make for a more difficult conversation. How do you compare Handel and Mozart to, say, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney? What criteria would you use? Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney are both singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. But Handel and Mozart made their careers are composers and keyboardists. They weren't acclaimed singers.



    But they were also proficient violinists.