Originally Posted by PigeonMurderer
Weird and interesting thread, especially with the poll-list like that....
It's true, so many different genres represented. Instinct is to choose one's favorite, which I did.
It all depends on what the bar for greatness is-- innovation, popularity, longevity, pure talent (in which case Rush is a glaring omission
.) Of course it's all very subjective, and lots of people, myself included, don't know enough about technical precision to judge who is better at their instrument. Someone on one of the local radio stations claimed the drummer for Toto is one of the best because of his technical ability, which leads me to another question-- is the band as great as the sum of its parts? Like, nobody's going to argue that John Bonham and John Paul Jones were better drummers/bassists than Keith Moon and John Entwistle, but most people will say that Led Zeppelin is the better band (and if you are one who thinks otherwise, I'd love to hear your reasons why!
) So then, what makes a band? What takes it over the top? The lead vocals? Lead guitar? Amazing chemistry? (The Who, fwiw, is my #2 fave. Rush is #3.)
I think it would be interesting to discuss the greatest musician out of different genres.
On the other hand, on the other greatest band thread, we were challenged to name a musician greater than the Beatles and provide why, and PaulSC simply wrote, "J.S. Bach." And I believe he's right. Who can compete with the complexity and sheer beauty, in all history? Mozart? Beethoven? No one else comes close (bless Felix Mendelssohn for trying...
I love talking about this kind of thing, even though I don't know much!