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Thread started 07/08/10 12:13pm

Alamine

So What did you think of that damn Harmonica?

I was waiting for prince to pull out his fiddle, and start square dancing with a straw hat

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Reply #1 posted 07/08/10 12:21pm

chickenman

Alamine said:

I was waiting for prince to pull out his fiddle, and start square dancing with a straw hat

Or at least bust out a strat and get a little country like at the end of the Muppets episode her was on!

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Reply #2 posted 07/08/10 12:22pm

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Alamine said:

I was waiting for prince to pull out his fiddle, and start square dancing with a straw hat

I really hate that guy. He ruined the Lotusflow3r performances on Leno. He is a big hot dog - like he is playing a real instrument. Prince lets him solo 4 some reason. If he hurries, he can catch the outbound bus that Tamar is on - I can only hope.

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Reply #3 posted 07/08/10 12:23pm

rbrpm

HEE HAW!lol

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Reply #4 posted 07/08/10 12:30pm

RumAndRaisin

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this is soo old, he's been in the band since october 2008

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Reply #5 posted 07/08/10 12:38pm

Giovanni777

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In answering your question... I LOVE it.

LOVE it.

Prince obviously likes the energy he brings 2 his instrument, which is high energy.

He raised the roof on "Ol Skool Company" on Leno, as Prince did.

I appreciate high energy, passionate players... like Shiela E, as a great example.

"He's a musician's musician..."
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Reply #6 posted 07/08/10 12:40pm

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PFUfansites said:

He is a big hot dog

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Reply #7 posted 07/08/10 1:03pm

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I hated him at the Conga Room gig last year & hate him now. Almost as bad as John Popper. He looked like he was going to eat it most of the time.

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Reply #8 posted 07/08/10 1:19pm

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I'm really not into the dude lol But that's just me lol I think he needs to leave this to Stevie.

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Reply #9 posted 07/08/10 1:26pm

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So What did you think of that damn Harmonica?

"damn Harmonica"???

I LOVE IT.... real music by real musicians..... biggrin

[Edited 7/8/10 13:26pm]

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Reply #10 posted 07/08/10 1:31pm

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I pretty much loathe most harmonica.

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Reply #11 posted 07/08/10 1:49pm

Thibaut

I saw the dude live palying with stevie on boog on reggae woman and it was awesome so I'm interested to see what he'll do with prince

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Reply #12 posted 07/08/10 2:05pm

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Dude is very very tall. Prince made sure he was far away so as not to look any shorter than he already is giggle

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Reply #13 posted 07/08/10 3:41pm

vitriol

I usually love harmonica as played by Stevie Wonder or Toots Thielemans.

But I can't bear this Yonnet guy. He can't stay silent for a couple of seconds, he doesn't play PHRASES, he just blows and blows and blows.

Boring and tiring to my taste.

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Reply #14 posted 07/08/10 3:43pm

vitriol

...and he's the most contrary thing to VERSATILE.

Whatever he's playing over, regardless of the type of track, he's always playing the same.

Just spitting tasteless notes that go nowhere.

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Reply #15 posted 07/08/10 3:43pm

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Farfunknugin said:

I hated him at the Conga Room gig last year & hate him now. Almost as bad as John Popper. He looked like he was going to eat it most of the time.

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Reply #16 posted 07/08/10 3:45pm

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vitriol said:

I usually love harmonica as played by Stevie Wonder or Toots Thielemans.

But I can't bear this Yonnet guy. He can't stay silent for a couple of seconds, he doesn't play PHRASES, he just blows and blows and blows.

Boring and tiring to my taste.

This is what so many crossover sax players like Mike Phillips (wo is no. 2 on my hated Prince sidemen list). The average person at a concert is impressed by long note and alot of playing - nuiance and phrasing is lost on them. That is why these kind of players get work - they hype up the lowest common denominator in the audience.

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Reply #17 posted 07/08/10 4:15pm

micknme

To me, harmonica just does not fit in/into/ or within Prince's music! And, I agree with nearly everyone here- the guy just does not impress me. Maybe he is ok playing certain types of music but the songs I have heard him play with Prince- just weak, added nothing and actually sounded like noise or a distraction to me. If Prince insists on giving this guy a chance, he should have him play on something more suitable, more bluesy type numbers like "Satisfied."

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Reply #18 posted 07/08/10 4:21pm

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micknme said:

To me, harmonica just does not fit in/into/ or within Prince's music! And, I agree with nearly everyone here- the guy just does not impress me. Maybe he is ok playing certain types of music but the songs I have heard him play with Prince- just weak, added nothing and actually sounded like noise or a distraction to me. If Prince insists on giving this guy a chance, he should have him play on something more suitable, more bluesy type numbers like "Satisfied."

I agree, he's talented but the harmonica just doesn't fit

Is he going to get the next solo for Purple Rain? or Guitar?

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Reply #19 posted 07/08/10 4:31pm

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Love Prince...Hate the harmonica!

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Reply #20 posted 07/15/10 12:50am

Gohi

vitriol said:

...and he's the most contrary thing to VERSATILE.

Whatever he's playing over, regardless of the type of track, he's always playing the same.

Just spitting tasteless notes that go nowhere.

YES. The stuff he plays sounds annoying as Hell. I can't believe people here like what this guy brings.

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Reply #21 posted 07/15/10 12:53am

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After seeing him live in Vienna, he's quite good. Not as annoying as people say.
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Reply #22 posted 07/15/10 6:07am

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What performances can we hear him play? I love Stevie's harmonica playing and its nice to see Prince pay homage and bring that into his music. cool

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Reply #23 posted 07/15/10 6:22am

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rbrpm said:

HEE HAW!lol

I'll Stamp that boot with ya...

Dip my hat over one eye with ya...

And grab a grass straw as I ease on down the road with ya...cool

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Reply #24 posted 07/15/10 7:20am

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I hate harmonicas. When I hear them, I feel like I'm out in a boring, lonely field in the hot ass sun listening to a damn train whistle off in the distance. lol

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Reply #25 posted 07/15/10 7:52am

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Hate that Harmonica, next he'll be having some one with an accordian or worse a eek purple Kazoo to go with that damn harmonica!

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Reply #26 posted 07/15/10 8:14am

nosajd

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Perfect... a thread for harmophobics. Just gotta complain about something...anything
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Reply #27 posted 07/15/10 8:50am

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Giovanni777 said:

In answering your question... I LOVE it.

LOVE it.

Prince obviously likes the energy he brings 2 his instrument, which is high energy.

He raised the roof on "Ol Skool Company" on Leno, as Prince did.

I appreciate high energy, passionate players... like Shiela E, as a great example.

Completely agree.

Frederic Yonnet is superb, and he brought bags of enthusiasm, drama and energy to the Arras show.

Harmonica works brilliantly as an alternative to a bigger horn section and fits brilliantly with Prince's music because it's so powerful, emotive and funky.

LOVE HARMONICA AND FREDERIC YONNET IS FANTASTIC.

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Reply #28 posted 07/15/10 9:46am

dandeeland

Hate it!!

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Reply #29 posted 07/15/10 9:58am

Shorty

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I'm not real familiar with this guy in particular but wow....lot's o hate for a great instrument.

geesh! and don't hate on the accordian too, ever heard of zydeco? it's great funky music with plenty of accordian.

open up

"not a fan" falloff yeah...ok
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