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Thread started 06/06/16 4:03pm

GottaLetitgo

What do you think Prince was the GOAT of?

Still thinking legacy for Prince and no doubt he will be celebrated by future generations for many reasons. But when you have somebody with as many talents as Prince had, you wonder how many he could have been the greatest of all time of of he really wanted to. Did Prince's eclectic nature keep him from being the most celebrated in any one particular area but put him in the Top 5 or Top 10 of several. Of course, it is all subjective but is there one category that you think he stands out over all others that is fairly hard to dispute. I have difficulty with this myself. I think he is a Top 5 guitarist, Top 5 bassist, Top 5 songwriter. Certainly Top 5 live performer. Top 5 producer. Are there any of these categories that you think he should be recognized as absolutely number one (or any other categories you can think of)?

All good things they say never last...
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Reply #1 posted 06/06/16 4:08pm

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GottaLetitgo said:

Still thinking legacy for Prince and no doubt he will be celebrated by future generations for many reasons. But when you have somebody with as many talents as Prince had, you wonder how many he could have been the greatest of all time of of he really wanted to. Did Prince's eclectic nature keep him from being the most celebrated in any one particular area but put him in the Top 5 or Top 10 of several. Of course, it is all subjective but is there one category that you think he stands out over all others that is fairly hard to dispute. I have difficulty with this myself. I think he is a Top 5 guitarist, Top 5 bassist, Top 5 songwriter. Certainly Top 5 live performer. Top 5 producer. Are there any of these categories that you think he should be recognized as absolutely number one (or any other categories you can think of)?




EVERYTHING fro

I would include piano and dancing. I think these two are often overlooked because you're right. He's amazing at SO MUCH.

Let's just say he was the GOAT of music =]
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Reply #2 posted 06/06/16 4:13pm

DoItAllNight4U

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Prince was just GOAT.

No explanation needed. Just like there's the "King" and the "Queen", Prince is GOAT.

"I was here in the beginning and I'll be here forever more"
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Reply #3 posted 06/06/16 4:15pm

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MOST COMPLETE ARTIST OF ALL TIME

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Reply #4 posted 06/06/16 5:01pm

GottaLetitgo

Movie soundtracks, he is the GOAT of that. Kenny Loggins maybe a close second.

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Reply #5 posted 06/06/16 5:03pm

stringerbell

GOAT live performer, hands down
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Reply #6 posted 06/06/16 5:13pm

homesquid

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Actually, nothing in particular (onless you could sabotaging your own career commercially). But what made him one of the GOAT was the whole package.

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Reply #7 posted 06/06/16 5:15pm

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To me prince was the most complete artist and most gifted musician of all time. yes


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Reply #8 posted 06/06/16 5:16pm

farnorth

GOAT musical maverick.

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Reply #9 posted 06/06/16 5:25pm

MarkThrust

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GOAT...at succeeding on his own terms.

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Reply #10 posted 06/06/16 5:30pm

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Reply #11 posted 06/06/16 5:36pm

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The greatest all rounder, no doubt. Whatever instrument i saw him on, Guitar, Bass, keys etc, just a masterclass all the way. The sound and the written song is the most important thing when it comes to music for me. I love visual stuff too, but it's secondary, only a bonus. Turns out he was pretty good at that too.

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Reply #12 posted 06/06/16 5:56pm

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XxAxX said:

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #13 posted 06/06/16 7:31pm

maplesyrupnjam

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Live performer. James Brown and Springsteen come close, but fall short.

No one has ever commanded a stage like P. He was electrifying and ethereal in equal measure.

Added to all his other gifts, he's the greatest all rounder ever.
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Reply #14 posted 06/06/16 7:38pm

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Being a badass even after he sought religion. Hence the nickname "His Royal Badness. The artistry, walk ,look and even his talk was funky. He stood up for what he believed in standing up for himself and other artist for their rights.
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Reply #15 posted 06/06/16 7:51pm

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HeavenMustBNear said:

GottaLetitgo said:

Still thinking legacy for Prince and no doubt he will be celebrated by future generations for many reasons. But when you have somebody with as many talents as Prince had, you wonder how many he could have been the greatest of all time of of he really wanted to. Did Prince's eclectic nature keep him from being the most celebrated in any one particular area but put him in the Top 5 or Top 10 of several. Of course, it is all subjective but is there one category that you think he stands out over all others that is fairly hard to dispute. I have difficulty with this myself. I think he is a Top 5 guitarist, Top 5 bassist, Top 5 songwriter. Certainly Top 5 live performer. Top 5 producer. Are there any of these categories that you think he should be recognized as absolutely number one (or any other categories you can think of)?


Top 5?! Name 5 better

EVERYTHING :fro:

I would include piano and dancing. I think these two are often overlooked because you're right. He's amazing at SO MUCH.

Let's just say he was the GOAT of music =]
[Edited 6/6/16 16:08pm]
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Reply #16 posted 06/06/16 9:01pm

PeteSilas

I have said this 3 or 4 times on here, I compare him to boxer Sugar Ray Robinson who had everything in spades but he wasn't the best at any one thing, but he was so good at so many that for the last 50 years he's been regarded as the best "pound for pound" fighter ever, which means that if you could make all fighters one weight class, he'd be better than anyone. Prince was that, just so good at so many things that the cumulative effect is him being better than everyone else. Just put anyone up against him and there will be one or more things that they cannot do nearly as well. he was also just a freak of nature, a force of nature, he worked his ass off, harder than anyone, even james Brown. Elvis was prolific but Prince has so much music he "makes elvis look like a piker" in alan leeds' words. So, there were some people who could play guitar or sing better but that was maybe all they could do better because that's all they did. No one beats him when you add everything together. Now, if you argue different things like who was the most original or influential, that's a different arguement.

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Reply #17 posted 06/06/16 9:09pm

sro100

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Being The Artist.

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Reply #18 posted 06/06/16 9:24pm

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greatest recording artist EVER. the omega artist. there will never be another

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Reply #19 posted 06/07/16 1:16am

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Everything. I can't split his talents up. They were intertwined in that beautiful package called his body. I was in awe of everything he did.
Thank you Prince for every note you left behind 💜
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Reply #20 posted 06/07/16 8:05am

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ALLLLLL OF IT!!!! & the prettiest too!! batting eyes

heart prince I never met you, but I LOVE you & I will forever!! Thank you for being YOU - my little Princey, the best to EVER do it prince heart
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Reply #21 posted 06/07/16 8:11am

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Since art is subjective, it's hard to say "greatest" in my opinion. I think he was the greatest guitarist, for example, but I'm sure plenty of Hendrix, Page, and SRV fans would disagree. And none of us would be wrong, either.

But in my opinion, Prince was the greatest I ever saw or heard at:

-Songwriting
-Guitarist
-Vocalist
-Promoter
-Live Performer
-Fashion
-Innovator
-Professionalism on stage
-Vision
-Working with protegees

I think he could have been the greatest I ever saw or heard at anything he really put his mind to. I wanted to say he was the greatest dancer, but I can't put him ahead of Michael Jackson. And he may have been the greatest bass player, I'm not sure. I am sure, however, that if he had put in a year at just playing bass, or drums for that matter, that he would have definitely been better than anyone I ever saw or heard at those instruments, too.

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Reply #22 posted 06/07/16 8:15am

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purplethunder3121 said:

XxAxX said:

eek eek eek falloff is that ?? eyepop lol lol lol lol oh my.

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Reply #23 posted 06/07/16 8:28am

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I don't know if I could say he was THE BEST at any particular instrument or that he was THE BEST singer but he was brilliant at playing all the instruments he played and he was a fantastic singer.

There are two things that I do think he was best at though. Crafting songs and live performances. I said above that he may not have been the best at any one particular element of making music but he could play guitar better than any of the best singers and he could sing better than the best guitarists. Overall, I think he was the best and that shows through in songs like When Doves Cry, Computer Blue, Sign o the Times etc. My top 10 favourite songs of all time probably contains maybe 8 Prince songs.
And in terms of live performances, I don't think anybody has ever done it better. I'm a lifelong Michael Jackson fan and a Springsteen groupie and even they can't match what Prince did on stage.
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Reply #24 posted 06/07/16 8:56am

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The most versatile artist of all time, being better at some things than others but overall excelling at practically everything he could do musically. Prince wasn't the GOAT at all he could do but that's not what being versatile means.
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Reply #25 posted 06/07/16 9:11am

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purplethunder3121 said:



XxAxX said:







Goat Off!
23 positions with a one night ram...
Goat Off!
I'll only call ewe after if ewe say I can…
Goat Off!
Let a nanny be a nanny
…and a ram be a ram
Goat Off!
If you want too baby here I am





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Reply #26 posted 06/07/16 9:14am

XxAxX

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^ spit falloff lol lol lol lol lol

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Reply #27 posted 06/07/16 10:33am

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BombFunk said:

To me prince was the most complete artist and most gifted musician of all time. yes

preach.

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Reply #28 posted 06/07/16 10:44am

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XxAxX said:

purplethunder3121 said:

eek eek eek falloff is that ?? eyepop lol lol lol lol oh my.

[Edited 6/7/16 8:20am]

There are some goats apparently that have this weird freezing reaction and they go all stiff for a few minutes... eek lol

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #29 posted 06/07/16 10:46am

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Junglehop said:

purplethunder3121 said:

Goat Off! 23 positions with a one night ram... Goat Off! I'll only call ewe after if ewe say I can… Goat Off! Let a nanny be a nanny …and a ram be a ram Goat Off! If you want too baby here I am . [Edited 6/7/16 9:14am] [Edited 6/7/16 10:00am]

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