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Reply #30 posted 07/12/17 6:53am

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They've all been mentioned already, but I'd have to include "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad," and "777-9311."

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Reply #31 posted 07/12/17 6:57am

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They've all been mentioned already, but I'd have to include "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad," and "777-9311."



I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man is amazing. And I love the slowed down 3EG version too (though I'd prefer Prince doing the solo instead of Donna).
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Reply #32 posted 07/12/17 8:13pm

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Yea, the live version of Empty Room @ Montreux is god damn spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing, guitar-ballet righteousness, list-making peoples.

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Reply #33 posted 07/12/17 9:55pm

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Reply #34 posted 07/13/17 2:18pm

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Habibi and The War. Although known to most fans I'm sure, they are worth mentioning.

Habibi was Hendrix like even down to the Machine Gun lyrical interpolation in the song.

The War was a slow build up, but when he opens up on that Solo, it's freaky, funky, and just out of this world.

Honorary mention-Just my Imagination
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Reply #35 posted 07/13/17 3:32pm

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Where the heck is The Ride?

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Reply #36 posted 07/13/17 3:56pm

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Genesia said:

Where the heck is The Ride?


#14.
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Reply #37 posted 07/14/17 9:01am

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I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man... I love that guitar solo!

Absolutely - it's transcendent!

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Reply #38 posted 07/14/17 9:18am

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What about "Get It Up" off of the 1st Time Album? To my understanding that's a Prince Solo.

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Reply #39 posted 07/14/17 11:06am

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Where the heck is The Ride?

The Undertaker bootleg... holy moly!

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Reply #40 posted 07/14/17 12:47pm

RJOrion

Adonis & Bathsheba

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Reply #41 posted 07/14/17 4:19pm

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Adonis & Bathsheba


Oh, my own private Jughead.

I know, I'm a sinner I am told.


The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #42 posted 07/14/17 7:08pm

RJOrion

bonatoc said:

RJOrion said:

Adonis & Bathsheba


Oh, my own private Jughead.

I know, I'm a sinner I am told.


i always used to avoid Adonis & Bathsheba...but, one day i accidentaly allowed it to play all the way through, and i was surprised to discover the beautiful guitar work that starts about at the 3 minute mark and continues til the song's last note...now i dig the song... but i also love "Jughead", "Arrogance", and "The Flow", so what do i know? cool ...

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Reply #43 posted 07/14/17 8:06pm

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Reply #44 posted 07/16/17 6:17am

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Whenever I see video footage like this I wonder how anyone can say Prince was overrated on guitar (and a lot of people do). Is it just because it’s hard to find video online of live performances and people are just going by his studio albums?

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Reply #45 posted 07/16/17 7:18am

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rogifan said:

Whenever I see video footage like this I wonder how anyone can say Prince was overrated on guitar (and a lot of people do). Is it just because it’s hard to find video online of live performances and people are just going by his studio albums?

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I think the general public perception of Prince musicianship is based on his studio work. I remember after his RRHOF performance, there were two camps:

A) "Wow, I didn't know he could play like that?! Where can I find more stuff like this?"

Or

B) "Big deal! Clapton played it better! Prince is a hack/has been/expletive"

Post 2004, more eyes are being opened to his guitar chops in the general public, but haters will still hate.
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Reply #46 posted 07/16/17 12:55pm

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rogifan said:

It’s funny I usually felt Prince did more incredible guitar work live than in studio recordings except for Let’s Go Crazy. No live version can touch the studio version for me.



I’ve always felt that Prince used the guitar with great restraint in the studio, balancing it as an element among others. I agree that the live stuff is where you really appreciate his skills as a player. My current favourites are the “Feline soundcheck”, “Fuck It Up Jam” from the Lovesexy Rehearsals and his rhythm guitar on one of the performances of "I Wish You Heaven" (unbelievably tight and funky). His performance of “All The Critics Love You In Montreux” is wonderful as well – the way that he sustains that note at the 5:20 mark is almost transcendent. Actually, that last video usually leaves me a little choked, despite being a really joyful performance.

[Edited 7/16/17 12:55pm]

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Reply #47 posted 07/16/17 4:30pm

rogifan

COMPUTERBLUE1984 said:

rogifan said:

Whenever I see video footage like this I wonder how anyone can say Prince was overrated on guitar (and a lot of people do). Is it just because it’s hard to find video online of live performances and people are just going by his studio albums?

https://www.facebook.com/...vbMKgaWDaY



I think the general public perception of Prince musicianship is based on his studio work. I remember after his RRHOF performance, there were two camps:

A) "Wow, I didn't know he could play like that?! Where can I find more stuff like this?"

Or

B) "Big deal! Clapton played it better! Prince is a hack/has been/expletive"

Post 2004, more eyes are being opened to his guitar chops in the general public, but haters will still hate.

After Prince died Slate published an article saying Prince was the greatest guitarist since Jimmy Hendrix. The comments were sad but predictable and it was obvious most making comments had rarely if ever seen Prince live. Where I lost it though was when someone was arguing why Johnny Ramone should be ranked higher than Prince in a list of greatest guitarists. Please.
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Reply #48 posted 07/16/17 4:55pm

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rogifan said:

COMPUTERBLUE1984 said:




I think the general public perception of Prince musicianship is based on his studio work. I remember after his RRHOF performance, there were two camps:

A) "Wow, I didn't know he could play like that?! Where can I find more stuff like this?"

Or

B) "Big deal! Clapton played it better! Prince is a hack/has been/expletive"

Post 2004, more eyes are being opened to his guitar chops in the general public, but haters will still hate.

After Prince died Slate published an article saying Prince was the greatest guitarist since Jimmy Hendrix. The comments were sad but predictable and it was obvious most making comments had rarely if ever seen Prince live. Where I lost it though was when someone was arguing why Johnny Ramone should be ranked higher than Prince in a list of greatest guitarists. Please.


What is pretty telling about Prince's skill set is when you have people like Clapton, Tom Morello (RATM/Audioslave) Santana and numerous ROCK guitarists tell you his talent was unbelievably good. His image almost prefaced any real discussion of his chops, but dude was extremely good and his body of live work when truly assessed illustrates this.
[Edited 7/16/17 16:56pm]
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Reply #49 posted 07/16/17 5:16pm

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Nice to see I'm Yours at #1
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Reply #50 posted 07/19/17 9:26am

rogifan

COMPUTERBLUE1984 said:

rogifan said:


After Prince died Slate published an article saying Prince was the greatest guitarist since Jimmy Hendrix. The comments were sad but predictable and it was obvious most making comments had rarely if ever seen Prince live. Where I lost it though was when someone was arguing why Johnny Ramone should be ranked higher than Prince in a list of greatest guitarists. Please.


What is pretty telling about Prince's skill set is when you have people like Clapton, Tom Morello (RATM/Audioslave) Santana and numerous ROCK guitarists tell you his talent was unbelievably good. His image almost prefaced any real discussion of his chops, but dude was extremely good and his body of live work when truly assessed illustrates this.
[Edited 7/16/17 16:56pm]
whats annoying to me is when I see people say “people think he was good only because he played fast”. Really? Of course I’m not here to suggest Prince was some guitar pioneer. But then were all so-called greats pioneers? Did they all do something or invent a style no one had heard before? To me Eddie Van Halen is more distinctive or inventive than Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck even though the latter two are probably more respected by the music elite.
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Reply #51 posted 07/19/17 1:27pm

RJOrion

ThaTruth7x said:

Nice to see I'm Yours at #1

yep... i cant even think of any other song worthy of #1

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Reply #52 posted 07/20/17 12:59am

Rebeljuice

Strays of the world

RnR is alive and it lives in MN

Papa

Willing & Able (great rythmn guitar)

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Reply #53 posted 07/20/17 9:13am

mothyham

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Other contenders: Joy in Repetition (ONA version) Last December The War Boom Plectrumelectrum Colonized Mind Redhead Stepchild East

now pay attention, this is a person who knnows GUITAR tracks.

I agree with you completely, kind sir.

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Reply #54 posted 07/20/17 9:18am

mothyham

rogifan said:

COMPUTERBLUE1984 said:
What is pretty telling about Prince's skill set is when you have people like Clapton, Tom Morello (RATM/Audioslave) Santana and numerous ROCK guitarists tell you his talent was unbelievably good. His image almost prefaced any real discussion of his chops, but dude was extremely good and his body of live work when truly assessed illustrates this. [Edited 7/16/17 16:56pm]
whats annoying to me is when I see people say “people think he was good only because he played fast”. Really? Of course I’m not here to suggest Prince was some guitar pioneer. But then were all so-called greats pioneers? Did they all do something or invent a style no one had heard before? To me Eddie Van Halen is more distinctive or inventive than Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck even though the latter two are probably more respected by the music elite.

Eddie van Halen.....LOL.

Please, son, this is reality....not fairy land.

EVH hasn't done anything but cop other people's licks and say look at me look at me.

Steve Hackett was tapping in 1972 when Eddie was on his mama's teat.

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Reply #55 posted 07/20/17 2:27pm

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Uptown, $.

Hey loudmouth, shut the fuck up, right?
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Reply #56 posted 07/20/17 2:44pm

206Michelle

RJOrion said:

ThaTruth7x said:

Nice to see I'm Yours at #1

yep... i cant even think of any other song worthy of #1

It is very worthy of being the #1 studio guitar track.

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Reply #57 posted 07/20/17 2:56pm

206Michelle

rogifan said:

Whenever I see video footage like this I wonder how anyone can say Prince was overrated on guitar (and a lot of people do). Is it just because it’s hard to find video online of live performances and people are just going by his studio albums? https://www.facebook.com/...vbMKgaWDaY

Post 4/21, It's really not that hard to find videos of his live performances. Even while he was alive, there were a few videos or clips of his live performances out there, e.g. the Super Bowl performance, award shows, and the RRHOF performance.

.

Another point to consider is that the radio/single versions of some of his signature songs omit or significantly reduce the guitar solos. When I was in high school, and would hear WDC on the radio, the radio version contains almost none of the guitar solo. LGC contains a little bit of the solo, but not the whole thing. PR the radio single doesn't have the whole guitar solo. Finally, a lot of his best guitar solos come from songs that weren't single or were singles that had only minor chart success, e.g. I'm Yours, Anna Stesia, The Morning Papers.

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Reply #58 posted 07/20/17 3:48pm

rogifan

mothyham said:



rogifan said:


COMPUTERBLUE1984 said:
What is pretty telling about Prince's skill set is when you have people like Clapton, Tom Morello (RATM/Audioslave) Santana and numerous ROCK guitarists tell you his talent was unbelievably good. His image almost prefaced any real discussion of his chops, but dude was extremely good and his body of live work when truly assessed illustrates this. [Edited 7/16/17 16:56pm]

whats annoying to me is when I see people say “people think he was good only because he played fast”. Really? Of course I’m not here to suggest Prince was some guitar pioneer. But then were all so-called greats pioneers? Did they all do something or invent a style no one had heard before? To me Eddie Van Halen is more distinctive or inventive than Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck even though the latter two are probably more respected by the music elite.

Eddie van Halen.....LOL.


Please, son, this is reality....not fairy land.


EVH hasn't done anything but cop other people's licks and say look at me look at me.


Steve Hackett was tapping in 1972 when Eddie was on his mama's teat.


Sorry don’t know who Steve Hackett is. neutral
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Reply #59 posted 07/20/17 3:51pm

rogifan

206Michelle said:



rogifan said:


Whenever I see video footage like this I wonder how anyone can say Prince was overrated on guitar (and a lot of people do). Is it just because it’s hard to find video online of live performances and people are just going by his studio albums? https://www.facebook.com/...vbMKgaWDaY

Post 4/21, It's really not that hard to find videos of his live performances. Even while he was alive, there were a few videos or clips of his live performances out there, e.g. the Super Bowl performance, award shows, and the RRHOF performance.


.


Another point to consider is that the radio/single versions of some of his signature songs omit or significantly reduce the guitar solos. When I was in high school, and would hear WDC on the radio, the radio version contains almost none of the guitar solo. LGC contains a little bit of the solo, but not the whole thing. PR the radio single doesn't have the whole guitar solo. Finally, a lot of his best guitar solos come from songs that weren't single or were singles that had only minor chart success, e.g. I'm Yours, Anna Stesia, The Morning Papers.


This is true. But not enough is out there. Or it’s out there and then Web Sheriff or NPG get it taken down. 2nd night of 2011 North Sea Jazz Festival has some amazing guitar work but good luck finding it online.
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