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Rush
09-09-2012, 05:52 PM
Don't answer that, just sit back with your favorite beverage, "turn on your lights and stay with me awhile and ease your worried mind, turn on your lights and stay with me awhile and ROCK STEADY!"

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stamper
09-09-2012, 05:55 PM
Nope

BMF Effects
09-09-2012, 05:56 PM
Sorry, with the exception of a couple of songs by The Firm he does nothing for me.

Sirloin
09-09-2012, 05:58 PM
I don't know about greatest. But one of the best IMHO. And his voice has held up very well even if he does kinda look like Chuck Norris now.

ACfixer
09-09-2012, 05:58 PM
Nope. He's good, but I can think of so many I like better.

Stu Cats
09-09-2012, 06:00 PM
This is a question for the Geritol generation.

howardbullseye
09-09-2012, 06:01 PM
Sorry, with the exception of a couple of songs by The Firm he does nothing for me.

Ha, I didn't even know anyone actually liked The Firm...:rotflmao
Even the guy at the record store gave me a funny look when I bought an album from them. Lol

ACfixer
09-09-2012, 06:02 PM
The Firm was good stuff. :aok

In Absentia
09-09-2012, 06:03 PM
He is incredibly good. I'm not a fan of his music, but the many is infinitely talented.

FiestaRed
09-09-2012, 06:04 PM
Freddie Mercury would fit that title, I think.

FenderBigot
09-09-2012, 06:13 PM
He is a definite top 5 and maybe even top 3. Lots of classics from the Bad Co days, but I was blown away by the three times I saw The Firm live. He owns the stage, is a true professional front man and brings it every time he steps onstage. I just wish he'd lose the weave. Any young kids today thinking of fronting a band should look to him as a model.

Sobbincat
09-09-2012, 06:14 PM
Freddie Mercury would fit that title.

psyandy
09-09-2012, 06:18 PM
I love all Paul Rodgers and most of his catalog (Free, Bad Company, Firm), and he is without a doubt one of the most classic rock vocalists of all time. Perhaps not in the technical stratosphere as Freddie Mercury nor with the range of a Kerry Livgren, but still a top 10 all time rock voice.
I saw him about 3 years ago and his voice was great, but as is the case with most of his generation his hairline has gone back and his belt buckle was somewhere around his nipples. The wife beater he wore was ill fitting for a man of his age and stature. He needed to probably suit up at his age.

ACfixer
09-09-2012, 06:22 PM
...his hairline has gone back and his belt buckle was somewhere around his nipples...

Cool. I've tried my best to sound like him, and now he's doing his best to look like me.

Sidmore
09-09-2012, 06:22 PM
ONE of the greatest? yep

but he'd have to share that distinction with these guys to name a few...

Ronnie James Dio :dude
Freddie Mercury
Joe Lynn Turner (yes, him)
Steve Perry

morlll
09-09-2012, 06:23 PM
I like him, but no.

I don't think there is anything that is the best music anything for all time.

coldfingaz
09-09-2012, 06:25 PM
Definitely belongs "in the best ever" rock vocalists conversation, IMHO.

mcdonaldkd
09-09-2012, 06:35 PM
Cool. I've tried my best to sound like him, and now he's doing his best to look like me.

Now, that is funny!

Neer
09-09-2012, 06:38 PM
Huh? I always thought Paul was a very good singer, but I have heard him sound dreadful, too.

DavidG
09-09-2012, 06:41 PM
Been a fan for nearly 40 yrs. He ain't got nuthin on former Cry of love front man..Kelly Holland in the vocal dep tho.

JamesT
09-09-2012, 07:37 PM
No every song is in same key. Every song sounds the same. He is like neil diamond- heard 1 song - heard them all.

Did you ever her of Freddy Mercury?

freedom's door
09-09-2012, 07:40 PM
One of the best for sure.

EricPeterson
09-09-2012, 07:43 PM
I really like his vocals in free, for some reason I dont like them in Bad Company, he is a great vocalist no doubt, I am sure he is some people's "greatest of all time" he is not mine, but I respect his talent and skill.

EataPeach
09-09-2012, 08:03 PM
Cool. I've tried my best to sound like him, and now he's doing his best to look like me.

That actually me laugh out loud...

I like Paul Rogers alot. Free etc... And yes, the Firm.

Defi itely one of the most recognizable voice in music... And for a reason.

tweedster
09-09-2012, 08:19 PM
I even liked him fronting Queen. Sounded great, looked great, moved great. The best review of Paul Rodgers I ever read: "He sings the word "love" without sounding like he just looked it up in the dictionary". True 40 years ago. Still applies.

bahklava
09-09-2012, 08:29 PM
I have a hard time respecting anybody who has a title song on an eponymous album.

JSharp3180
09-09-2012, 08:32 PM
No, Freddie Mercury holds that championship belt forever.

darth550
09-09-2012, 08:39 PM
Robert Plant is probably the best but Paul Rodgers definitely belongs in the conversation.

Pat Healy
09-09-2012, 08:42 PM
In a parallel universe where Freddie Mercury never existed, maybe.

stratus
09-09-2012, 09:01 PM
Cool. I've tried my best to sound like him, and now he's doing his best to look like me.

:rotflmaoThat gave me a chuckle!

Jerry Shaw
09-09-2012, 09:05 PM
Best is subjective of course. I like him a lot. I've always wanted to hear him do Bill Withers' "Use Me".

JSharp3180
09-09-2012, 09:06 PM
Freddie Mercury shines in the live recordings. 4 octave range, growling lows, crystalline highs, incredible power, always spot on.

My sister-in-law, a very good vocalist, was walking through the room while I was watching Queen:Live At The Bowl. Not knowing who he was she said, "he must have good in ear monitors, because he is hitting everything dead on". I just told her "No, that's Freddie Mercury: Legend"

EricPeterson
09-09-2012, 09:07 PM
I've always wanted to hear him do Bill Withers' "Use Me".


I have never thought about that, but this is a great idea.


I just told her "No, that's Freddie Mercury: Legend"


Like. :aok

Cornbread
09-09-2012, 09:13 PM
ONE of the greatest? yep

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Definitely belongs "in the best ever" rock vocalists conversation, IMHO.

:agree


so close to saying yes, instead of one of tha....for what that's worth

TheRockDoc
09-09-2012, 10:29 PM
George Cintron talking with (Pre)TRD @ The Rock Palace in SI circa 1982:

"Almost no one can sing the word 'love' the way Paul Rodgers does"

I agree...

Not the most amazing... but definitely a great vocalist more than great singer... phrasing was still the key back then...

GasMask
09-09-2012, 10:42 PM
Freddie Mercury would fit that title, I think.


Fact.

bobbradley
09-09-2012, 10:56 PM
no, good but no!!

Frethog
09-10-2012, 03:56 AM
Ya, one of my favorites for sure. And yes, I liked The Firm as well.

MightyGuru
09-10-2012, 07:38 AM
The only male pop singer I put above Paul Rodgers is Marvin Gaye...other than that...he is peerless, imho.

Lukeling
09-10-2012, 07:42 AM
If you think he is , please listen to the Queen (feat. Paul Rodgers) recordings. Lots of dross from all involved.

MightyGuru
09-10-2012, 07:44 AM
One of my faves...

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Bozak
09-10-2012, 07:46 AM
Bad Company was just bad, and not in a good way, so no, not a fan of Mercury either, both bands were cheesy IMO, it was a perfect marriage in the regard, cheesy singer meets cheesy band.

HurricaneJesus
09-10-2012, 07:46 AM
Freddie Mercury would fit that title, I think.

That's the first name that popped into my mind too. Love Rodgers and most of his work, though.

small axe
09-10-2012, 07:47 AM
freddie mercury

Joseph Hanna
09-10-2012, 07:52 AM
This is a question for the Geritol generation.

That's right..cause the current generation is turning out such incredible live performers. I remember as a stupid young man making fun of my uncle for digging Chet Atkins. To this day I'm totally embarrassed I was that ego filled to not recognize brilliance. Old guy or not.

Funky54
09-10-2012, 07:55 AM
I never get "greatest" as if there is only one... My mood changes, I like lots and lots of people and what they bring to the table. Paul Rogers is great. and so are many many more.

EricPeterson
09-10-2012, 07:56 AM
That's right..cause the current generation is turning out such incredible live performers. I remember as a stupid young man making fun of my uncle for digging Chet Atkins. To this day I'm totally embarrassed I was that ego filled to not recognize brilliance. Old guy or not.

lol, I get your point, but in calling for open mindedness in relation to older performers you seem to take a rather dismissive view of current performers.

MightyGuru
09-10-2012, 08:02 AM
This is a question for the Geritol generation.

no...what is a geritol, btw?

bjjp2
09-10-2012, 08:03 AM
For rock music, he's right up there for sure. Chris Cornell, when he's on, is my favorite. "Fell on Black Days" gives me chills.

GuitarsFromMars
09-10-2012, 08:20 AM
Wow.

Can't believe how Paul Rodgers is being held in contempt, by some of you.

I remember where I was when I first heard 'Can't Get Enough'. Yes I am old, and it was that memorable(Yes, Free was a great band, too).

Did any of you know that Page/Plant/Grant believed Rodgers was so strong(back in the day), that they were one of the first bands signed to a fledgling Swan Song Records(Zep label).

Rodgers is a excellent musician/songwriter/vocals/guitarist/pianist.

If today's singers were so gifted, we wouldn't need Autotune/Melodyne software

As for Freddie, he's been dead a while, sorry.:boxer

2HBStrat
09-10-2012, 09:32 AM
Paul Rodgers isn't even in the conversation if you consider Caruso, Pavarotti, and the thousands of other opera singers, not to mention the likes of Buble, Sinatra, Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, and many other jazz singers.

"The greatest vocalist of all time"?

Not even close...

S.W.Erdnase
09-10-2012, 09:43 AM
Nope

This.

EricPeterson
09-10-2012, 09:49 AM
If today's singers were so gifted, we wouldn't need Autotune/Melodyne software

Plenty of todays singers dont use that stuff.

As for Freddie, he's been dead a while, sorry.:boxer

so once someone dies they can no longer be in consideration for greatest of all time? Interesting.






As for Opera Singers, Jazz singers etc. I took the OP to be referring to rock and pop music.

semi-hollowbody
09-10-2012, 09:50 AM
He has an excellent voice...but most bad company/firm lyrics are SO cheesy and bad, it sorta kills it for me

2HBStrat
09-10-2012, 10:41 AM
.....As for Opera Singers, Jazz singers etc. I took the OP to be referring to rock and pop music.

Probably, but he didn't specify gender or genre...

Master Flash
09-10-2012, 10:47 AM
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paulvcarter
09-10-2012, 10:52 AM
NO Freddie Mercury was

dlguitar64
09-10-2012, 11:31 AM
Plenty of todays singers dont use that stuff.



so once someone dies they can no longer be in consideration for greatest of all time? Interesting.






As for Opera Singers, Jazz singers etc. I took the OP to be referring to rock and pop music.
My pet peeve on this board is the assumption that the conversation is about rock and pop when they are just a small part of the musical universe.

shallbe
09-10-2012, 11:44 AM
As far as rock vocalists go, he is certainly among the best. Top five for me. He has a very rich voice, which some singers with greater range don't have. His voice is so rich he is actually often singing higher than you think, until you try to sing it and get that same sort of tone.

Matt Ivaliotes
09-10-2012, 11:47 AM
Freddie Mercury would fit that title.

If I had to pick one, that would be the one.

Matt Ivaliotes
09-10-2012, 11:49 AM
Paul Rodgers isn't even in the conversation if you consider Caruso, Pavarotti, and the thousands of other opera singers, not to mention the likes of Buble, Sinatra, Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, and many other jazz singers.

"The greatest vocalist of all time"?

Not even close...
Fine, fine point. No slam on Paul Rodgers, but there have been so many great voices out there, and have been so many more.

Japhyfish
09-10-2012, 11:51 AM
I don't think so, but he's radioactive.

darth550
09-10-2012, 11:52 AM
Mel Torme

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"The greatest vocalist of all time"?


You might be on to something there.....

kevin hart
09-10-2012, 12:23 PM
I think so.

I've been a fan of his singing since my high school days, when the band I was in played mostly Free tunes.

I didn't like what little I heard of his stint with Queen... just don't think his style fit that music.

MollyPolly
09-10-2012, 12:25 PM
If the category is narrowed to 'Rock Vocalists', then if he's not the best, he's in the top 10, along with Perry, Graham, Cornell, Mercury, Palmer and probably Plant.

Once you expand out into Soul, R&B, Motown, etc.--i.e. 'Black' music--he's not even in the top 20.

soundgardener75
09-10-2012, 12:28 PM
I don't know about greatest. But one of the best IMHO. And his voice has held up very well even if he does kinda look like Chuck Norris now.

Chuck Norris OMFG :rotflmao

Srvwannab
09-10-2012, 12:41 PM
Thanks for posting the clip with Quenn doing ,"Bad Company" - killer version of a classic track. What a great performer!

Chas
09-10-2012, 12:42 PM
If I had to pick one, that would be the one.

Yeah Freddy or Robert Plant but Paul is up there too.

tholmes
09-10-2012, 12:52 PM
The greatest rock vocalist? He's definitely in the conversation.

The greatest vocalist of all time. Hardly.

Tom

Timcito
09-10-2012, 12:56 PM
As rock vocalists go, I've never heard anyone sound as good as Robert Plant.

moogerfooger
09-10-2012, 01:35 PM
in a word, no, but he is very good.

MrTAteMyBalls
09-10-2012, 01:47 PM
Great voice. Dreadful songs.

DCAddy
09-10-2012, 02:56 PM
Yeah, OK. Whatever you guys say. Jeez...http://www.queenzone.com/multimedia/pictures/images/Freddie_Mercury/9920002666.jpg

soundgardener75
09-10-2012, 03:02 PM
As rock vocalists go, I've never heard anyone sound as good as Robert Plant.

True, but can he still hit those notes like he used to these days? Paul can still deliver like he used to at least.

straightblues
09-10-2012, 03:45 PM
Great voice for sure. He is very high on my list for sure. The others high on my list from that era are John Waite, Bob Seger, and Lou Gramm.

Dr. Tweedbucket
09-10-2012, 04:25 PM
I like his style of singing and he is a stand out. I think there are others that are / were up there too .... Ian Gillian, Freddie, Sammy, Lou, Robert, Paul and others ..... :dunno

earthlydescent
09-10-2012, 07:29 PM
He's an incredible singer with amazing range but he writes terrible lyrics. I can take a handful of song throughout his history but there's not an album I'd say is epic all through.

twinrider1
09-10-2012, 09:03 PM
One of my favorites, to be sure.

James Dewar as well.

mountain blues
09-10-2012, 09:08 PM
Top 20 rock singers, to be sure... but I'd take someone like the original Santana's Gregg Rolie over Paul Rodgers any day. Rolie sang some of the most powerful songs of that era.

macula56
09-11-2012, 04:51 AM
no. but he is excellent. still kicks ass after all these years.