Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by X - Road 28, Feb 19, 2009.
I'm on a Maiden run right now, enjoy the next 4:58.
Their styles complement each other so well.
Dave and Adrian are the bomb.
I think Dave Murray was/is the best all-around player in Maiden hands down. Not flashy or trem-happy or wanting to dance around with his guitar in the air, just a solid player who had equal talent playing lead and rhythm.
Was Adrian triggering the background synth sounds from his guitar during the solos? He had enough knobs on there to trigger an orchestra...
I love Maiden. I was the biggest fan during the 80's and they will always be a BIG part of my youth.
Murray is a fine guitarist but it's usually the same weedly weedly all the time. Adrian Smith is much more melodic IMO. More diverse and interesting to listen to.
I love Murray's lead tone. I think Smith might be a technically better player, but Murray really gives them a unique sound.
murrays neck pup lead tone was a big influence.
but someone pointed out to me a few years ago, most of his bends are flat.
never noticed it as a kid, now it bugs me when i hear it!
Dave and "H" are one.
The guy with the lisp, I can't ever remember who is who. The blond dude that usually plays on the left side of the stage. He has such a great vibrato.
Blond dude on the left of the stage is Murray.
These guys were (and continue to be) a huge influence on my playing.
I prefer Murray.
Smith's note choice.
They're both great, and my preference would depend on my mood. Each has played some very memorable solos throughout Maiden's career.
I love both, but Smith had a bigger influence on my playing, especially his vibrato. Still, Murray's legato, trills and neck pickup tone are a huge influence on me as well. I was fortunate enough to work on the recording sessions for Bruce Dickinson's Accident of Birth CD and I got to meet and hang out a bit with Adrian. That was a dream come true!! Both Adrian and Bruce were really cool and I got to play Adrian's classic gold top LP and his white Jackson from the Seventh Son era, both amazing guitars.
I am an Adrian fan from this first time I heard Maiden. I dig the way they both play together and there is a lot about Dave's playing I like, but I totally connect with Adrian's playing. I love his phrasing and note choice and his melodic, structured style.
I wonder if they decided early on to differentiate their lead tones by design - Dave on neck pickup, Adrian on bridge. Seems to be their formula about 90% of the time.
Their style compliment each other more than most guitar duos I've heard. It was a great day when Smith rejoined Maiden.
I'll take Smith. Dave's solos seem more repetitive and those trills get to me after a while.
I think Adrian Smith is more creative on the song writing side of things ... but as far as the guitar playing goes, I prefer Dave Murray's legato improv style.
I like both of them. I met Dave Murray in 1991 working the 19th hole at a country club in Kansas City. They were in town for a concert and were playing a round early one morning(Dave, Steve Smith and Nicko). Murray was real friendly and I talked to him for about 5 minutes about his gear and his golf game lol. I got 4 tickets for the show from Nicko too. I was surprised how normal they were and those guys can play some golf!! The tickets were near the stage...great seats.
Wow, thats a great story. From all accounts they do seem like a great bunch of guys.