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Is there a more gutsy guitarist than The Boss?

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Turi, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. chrisjw5

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    Not a fan but seems like a decent guy.
     
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    I'm a huge Springsteen fan and have been for many years. He's definitely an influence on me. I think he's a fantastic player. He's got a very raw and nasty tone when he really goes for it. Definitely check out some of his live DVDs. Fantastic stuff. I'm especially a fan of the Live In New York DVD. Some seriously awesome stuff on there.
     
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    Playing a lead on something that essentially is your stage prop. :D :hide
     
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    Guitar Player mag used to run "best guitarist" annually. People like Al DiMeola won - actually 5 times in row. This was way back in the 70's. I probably would think Bruce would never win, but I respect his song crafting very much.
     
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    I play in a Springsteen tribute, and have learned most (many?) of his and Stephen guitar parts. Neither of them are guitar gods, but both of them are way better than adequate, and they both TOTALLY bring it in damn near every show. So yeah, he's gutsy as hell, in my book!
     
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    Bruce wanted so badly to be a guitar player, but he was saved by his producer of the early albums. Put the guitar hero stuff aside and sang/played the tunes. Changed the world. Best thing that ever happened to him.

    You can hear it when he fired that guy. More bad guitar playing on the albums. By then he was already "it".
     
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    when I think of raw, gutsy guitar players I think of Rory Gallagher.
     
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    Bruce is better guitar player than 97% + of TGP, as is Billy Joel's guitarist, Tommy Byrnes.
     
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    Again, I asked for a vid of some cool playing by him. Will you be the one?:D:D:D

    I think Darryl Hall surprised me by some of his playing on his tv show. Maybe Bruce can as well.
     
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    Even Dylan became competent on electric guitar. Bruce obviously made the right choice and put side his guitar hero aspirations to focus on the songs,vocals and performance. Never a fan of his albums but saw him live 3 times and he and the band were great. I never went to these shows expecting to hear great guitar solos. His playing functions well within the whole band presentation and that's enough. It's all about the songs.
     
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    It's not one song, or, one solo, it's an entire show.
     
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    Hey, that's cool. I get your viewpoint. Not his biggest fan as he was over saturated to me as an artist. But, I would not turn down that kind of success story. From the times he is on, I saw he was more like John Mellencamp. Singing mainly and has a dedicated guitarist or two to do the heavy lifting.
     
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    I thought this necro-thread had to be about the great Ross Friedman, also known as Ross the Boss, of both The Dictators and Manowar.

    I knew of him as THE “Ross the Boss” before I’d heard of Springsteen so I suspect he retains the naming rights at least among TGP guitar enthusiasts.

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    Both! Then knick Old Crossed-arms’ girlfriend!

    I like BS if the ESB is with him. Have not heard since CC and likely won’t. Bruce can make a rock move on the guitar.
     
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    FWIW - I was into Bruce in high school, especially the first 4 albums, though I was 10 years behind their release dates. Now? I respect the hell out him but I'm not a huge fan. I was disappointed by the Broadway show.

    That having been said, this is pretty great. For my tastes, it beats out anything by Al DiMeloa, though to be fair, Al and Bruce have as much in common as oranges and anvils. It's not the best vocal rendition I've ever heard, but this - to me - is some scorching guitar. It's what 'tough' sounds like.



    The guitar break at 2:30 is dirty, and sets up Clarence for the sax solo perfectly. It's all about texture.


    Check out the guitar break at 1:30... (you'll also notice that I think Darkness is his best guitar album)


    So there you go. Some like it, some don't.
     
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    Short answer: Yes.
     
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    "The Boss" does'nt play guitar. She also never says anything to me when my gig wagon comes up the drive at 4am after I do a gig off in BF Egypt somewhere.

    That's why she is The Boss. That and her amazing cooking.
     
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    Thanks, that was more him playing guitar that I have seen in media than all of the 80-90's combined. I would never compared Bruce to Al D. - apples to oranges anyway yes. Each his has his strengths.
     
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    I'm not sure what "gutsy" means. But I never viewed Springsteen as a guitar icon, but as a sort of "American roots" singer-songwriter with pop-crossover appeal. It's not that I expect him to be a wild shredder or to play me some epic jazz-fusion, there are just tons of other guitarists who come to mind as being way better who are in some sort of "rootsy" zone of music. I won't bash his guitar playing, but Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, or Albert Lee seem like real guitar heroes in comparison to me, if we're sticking to "American roots" related artists. He doesn't even have one toe in that kind of water as a guitar player. So I don't understand the guitar enthusiasm for him in the thread.
     
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