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Randy Rhoads

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by REDVOLUTION, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    Let me just say... I started playing guitar in 1985 because of him. In high school I was the kid known as the one who could play Randy's solo's. What a rush.


    Any guitar enthusiasts or RR fanatics out there.. or ?

    One of my favorite solo's is the one in Revelation: Mother Earth... followed closely by Mr. Crowley, Over the Mountain and Diary of a Madman.

    In a word "Masterful".
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I always thought Mr Crowley was his best.
  3. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Ozzy came thru here exactly one week before Rhodes was killed. The show was awesome. Afterwards I told my best friend that in 10 years this kid would be known as one of the best ever. Man could he lay a lick. Still living a dream after seeing that show I was in complete shock when word broke of his passing. I was literally stunned for 3-4 days. I would give just about anything to have that show on tape. Turns out it was his next to last show ever.
  4. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Mr. Crowley is also my favorite solo...
    But it seems all anyone wants me to play is Crazy Train. :eek::

    I loved Yngwie for a while, but he fast became a one trick pony; as good as he is, he didn't expand. Randy probably would have done some amazing things, considering he was always learning and taking lessons on the road.

    The truly great ones almost always seem to die too soon.
  5. irvin88

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  6. ROMOSAPIEN9

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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    Rhoads' stuff is dated now. But it sure woulda been cool to see him grow with the times.

    I still remember exactly where I was when I found out about Rhoads' death. Sad day.
  7. REDVOLUTION

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    Eddie was a fast car that could blow everyone away in the 1/4 mile.

    Rhoads could do more than drive in a straight line. He could take the hairpin turns.

    In other words - Randy was not a one dimensional player... Eddie was.
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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  10. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    EVH was an innovator who changed the way people play guitar, there's no doubt. Like Hendrix, he changed the way people approached the instrument and you cant take that away from him.

    That said, every thing changes and someone else comes along to redefine how it's done. Randy Rhodes had a classical feel to his music, but he didn't survive long enough to change the way the instrument is played. Yngwie did that, with his further step into incorporating classical guitar into modern electric guitar.

    Since that time, and ending with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, we haven't seen anyone even remotely as influential touch a musical instrument. Music seems to be no longer about that.
  11. REDVOLUTION

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    I will respectfully disagree.

    Rhoads' body of work is not that much... but it is the quality of what he left behind. He did not just bring classical to rock/metal. IMO he is the best composer of the guitarists mentioned in this thread.
  12. irvin88

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    Van Halen also had a catalog of hit songs. Therefore, out of all the so called "great" guitarists of all-time, Eddie wins. The riffs in those tunes are amazing.

    If you think he was a one trick pony, go listen to "Little Guitars" or "Spanish Fly."
  13. irvin88

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    Music is dead. Does anyone play an instrument anymore ??:bang2:

    Satriani and Vai are good, but what songs do they have ?? Hendrix just doesn't have enough longevity IMO to be considered the best, kinda like saying Morrison is the best vocalist ever. Might have been, but isn't.
  14. REDVOLUTION

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    Thank you for supporting my argument. You are pointing out "riffs" while I am talking about entire composition.

    I like Van Halen and I think Eddie is great. Just not as good as RR.
    Eddie's stuff is a blur.
    Randy's stuff is clean and controlled.


    Agreed on Satrianni and Vai - no songs that jump out at you.

    Disagree on Hendrix. While not the greatest he is another on who gave us more with less.
  15. irvin88

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    Blur ??:confused: His riffs and solos are staples on radio til this day. R U telling me you don't crank it up when "Hot for Teacher" comes on, or even "Dance the Night Away"??

    I love Hendrix, just think he doesn't have a large enough body of work to say he's the greatest.

    Rhodes is awesome, but how long was he with Ozzy ? "Blizzard of Oz" and that's it ??:confused: "Diary of a MadMan" ?? He's another I want to see more from..I'm just saying of all the great ones, you gotta give the edge to Eddie. His solos in concert are of legend, and Van Halen can throw a set list of 24 hit songs at you too.;)
  16. REDVOLUTION

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    Like I said I like Eddie and the band and yes I do crank it up.

    We are obvious measuring in different terms.
    You are going on quantity alone.

    I have played both Eddie's and Randy music. Do you play?
    There is some real genius to Randy's music. Not so much with Eddie... he was more freestyle.

    Eddie's solo's are great but any decent guitarist could bang out a hot solo in concert.
  17. irvin88

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    I've been playing guitar for over 30 years ! (actually, I'm lying). Man I wish I played. From what people who actually play guitar tell me, "Eruption" is a total headache to learn and alot of Ed's stuff is way difficult because you have to have huge hands to play it.

    Randy is surely in my top 5, which is:

    Edward VH
    Jimmy Hendrix
    Randy
    Neil Schon
    Santana

    * Honorable Mention to BRIAN MAY and STEVE LUKATHER
  18. irvin88

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    You need to go here :

    http://www.votenumber1.com/
  19. REDVOLUTION

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    Its cool. We all have our favorites and lord knows we all have our opinions LOL

    But quite honestly... if you put Hendrix ahead of Rhoads you are showing that you dont play. You could argue that Rhoads and Eddie are alternating 1-2 in that list... but not Hendrix.

    Hand size has very little to do with playing guitar. Its akin to thinking that a bodybuilder could hit a golf ball further... when Michele Wie could hit farther than alot of men.

    Good debate. Thats partially why I started the thread.
  20. irvin88

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    Why doesn't hand size matter ? Isn't it easier to reach spots ? I once saw a documentary on VH1 classic and they were saying how Hendrix was a freak of nature because he had hands of a 7 foot tall man.

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