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Peter Bardens vs Michael Ratledge

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Poll Question: Which keyboardist do you prefer?
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    Posted: September 29 2011 at 20:46

Two very underrated keyboardists in my opinion. Going to give this one to Peter because he has more of the symphonic, melodic sound in his playing that I greater prefer rather than the very spontaneous, improvised sound of Michael.

Peter Bardens, 1944-2002. RIP.
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Interesting "battle"!

Both definitely have jazzy leanings, though of course Ratledge is more prominent with it.

As much as I love Peter for his simplistic organ and synth melodies, Ratledge just did some really astonishing keyboard work: Out Bloody Rageous, most of Six and Seven.
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Got to give this to Mike Ratledge. Ratledge's keyboard work is unrestrained yet coherent and invigorating. Bardens is a talented keyboard player with an eye for melody, but have never blown me away to the same degree as Ratledge.  

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Bardens.


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Bardens again!
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One more vote for Bardens.
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Bardens can play a mini moog like noone else and his keyboards are a major reason why Camel's first 4 albums are unmatched by any other band.
 
Ratledge is also very talented though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 05:18
 two favourites of mine Smile can't vote

Edited by jean-marie - September 30 2011 at 05:18
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 08:58
Ther's a common point between the two musicians , they did their best with their own bands,Peter albums are average and Mike didn't produce a lot except maybe a few things with Karl Jenkins but i don't know that much this stuff
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MonsterMagnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2011 at 11:22
Michael Ratledge, for sure
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Definitely Mike Ratledge for me too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote frippism Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 07:17
Ratledge all the way!!! By far. Peter Bardens was OK.... Ratledge playing was just incredible. Out-Bloody-Rageous, and the opener for "Facelift" anyway he's probably the best keyboard player of the 70s.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 07:26
Bardens!
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Easily Mike Ratledge. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Syzygy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 13:57
Ratledge - for his use of electric piano through Echophlex, organ through a Leslie Cabinet and his ability to play like a classically trained organ scholar or a jazz improvisor as required. Bardens was good, but Ratledge was in a league of his own.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Progmind Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 14:42
Bardens for me

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Post Options Post Options   Quote elp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2011 at 15:24
And another one for Bardens
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Originally posted by SaltyJon

Easily Mike Ratledge. 
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Originally posted by frippism

Ratledge all the way!!! By far. Peter Bardens was OK.... Ratledge playing was just incredible. Out-Bloody-Rageous, and the opener for "Facelift" anyway he's probably the best keyboard player of the 70s.
You're right Ratledge is stunning on Third Thumbs Up
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I love the way he is the driving engine behind the SM songs.
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