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Poll Question: King Crimson Bass Player Poll
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    Posted: April 09 2013 at 10:48
King Crimson has had some unusual characters on bass guitar.  If you had to pick your favorite, who would you select?
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John Wetton without a doubt, although they all had great talent & strengths! 
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I also think it has to be Wetton, all of them were great but I felt as though Wetton was a) the most consistent and b) a better fit for the band than most. 
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Boy, ... between Wetton and Levin - that's hard. Levin's got this very sexy bass- and stick- playing style that I really like. Wetton, however, completed the sound of the best King Crimson line-up I've ever heard (FBWC). His style was very groovy and melodic. I'm gonna have to think about it.
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Greg Lake.


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Threw my vote in for John Wetton.  He's always been my favorite bass player and the live work he did in Crimso was without compare.  Every once in a while I like to listen to the 4 CD version of "The Great Deceiver" all the way through just to be blown away by his tone and playing.
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Levin for me
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John Wetton
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John Wetton, followed by Levin and Lake.
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John Wetton fronted what was, imo, KC's lineup for their best period, but Tony Levin tops everyone in this list.
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I think Levin was the most talented, and Boz had the best voice, but I think Wetton was the best overall bassist for Crimson
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All good - but Wetton all day long.
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I have gotta get me one of those - the instrument, I mean. LOL

Anyway Wetton > Lake = Levin > Giles > Haskell > Burrell

I'm still uncertain where to put Lake and Levin on the totem pole; neither are as good as Wetton, but the former's work on "21st Century Schizoid Man" and the latter's work on "Sleepless" are enough to put them in my Top 3.
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You can get Wetton the Lake if you just jump in.
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Wetton is great but I prefer Levin. I love Lake as singer more than bassist.
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Originally posted by Melomaniac Melomaniac wrote:

John Wetton fronted what was, imo, KC's lineup for their best period, but Tony Levin tops everyone in this list.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dayvenkirq Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2013 at 14:54
Censored it. I'm tired of this. I can't make up my mind. Wetton and Levin are two great minds with different styles. No vote.
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