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Tony Banks or Rick Wakeman

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Poll Question: Who do you like better all around, group work and solo?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote genbanks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2014 at 21:23
Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Btw, not sure if anyone watches That Metal Show, but on last night's season closer, guest guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen vocally credited none other than Tony Banks as informing his preferred style of neoclassical guitar. His sister played Genesis albums and Tony's influence on Yngwie was massive. Maybe others knew of this, but I sure as hell didn't.

Interesting, thanks
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2014 at 21:37
Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Btw, not sure if anyone watches That Metal Show, but on last night's season closer, guest guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen vocally credited none other than Tony Banks as informing his preferred style of neoclassical guitar. His sister played Genesis albums and Tony's influence on Yngwie was massive. Maybe others knew of this, but I sure as hell didn't.


This is curious. I haven't actually heard much of Malmsteem, but from once or twice I've seen a pair of DVD's from him, I recal thinking about Rick Wakeman on guitar.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote stegor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2014 at 22:11
Tough choice. I love Tony for his songwriting and understated playing. Not too flashy or overbearing, never playing an unnecessary note. His timbre always just right. Awful solo album covers.

Wakeman obviously much flashier, technically more ripped than Tony, but over-indulgent. But I've always really enjoyed his personality and self-deprecating humor.

Going with Tony, but I love em both.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 07 2014 at 01:16
Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

I would put Banks with Rod Argent , Dave Greenslade , Jon Lord* and Pete Bardens


I'd put Rick Wright and Roger Powell in that group, too.

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

]Wakeman belongs with the Keith Emerson, Eddie Jobson and Patrick Moraz camp


I concur.

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

* Jon Lord started off in the Emerson camp but then migrated to 'other side'.


And Don Airey, who joined Purple, could fit into either group, but I'd be more inclined to put him in there with Wakeman and Emerson.

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

A lot of this is to do with personality. Wakeman liked to embrace the latest keyboard tech while Banks was happy with his organ (so to speak).


I categorize guys like Banks and Bardens as "texture" players and Emerson and Wakeman are classical rockers who are the equivalent of a lead guitarist, on keys (Emerson, especially).

Then we have guys like Jan Hammer, who have fitted ably into support or lead positions and are competent in a number of musical styles/genres.

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I think Dave Stewart whips them both, but who asked me ??
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