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Poll: Freddie Mercury vs Geddy Lee 1973-1980 (38 member(s) have cast votes)

Which singer do you think had the best voice between 1973-1980?

  1. Freddie Mercury (33 votes [86.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 86.84%

  2. Geddy Lee (5 votes [13.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.16%

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#81 Lorraine

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:49 PM

View Postthirteen, on 16 May 2017 - 06:47 PM, said:

I'm a massive Rush fan who doesn't give two shits about Queen.
But as far as vocal ability, Freddie Mercury over Geddy for sure

Now, if Geddy had the vocal training to preserve and maintain his range and power when he was younger, he would have been phenomenal.
That I agree with very much about Geddy.  Why he never did amazes me.

Our loss.  His too.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:10 PM

Ged Screaming in the 70's did him no favors.  i mean even listening to 70's bootlegs even talking he was screaming sometimes.  now he backed off in the 80's which was smart.  but i agree vocal training would have added lots of miles to his voice.

but instead we have yodels.

pretty abusive towards a precious instrument.

Just my view.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:30 PM

View Postbluefox4000, on 16 May 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Ged Screaming in the 70's did him no favors.  i mean even listening to 70's bootlegs even talking he was screaming sometimes.  now he backed off in the 80's which was smart.  but i agree vocal training would have added lots of miles to his voice.

but instead we have yodels.

pretty abusive towards a precious instrument.

Just my view.

Mick

What other band has lasted so long for so many years? He probably didn't figure he would be Still singing after about 10 years...and another 10....etc.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:34 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 16 May 2017 - 07:30 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 16 May 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Ged Screaming in the 70's did him no favors.  i mean even listening to 70's bootlegs even talking he was screaming sometimes.  now he backed off in the 80's which was smart.  but i agree vocal training would have added lots of miles to his voice.

but instead we have yodels.

pretty abusive towards a precious instrument.

Just my view.

Mick

What other band has lasted so long for so many years? He probably didn't figure he would be Still singing after about 10 years...and another 10....etc.

well you're right.  it's easy to look back and talk.  but my god what he could have preserved.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:57 PM

View Postbluefox4000, on 16 May 2017 - 07:34 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 16 May 2017 - 07:30 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 16 May 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Ged Screaming in the 70's did him no favors.  i mean even listening to 70's bootlegs even talking he was screaming sometimes.  now he backed off in the 80's which was smart.  but i agree vocal training would have added lots of miles to his voice.

but instead we have yodels.

pretty abusive towards a precious instrument.

Just my view.

Mick

What other band has lasted so long for so many years? He probably didn't figure he would be Still singing after about 10 years...and another 10....etc.

well you're right.  it's easy to look back and talk.  but my god what he could have preserved.

Mick

Oh I agree totally. But singing the way he did is what has made him famous. I think natural wear and tear and just aging probably would've knocked his high notes off by the time he hit his 30s anyway.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:01 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 15 May 2017 - 11:49 PM, said:

View PostRick N. Backer, on 15 May 2017 - 11:06 AM, said:

View PostFordgalaxy, on 15 May 2017 - 10:44 AM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 15 May 2017 - 08:42 AM, said:

I actually hate the sound of Mercurys voice the same way many here hate Springsteen for his writing.

I think Geddy has a much nicer voice and Mercury has many levels in which to shrill.

Mariah Carey is better than both to my ears, and her deeper range is more convincing too.
Who said anything about Carey? If you want to start pulling in random singers, there are opera people who have better voices than she does. As for not liking a band and by extension not liking the singer, the thread is about the voice. The only reason Geddy was mistaken for Plant is because almost every review planted the seed when they said Rush sounded like Zeppelin. It's an easy, but flawed connection.

Is there some scientific measure for a singer's voice that is used to determine whether it's good or not?  If not, then I would suggest that most people who aren't fans of a singer aren't very likely to nonetheless be fans of the band he or she sings in.

art cannot be explained in any capacity with science, nor should it ever be.
That's overly simplistic.  Pitch is a fairly objective criterion, for example.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:05 PM

View PostFordgalaxy, on 15 May 2017 - 11:57 AM, said:


I doubt there is a scientific measure of the quality of a voice just as there is not a scientific measure of how well a guitarist plays or a drummer drums
Pitch, tone, timbre, volume, phrasing...

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 11:35 PM

"Best" I'd have to say Freddie because everyone hated Geddy's voice back then.
My favorite? Geddy of course!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:22 AM

However being fair to both.  if you asked me who i prefer DURING the 80's......Ged all the way.

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:35 AM

Multiply by 6.  Then you carry the 1 . . .

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