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Is Rik Emmett in the same league with Alex Lifeson?


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Poll: Is Rik Emmett in the same league with Alex Lifeson? (27 member(s) have cast votes)

Is Rik Emmett in the same league with Alex Lifeson?

  1. Yes, hands down. (13 votes [48.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 48.15%

  2. Definitely no! (5 votes [18.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.52%

  3. I really don't know. (6 votes [22.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  4. Rik is even better than Lerxst. (3 votes [11.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

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#61 RUSHHEAD666

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:27 PM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 18 October 2017 - 11:54 PM, said:

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View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 18 October 2017 - 11:21 PM, said:

If not the same league, they've at least shared the same stage more than once

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#62 Lucas

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:38 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 19 October 2017 - 07:08 PM, said:

I think Emmett is a great guitarist, and he's written some great riffs and solos.  I have no doubt he knows the fretboard like nobody's business and knows every chord.  I saw him at a guitar workshop, and he played a jazzy thing where every beat was a different chord.  It was cool, but frankly forgettable.  He's a great shredder, and his solos (such as in Rock and Roll Machine) can have different facets.

But still . . . I don't think I've really ever heard him do something unique.  A lot of his licks seem grabbed from the big cosmic bag o' rock guitar licks.  There is occasionally a sloppiness and a strident tone in his playing.  I suspect some of that is production and youth.

With respect to Alex, I think of his solo on Working Man, and I think that even though it definitely takes liberally from the blues scales, there are some things that are quite astonishing and unique for such a young player on a first album of boogie-rock.  There's a two string climbing thing he does where he seems to stretch his fingers beyond what should be possible.  Then you think of the By-Tor solos, the Necromancer solos, Kings and Cygnus - I don't think Emmett ever comes close to such jaw dropping glory - not to mention the brilliance of La Villa, the emotional power of the Jacob's Ladder lead and of course Limelight.

I'm a great admirer of Emmett, and I'm happy to go along with this "same league" thing . . . but Lifeson just as a direct line to something special, a sort of mojo or tap into the collective unconscious, or something.

ok, sure, you had to go and pull the The Necromancer card, didn't you ??

In terms of "special" meaning and playing, the best Alex means more to me than Rik Emmett's best ..



#63 Steevo

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:51 PM

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View PostSteevo, on 18 October 2017 - 01:19 AM, said:

First poll that has genuinely shocked me.

Yeah same here. Alex is a far more interesting player IMO.

IMHO, Alex is the more interesting player too.
But "Who's more interesting?" wasn't the poll question.

But so what if he has the same ability.  It doesn't mean shit.  It's a redundant question.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:54 PM

View PostSteevo, on 20 October 2017 - 10:51 PM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 18 October 2017 - 07:28 AM, said:

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View PostSteevo, on 18 October 2017 - 01:19 AM, said:

First poll that has genuinely shocked me.

Yeah same here. Alex is a far more interesting player IMO.

IMHO, Alex is the more interesting player too.
But "Who's more interesting?" wasn't the poll question.

But so what if he has the same ability.  It doesn't mean shit.  It's a redundant question.

I don't even think the question means "same ability."
The question is simple - "same league...yes or no."


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 01:35 AM

View PostSteevo, on 20 October 2017 - 10:51 PM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 18 October 2017 - 07:28 AM, said:

View PostXanadoood, on 18 October 2017 - 07:21 AM, said:

View PostSteevo, on 18 October 2017 - 01:19 AM, said:

First poll that has genuinely shocked me.

Yeah same here. Alex is a far more interesting player IMO.

IMHO, Alex is the more interesting player too.
But "Who's more interesting?" wasn't the poll question.

But so what if he has the same ability.  It doesn't mean shit.  It's a redundant question.

I love Rik and Alex.

Perhaps they could start a band together.

I mean seriously guys and gals, Alex is on the REsolution 9 Band cd.

Good stuff.

Maybe Kim Mitchell can do an album with Alex and Rik too.

I would rather listen to them jam that that shit old hack ball sack band called IRON MAIDEN!  More like OLD MAID!

Edited by RUSHHEAD666, 21 October 2017 - 01:35 AM.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 03:27 AM

When I was a kid, I loved watching the odd couple.

When it comes to acoustic guitar, this performance left a huge impression on me.

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