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Is Rush the best?

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#41 Texas King

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 02:26 PM

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

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rush are very talented but more importantly wrote great songs.definitely IMO in the best discussion as the best for their time. as usual the next generation took it to the next level.  

in terms of sheer talent and music i still really like a fave of mine is liquid tension experiment.

to me rushs great weakness was their inability or unwillingness to let it hang out when playing live. real masters IMO can improvise and are unafraid to do so.

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 11:20 AM

View Posttangy, on 12 August 2020 - 02:26 PM, said:


to me rushs great weakness was their inability or unwillingness to let it hang out when playing live. real masters IMO can improvise and are unafraid to do so.

I don't think J.S. Bach was known for his improvisational ability, and he was as masterful as it gets.
It's just a different skill, not a weakness. Many, many groups -- Rush, U2 -- reach the heights of music with little to no improvisational ability.

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 01:07 PM

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View Posttangy, on 12 August 2020 - 02:26 PM, said:

to me rushs great weakness was their inability or unwillingness to let it hang out when playing live. real masters IMO can improvise and are unafraid to do so.

I don't think J.S. Bach was known for his improvisational ability, and he was as masterful as it gets.
It's just a different skill, not a weakness. Many, many groups -- Rush, U2 -- reach the heights of music with little to no improvisational ability.

notice i also said unwillingness. to me that is more likely than lack of ability. they ran a tight show and invested heavily in stage effects so i think they took a more calculated route to appease their fans. its worked apparently. perhaps they thought neils solo was the all the jam they needed.

the best extended improv jam that i can think of by members of rush is the lifeson/peart/sheehan soundcheck . ged was running late so billy sat in. worth a listen imo.

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 02:14 PM

In my opinion yes.
But I'm more than a little biased.
I couldn't quite believe it when I first discovered that three guys could produce *that* sound.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 03:52 PM

In response to everyone here who says no, I say yes. The sound and music produced by Rush has been surpassed by no one. EVER. Sure there are other bands that are also very talented but I think ignoring what made Rush so great and just writing them off as "not as good" undermines what made them great as musicians and masters of their craft. How many of the great rock bands of the 1970's and 1980's were as active and produced just as much music as Rush? Not very many. A handful at best. The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden. That's all I can think of. Except for the Rolling Stones Rush was active for just as long if not longer than all of these bands.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 03:59 PM

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

Buddy Rich was talented, he was Neil's favorite drummer, but I think Neil would have smoked Buddy in a drum off given the chance. After all, Neil learned from the best. Yes was a super talented band, and Rush learned from their craft and perfected it to what it became.

Edited by TheGhostRider, 16 August 2020 - 04:00 PM.


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Posted 16 August 2020 - 08:34 PM

I don't think there were many drummers better than Neil. Maybe Buddy Rich and maybe one or two others. For bass players Geddy is up there but I think there's a few who are as good if not better. The same thing with Alex as a guitarist. He was never really a shredder virtuoso type but he's very tasteful and has some great solos and riffing. So to me they are great but I think there were technically better musicians out there. However, no three guys could do what Rush did the way they did it and never will.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 08:40 PM

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

I didn't read the entire thread but RTF is probably Return to Forever who were a jazz fusion band from the 70's. They reappeared in the 2000's which is when I saw them live. Great band. Yeah, KC is probably King Crimson and were also great musicians. To this list I would add Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't think there has ever been any better musicians than them(like RTF also jazz fusion)but that's just my opinion. I'm a huge Yes fan and for a long time they were my favorite band. Comparing them to Rush isn't really fair but if I had to choose I think at their peak Yes were slightly better musicians. When Bill Bruford left they became slightly less good because Alan White wasn't as good as Bill Bruford but they still made some great music. Gentle Giant were another band who had top notch musicians but I doubt many people on this page reading this have any idea who they were. They were another underrated prog rock band from the seventies. After King crimson they are the most well known(or one of them at least)of the lesser knowns.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:34 PM

Neil is no doubt the best drummer.
Geddy Lee is up there with the best bassists.
Alex Lifeson is an amazing guitarist, but idk about Top 10...

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:18 PM

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

     RTF is Return To Forever. KC is King Crimson. And I just disagree that even the notorious Buddy Rich could beat Peart, or that Jaco or Les have an advantage on Ged. They're all top of the top players for sure, but to me, Rush just is that top, and songwriting is still a huge factor that I don't think most other virtuoso players come close to Rush on.

     I'll grant you this though. Obviously there are players who are more technically proficient than Geddy, Alex, and Neil. The odds are that the greatest bass player of all time was never even recorded seeing as recording technology has only been around for a fraction of the time that the string bass has been. That's just statistics. And that's not to mention the hundreds of jaw dropping technical showcase players that have been recorded by YouTube and Instagram in the past 15 years. To me though, technical proficiency does not equal talent. For example, in the movie Whiplash, the ability to play a double time swing beat at something like 400 bpm is held up as this "be all, end all" of jazz drumming. If you couldn't play it right in the movie, you were a talentless hack who didn't belong on stage with the best university jazz ensemble in the world.

     In real life, being able to play that fast is perhaps a valuable skill for a pro player in a top band, but it's not a black and white test of one's talent. If all music is to a player is a competition to become more and more technically proficient, that player may very well miss out on the art of the matter. Take a look at the Beatles or the Stones. Often regarded as some of the greatest songwriters and most all around talented musicians of all time despite blatantly obvious technical shortcomings from every member of either band. Keith couldn't sweep pick to save his life, and Ringo will probably never play 6:00 by Dream Theater. Likewise, Petrucci and Portnoy (though they are exceptional songwriters for their style and have brushed success with more conventional pop songs before) will not be writing Something or Angie anytime soon, and if someone brought either of them a song of that caliber, they would likely never play quite as tastefully on it as Ringo or Keith would.

     So where does all of this put Rush? Subjectively speaking, I think Rush land right at the top of the pile when you look at talent holistically. Technically they're some of most skilled players of all time, artistically they're one of the most creative and effective songwriting units of all time, and as performers their unmatched live reputation precedes them for good reason. I believe they are the most talented because they have the whole package, and I struggle to think of another band I would say that about.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:19 PM

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

I didn't read the entire thread but RTF is probably Return to Forever who were a jazz fusion band from the 70's. They reappeared in the 2000's which is when I saw them live. Great band. Yeah, KC is probably King Crimson and were also great musicians. To this list I would add Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't think there has ever been any better musicians than them(like RTF also jazz fusion)but that's just my opinion. I'm a huge Yes fan and for a long time they were my favorite band. Comparing them to Rush isn't really fair but if I had to choose I think at their peak Yes were slightly better musicians. When Bill Bruford left they became slightly less good because Alan White wasn't as good as Bill Bruford but they still made some great music. Gentle Giant were another band who had top notch musicians but I doubt many people on this page reading this have any idea who they were. They were another underrated prog rock band from the seventies. After King crimson they are the most well known(or one of them at least)of the lesser knowns.

Gentle Giant are well known to my ears! :)

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:20 PM

View PostTheGhostRider, on 16 August 2020 - 03:52 PM, said:

In response to everyone here who says no, I say yes. The sound and music produced by Rush has been surpassed by no one. EVER. Sure there are other bands that are also very talented but I think ignoring what made Rush so great and just writing them off as "not as good" undermines what made them great as musicians and masters of their craft. How many of the great rock bands of the 1970's and 1980's were as active and produced just as much music as Rush? Not very many. A handful at best. The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden. That's all I can think of. Except for the Rolling Stones Rush was active for just as long if not longer than all of these bands.

Longevity can certainly speak to one's talent as well!

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:21 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 16 August 2020 - 11:19 PM, said:

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

I didn't read the entire thread but RTF is probably Return to Forever who were a jazz fusion band from the 70's. They reappeared in the 2000's which is when I saw them live. Great band. Yeah, KC is probably King Crimson and were also great musicians. To this list I would add Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't think there has ever been any better musicians than them(like RTF also jazz fusion)but that's just my opinion. I'm a huge Yes fan and for a long time they were my favorite band. Comparing them to Rush isn't really fair but if I had to choose I think at their peak Yes were slightly better musicians. When Bill Bruford left they became slightly less good because Alan White wasn't as good as Bill Bruford but they still made some great music. Gentle Giant were another band who had top notch musicians but I doubt many people on this page reading this have any idea who they were. They were another underrated prog rock band from the seventies. After King crimson they are the most well known(or one of them at least)of the lesser knowns.

Gentle Giant are well known to my ears! :)

Well, a lot of prog rock fans are Rush fans but not all Rush fans are big prog fans. ;)

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:27 PM

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 11:21 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 16 August 2020 - 11:19 PM, said:

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

I didn't read the entire thread but RTF is probably Return to Forever who were a jazz fusion band from the 70's. They reappeared in the 2000's which is when I saw them live. Great band. Yeah, KC is probably King Crimson and were also great musicians. To this list I would add Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't think there has ever been any better musicians than them(like RTF also jazz fusion)but that's just my opinion. I'm a huge Yes fan and for a long time they were my favorite band. Comparing them to Rush isn't really fair but if I had to choose I think at their peak Yes were slightly better musicians. When Bill Bruford left they became slightly less good because Alan White wasn't as good as Bill Bruford but they still made some great music. Gentle Giant were another band who had top notch musicians but I doubt many people on this page reading this have any idea who they were. They were another underrated prog rock band from the seventies. After King crimson they are the most well known(or one of them at least)of the lesser knowns.

Gentle Giant are well known to my ears! :)

Well, a lot of prog rock fans are Rush fans but not all Rush fans are big prog fans. ;)

It took me a while to find out there was more to prog than Rush, Yes, and Floyd, and a while longer to actually give it a try...but man am I neck deep in it now. Ngl I've actually only heard three GG albums but all three are phenomenal and I've been looking to get my next one for a while. I have Octopus, In A Glass House, and The Power And The Glory.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:51 PM

View Posttangy, on 12 August 2020 - 02:26 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

return to forever



Who is Return To Forever? Lol

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:53 PM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 16 August 2020 - 11:51 PM, said:

View Posttangy, on 12 August 2020 - 02:26 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

return to forever



Who is Return To Forever? Lol

Chick Corea's jazz and jazz fusion band from the 70s! Treeduck can tell you all about them!

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 12:49 AM

I already answered the who is return to forever. See above. I'll add a bit more though. They were a fusion band who started out more in the jazz direction before becoming pure fusion. The classic lineup featured Stanley Clarke(bass), Lenny White(drums), Chick Corea(keyboards) and Al Di Meola(guitar).

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:08 AM

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 11:21 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 16 August 2020 - 11:19 PM, said:

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

I didn't read the entire thread but RTF is probably Return to Forever who were a jazz fusion band from the 70's. They reappeared in the 2000's which is when I saw them live. Great band. Yeah, KC is probably King Crimson and were also great musicians. To this list I would add Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't think there has ever been any better musicians than them(like RTF also jazz fusion)but that's just my opinion. I'm a huge Yes fan and for a long time they were my favorite band. Comparing them to Rush isn't really fair but if I had to choose I think at their peak Yes were slightly better musicians. When Bill Bruford left they became slightly less good because Alan White wasn't as good as Bill Bruford but they still made some great music. Gentle Giant were another band who had top notch musicians but I doubt many people on this page reading this have any idea who they were. They were another underrated prog rock band from the seventies. After King crimson they are the most well known(or one of them at least)of the lesser knowns.

Gentle Giant are well known to my ears! :)

Well, a lot of prog rock fans are Rush fans but not all Rush fans are big prog fans. ;)

That's true.
It's interesting there is a big overlap between Rush and Van Halen fans. That's really surprising to me, because Rush and VH are vastly different styles of rock music.

Edited by Texas King, 17 August 2020 - 09:20 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:17 AM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 16 August 2020 - 11:27 PM, said:

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 11:21 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 16 August 2020 - 11:19 PM, said:

View PostNew_World_Man, on 16 August 2020 - 08:40 PM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 12 August 2020 - 12:12 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 12 August 2020 - 10:09 AM, said:

A big old yes from me. World's best drummer and best bassist complimented by the world's most underrated guitarist, not to mention as a songwriting team they can best just about anyone who wasn't a Beatle. I'm sorry DT, KC, RTF.... close but no cigar.

Who is RTF? I suppose KC is King Crimson?

I have to disagree with your statement that Peart is the best drummer ever because they are/were a few jazz guys who could easily beat him anytime, Buddy Rich being the most notable of them. Also it's debatable whether Geddy is the best bassist, because The Ox (and Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Chris Squire) exists.
And how can you be sure Rush are superior/more talented musicians than e.g. Yes (such a strong quartet Howe + Wakeman + Bruford + Squire)?

I didn't read the entire thread but RTF is probably Return to Forever who were a jazz fusion band from the 70's. They reappeared in the 2000's which is when I saw them live. Great band. Yeah, KC is probably King Crimson and were also great musicians. To this list I would add Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't think there has ever been any better musicians than them(like RTF also jazz fusion)but that's just my opinion. I'm a huge Yes fan and for a long time they were my favorite band. Comparing them to Rush isn't really fair but if I had to choose I think at their peak Yes were slightly better musicians. When Bill Bruford left they became slightly less good because Alan White wasn't as good as Bill Bruford but they still made some great music. Gentle Giant were another band who had top notch musicians but I doubt many people on this page reading this have any idea who they were. They were another underrated prog rock band from the seventies. After King crimson they are the most well known(or one of them at least)of the lesser knowns.

Gentle Giant are well known to my ears! :)

Well, a lot of prog rock fans are Rush fans but not all Rush fans are big prog fans. ;)

It took me a while to find out there was more to prog than Rush, Yes, and Floyd, and a while longer to actually give it a try...but man am I neck deep in it now. Ngl I've actually only heard three GG albums but all three are phenomenal and I've been looking to get my next one for a while. I have Octopus, In A Glass House, and The Power And The Glory.

Those GG albums are very good.
Have you listened Camel and Van Der Graaf Generator? Albums by both bands have the high positions on this list:
http://www.progarchi...prog-albums.asp

Check them out.




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