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Initial post: Aug 17, 2012 12:27:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2012 9:45:12 PM PDT
D. Grooms says:
Here's the scenario: Someone picks 12 songs at random from the genres of rock, pop, country, R&B, and jazz. You put together a band of 6 artists (all have to be living) that can best lay down the songs in one take. You win ten million bucks if your band does the best. Who are the 6 artists you would take? Off the top of my head, I'll go with:

Kelly Clarkson-Vocals
Richie Sambora-Guitar & Vocals
Eric Clapton-Guitar & Vocals
Brad Paisley-Guitar & Vocals
Nathan East-Bass
Sheila E.-Drums & Vocals

I might need a keyboard player, in which case, I would drop Richie Sambora, and plug in Steve Winwood.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 6:55:56 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Phish-they can switch instruments

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 8:49:08 PM PST
Who ends up with the tuba?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 9:01:42 PM PST
Mitt.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 9:34:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 4:50:57 AM PST
D. Mok says:
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Posted on Nov 5, 2012 9:38:28 AM PST
Jimmy Page-Guitar
Jeff Beck-Guitar
John Paul Jones-Bass/Keyboards
Geoff Tate-Vocals
Joey Kramer-Drums
Brad Whitford-Rythm Guitar

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 1:01:02 PM PST
Chazzzbo says:
Ty Tabor - guitar, vocals
Nick Lowe - bass, guitar, vocals
Amy Lee - piano, vocals
Stevie Wonder - keys, harmonica
Rod Morgenstein - drums, percussion

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 1:39:40 PM PST
Music Lover says:
here's a group of great multi-instrumentalists:

Paul McCartney
John Paul Jones
Stevie Wonder
Adrian Belew

these 4 combined can cover vocals,guitar,bass,drums,keyboards,piano,mandolin,harmonica

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 2:47:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 2:48:01 PM PST
zlh67 says:
For a versatile "band", it's hard to beat these guys, who all play just about anything, but I'll list them according to what I'd have them focusing on:

Prince - guitar
Paul McCartney - bass
Stevie Wonder - keys
Lenny Kravitz - drums (he's more known for guitar, but he plays nearly everything on his albums and it's his drumming that stands out to me; I wouldn't let him write a single song in this band though since he stopped doing that in 1998)
Sheila E. - percussion and/or 2nd drummer if you want Kravitz on something else such as rhythm guitar
Freddie Mercury - lead vocalist plus piano

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 3:22:09 PM PST
S. Stalcup says:
Chris Murphy (Sloan): Plays Bass, Guitar, Drums and Sings
Paul McCartney: Plays Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums and Sings
Geddy Lee: Plays Bass and Keyboards and Sings (often all three at the same time)
Mick Jones (The Clash/B.A.D.): Plays Guitar, Auxiliary Percussion and Sings
David Bowie: Plays Guitar, Saxophone, Piano and Sings
Pearse Doherty (ex-Saw Doctors): Plays Bass, Tin Whistle, and Sings

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:08:09 PM PST
Stephen Mcnary says:
Jimmy Page-Guitar

I only wish this were true. Jimmy hasn't had decent chops in at least two decades.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 1:09:26 AM PST
Timothy-Try 3 decades. This choice was based on his prime years with Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds and session work(Especially w/Zep). Very versatile.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 3:46:01 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
zlh67 says:
For a versatile "band", it's hard to beat these guys, who all play just about anything, but I'll list them according to what I'd have them focusing on:

Prince - guitar
Paul McCartney - bass
Stevie Wonder - keys
Lenny Kravitz - drums (he's more known for guitar, but he plays nearly everything on his albums and it's his drumming that stands out to me; I wouldn't let him write a single song in this band though since he stopped doing that in 1998)
Sheila E. - percussion and/or 2nd drummer if you want Kravitz on something else such as rhythm guitar
Freddie Mercury - lead vocalist plus piano

I have the feeling that Freddie will be buried in the mix.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 10:52:54 AM PST
McCartney isn't the bass player he used to be anymore. Clapton is not the same guy on guitar as he was in the 60's and 70's. If we're talking about a group of guys right now, November of 2012, I think Jack White needs to be a sort of band leader, let him choose 2 or more guys from Tame Impala and Radiohead, let Beck (Hanson) be the recording engineer and overall studio "gopher", maybe Adele, Avett Brothers, and Ida could be waiting in the green room if they needed any guest vocals.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 11:08:07 AM PST
mr. critic,

I found your post fascinating because it so neatly sums up the different approach to music today as opposed to yesteryear.

For music of "right now, November 2012" instead of naming "musicians" you pick a "band leader", a "recording engineer" and "guest vocals".

It just very succinctly highlights and reinforces the notion that today's music is more a function of control in the studio rather than "dues-paying musicianship".

Not criticizing it... just an observation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 11:18:02 AM PST
Cyberian Husky: Great music has usually been produced when each individual does what he is most gifted to do.

Where would the Beatles have ended up without George Martin? Certainly good but perhaps not great?

Where would Pink Floyd have ended up without Alan Parsons? Not filling up football stadiums, I could guess that much.

In the words of the great but crazy and obscure jazz pianist, Sun Ra: "We're all music...each of us playing our part...in this vast "orchestry" of the cosmos."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 11:31:36 AM PST
I completely agree with everything you say.
George Martin was a HUGE Contribution to the Beatles music.

It just seems to me that, in those days, the "creative control" ratio of "musical artist" to "studio personnel (& others)" was roughly 80% to 20% respectively.

Today, those percentages appear to have virtually reversed.

Again, not to be taken as a criticism of the quality of the end result. Just an observation of an apparent shift in the locus of "creative control" over the years.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 1:02:48 PM PST
Fischman says:
Guitar 1: Larry Carlton
Guitar 2+Vocals: Rik Emmett
Bass+ Vocals: John Wetton
Drums: Rod Morgenstein
Keys: Jordan Rudess

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 8:38:05 AM PST
Fischman says:
One could even argue that "creative control" is an oxymoron.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 11:02:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2012 1:22:50 PM PST
Impossible lineup but here it is anyway!:)

Bruce Dickinson - Vocals
Fat Mike - Bass & Vocals
Slash - Lead Guitar
Sinead O Connor - Acoustic Guitar & Back Vocals
Avril Lavigne - Rhythm Gutar & Back Vocals
El Hefe - Trumpet
Lars Ulrich - Drums

The first album would include appearances and featurings by Beyonce, B Real, Mike Skinner, Kirk Hammet and Harry Belafonte.

love the thread!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 11:55:23 AM PST
CH

What made Martin so successful was that he LISTENED to the musicians and helped actualize the sounds they heard in their heads. All too few producers of that era did that. Think Phil Spector.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 12:24:37 PM PST
Mark R. Allen,

Absolutely right.

Spector considered the artists themselves virtually interchangeable as evidenced by releasing some Ronettes recordings as being by "The Crystals"!

One could argue that the current trend toward "studio-made" artists, using studio manipulations such as "autotune" etc. and putting control more in the hands of the production team over the artists is just a throwback to the Spector era, which, BTW, certainly produced some classic recordings.

So, perhaps the current trend is simply a matter of the music industry having come "Full Circle"?

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 12:56:17 PM PST
Impossible versatile band #2 :

Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals and shakings
Rev. Jesse Jackson - Keyboards and Vocals
Courtney love - Lead Guitar & back Vocals
Busta Rhyme - Beat Box/MC
Sheryl Crowe - Rhythm Guitar
Rick Allen - Drums

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 1:12:43 PM PST
Impossible versatile band#3

Bjork - Vocals
Tom Morello - Lead Guitar
Billy Corgan - Rhythm Guitar & Back Vocals
Sting - Bass & Back Vocals
Marilyn Manson - Keyboards
John Dolmayan - Drums

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 1:45:20 PM PST
impossible versatile band# 4

Axl Rose - Vocals
Lauryn Hill - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
Susan Boyle - Back Vocals & Tambourine
Max Cavalera - Rhythm Guitar
Melissa Auf der Maur - Bass & Back Vocals
Q-ball - Keyboards
Nico Mcbrain - Drums
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