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Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:09 PM

The musicians of Democratic Underground know about Prince....

Easily one of the best rocknroll guitar players of all time, maybe in the top 5, think about what that means.

Played how many instruments? 12 I think.

Wrote songs that are masterpieces.

Performed them equally.

The guy was one of the greatest musicians, songwriters of all time, in a very very small group of unique and wonderful talents.

Gonna really miss him.




Makes me now wonder where Rolling Stone ranked him when they did the all time guitar players.

Just looked at Rolling Stone, that list is embarrassing. They got some of it right but most of it way wrong.

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Reply The musicians of Democratic Underground know about Prince.... (Original post)
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 OP
jonno99 Apr 2016 #1
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 #2
malaise Apr 2016 #4
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 #5
malaise Apr 2016 #7
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 #8
flying rabbit Apr 2016 #16
1StrongBlackMan Apr 2016 #3
lovemydog Apr 2016 #21
bigwillq Apr 2016 #6
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 #9
NightWatcher Apr 2016 #10
noretreatnosurrender Apr 2016 #13
noretreatnosurrender Apr 2016 #11
BumRushDaShow Apr 2016 #12
ancianita Apr 2016 #14
ngGale Apr 2016 #15
Duppers Apr 2016 #17
Beaverhausen Apr 2016 #18
Cheese Sandwich Apr 2016 #19
Act_of_Reparation Apr 2016 #20
lovemydog Apr 2016 #22
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 #25
nadine_mn Apr 2016 #23
BuelahWitch Apr 2016 #24
Glassunion Apr 2016 #26
Jackie Wilson Said Apr 2016 #27
nolabear Apr 2016 #28

Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:15 PM

1. Simply Awesome - RIP...


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Response to jonno99 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:21 PM

2. Play the video, watch the guitar work, fucking genius or if that word is overused

REALLY GOD DAMN GOOD


oh, and TURN IT THE FUCK UP!

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:27 PM

4. Experts say he played 27 instruments

Just think about that

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:32 PM

5. Watch this video, very few can do that with a guitar



it is not just playing the notes, but like David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, he is writing music that has never been heard before and then he plays it like a fucking mad man.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:37 PM

7. Let's face facts

He was a genius

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Response to malaise (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:40 PM

8. speaking of genius and gone

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:12 PM

16. So fucking righteous!

Damn.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:25 PM

3. What I respected about him ...

 

besides the fact that he developed a sound that had not been previously heard ... was that, and how, he walked away from the music industry. I'm pretty sure, his detailing his treatment in the industry, led many musicians to take a good look at their contracts before they signed them.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 03:28 AM

21. Absolutely.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:33 PM

6. He was amazing.

 

RIP

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:45 PM

9. and LISTEN TO THIS WHOLE THING, PRINCE IS AT THE END

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:45 PM

10. I was just about to post that one.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:54 PM

13. Wow

I hadn't seen that performance before. Thank you so much for posting. It gave me goosebumps. Such a great loss today.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:46 PM

11. Fabulous Musician/Songwriter

I played the hell out of the Purple Rain album. My neighbors even complained because I played it LOUD. lol I watched the Purple Rain movie over and over - not for the acting, because it was bad. I watched it to see him play and move across the stage. It was beautiful.

RIP

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 07:48 PM

12. If I am not mistaken

his self-titled album, that came out when I was a senior in HS (and that my sis had gotten as a present). was where he played all of the instruments on it. And another fun fact about that album is that the song that Chaka Khan made famous - "I Feel for You" was his and was a slow song!

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 09:16 PM

14. Rolling Stone's list is definitely arguable, but its contributor-judges are well respected. nt

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 09:51 PM

15. Born to...

play, a natural. Rare talent...RIP

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:13 PM

17. If that performance doesn't give you chills...

What will?!


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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:14 PM

18. My first time hearing When Doves Cry. From my Facebook

The single "When Doves Cry" was released on May 16, 1984.

There aren't many songs that I recall vividly the first time I heard them but this is definitely one of them.

I was driving and I remember staring at the radio, amazed at the what I was hearing. First, there is no bass. NO BASS. The entire arrangement is fascinating because it's sparse and open while being intricate and detailed.

The drums. The keyboards. The vocals.

The vocals.

How many different voices was he using? How many layers to create that sound.

That song changed everything.

I join all my friends in our sorrow at the loss of such an artist. Glad to see he is getting the accolades he deserves and I hope he knew how much we all loved him.

Thank god we still have his music.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:15 PM

19. What I love about Prince is he wasn't afraid to be different, weird, unique

 

But it wasn't just a gimmick. He had a very creative and individualist personality and he let it shine through and that was awesome.

He just was a very special guy and a great musician. A really good guitar player but he did so many other things. A true original. A great artist. Great songwriter. It's a sad thing.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 10:20 PM

20. It's not just his technical prowess...

He also refused to put up with the typical record label bullshit, and managed to exercise complete control over his art. Without him, we wouldn't have guys like Trent Reznor shaking things up.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 03:34 AM

22. I agree with every word.

& Jackie Wilson said it was reet petite.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #22)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 11:54 AM

25. Oh yeah

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 07:08 AM

23. like other's have said.. genius gets thrown around a lot, but Prince truly was genius

I was in high school when 1999 came out, and wow - that changed my world.

I was lucky to see him perform live and just so much freaking talent packed into one little purple one.

Watching him play guitar - it becomes a whole different instrument in his hands.

I am not a musician, just a music lover and the loss of Prince in this world sucks. I am just blessed to have grown up listening to his music and being a fan.

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 09:47 AM

24. A very talented musician!

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:21 PM

26. What I like about Prince the most, is that unlike most all other musicians, you can't compare him

to another. Prince was an enigma.

He created himself.

I look at it like this... His music, his style, his sexual appeal, were all pulled from from unique and magical material from far off in the cosmos. There is none like him, and he was like no other.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #26)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:29 PM

27. Yeah, kinda like ...well

hmm, cant think of anybody to compare him to.

Ever

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Response to Jackie Wilson Said (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:30 PM

28. Heard 30 instruments yesterday. Poor Stevie Wonder was almost unable to speak.

They were geniuses of a kind and knew it.

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