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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Re-Ranking the Great Guitarists: Jimmy Page

Rock music is obviously created as something to be enjoyed. But, as with all creations, it then becomes subject to subjective ratings. Do you like this album? Not like this song? What is this songwriter's best self-penned tune? Who is the better singer? Which is the best band? Some of the most influential ratings in rock come from Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine has rated rock's 100 greatest guitarists.  Not surprisingly, not everyone agrees with the ratings. Here I'll Rock Your Festival's resident guitarist James Gilbert takes issue with a few of the highest placements.

Jimmy Page rated  #3 best guitarist in rock and roll? That's a disgrace. 

Page is overrated.

He was by far the worst of the big three guitarist to work with The Yardbirds.  Of course, it would be kind of hard for anyone to walk in behind Eric Clapton in his prime and Jeff Beck who's playing is unbelievable still to this day.   

Page has played the same in the box blues riffs for the past 40 years. 

My guess is he stole them right along with the songs Led Zeppelin put on their first LP.  

When something works why change it might sometimes be good advice, but it makes for a boring, stagnant guitar player.  And I believe that what Jimmy Page is, despite the legion of Led Zeppelin who would disagree.

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