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The solo career that eclipses the band

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Right Bower » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:50 am

Ronnie James Dio

Ozzy?
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:01 am

Marvell wrote:Richard Thompson comes to mind, as does Gram Parsons.


Fairport Convention and the Byrds were not chopped liver.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:18 am

Henry Vilas wrote:Steve Winwood

Solo Stevie Winwood was better than Blind Faith & Traffic?

Guess I am carrying the 60's banner today.

Hard to find that many who "eclipse" without getting silly and choosing mediocre bands.

Well, there is one for sure: NEil Young. He was in great bands and continued to raise the bar.

MAybe 1990's alt-country bands, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt somebody spawned somebody.

I don't know the George Clinton - Parliament - Funkadelic - Bootsy Collins lineage, but maybe there is a love child there.

Curtis Mayfield out of Impressions counts as great going greater.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:34 am

scratch wrote:Rod Stewart even though his recent releases are flaccid at best.

People love Rod Stewart's albums of standards. I wouldn't call his recent work flaccid, it's a different style and audience but just as artistic as his prime, but I don't think his voice has held-up.

I think Rod STewart has been underestimated because of sneering at his 80's commercial success. Guy was a brilliant singer, before and after he left various bands. He was great with the Faces. Ever hear album with Jeff Beck, "Truth"? "Every Picture Tells a Story" holds up today. A friend of mine who has a great music head said his concerts were sensational.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:35 am

Huckleby wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:Steve Winwood

Solo Stevie Winwood was better than Blind Faith & Traffic?

You left out the Spencer Davis Group.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:36 am

That's right, when he was 15 years old and singing lead for "I'm a Man"

edit: ok, he was 15 when he joined band, but they recorded it when he was 18.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby wack wack » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:48 am

Right Bower wrote:I want to say David Lee Roth, just because "Eat 'Em and Smile" is a far better album than "5150." After that though, not so much.


Things that make me go "hmm...," so I just listened to both albums.

Can't say I agree. But I can't wholeheartedly disagree, either! Admittedly, 5150 played a bigger role in my "back in the day" days, so that may skew my perception.

As for the original question... how about Kenny Rogers?
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:52 am

The Beatles all had productive solo careers, but none recaptured the magic, certainly not consistently. Somewhere I read that the 1970s were the solo Beatles' 1960s.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:52 am

I hate to say it, but... The Nuge.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:52 am

wack wack wrote:As for the original question... how about Kenny Rogers?


That's a great one. Also John Denver.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:53 am

Paul Simon?
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:09 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:Paul Simon?

If duos are considered bands, then Daryl Hall.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:31 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Kenneth Burns wrote:Paul Simon?

If duos are considered bands, then Daryl Hall.
On what planet has Daryl Hall's solo career eclipsed his work as half of the most successful duo in recorded music history?

Sam Cooke & Johnnie Taylor > The Soul Stirrers
Marvin Gaye > The Moonglows
Dusty Springfield > The Springfields
Dave Edmunds > Love Sculpture
Nick Lowe > Brinsley Schwarz
Billy Joel > The Hassles > Attila (although you're still left with Billy Joel, so who cares?)
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby scratch » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:34 pm

Huckleby wrote:
Marvell wrote:Richard Thompson comes to mind, as does Gram Parsons.

Fairport Convention and the Byrds were not chopped liver.


True on both counts, but I think the band that Gram Parsons eclipsed is the Flying Burrito Brothers. And that might qualify Chris Hillman as well. I don't think either of them exactly eclipsed the Byrds.

I'd still call Rod the Mod's recent stuff flaccid, even going back before his recording non-challenging versions of standards. If anything his early work with the Jeff Beck Group reinforces that for me. But in terms of this question, he easily eclipsed both the Jeff Beck Group and Faces with his solo career. Come to think of it, maybe Ron Wood did, too.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:40 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:On what planet has Daryl Hall's solo career eclipsed his work as half of the most successful duo in recorded music history?


I was thinking the same thing. I'm voting that one off the ship.
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