Listening to some old U2

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  1. Justin226

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    I know The Edge came up the other day and many expressed distaste. He’s not what we’d call a Guitar God, but some of the tracks he laid down are pretty impressive. He paints a pretty landscape.
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    Indeed. In some ways their early stuff remains their best. Edge for all his shortcomings remains underrated in my view.
     
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    Say what??? The Edge created something that may or may not have been totally his own invention, but was for sure brand new to most of us. That's an amazing accomplishment.

    New quote from Dado, use it but please attribute it to me: Lack of noodles does not mean it was not a great soup.

    Also, U2 in general, sometimes when I question my song writing and feel like my chord progressions are baby talk while playing pattycake in the sandbox, I think about how few chords U2 used to make a zillion dollars. :D
     
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    I liked some of their early stuff , then bono became an authority on everything.
     
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    Hey man, 3 chords can usually always do the trick!

    yea, I’ve heard Edge interviewed before and he’s always the first to speak on his limitations. And the first to give credit to where he drew his inspiration. Forget what song it was (it will come to me later) but he’s like “yea, I just did a Bo Diddley rhythm and it worked”.
     
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    Boy, back when Bono still had that teenage rebellious yet at times delicate and naive voice, and he wasn't so preachy

    The Edge belongs to a category by himself, he is unique. While most guitarist play around with bending, vibrato and sliding notes fast, Edge creates this audio landscape in his head and then recreates it with effects and his guitar.
     
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    His playing and tonal palate were perfect for their music. It'd be hard to imagine their music with someone else playing guitar for them.



    Great stuff.
     
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    It’s reported he knows the name of the guy buried in the unknown soldiers tomb .....
     
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    Or someone else playing drums for them.
     
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    I won’t go here.
    Yup. A few of my favorite players have the unique trait of staying out of their own way.
     
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    f course he does..lol.
     
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    I think hes a great guitar player and deserves his notoriety.
     
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    His playing is perfect for what they do .
     
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    I am so
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    The Edge was the first guitar player that made me sit up and listen when I was a teenager. I went out and bought The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree on the same day and things have never been the same since!
     
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    I am the one who posted the Edge interviewing Flea. And I was surprised (not that much actually) at the hate.
    Yeah well look at their show at Slane Castle (80,000 people) and the first few notes of Where the streets have no name. Who here can claim to have achieved that?
    He did mentioned he was a rhythm guitarist, don’t expect him to shred.
    I remember on the other guitars forum people saying they hated his 3 notes songs. My reply to that was yes you just pointed out his talent , I mean who can claim to reach so many people with just 3 notes? Very few people.
    The Edge does what he does extremely well. He is humble considering his success . I definitely do not like all U2 but I certainly love a bunch of it
     
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    Some said Miles Davis built a his style out of his deficiencies. The Edge did the same thing. He played to his strengths and created a signature sound.
     
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    And he can sing a little as well ! This is a nice version of a great song !
     
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    What he plays is really not my thing, but he's a master of the texture that creates space for the song to live in. Everybody else sings or holds down the ryhythm inside that space. IMO, no texture, no U2 song.
     
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    Perhaps I can help. He named himself The Edge for no discernible reason. Unfortunately The Edge didn't know where the edge was.



    This took place on Sunday (Bloody Sunday!) and yet he still hasn't found what he's looking for. :cool:
     
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