Listening to some old U2

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  1. integra evan

    integra evan Senior Stratmaster

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    The Edge has outstanding musicianship. I like how he made his effects part of his instrumentation and not just add ons. That TC2290 was just as important as the explorer or strat he was playing. Musical landscapes that served the song, catchy melodies, and sold millions of records? That's a darn good musician in my book.
     
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    Sucks that he fell, but i love how the delay captures the guitar neck hitting the stage LOL

    Smack smack smack smack....
     
  3. Guy Named Sue

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    Oh he can hit those high notes much better than Bono. He always could, shame he doesn't use it as often.
     
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    Agree. From the general 1980s palette, it's only Edge that made me guitar-curious. Love the ambience, the use of pedal tech as part of the instrument.

    My exposure to non-top-40 music was non-existent back then, though. But still, like the op said, Edge knew how to put together a soundscape.
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    Have a listen to the falsetto part Bono does at the end of One.
     
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    Oh I'm aware of it, but there's an untapped potential within Edge when it comes to singing. Bono can get those high notes but it's never as clean and smooth as Edge.
     
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    Oh Edge sure can sing!

     
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    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'm a big fan. Like the Edge, I don't have much interest in soloing. But for a lot of guitarists it's all about solo chops, so hugely influential players like Edge and Nile Rodgers are not regarded as highly as (imho) less important players such as Gilmour and Mayer.
     
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    I don't know if it's the song you're talking about, but "Desire" is pure Bo Diddley.

    JAMES
     
  10. Chont

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    Edge is one of my favorite players. To be honest... I lost interest in U2 because of Bono. For a long time It boggled my mind how Edge got that very subtle scratchy pick attack in his playing. Only fairly recently learned it was the pick he used. Then it all made sense. Its amazing how such a seemingly simple small thing could have such a huge impact on giving somebody a unique tone or style.

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    Just ordered some Herdim picks... LOL
     
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    Edge is great. U2 became more and more insufferable over the years, as bands often do, trying to maintain relevance.

    edge is great though. The people who really criticize him are likely looking for notes per minute versus musicianship that works for a song.
     
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    there's also the "he is too dependent on his pedal board" criticism. The way I look at it is those can be as much a musical instrument as his guitar. Especially with his delays. No one is going to just walk up to his pedalboard and instantly be him. What David Gilmour says in Live at Pompeii about controlling your equipment and not the other way around is spot on in Edge's case as well.
     
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    Tim Pierce has mentioned the massive influence that the edge had on studio players in the 80’s.
     
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    I know its popular to kind of paint the Edge as this kind of ethereal, mysterious soundscapist, but that wasn’t quite so much a thing until Unforgettable Fire. I was drawn in with War, and the immediate attraction was how GREAT the guitar sounded. Really classic rock electric guitar sounds, with some classic ingredients.
     
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    Edge's playing has always been the thing that made U2 remarkable in my book. The rest of the band is, frankly, good and perhaps even great in their own way. But not remarkable or unique. While Bono is the front man true that, Edge is the one who puts it over the top.
     
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    True. I first hear U2 when War came out and yes... there's some delay here and there but its mostly driving rock guitar. New Years Day flat out rocks
     
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    The Edge is awesome. His music sounds as good today as when I first heard it. He was a pioneer in dotted eighths delay, and if anyone thinks that's a gimmick, I challenge them to play just one of those old U2 songs better than the Edge.

    I love the way he takes a triad and moves one note at a time to create a lush chord progression. It's genius, anf he always made it look effortless.
     
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    I LOVE that song, still to this day. Fantastic fantastic guitar parts, and sounds. A great classic rock guitar solo, also.
     
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    Probably "Desire" which was their copy of The Stooges "1969"

    I loved the Edge back then (and now), he pointed the way for all of us who had no interest in copying Eddie Van Halen

    Desire


    Their inspiration, The Stooges 1969

     
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    I was expecting G-L-O-R-I-A......