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Hendrix or Carlos santana?

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Initial post: 27 Jul 2014 15:27:52 BDT
Who do you think is the greatest electric guitarist out of these two legends?

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 19:27:48 BDT
Hendrix took the electric guitar to another level as I have expounded on another thread so he comes first, but Carlos is up there as an innovator above most of the rock-blues guitarists for me.

I have been collecting both since the 60s and love them both.

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 01:17:31 BDT
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Posted on 28 Jul 2014 13:41:29 BDT
Gregster says:
Out of the 2 mentioned it's obviously Jimi. I'm not saying Carlos is bad, but I can think of many guitarists above him who are more proficient, more influential and more innovative. Jeff Beck instantly springs to mind.
Carlos has done some great stuff over the years, my favourite guitar instrumental ever, 'Song of the Wind', is a good example. There are many better players than him, but for feeling....not too many.......but still enough!

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 20:54:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jul 2014 21:37:05 BDT
gille liath says:
Definitely Hendrix. If there's one performer in the history of pop/rock, on any instrument, that you might consider using the word 'genius' about, it's him. Santana, tbh, would be well down my list. I've never got anything much out of his playing.

Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Richard Thompson, John Renbourn...after that it gets a bit trickier.

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 22:26:36 BDT
FDJ says:
It'll always be Hendrix, he was an astounding rock/blues guitarist who took guitar playing to another level. Carlos Santana is a superb six-stringer who has an incredible tone and plays with real feel but Hendrix was/is the master when it comes to ability and technique.

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 09:09:23 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
For me Santana's a one trick pony..i.e. his tone. Can't hear his influence in anyone else either whereas Hendrix's is clear for all to see

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2014 10:09:45 BDT
The fact that Santana is so unique is his strong point, although his brother Jorge did emulate him to some extent for a while in Malo.

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 16:14:23 BDT
Adrian K says:
I recognize Hendrix as the greater guitarist, but find I enjoy Santana's music more, and listen to it more often.

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 08:40:17 BDT
Tikka says:
My instinct would say Jimi, and I own most of his studio work and a few live elpees.

I only have a couple of Santana albums - Supernatural and Moonflower - has anyone suggestions of what else may be worth adding?

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 09:34:09 BDT
Gregster says:
Tikka - You will surely enjoy 'Caravanserai'.

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 10:36:17 BDT
FDJ says:
Caravanserai, Abraxas, 3 are all essential Santana albums with Caravanserai being the best of those three.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2014 22:11:19 BDT
I would say essential purchases are:

Live At The Fillmore - 1968
Oneness: Silver Dreams Golden Reality

You could do worse than to buy the original album classics in this order:

Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics: Inner Secrets/Marathon/Zebop!/Shango/Freedom
Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 22:56:47 BDT
RedAlFire says:
Enjoying a little jazz in my rock I like Borboletta too.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 00:37:34 BDT
FDJ says:
Good call on Borboletta Red, I'd forgotten that one. Lotus is also a killer!

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 08:18:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2014 08:19:42 BDT
Tikka says:
Thanks for the recommendations. I think I'll go for the Original Album Classics with Caravanserai in it as a starter.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 08:41:12 BDT
T. Franklin says:
There's also Santana (2CD Woodstock Experience Edition), which contains the full set from the festival, and the debut album.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 11:01:07 BDT
That box also contains Borboletta, a very jazzy album along with the collaboration with John Mclaughlan :-) excellent cheap box :-)

Posted on 1 Sep 2014 14:58:36 BDT
S. R. Tulip says:
Hendrix technically better, Santana the most soulful of all. I suspect the passsage of time will be kinder to the latter as Zappa, Miles, McLaughlin etc. come to the fore and Hendrix just sounds like a small collection of songs and Santana becomes a sizeable string of fine albums based on composition rather than verse/ chorus/ solo.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2014 01:42:38 BDT
Neither...I vote for Nancy Wilson ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2014 11:48:08 BDT
I like Heart Suze but there is no comparison to Hendrix and Santana :-P

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2014 11:53:01 BDT

Posted on 4 Sep 2014 11:59:37 BDT
Here we go. Joke Suze ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2014 12:08:07 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Check out Kaki King :-)

Posted on 4 Sep 2014 12:32:16 BDT
it'll come as absolutely no surprise that i would rather eat a mars bar dipped in dog turd than listen to either hendrix or santana, but my vote for guitar excellence goes to a lady. the magnificent (and hot) poison ivy rorschach.
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