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Best Rhythm Section in rock ever??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MascisMan, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Who are your top 2 rock rhythm sections ever?

    Mine are:

    Noel Redding/Mitch Mitchell
    Sting/Stewart Copeland

    Honorable mentions:
    John Paul Jones/John Bonham
    John Entwistle/Keith Moon
  2. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    If you're going to mention all of those guys, you have to mention Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Because they were the ones that showed everyone else, how it's done.

    I think Levon Helm/Rick Danko managed to find the perfect balance being being supportive, but also lending their own special flavor to songs to make good songs great, and great songs incredible.

    Also Bruce Foxton/Rick Buckler are probably the two most underratted musicians of the past 20 years. Admittedly, The Jam was largely Paul Weller's vehicle, but they were the ones that made Weller's templates into great songs.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Robert Deleo / Erick Kretz STP
  4. My vote goes to Bonham/Jones.

    FWIW- Peter Green thought so much of his rhythm section in the Bluesbreakers he named his new band after them, even though one of them wasn't even in the new band (yet). Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    JPJ and Bonham were SOLID :bassist:
  6. GrooveSlave


    Mar 20, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Not really Rock, but I've gotta go with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton backing Stevie. Highly underrated IMO.

    Rock I'd have to go with Neil and Geddy, because of the synergystic arrangements they did / do.

    Honorable mention Jones and Bonham, though I'm not as up on my Zeppelin as maybe I should be.
  7. just right off, I'd say JPJ/Bonham and...

    one of the most *unique*

    Chris Squire/Bill Bruford
  8. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelloto. All the rest of you guys can shut up now.
  9. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I beg to differ- Levin and Bruford. The new Levin and Mastelotto will probably be very interesting too.
  10. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    Another fan of Levin and Bruford here, and Squire and Bruford for that matter. But hey, I also like Cox and Miles better than Redding/Mitchell. I'd say all time it's between Geddy/Peart and Bonham & JPJ...

    Fishman and Gordon anybody? ;)
    Waters & Mason?
  11. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    Neil and Geddy of course. Sting makes everyone sound good - but I really like him when he was playing with Vinnie Caliuta (sp?).
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Agree...I also like Cox/Mitchell; Miles is better at the backbeat Rock-Funk stuff.
    Mitchell & Moon are "similar" in that they don't play backbeat, per se.

    David Brown/Michael Shrieve(Santana)
    Jimmy Fielder/Bobby Colomby(Blood, Sweat, & Tears)
    Phil Chen/Richard Bailey(Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow)
    Chuck Rainey/Bernard Purdie(Steely Dan)

    Current others-
    Jimmy Haslip/Vinnie Colaiuta(Jing-Chi...they sound like Cream on steroids)
    Stephan Lessard/Carter Beauford(DMB)
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    The Zeppelin DVDs would get you up-to-date. Bonham is like a freight train(Jerry B's words...& I agree!).
  14. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    surprised no one has said Sabbath yet
  15. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    commerford and wilks.
  16. Cliff Burton/James Hetfield
  17. I never really thought of them as having a tight rhythm section.
  18. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Hetfield on drums :confused:

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    James is an awesome Rhythm Guitarist :bassist:
  20. I used to really dig Mitch Mitchell until I heard the Rock and Roll Circus "Dirty Mac" project. He was cool, but not as powerful as the rest of the band. Surprising, seeing as what his real gig was!