Poll: which type of band do you prefer?
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band that plays live exactly the same as in the studio
27 11%
band that add improv and changes the some parts.
218 89%
Voters: 245.
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#1
What would you prefer when you see a band live? A band that plays almost exactly like the records, like the record. Or a band that completely improvises solos live, like eric clapton.
#2
i think improvising is what makes it special.
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#3
just look at Led Zeppelin.
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#4
Yeah improv,
and he rehearsed stuff thats not on the records cool too.
Something different is gooood
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#5
Neither one is inherently better, and neither one implies more talent or some bullshit like that.
#6
I don't think that completely improvising solos is good. Maybe throwing in an couple of extra licks here and there, but definitely not the whole solo.
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#7
Changing or improving a lick on guitar temporarily is cool, maybe changing up the lyrics a little, as long as it's minor or temporary, I'm cool with it. Not like Buckethead, who will play the main riff of a song to make sure you know what song it was supposed to be and not play anything that even resembles the original afterwards.
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I don't think that completely improvising solos is good. Maybe throwing in an couple of extra licks here and there, but definitely not the whole solo.


I agree...sometimes you're just looking forward to hearing that one solo and then they go and play something different it can be kind of disappointing.
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Exactly, not only that but sometimes its good to have a mixture. Have certain signature (to the song) melodies, and imrovisation between these. it's all about good noise. doesn't matter.


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#14
I like it when bands add massive extravagant solos on to the end of songs when they play them live (eg. The Living End)
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#15
I prefer things being played exactly as they are on the record, but I'm fine with the odd little improvised run mixed in with a solo or riff or whatever.
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Exactly, not only that but sometimes its good to have a mixture. Have certain signature (to the song) melodies, and imrovisation between these. it's all about good noise. doesn't matter.

I feel it prudent for some reason to point out that regardless of how they do it, I almost always prefer live recordings.
#18
Improvising is only better if the solo it produces is better than the original one.
#20
Depends on the band, depends on the genre. Jazz, yeah, encourage it if anything. Most other things... eh, do it at your own risk. I personally despise having a recorded track of about 4 minutes turning into 2 minutes of song and 15 minutes of pointless, sometimes self-indulgent widdling on a live album.

OK, changing the song a little is fine, but only a select group of musicians can get away with huge degrees of improvisation.
#21
The Chili Peppers mix things around alot when it comes to solos and even the melodies. It's refreshing, especially when you listen to records over& over...


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#22
i dont think ive ever heard clapton playing the same solo from the records, he seems to completely change the solo of his songs. Sames goes for john frusciante.
#23
Well its always good to see a mixture, as in add lots of improv but keep the main feeling or sound or whatever there. Some of the best ones is the Budokan version of Hollow Years by Dream Theater, absoloutly love that solo. Another one that comes to mind is the live versions of Black Diamond by Kiss, the main solo would be there but there would always be some extra little licks added in.
#25
Most often studio versions. But then some improvising during jam maybe. But not improvising the songs I go to see so they can't be recognised.
#26
if i want to listen to the record, i'll stay at home. i go to shows primarily to be entertained
#27
If I wanted to listen to the CD I'd listen to the CD.
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#30
I'd rather hear the studio version. Alot of the time I'll be looking forward to a certain solo or riff, and they might improvise it, and that would be really dissapointing.

I don't mind the occasional small improv, but I get annoyed when bands like the chili peppers jam at the end of their gigs. It's goes on for ever!
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#31
SOMETIMES it can be kinda annoying when you hear a song you've been waiting for the whole set, and then on one part of the solo that's supposed to really kick in that emotion, the guitarist does something slightly different, or when the singer's supposed to hit a certain note, he does something else (even though he's proven time and time again that he CAN hit that note).

however, i pretty much always love the live versions of songs to be completely different. I ESPECIALLY like it when the entire band can improvise together, just flowing into something completely different during a song and then bringing it back for a big finale. (see: led zeppelin)
i hate how pink floyd's stuff was always exactly like the album during their concerts. i mean it shows great musicianship, but it's just kinda boring.
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#36
I agree...sometimes you're just looking forward to hearing that one solo and then they go and play something different it can be kind of disappointing.


Thats true, I suppose it depends on the band realy...
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#38
[quote="'[x"]Huffy[x]']I hate Dragonforce but I saw them supporting Machine Head in november and they weren't bad at all.

Some people just think its cool to hate on bands.

i was there too. they were so fun it didn't matter to me if they made mistakes.
that's the only concert i've been too, so i can't really answer this in much detail.

i'd prefer it if they stuck to the record but for blues/jazz artists, i'd expect to see some improvisation.
#39
I prefer improvised versions of songs live but sometimes if an improvised solo doesn't fit, it ruins it. As much as I love Live at Slane Castle and what they did there, the first solo in Give it Away didn't help the song too much and sounded a little out of place. Otherwise, it was a great live performance (Flea and Froosh improvising together is awesome)
#40
Improvising is good but only if they're good at it.
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