[QUOTE=Warfish;3653505]The Greatful Dead.
Gets almost no mainstream respect (usually mocked actually), yet kept "Roots Rock" alive, and was directly responsible for their very own genre of popular music (Jam Bands).
-Rob Thomas (earlier on) & Dave Matthews in terms of just their song writing abilities.
-Overall musicians, I think John Frusciante, Simon & Garfunkle, Jack Johnson, Free Energy (as a band), Elton John (in america it's like people don't even know who he is!), better than ezra (band)....
just to name a few.
1) David Gilmour is not at all underrated. Everyone knows of all his brilliance.David Gilmour.
Sure he gets alot od respect, but not nearly enough for his talent. When Jack White and Joni Mitchell (wtf?) routinely are listed as "better guitarist" than David Gilmour, there is something seriously wrong.
For example: http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyl...-reveals-0528/
2) I know Pink Floyd is your band, so I understand why you still maintain he's underrated, because he's just too good to ever receive enough accolades in your eyes. I guess that's why I have John Frusciante as underrated as well.
Gilmour absolutely belongs in the Pantheon of G.O.A.T., right next to the Claptons, Pages and Becks. The fact that in many surverys/pollings he often ranks far belong, losing to players not even considered great guitarists at all (Cobain ffs? Joni "are you f'ing kidding me" Mitchell!?!?!) is an abomination of disrespect.
Methinks maybe you're looking for something to underrate him. I think everyone realizes he's one of the greatest.
And how do you leave Hendrix, Santana, and Frusciante off a list of GOAT guitarists?
Warren Haynes. Not sure if there is a better guitarist/singer/song writer post 1980. Allman Bros, Gov't Mule, the Dead and Phil & Friends is a pretty cool resume.
Here's a clip for Warfish.
Mick Taylor of the Stones.
Here are three great examples of his work:
If you like the blues and hell, even if you don't, listen to this version of the Robert Johnson classic "Love In Vain" live from Fort Worth June 24, 1972. If you just want to hear the solo, pick it up around the 2:20 mark.
(Sorry only audio, no video. The Stones are releasing the classic Stones concert film DVD Ladies & Gentlemen on blu-ray this fall. It's been in theaters but never officially available on VHS or DVD. I've had it for years on boot.
Here is an audio clip of his solo on "Can't You Here Me Knocking" from the album Sticky Fingers.
Here is an audio clip of his solo on "Time Waits For No One" from the album It's Only Rock & Roll.
THe Cowboy song.
Here's a guy you either love or hate...he grew on me over time.
If you have 9 minutes to waste, watch the way he segues into Danny Boy at the end of this....
Here is a name many have not heard but Albert Lee was once described by Eric Clapton as the greatest guitarist in the world. He played with everyone from Buddy Holly to Eric Clapton.
I saw him at BB Kings about a month ago and he's still great.
Here is a video of Country Boy. Note Clapton in the audience. If you want to see some kick a$$ guitar pickin', jump in at the 1:30 mark.
I always felt like the band Marillion were vastly underrated as musicians. They never really caught on here in the US, probably due to their lead singer/song writer Fish's tendency to write longer songs and concept albums which didn't fit the radio media's idea of hit songs. But they really were awesome musicians. They are still around, but Fish left the band and they are no longer the same.
Other vastly underrated guys are the King Crimson guys - Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, and Adrian Belew.
And journeyman Chester Thompson is probably the best drummer in the world that no one ever talks about.