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« on: July 21, 2006, 04:17:09 PM »

How about singers who have voices, which on the surface are not great voices, but who force of personality, emotional impact, or distinctive sound you like anyway.

Some my favorites would be Tom Waits, Dylan, Neil Young and the immortal Janis.
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2006, 04:21:11 PM »

Tom Waits for sure...

NY didn't have all that bad of a voice. :huh:

Janis Joplin had an amazing voice.  Not sure where in the world you got that she didn't.

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006, 04:26:30 PM »

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Dylan fits into this for sure for me.  janis has a nice voice, she just pushed it to the brink.  But she could definately sing. 


NY didn't have all that bad of a voice. :huh:

NY still doesn't have that bad of a voice, it's just unconventional.


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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006, 04:27:27 PM »

 afro

Sorry I messed rocknroll's quote, it's just the first line that's his.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2006, 04:30:02 PM »

Tom Waits for me
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2006, 04:33:35 PM »

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Dylan fits into this for sure for me.  janis has a nice voice, she just pushed it to the brink.  But she could definately sing. 


Yeah, Dylan's voice was pretty awful.  Chris Christophersons voice sucks as well, but then again, I don't really consider him a talented musican, so it doesn't really matter.
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2006, 04:42:15 PM »

I know people will say Dylan. But I think he has a great voice. I can't imagine someone singing  "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" in the same style as Dylan and doing a decent job. His  non sonorous tone I think makes him more expressive and allows for a more, I guess what you might call literary writing. But I do like the voice even if he wasn't a great writer.
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2006, 04:46:09 PM »

But I do like the voice even if he wasn't a great writer.

whoa, that's a bold sentence.  I'm sure you will be hearing some criticism for that one!  I'll leave it alone though cause I don't really care about him or his music.
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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2006, 04:49:10 PM »

Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2006, 04:49:32 PM »

Personally, I never liked hearing Dylan sing.

I think of him MORE of a writer than a singer.
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2006, 04:50:23 PM »

I think he meant, "even if Dylan were NOT a great writer, I'd STILL like his voice"

That's the way i read it anyway :mellow:
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2006, 04:55:58 PM »

I think he meant, "even if Dylan were NOT a great writer, I'd STILL like his voice"

That's the way i read it anyway :mellow:

You're right, bad phrasing on my part.
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2006, 05:08:53 PM »

i sometimes try to imitate Dylan's singing style but never can quite get it right.  rod stewart comes to mind
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2006, 05:38:59 PM »

You're right, bad phrasing on my part.

I got it now...derrrr
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2006, 05:47:15 PM »

+1 for those already mentioned.

Others that come to mind for me...

Springsteen
Fogerty
Willie Nelson
John Hiatt

I'm sure I could think of many more if I had more time to think.

They hit the notes, but are very rough around the edges and distinctive.  You know the voices immediately, even if you've never heard the song.
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2006, 06:02:13 PM »

Remember Kris Kristoferson??
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2006, 06:10:45 PM »

Remember Kris Kristoferson??

I agree! I mentioned him in an earlier post..."Yeah, Dylan's voice was pretty awful.  Chris Christophersons voice sucks as well, but then again, I don't really consider him a talented musican, so it doesn't really matter."

Spelled his name wrong though.
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2006, 06:30:17 PM »

Wow surprised to see Willie Nelson added to the list. But then he definitely fits the distinctive description. I have always loved his voice and his playing.

  I agree with the comments about Dylan's voice being the perfect foil for his material. An impropmtu debate, about the merits of Dylan as a singer among some friends the other night, was what prompted the question.

 Garcia did a credible job with Memphis Blues Again, along with many Dylan songs he covered. I don't know if they already have, but I would love to here Los Lobos do Memphis Blues Again.
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2006, 08:50:04 PM »

Louis Armstrong has that raspy, rough voice but man oh man, hearing him sing "what a wonderful world" makes me all misty eyed.  i've heard that song sung by others with  more "conventional" voices but the magic just ain't there. afro
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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2006, 08:57:48 PM »

His version of Hello Dolly isn't bad either.
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