Steve Gaines Dec 1, 2009 12:22:03 GMT -5
Post by ekforum on Dec 1, 2009 12:22:03 GMT -5
Those Steve Gaines parts are a BEAR. I hate 'em. I'd rather play the long version of FREEBIRD twice in a row than play I KNOW A LITTLE. He was one of the best I'd ever heard. I've been trying to play this one lick in THAT SMELL for 15 years. Still can't get it.
I don't care what y'all say...I KNOW A LITTLE was played on the Les Paul Custom (that had some modifications on the wiring) and THAT SMELL was a Strat. That is IT.
I never liked to play ANY of Gaines' parts! They're damn near impossible. Of course, he couldn't play the solo to "Sweet Home Alabama" either - but I'll bet he didn't bitch & moan about MY parts like I did about HIS!
Some people think that because one guitar player 'smokes' another, that player must be better. Maybe technically. I can guarantee you that Gaines was in awe of the songs those other two guitar players had written with Van Zant.
Most other guitar players can 'smoke' me real bad...Carlisi and Hargrett come to mind. But I wrote some memorable stuff, so I can hold my own. In my opinion, Rossington and Collins could most definitely hold their own with Gaines. But if I was Rossington and Collins, I wouldn't want to go off and JAM with Gaines! There IS that 'technical' aspect!
I'm sure once Gaines joined the band, AC and GR REALLY had to step it up. And they did. I love AC's parts on THAT SMELL, but you've got to be able to hear that he can barely keep up with Gaines. Gaines arrival may have made AC and GR think, for the first time, that they could be replaced!