Originally Posted by paulwozniak
Let me add that Clapton played with Beck in the Yardbirds, and Beck played with Page also in the Yardbirds, pre-dating your great guitar duo's. Allman and Clapton were together in Derek and the Domino's - "Layla and other great love songs".
Wow! I just started reading this thread for the first time. I was at the concert in Pittsburgh where Eric Clapton did not show up to play lead for the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck (who I heard was actually the bass player) stepped in to play lead on stage with Jimmy Page. I was pretty young at the time and remember the story, but don't really remember the concert, and that was way before any of us were doing drugs.
Now as I got older and got the very good equipment and went to many more concerts in the 70' we would often have discussions on who is the best. Hendrix was always mentioned by very few thought he was actually the best. I have not finished reading this whole thread yet, but some of the ones I have not seen mentioned yet that would always be brought up in our conversations and listening were:
Alvin Lee of Ten Years After - I recently bought the CD version of "A Space in Time" still think he is one of the best.
Mick Ronson - Ziggy Played Guitar - Need I say more? I believe he also backed up Lou Reed on Rock N Roll Animal. Did some solo stuff too that I liked.
I have to admit though my favorite was always Steve Howe when listening at home or live in concert or David Gilmour. Very hard for me to choose between them.
Some others Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but more live in concert than recorded.
And Neil Young when I saw him with Crosby, Still and Nash. He is just plain crazy and you can not help but get into his live performance when he is on his game. Other times though he just did not impress me.