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Old 24-11-2014, 14:53
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Richey couldn't play guitar?

Hey everyone. Manics fan from Ireland here (first gig was Dublin Olympia in early 1997). Ive recently seen the the remixed footage of the 2nd Astoria show on youtube, and Richey's guitar is up very high in the mix (almost as high as Bradders). He certainly got pretty competent on the guitar. His playing is pretty flawless in all honesty. Anyway, just wanted to address that!
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Old 24-11-2014, 16:00
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Guitarist here. He totally could, not amazingly, but he played a reasonable rhythm guitar, knew his barre cords and I dare say overplayed the "I can't play guitar" thing out of a sense of punk guilt
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Old 24-11-2014, 16:41
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I think he improved a bit for The Holy Bible - he felt guilty about not bieng audible and decided to put a bit of effort in. He definitely filled the sound in nicely bythe time of the 3 Astoria gigs.
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Old 24-11-2014, 16:52
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He was actually turned on during the early days, you can hear him on some recordings when James doesn't play, he's just very low in the mix. His playing was average backing chords stuff and it certainly beefed up the sound in 1994 when he was turned up.
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Old 24-11-2014, 18:43
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that recording is the best ive ever heard the Manics, simply because its all 4 of them sounding amazing
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Old 24-11-2014, 19:13
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The best live sound the manics ever had was around 94 when they turned Richey up a bit and you could hear him thrashing away in the background.
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Old 24-11-2014, 23:13
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I said this about Nicky and I'll say it again about Richey now too:

It is only said he can't play because James is such a genius, compared to him there's a lot of guitarists who "can't play guitar".
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Old 24-11-2014, 23:58
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To say richey can play guitar is a bit of an overstatement as well. All he could play was bar chords (only on the bottom two strings from my observation) and had absolutely no rhythm whatsoever.
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Old 25-11-2014, 07:11
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To say richey can play guitar is a bit of an overstatement as well. All he could play was bar chords (only on the bottom two strings from my observation) and had absolutely no rhythm whatsoever.

He wasn't restricted to bar chords at all. If you watch La Tristesse Durera at the Astoria during James's solo he's clearly playing open chords smoothly and competently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-_P...k-aCJG7yr3HqkA
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Old 25-11-2014, 08:23
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He also played sections in 4st 7lbs that arent just hammering on 2 strings in a bar chord. Not saying he was a great guitarist by any means, just simply that he obviously learned what JDB was teaching him very well in the end and could it more than justice in the live setting
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Old 25-11-2014, 08:52
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Still just sounds like noise to me to be honest. Here's what happens when he is turned up louder than James....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfaM-46u5_M
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Old 25-11-2014, 09:20
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I like the sound of noise. It was gloriusly shambolic.
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Old 25-11-2014, 09:34
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I like the sound of noise. It was gloriusly shambolic.
Ditto. Also, when they played Glastonbury and the sound techs thought Richey's channel was lead guitar during Faster. The song sounded monstrous! Then they twigged on and turned him down after a minute or so lol
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Old 25-11-2014, 09:55
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Ditto. Also, when they played Glastonbury and the sound techs thought Richey's channel was lead guitar during Faster. The song sounded monstrous! Then they twigged on and turned him down after a minute or so lol
True, though this doesn't happen on the FM broadcast of the gig - so raw and powerful. I don't mind the noise personally but as someone who has always struggled with guitar after twelve years, I can't say Richey's guitar playing approached anywhere near competent. If he could have put some cool feedback loops I might be more forgiving. The lack of decent second guitar has always held back the manics' live sound. I imagine that the 20th anniversary gigs are going to sound a bit hollow as a three piece.
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Old 25-11-2014, 10:10
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True, though this doesn't happen on the FM broadcast of the gig - so raw and powerful. I don't mind the noise personally but as someone who has always struggled with guitar after twelve years, I can't say Richey's guitar playing approached anywhere near competent. If he could have put some cool feedback loops I might be more forgiving. The lack of decent second guitar has always held back the manics' live sound. I imagine that the 20th anniversary gigs are going to sound a bit hollow as a three piece.
Thats my only slight concern. Im torn between wanting the songs to sound massive but I also dont wanna see Wayne Murray on stage in army fatigues strumming away. Unless of course they incorporate some pre recorded sounds to help beef up the sound. There is obviously going to be the samples from the Holy Bible through the PA, so perhaps there might be musical samples played along with it
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