I think I recall that Bassfreak was a Dixie Dregs fan...at least went to their performance. That could explain LaRue.
Haha oh Bassfreak and his biases...like the hilarious time he rose Flea to #2 and dropped Entwistle to #6, and tried to defend it by the criteria
I see LaRue top 40 at best and likely lower. He needs to drop like a rock
Lets see...Phil Lesh???...Not being much of a "Deadhead", although one of my nephews once followed The Dead around the country for the better part of a year (he's since recovered). I know Lesh by his reputation and the musicians he hangs out with. The latter of the two somewhat enhanced my appreciation of him, since he's done a significant amount of work with the super talented songwriter/singer Joan Osborne...a 6 time Grammy winner. She's a talented individual, and wouldn't work with Lesh unless he was the real deal. As for his "Dead" stuff...a lot of it was really slow, so Lesh created a style where he jumped around structurally and harmonically a lot within those measures. In a way, that type of stuff allowed him a little bit of freedom to experiment. He's said that when playing...he looks at where he is and where he wants to end up...not worrying too much about where he's gonna go next. Interesting concept. As for a ranking...Just don't know, but he does garner some significant respect amongst fellow musicians.
I think the Dead suck personally, like suck terribly, but yea apparently Lesh is something else. "He's since recovered" haha.
Clearly I need to listen to the Dead...on Pandora or something. Everything I hear about Lesh, including what you're recounting here, blows me away. Wiki writes:
"Lesh, along with other musicians that include James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Roger Waters, Brian Wilson, Jack Bruce, and Jack Casady, was an innovator in the new role that the electric bass developed during the mid-1960s. These players adopted a more melodic, contrapuntal approach to the instrument; before this, bass players in rock had generally played a conventional timekeeping role within the beat of the song, and within (or underpinning) the song's harmonic or chord structure. While not abandoning these aspects, Lesh took his own improvised excursions during a song or instrumental. This was a characteristic aspect of the so-called San Francisco Sound in the new rock music. In many Dead jams, Lesh's bass is, in essence, as much a lead instrument as Garcia's guitar."
Word. If all of this is true, I foresee him being a possible contender for the hotly contested #18 spot here, or even higher than that.
Babbitt...I'll accept your knowledgable judgement on his placement and keep my opinions to myself.
I appreciate that. Trust me, I won't shaft Bob, I realize how sick he is!