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Old 02-01-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
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Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

I don't think he's a great vocalist at all in the Stones even though he has lots of attitude along with being a great performer similiar to David Lee Roth which is why he's more of a great frontman.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

Jagger's a great frontman - pretty lousy singer.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

I'd say neither. I personally dislike his 'act' on stage. The Stones live generally never did thing one for me. And he's not a great singer by most meanings of the words--he often goes overboard on the trying to sound like a black southern man IMHO--and yet his style works great on the Stones records, many of which I love.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:59 PM   #4
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

He's a great vocalist, great frontman, and on his way to becoming a great grandfather. You can't stay on top for over 40 years and not be great...
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

He's got some stage presense with a mix of so-so vocals. I think his ballads work better for him..

The Stones really would be lacking without him..
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:36 PM   #6
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

Great vocalist through and through. He's a cool frontman, but he's one of the greastest singers in the history of history. I don't comprehend for a second why the hell people think he wasn't good... it drives me up the wall. Check out Love In Vain. Check out Wild Horses. And he's flawless on pretty much everything from A Bigger Bang.

I've said it before and you can bet I'll say it again. If Mick Jagger isn't a good vocalist, then I NEVER want to be a good vocalist. And vocals are what I'm all about.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:39 PM   #7
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

Wild Horses is one of my least-favorite perforomances of his (and the band's for that matter.) He's good on the verses but that dirge-like chorus is a turn off, IMHO.

Don't sweat it, it's just differing opinions.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:40 PM   #8
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

Mick Jagger is a great frontman, not a great vocalist. He is a very good vocalist, but not quite great. It's the same deal with Jim Morrison, he didn't have great vocal chops, check their debut for proof, but was more about the delivery. Mick usually doesn't get enough credit though, his voice has aged really well.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:42 PM   #9
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

His showmanship does overshadow his singing BUT he's pretty great in that area too. Sure, his singing is often the weakest link in their live act and he's not technically a great singer but at his best he is one of the most compelling vocalists in rock and roll because of his ability to understand EXACTLY what kind of voice a certain song needs. Though admittedly, this ability has worsened as they years have gone by.

And as a side note, is it just me or is his Wandering Spirit album the best thing to come from the Stones as solo artists or as a band (!) since Tattoo You? It's just such a great, great but horribly underrated album.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:50 PM   #10
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

great frontman, and *unique* vocalist. i think he's perfect for what he does. his voice may not be great according to any standard gauges for vocal skill... but it's great to me. goes straight to the ole ovaries.

just speaking for my own innards, of course.
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:04 PM   #11
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Never been a stones fan by any stretch of the imagination but I would say the answer to the question os BOTH!
I prefer early stones to the 80s onwards version and now Mick is a geriatric clown but in his heyday Jagger was a rock legend and deserved to be so.......
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:38 PM   #12
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

Average vocalist,any Stones song is pretty easy to sing.

Awesome frontman,it's a tie between him and Steven Tyler for greatest frontman ever!
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:07 PM   #13
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

I think the word "great" is thrown around much too freely. Jagger was not a great singer but the voice is an instrument just like a guitar or anything else and his instrument is just right for the Stones. He is one of the finest frontmen in rock history I think.
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

I'd say yes to both. I don't think many folks will argue his great status as a front man. But I think his singing is great too.
What are we using to define great here? You can't compare Jagger to a great vocalist as far as brilliant vocal range, being able to hit five octaves, of having wonderful vibrato. But the man sings a song like few others IMHO. I was listening to the Stones one time, and I realized how uniquely Jagger-esque he delivered the line:

"yu caynt alwayz git whut jyu wawnt"

I just think he does a nice job belting out something like "Monkey Man", or "Bitch". And he can pull off something softer like, "Waiting On A Friend", or "Fool To Cry".
Mick could never pull off a vocal like Celine Dion with the Titanic theme. And she probably should stay away from "Heartbreaker" - but I think they're both great singers.

Here's a good analogy: I think Keith Richards is a great guitar player.
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Old 02-02-2006, 02:57 AM   #15
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

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Originally Posted by Wayne
I don't think he's a great vocalist at all in the Stones even though he has lots of attitude along with being a great performer similiar to David Lee Roth which is why he's more of a great frontman.
like what he said !!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:18 AM   #16
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

Mick's a great frontman with a unique voice. For the Stones he is just perfect.

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Old 02-02-2006, 09:51 AM   #17
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

I don't think he's a great vocalist at all in the Stones even though he has lots of attitude along with being a great performer similiar to David Lee Roth which is why he's more of a great frontman.

He's David Lee Roth with better vocals pretty much.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:01 AM   #18
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Re: Is Mick Jagger a great vocalist or a great frontman?

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Great vocalist through and through. He's a cool frontman, but he's one of the greastest singers in the history of history. I don't comprehend for a second why the hell people think he wasn't good... it drives me up the wall. Check out Love In Vain. Check out Wild Horses. And he's flawless on pretty much everything from A Bigger Bang.

I've said it before and you can bet I'll say it again. If Mick Jagger isn't a good vocalist, then I NEVER want to be a good vocalist. And vocals are what I'm all about.
I'm with Infidel - Mick sucks royally on Wild Horses. He shouldn't be allowed in the same room with a ballad - he's not good enough at it.
Wild Horses is a decent enough song - I wonder what it would sound like in the hands of a better singer (I guess it's probably been covered by somebody but I can't think of anyone off hand).

As much as it pains me to admit it, it's subjective as to what constitutes a great singer, but I can't fathom anybody thinking Mick is a great singer.

...oh,well

As jslim said, Mick is definitely "unique" (not that that's necessarily a good thing).

To those that say Mick is perfect for the Stones, I wonder if you'd feel that way if the Stones lead singer had been somebody like Steve Winwood or Rod Stewart or Paul Rodgers or whoever...would Mick still be perfect for those songs?
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