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Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:33:32 PM »
Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler (born 17 July 1949) is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist  and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Butler is married to Gloria Butler, who managed Heaven & Hell.

Butler is noted as being one of the first bassists to use a wah pedal and to down-tune his instrument (from the standard E-A-D-G to the lower C#-F#-B-E), as exemplified on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality album, to match Iommi who had started tuning his guitar to C# (a minor third down).[6] During the band's Ozzy Osbourne era, Butler wrote almost all of the band's lyrics, drawing heavily upon his fascination with religion, science-fiction, fantasy and horror, and musings on the darker side of human nature that posed a constant threat of global annihilation.[5]

Butler is regarded as one of the most influential bassists in heavy metal. Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big said: "He’s a founding father of a whole genre of music and a man who really set the bar early on to be such an integral part of the sound and song structure of Sabbath".[15] In Mick Wall's biography of Iron Maiden entitled Run to the Hills, founder Steve Harris recalls: "I distinctly remember trying to play along to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" – at first I just could not get it. I threw the guitar on my bed and walked out in a huff, but the next day I came back, picked it up and played it all the way through note-for-note! Once I got going, I started getting into bass-lines with a bit more subtlety to them...".

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who defined him his "number 1 influence", stated: "All true metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and Godfather of our chosen instrument. The best, ever".[16] Rex Brown of Pantera and Kill Devil Hill asserted: "He’s a legend. He’s everything. Geezer is so much of an influence on me.[15] Other bassists such as Cliff Burton,[17] Les Claypool,[18] Steve DiGiorgio,[19] Alex Webster,[20] John Myung,[21] Johnny Lee Middleton,[22] Greg Smith[23] cited Butler as a significant influence on their style.

Here is some of his work:

Geezer Butler Bass Solo

Black Sabbath - After Forever (Bass Track)

Ozzy & Friends - N.I.B with Slash and bass intro by Geezer Butler

Black Sabbath - Children Of The Grave (Bass Track)

Bass Player Live! Geezer Butler,Zakk Wylde,Corey Taylor "Fairies W Boots" / NIB"@ Fonda Theatre 2013

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell (Live In N.Y 1980)

Heaven & Hell - Shadow Of The Wind (Live At Radio City Music Hall, 2007)

Heaven and Hell-Time Machine


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Re: Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 07:05:03 PM »
I definitely place Geezer as rock's SECOND greatest bass player, right after Rush's Geddy Lee.  :)... 8)


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Re: Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 02:42:53 AM »
Geezer has to be one of if not the best as far as metal goes, especially as a pioneer of metal style heavy bass goes. His pedal effects on Live evil, Born Again and some of the Dio era stuff was killer also.

Being a Yes fanatic, I will always favor Chris Squire as the best out right, and in the prog genre, but Geddy is up there high on the list.
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Re: Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2017, 03:05:38 PM »
Butler hands down for metal bassists