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The 20 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time (or "What I Did With My Wednesday Night")
guitarist ^ | Tue 22 Mar 2011, 5:05 pm GMT

Posted on 04/13/2011 5:38:31 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch

Our Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time poll certainly caused some fierce debate amongst guitarists… and that was just in our office. Choosing the 'greatest' guitar solo is obviously subjective in the extreme. But Guitarist had other motivations too – we were eager to see how many modern solos have impressed you all in the thirteen years since our last solo poll. The results were suprising. After asking for your nominations, we took the 20 most popular and asked for you vote on which your though was most deserving here and at MusicRadar. You voted in your thousands, fanbases were motivated and old favourites suffered.


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To: buccaneer81
I agree with you.

Eruption is indeed excellent, but there is nothing like the live version, in concert, when he blends 316, Eruption, 1984, and others.....

101 posted on 04/13/2011 6:29:19 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

McLaughlin is a god. No mention of Fripp anywhere? I could mention 5 or 6 guitarists that no one has heard of who had better playing this a lot of these so called Top 20.


102 posted on 04/13/2011 6:31:45 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: crazydad

Best Gilmour solo is on ‘Dogs’ from Animals.


103 posted on 04/13/2011 6:32:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bigheadfred

Now that one I remember! Thank you. That is a dynamite song..Didn’t realize it was Santana ... I know bad on me.


104 posted on 04/13/2011 6:32:24 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Outlaw Woman

One of these days,,im going to cut you into little pieces,,,

thats the line your wondering about.


105 posted on 04/13/2011 6:32:34 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: InvisibleChurch

Wow, Kirk Hammett should have been on top!


106 posted on 04/13/2011 6:33:10 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Reelect nobody)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Roy Buchanan didn’t even get an honorable mention.


107 posted on 04/13/2011 6:33:37 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Stevie Ray Vaughn the best ever!


108 posted on 04/13/2011 6:33:40 PM PDT by smoeglman
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To: InvisibleChurch

Jeff Beck - “Freeway Jam”


109 posted on 04/13/2011 6:34:43 PM PDT by atc23
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To: Outlaw Woman

Impossible now because Rick Wright (founding member) died. Gilmour does not like Roger. Gilmour said that Rog destroyed Wright and Nick Mason’s confidence by constant badgering. They had to hire back up players for their post Waters tours. Waters really singled out Rick Wright for abuse as Rick was a kind soul.


110 posted on 04/13/2011 6:35:12 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Poser

I have seen Roy at least a dozen times.
Shook his hand.
What a player.


111 posted on 04/13/2011 6:35:12 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Best unknown/unrecognized solo.....

Intro to Sweet Jane on Lou Reed’s, Rock n’ Roll Animal album.


112 posted on 04/13/2011 6:35:43 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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Junior Brown~ I Hung It Up
113 posted on 04/13/2011 6:36:09 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Poser

Really - crappy list!!! Here’s an oldie for you - another of my friends.....Link Wray’s Rumble or Rawhide.. :)


114 posted on 04/13/2011 6:37:13 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Craftmore

Wow that’s pretty brutal. Thank you I have wondered about that for more than....well you know when it came out right? lol (course I was only 3 at the time it was released :)


115 posted on 04/13/2011 6:38:00 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: mylife

Roy’s Blues! Excellent.

Angus Young belongs on this list somewhere as well. The guitar solos from She’s Got The Jack are some of the best blues ever. John Lee Hooker and Chuck Berry might deserve a mention here as well.


116 posted on 04/13/2011 6:39:01 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: atc23

Jeff Beck in “Blow Up” being very cool while Jimmy Page looks like a wanker.

Great English cinema being done by an Italian director. LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zeza1xeWKM


117 posted on 04/13/2011 6:40:24 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: AngryCapitalist
And of course, a live "Whipping Post" .. (two parts .. long version)
118 posted on 04/13/2011 6:40:28 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Frantzie

Hate hearing stuff like that. I didn’t know all the details and certainly didn’t realize about Wright. Need to catch up on my ‘rock history’.

Quite a legacy left behind though.


119 posted on 04/13/2011 6:41:30 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Poser

You just cant do these lists justice.

There are to many greats!


120 posted on 04/13/2011 6:41:59 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: InvisibleChurch

OMG, they left off so many greats, how can they call this a top 20 list without....

Richie Blackmore
Angus Young
Randy Rhoads
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Eric Clapton
Les Paul


121 posted on 04/13/2011 6:42:39 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. - H. L Mencken)
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To: Frantzie
is that supposed to be a room full of zombies?
122 posted on 04/13/2011 6:43:41 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: mylife

these are the kinds of lists that change from one day to the next, depending on how you feel that day


123 posted on 04/13/2011 6:47:15 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Pretty much.

My personal thing is that I dig the great unknowns.

I was telling people about skynard and aerosmith long before they became household names.

There are so many musicians that simply never got the recognition they deserved.


124 posted on 04/13/2011 6:50:27 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Did somebody say Pink Floyd? Enjoy, this one is for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7pDNDuoJ0


125 posted on 04/13/2011 6:50:31 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: knarf

Larry Carlton’s lead-in to Steely Dan’s “Don’t Take Me Alive”


126 posted on 04/13/2011 6:50:43 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Freeborn Man...by the Outlaws...but they had three guitars going.


127 posted on 04/13/2011 6:51:40 PM PDT by demsux (Obama: THE job destroyer)
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To: Outlaw Woman

I’m not sure, but I’ll take a guess. Depending on what version you are listening to I’d guess its a clip from 2001 by Stanley Kubrick. Back then, there was some jabbing back and forth between PF and Kubrick over the use of PF music on soundtracks. PF felt that Kubrick overlooked them for 2001 soundtrack. Kubrick wanted to cut up “Atom Heart Mother” for use on Clockwork but Floyd refused. In reply, Kubrick prominently displayed a copy of Echoes in Clockwork, but not the music. Roger Waters later sent Kubrick a message as a backward lyric on a later album(I forget which). Don’t know if it helps but its a cool story nonetheless


128 posted on 04/13/2011 6:52:39 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Here is a very good Rick track as Syd had gone round the bend at this time. Syd wrote all the songs and was the main singer. Rick did not want to be the front man. I like the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHVqtHXHt9Y

Gilmour was the one who would stand up to Waters. I think post Dark Side or Wish You Were Here it was miserable to be in the band.

Watch The Live 8 videos on YouTube. Geldof got Roger to agree and they finally got Gilmour to say yes.

If you watch it, it is kind of sad. Waters is very happy with an almost “why did I break up the band.” Dave could not get off the stage fast enough. Rog talked about maybe doing more gigs (reunion) and Gilmour said no. At this point, Rick Wright’s health was going down. Sad. I think Waters regretted what he did breaking up the band but after The Wall - how could they top that?


129 posted on 04/13/2011 6:53:47 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown~ Poor Girl
130 posted on 04/13/2011 6:54:13 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Susie Q -CCR
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Light My Fire - Doors


131 posted on 04/13/2011 6:54:37 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (I will always remember exactly where I was when Obama made his NCAA picks.)
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To: JoeProBono
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole was amazing. After a trip to Hawaii in 1996, I collect all his albums. Sadly he died the next year. And by the picture we can see why. At one time IZ weighed 757 lbs.
132 posted on 04/13/2011 6:54:59 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: Salamander

Don’t Fear the Reaper was BOC’s moment. Nothing else came close. They couldn’t duplicate it live, though.


133 posted on 04/13/2011 6:56:05 PM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: Dixie Yooper
No mention of Elliot Randall on Reeling in the Years?

Surprised it took all the way to post 74 for that to come up. Was it in '74 that that tune came out? Right around there, any way. Good call.

134 posted on 04/13/2011 6:59:19 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: InvisibleChurch

There have been plenty of great guitar solo’s from Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John McGloughlin, Al Di Meola, Frank Zappa, Duane Allman, Mark Nopfler, Edie Van Halen...


135 posted on 04/13/2011 6:59:59 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

That is a great story. Had not heard that.

Echoes came out in the early 70’s though and it’s in it. Craftmore answered in #105. Now it’ll be a mystery what that meant. *sigh*


136 posted on 04/13/2011 6:59:59 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Another fan of Telegraph Road here


137 posted on 04/13/2011 7:00:08 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Frantzie

I myself am pretty uneducated on Fripp. I’ve certainly heard of him. I will look and see what I can find!


138 posted on 04/13/2011 7:00:56 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Which has more wrinkles? Helen Thomas' face or Lawrence O'Donnells' panties?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

did someone mention Jimi? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4RTVi5dfPQ


139 posted on 04/13/2011 7:02:34 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: muir_redwoods
Claptons second lead on Crossroads from Wheels of Fire is the single greatest guitar lead ever recorded and I’m not responding to or reading anything from anyone who disagrees

Your so right I had to listen to it while I finish this thread.
140 posted on 04/13/2011 7:03:02 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

How about Roy Clark?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqnU83wPmfc


141 posted on 04/13/2011 7:04:17 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjA5faZF1A8

87,154,480 views, that’s right, 87 million freakin’ views can’t be wrong ....


142 posted on 04/13/2011 7:05:26 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Frantzie
Fripp in all his dissonant glory~ Red
143 posted on 04/13/2011 7:05:30 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Slash - Sweet Child Of Mine

Brad Gillis - Sister Christian


144 posted on 04/13/2011 7:05:48 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: crazydad

It’s “riff.” Not “rift.” The former is a guitar line. The latter is what goes on between RINOs and patriots.


145 posted on 04/13/2011 7:06:11 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: AngryCapitalist
Duane Allman never gets the credit he deserves, though Rolling Stone did name him #2 all time.

His solo on "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" from the Fillmore East album is astonishing.

Along that line, here is a solo from Derek Trucks, also of the Allman Brothers, from, again, "Liz Reed". You'll have to work to get this one as it's kinda buried on the site.

Click here and after the page loads scroll down the list to "Allman Brothers Band" and click on "Jam Session".

Derek was feeling his oats that night.
146 posted on 04/13/2011 7:06:29 PM PDT by TruBluKentuckian
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To: InvisibleChurch

Give a listen to Loan Me a Dime by Boz Scaggs on his second album. That’s Duane Allman on guitar (with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section). I believe in its 10th anniversary issue Rolling Stone called this song something like 12 minutes of swirling nitrous oxide. They weren’t kidding.


147 posted on 04/13/2011 7:06:47 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: Frantzie

Yeah, I remember when the Wall came out..It was very good (not my personal favorite but good) and thought that it was their last collaboration as a band. Did not know these details though. It seems that when bands are huge and are with each other long enough, it always ends on a bad note (no pun intended) and the members end up despising each other. Then they get old and well...can’t bring it back

I’ll take a gander. Thanks for the details. Very interesting.


148 posted on 04/13/2011 7:08:02 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Frantzie

Ok you mentioned Steve Howe before me. My favorite solo and non-solo performer on guitar.

The list is a joke to any serious follower of guitar. There are scores of guitar solos that blow all of the list away. Of course once you really bring out the most amazing guitarists then it will become subjective being that there is so much that is so great.

Of course SoundChaser by Yes has some of the best solos on guitar, keyboards, bass and drums ALL built into a very cool tune!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn5pRggtZpc&feature=related

I recently saw Patrick Moraz live and he did abit of this song. Absolutely amazing piano and keyboard performance. I actually got invited up onto stage but instead sent my best friend up being that he actually can play a piano/keyboard and I mostly play only guitar.

Also saw Yes live recently as well. They still play amazing solos live!

I have heard that Steve Howe may venture into country music soon. I look forward to that if he does. He has always had country music influences as well as rock and classical music influences in his style of play.


149 posted on 04/13/2011 7:08:33 PM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: DaiHuy

No, he’s a certified fruit, but the dude can play some serious guitar, and many other instruments.


150 posted on 04/13/2011 7:09:22 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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