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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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First up, at number 20, with 0.57% of your votes, is Martin Barre's solo on Aqualung by Jethro Tull. The title track of the 1971 album that sold over 7,000,000 copies worldwide features a stunning melodic solo from Barre, who completed the take despite the considerable distraction of Jimmy Page wandering in from a Led Zeppelin session in the next studio and waving at him from the control room.

#20 is Martin Barre's Aqualung solo

1 posted on 04/13/2011 5:38:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

I don’t know his name, but the guitar solo in “Freebird”


2 posted on 04/13/2011 5:45:09 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Didn’t take time to read the article but David Gilmore’s Comfortably Numb has to be on there.


3 posted on 04/13/2011 5:45:09 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: InvisibleChurch
Ten Years After in Woodstock, "Goin' Home"


4 posted on 04/13/2011 5:45:30 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Donald Roeser [Buck Dharma] of BOC gets *no* mention at all?

That’s not a list.


5 posted on 04/13/2011 5:46:02 PM PDT by Salamander (Insolence.....I has it.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Does a Ukulele count?


6 posted on 04/13/2011 5:46:10 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Good God! It’s impossible to choose!

So much guitar!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO9xIp64aEY


7 posted on 04/13/2011 5:46:43 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: InvisibleChurch

How about Pink Floyd

1. Comfortably Numb
2. Another Brick in the Wall
3. On the Turning Away

Also Dire Straits
1. Telegraph Road


8 posted on 04/13/2011 5:47:41 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Kindness will conquer evil)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Not one Eric Clapton selection makes this list a joke. Have they never heard "Cocaine?"

And the best Eagles solo wasn't Hotel California, it was "One of These Nights."

9 posted on 04/13/2011 5:48:09 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I liked Les Paul


10 posted on 04/13/2011 5:48:24 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: knarf

How old are you?????? lol

LYNARD SKYNARD *sigh* youngsters j/k (You’re right though great taste)


11 posted on 04/13/2011 5:48:44 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Mick Abrahams who played lead for Tull BEFORE Martin Bare.... Cat Squirrel
12 posted on 04/13/2011 5:48:59 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

I think it is.. Comfortably Numb is one of the best all time rifts.. The second solo can make the hair on my back stand up.


13 posted on 04/13/2011 5:49:04 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Invincibly Ignorant
Didn’t take time to read the article but David Gilmore’s Comfortably Numb has to be on there.

It is.

14 posted on 04/13/2011 5:49:10 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Hmph. No Charlie Christian.


15 posted on 04/13/2011 5:49:21 PM PDT by andyk (Wealth != Income)
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To: InvisibleChurch

No Clapton? Please.


16 posted on 04/13/2011 5:50:44 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Sounds like some Floyd Fans. Well good to know I am not the only Conservative that is a Floyd Head.


17 posted on 04/13/2011 5:50:44 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Outlaw Woman

The memory is failing ... but I remember ... I’ll find the long clip after this thread runs a bit.


18 posted on 04/13/2011 5:50:51 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

#1 - Dazed and Confused Led Zeppelin

Either the studio version or the 26 minute live Song Remains the Same version

Nothing comes close


19 posted on 04/13/2011 5:51:34 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: andyk

Or Doc Watson...


20 posted on 04/13/2011 5:52:11 PM PDT by refermech
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To: COBOL2Java

Aint nuffin shakin but the leaves on the trees....


21 posted on 04/13/2011 5:52:30 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Sorry, I didn’t see the poll about this but here’s a kick*ss song by the Outlaws.

Green Grass & High Tides
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R82OM5tzcrk

One of THE BEST Guitar solos ever. If this doesn’t get your heart beating....well you’re dead.


22 posted on 04/13/2011 5:53:00 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: refermech

Doc Watson is a fantastic player, but Solos?


23 posted on 04/13/2011 5:53:37 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: andyk

Funkadelics Maggot Brain has to be one
and also the one from Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon”

or how about Duane Allman’s solo on Layla, oh yes it was Duane Allman


24 posted on 04/13/2011 5:53:56 PM PDT by DaiHuy (One Big Assed Mistake America)
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To: crazydad

Echoes... Classic Floyd


25 posted on 04/13/2011 5:55:56 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: mylife

OK, you got me. But He’s a great one no doubt. I could listen to the man flat pic all day.


26 posted on 04/13/2011 5:56:17 PM PDT by refermech
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To: InvisibleChurch

Mark Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) is a truly talented guitarist, but I’m sorry. He has done nothing THAT worthy to be the top gun on the list.

Steve Vai, one of Tremonti’s teachers only pulled no. 8 with “For the love of God” Come on!!! Who made this list?

If you never heard it, go here and be seriously impressed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDZuNM3HmU4


27 posted on 04/13/2011 5:56:42 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: crazydad

Well Frank Zappa’s lead guitar on the song ‘Willie the Pimp’ from the Hot Rats album is not too shabby either although not well known.

Also like Fogarty’s lead on ‘Heard it through the grapevine’ (the long version) by CCC.


28 posted on 04/13/2011 5:57:09 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: Lazlo in PA
I'll see your uke and raise a you a Banjo:


29 posted on 04/13/2011 5:57:43 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Going to Charlotte for the barbecue is like going to Minneapolis for the gumbo - John Reed)
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To: DaiHuy
"or how about Duane Allman’s solo on Layla, oh yes it was Duane Allman"

NOW y'done it ... that thing will run through my head all night until I click something else and replace it.

Nice thread.

30 posted on 04/13/2011 5:58:06 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf
Gary Rossington and Allen Collins

Layla with Clapton and Duane Allman should be on any list of all time great guitar solos
31 posted on 04/13/2011 5:58:33 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: InvisibleChurch

oh oh I have another!

Motor City Mad House Ted Nugent


32 posted on 04/13/2011 5:59:15 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Robin Trower: Bridge of Sighs
Frank Zappa: Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar
Alvin Lee: I’m Going Home


33 posted on 04/13/2011 5:59:43 PM PDT by DaiHuy (One Big Assed Mistake America)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Echoes is great music...I have always been a fan of the riff from “mother” as well


34 posted on 04/13/2011 5:59:59 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Eric Johnson doing the Star Spangled Banner.. At an MTV celebrity ballgame; early 90s... It is on Youtube; It is WORTH checking out. Amazing!!


35 posted on 04/13/2011 6:00:43 PM PDT by joelt
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To: Outlaw Woman

Echoes is one of my favorite songs.. The beats and sounds in that song are incredible. If I was a pot head that would be one song I would listen to over and over again. Gilmores voice is awesome along with the guitar..


36 posted on 04/13/2011 6:00:43 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: InvisibleChurch

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

Hah!


37 posted on 04/13/2011 6:00:59 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: qam1

I saw him do that solo w the lasers and bows ‘n everything


38 posted on 04/13/2011 6:01:04 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: tflabo

How about ‘Voodoo Child’ by Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn. Can’t miss with either one.


39 posted on 04/13/2011 6:01:04 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: mad_as_he$$
No Clapton? Please.

Clapton and Jack Bruce were the dynamic duo. I still marvel at their lengthy jam sessions when they were in Cream. They would listen to each other, and when one started a little riff, the other would pick up on it.

40 posted on 04/13/2011 6:02:02 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Ok, husband is lead guitar player in two bands (sidelines - not his day job :) ) He says Jimmie Page in Stairway to Heaven and Eagles Hotel California.

I personally have no idea. More into vocals.


41 posted on 04/13/2011 6:02:30 PM PDT by MWestMom (Tread carefully, truth lies here.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Obviously Wes Montgomery was never “a guitarist”. Nor Howard Roberts.

I could easily name lots more Not-Guitarist-Guitarists. ... Hmm


42 posted on 04/13/2011 6:03:25 PM PDT by Joined2Justify (Liberals? Oh I get it now, they mean pseudo-liberal FAKE liberal... I get it)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Definitely Rod Stewart's Mandolin Wind!
43 posted on 04/13/2011 6:03:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: crazydad

That song is timeless isn’t it? In the middle..where it’s only instrumental/guitar ..... building to a crescendo....oh man. Now I have to find that on youtube. :)

(blow my dinky speakers out)


44 posted on 04/13/2011 6:03:27 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: qam1
#1 - Dazed and Confused Led Zeppelin

Yes, excellent! But don't forget John Paul Jones on bass. He did some cool riffs also.

Sorry folks, I'm kinda partial to bass players. :-)

45 posted on 04/13/2011 6:05:09 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

How about this solo? THIS is the greatest solo of ALL time hands down!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_M9zWORBuA


46 posted on 04/13/2011 6:05:46 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Do or do not... there is no try)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Hard to argue against including the Nuge. I think Carlos Santana is a glaring omission as well


47 posted on 04/13/2011 6:05:46 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Gary Moore made the list, but his version of Shapes of Things should be top 5.

Nothing from Angus Young or Duane Allman? Where's Whipping Post?

48 posted on 04/13/2011 6:05:58 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: knarf

Boston’s “Hitch a Ride” has a great dual guitar solo. Gilmore’s best work was on “Mother” IMHO


49 posted on 04/13/2011 6:06:22 PM PDT by Buck-I-Guy
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To: Outlaw Woman
oh oh I have another!

ok, i saw you raised your hand!

50 posted on 04/13/2011 6:06:31 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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