Skip to comments.The 20 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time (or "What I Did With My Wednesday Night")
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.
My exposure to music has been wide ranging, but I suffer ignorance, which is to say my eyes will be opened via links posted on this thread.
Here are some solos that have made a lasting impression on me in this short life, not in any particular order:
Jimmy Page, Heartbreaker, Led Zeppelin II
Elliott Randall, Reelin’ In the Years, Steely Dan
David Gilmour, Breathe, Pink Floyd
Derek Trucks, All I Do, The Derek Trucks Band
Mike Stern, Fat Time, Miles Davis
Mike Stern, Jean Pierre, Miles Davis
Albert Collins, I Got the Feeling, Albert Collins & The Icebreakers
Mike Sembello, Contusion, Stevie Wonder
James Fair, The New Road, Acoustique Complete, Vol. I
That's a .5% start. So many more good ones out there. Steely Dan alone brings several classic guitar solos into play. Martin Barre's solo, too, is worthy of the list, to be sure. Never heard the account of his distraction while recording.
Next up: Greatest Rhythm Guitar Tracks of All Time. Would love to hear some comments on that.
I won't claim to know much about music now, and I even knew less 30 years ago but I always loved APP. The guitar playing was so much cleaner and the music so much more sophisticated than most of what was on the radio. Tales of Mystery and Imagination will always be on my favorites list.
What about the guy who would be regarded as the best ever had he not contracted ALS......JASON F'N BECKER!
Actually a good portion of the APP was part of the band “Pilot” of (”Ho Ho Ho It’s Magic” fame, which was produced by Parsons). Bairnson was the guitarist, and David Paton, who sang on a lot of early Parsons songs, was the bassist.
Randy Bachmann overlooked by everyone?
Wow, I have zero memory of that song. Must have been one of their more minor hits.
Nobody else comes close.
Frampton’s ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’ deserves some recognition as well.
Tommi Iommi! He lost the tips of some fingers in an accident at work before they made it big. I saw a show once. They were dirt poor in Manchester. Tommi made Ozzy.
Here's something a little bit older.
Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Remake from Jimmy Hendrix.
I thought Sabbath was from Birmingham.
The spanish/nylon string guitar parts are great but the pedal steel brings you to tears. Amazing playings and song. I think arguably Gilmour’s best.
No one mentioned Dimebag Daryl either. (runs away)
[didn’t Clapton cover that, too?]
Fun thread. Thanks for posting.
Caught that Craft...and I do believe you are correct..*sigh* (you could have corrected me ... I’m not too thin skinned) :)
Jimi Hendrix was a super sneaky rhythm player. Another guy I like and who never gets mentioned (and in fact I don't even know his name) is Macy Gray' guitar player. He's always always in the background doing some tasty Stax approved rhythm fill or Steve Cropperism. I'm not a big fan of modern R&B but his playing inspired me to buy that first album of hers, which is really good.
Nobody could mix rhythm and leads like Jimi, he made it look effortless.
I remember reading about that. It didn't seem to slow him down any. Listening to Sabbath growing up, it influenced me into taking up the classical guitar.
Anything by Jason Becker
and (completely non metal) Roy Clark could probably play a hairbrush.
No doubt Satriani is incredible and I love his work immensely. His newer stuff with Chickenfoot just plain rocks.
That said, (opinion only) Vai exceeded his teacher. They are both like greased lightning speedwise, but to me, Vai has alot of emotion and experimentalism in his playing where Satch is more straight traditional style playing amped up to 12 with occasional forays into beautiful strangeness.
I could (and do) listen to both for hours. And the G3 vids? Heaven!
Becker is one of the great tragedies in the guitar world. He and Marty Friedman together were wild. ALS ended what could have been a career for the ages.
Marty Friedman - Cheer Girl Rampage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iDx2E-lxbY
And don’t forget Shawn Lane....
I enjoy them, too. I always learn a lot.
Psycho Holiday and Floods. Awesome!
Edward bump! Eruption! I also like Frampton’s “Do you feel like I do?” It is not a solo but what the heck!
There is to many to list.
“Sophisticated” is the right word. So is “Intelligent.” I know that Yes was supposedly the band that fit those bills, but APP went far beyond. Under appreciated genius.
The fate of Jason Becker made me question things. Becker gets ALS but Paris Hilton is still alive? God is going to need to explain that one to me.
Awesome song! I remember that year well...’riding around’ was all the rage and Framptom comes Alive was blaring out of everyone’s car. lol Or going to the river building bonfires and sitting around listening to Framptom and others. Great song...great memories...
I’ve also posted (several times) that, IMHO, my favorite solo of all time is Beyond the Realms of Death by Judas Priest. Thoughts?
I knew that. What a leap in style. Like going from the third grade to college.
That would Frampton... *rolling eyes*
And how could we leave out Vernon Reid’s solo on “Cult of Personality.”
Hey thank you!
Yea but he did do alot of good writing, until he went solo and then he sucked.
Yes, atonal and super cool. It’s one of those where I’ll wait to turn off the car if it’s coming up.
I love Eric Johnson. His “Cliffs of Dover” may be the greatest guitar song ever recorded.
That is the name of the song. One of these days. The album is called Meddle. I still have no Idea what the whole line is. “One of these days Im going to, something”. Any help freepers?
Yup. Got a question for the big guy along simmilar lines myself ;)
Gilmore and Waters will be playing a few dates together on the European part of the Wall tour. I am not sure where. But that would be one to see. Although they hate one another, to hear them together would be amazing.
Very good song also..
Thanks for that info. That is great...
Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Doverhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55nAwmVLQSk
I love the nerd, he rocks. Actually bought one of his songs. Love his cross hand style of playing the keyboard.
Always been a Priest fan. That song is definitely one of their best, though I like their take on Green Manilisha more. Halford, regardless of his personal life, is THE metal vocalist. Period. Followed VERY closely by
The BRUCE!...Talk Iron Maiden and that band pretty much ends the thread ;) Solos, rhythm, bass, drums, vocals. Total package.
To add another incredible guitarist to the mix, Devin Townsend DTP, DT Band or Strapping Young Lad. A monster guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.
IIRC, One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces.
You forgot the motor city madman. TEDDY!
-Anything- by Robin Trower.
Pat Travers, ‘Crash And Burn’, ‘Stevie’.