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.
Well, I own every King Crimson album (certainly don't own everything Fripp has played on) and even I'd say have fun, but keep in mind Crimson isn't for everybody. You'll either love it, or think it's the worst thing you've ever heard.
I also wonder, if, anywhere on the planet, there's a woman that is a King Crimson fan...
Andrew Lloyd Webber is a creep. His music is ear wash.
Jimmy Bryant — the original Telemaster.
Not to disrespect Duane, but Derek Trucks has him beat.
Eric Johnson’s “Zap” is even better than Cliffs of Dover.
He is an amazing guitarist.
I watched it a long time ago. It is still at the same # you posted.
Andy Summers - Bring on the night. That’s a police song actually, but that melody and riff is all Andy. One of the most under rated guitarists of all time. I swear, the guy never plays a straight chord, he is so interesting to listen to. Great tutorial here from Andy which includes “Bring on the Night” at the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERYMlSJffcw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
That’s a great song. Their newer stuff is really good also.
In the mid 70's I heard a similar rumor myself from someone who kept up with the business -- specifically that David Gilmour, when asked how it felt to be the world's greatest guitarist, told the interviewer that he would have to ask Phil Keaggy to find out. Keaggy himself denies the rumors -- heard him deny it at a concert in 1977 when he was asked about it by the MC -- but I think that the fact that the rumors are even credible is a testimony about how good he is.
Phil Keaggy - Emerging - Struck by the Love (1977)
Hear it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWKy1iVgQC4
(And NO, I did not post it on YouTube -- I just looked it up -- but I do have it on vinyl!)
Also check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Keaggy_Band
OK, maybe not "the best" among all solos, but listen to all of it -- you might put it or another of his solos in the top echelon. (Keaggy could play "Aqualung" in his sleep so top 20 for sure!)
I loved that guy in the 70's, especially this song. Contemporary Christian Music pioneer. Grammy winner. He is an even better guitarist now, although still not too famous. You can certainly get behind his lyrics compared to those of some of the other greats who are great at guitar but do not seem so successful at life.
Finally someone mentions Elliot Easton of The Cars. The solo on Just What I Needed is deceptively difficult to play properly, and damn tasty too. But a few that didnt make the list...
Rhodes-Over the Mountain, Goodbye to Romance, many more
SRV-Riviera Paradise. Amazing...
Yngwie-Now Your Ships Are Burned, 2nd solo
They had three guitars in that song if I remember right.
How about Duane Allman in anything he did???????????
Here’s another guy that does not get enough love, George Lynch.
....Every time Slash picks up a guitar! (he was one of my favs!)
Right you are! It’s a lame list if Ritchie isn’t even listed! Also, “Stargazer” from Rainbow. Some of the solos listed are CRAP!!! Where’s Jeff Beck or Clapton or Zappa? This list is like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-not talent or achievement based but “we like you based”.
One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces
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