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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: Norm Lenhart

I’ve seen SYL twice. Great band. Incredible albums. He also produced Stuck Mojo’s “Pigwalk.”


301 posted on 04/14/2011 3:42:13 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: ConservativeTeen

Lynch is great. Lynch Mob’s “Wicked Sensation” is in my disc changer right now.


302 posted on 04/14/2011 3:46:44 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Just poke around the www until you find a similar article. There is no shortage of opinions, that’s for sure! Thanks.


303 posted on 04/14/2011 4:26:01 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9C91dQFxjM


304 posted on 04/14/2011 4:40:36 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Weirdad
(Keaggy could play "Aqualung" in his sleep so top 20 for sure!)

Ack! Maybe so, but give Martin Barre his due! He's toiled away for 40+ years w Ian Anderson and rarely gets noticed.

; )

305 posted on 04/14/2011 4:41:21 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I was going to add the solo from My Sharona but after watching that I guess maybe not.


306 posted on 04/14/2011 4:45:04 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Of all time?

Mason Williams - Classsical Gas

307 posted on 04/14/2011 4:49:03 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

Rick Derringer tearing loose on “Back In The USA” with Edgar Winter’s White Trash.


308 posted on 04/14/2011 5:01:03 AM PDT by daler
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To: knarf
I looked at that list and it was worse than lame. Showing my age a but but some of those people I had never heard of.
It's a subjective thing at best but there were a lot of great guitar solos in the 1960’s and 1970’s that are not even acknowledged.
The exclusions on this Idiot list are unreal. Methinks the Kid that came up with this list has absolutely no clue!!
309 posted on 04/14/2011 10:06:07 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood (.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

My personal favorite, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, is not even on the list. WTH???


310 posted on 04/14/2011 10:12:52 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: qam1

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

For a live version, I prefer the one on How The West Was Won. But both are much too long for my tastes.


311 posted on 04/14/2011 10:14:56 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

“Never really got into Santana much though...do you have a favorite that you could recommend?”

As far as entire tracks go, my personal fave is “Europa.” As for best Santana solo, check him out trading licks with Neal Schon in “No One To Depend On” (Carlos plays the second solo).


312 posted on 04/14/2011 10:18:34 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: Real Cynic No More

Would have been Gary Rossington, I’d reckon. Allen Collins and Steve Gaines are both gone, and Ed King is retired from the biz. Of those four, Gaines is my favorite, but most of the Skynyrd solos I can play well are Rossington’s.

And I don’t count any of the post-crash members. :)


313 posted on 04/14/2011 10:21:38 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Without Frank Zappa, this list is not even a list, to think that Slash is somehow put in the same league with Hendrix while omitting Zappa is criminal.


314 posted on 04/14/2011 10:24:03 AM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: dfwgator

“Best Gilmour solo is on ‘Dogs’ from Animals.”

Which one? There are three to choose from in that track. :)

I know it’s a predictable choice, but I think the solos in “Time” and “Comfortably Numb” are the most representative of Gilmour’s style. But all three solos in “Dogs” are pretty doggone good.


315 posted on 04/14/2011 10:24:35 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: Craftmore

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

thats the line your wondering about.”

Incidentally, that line is the only vocal performance by Nick Mason in the band’s entire catalog.


316 posted on 04/14/2011 10:26:26 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Beck’s Bolero


317 posted on 04/14/2011 10:28:18 AM PDT by geege
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To: Frantzie

I always considered both post-Waters Floyd and post-Floyd Waters to be inferior to what the band did while Waters was still on board. And I still remember a Rolling Stone review of Momentary Lapse and Radio KAOS alongside one another that concluded with “together these would have made a nice Dark Side of the Moon.”


318 posted on 04/14/2011 10:29:29 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: joelt

I liked his “Cliffs of Dover”


319 posted on 04/14/2011 10:29:30 AM PDT by geege
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I’ve seen the Echoes/2001 sync on YouTube. The ending of 2001 actually makes sense in this format. :)


320 posted on 04/14/2011 10:32:12 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: Frantzie

That sounds about right. It took Eddie Van Halen to finally knock Steve Howe off his perch in the Guitar Player poll. :)

Interesting story about Wakeman: He was hired to play piano on T.Rex’s “Get It On”, but when he heard the song he told the producer that the song didn’t really need any piano. The producer suggested he just add a few glissandos here and there, to which Wakeman said, “But you could do that yourself?”

The producer responded with, “Do you want to pay your rent or not?”


321 posted on 04/14/2011 10:35:45 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood
The 60's and early 70's were an explosion of talent and expertise unequaled since.

IMO

It was great to have been there, and I don't give a shit WHAT the "modern conservative viewpoint" may be about my being an unwashed hippie .... I got THIS close to Janis and met the Doobies .. among others.

I got out of the Army in 67 and I THINK I remember being at a Cream concert in a basement of a church or a school and asking, "Why do you dress that way"

If so, I met Clapton and didn't know it ... Ginger Baker ...

Thasnkful for having survived and thankfully it will never be repeated.

322 posted on 04/14/2011 10:39:01 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Frantzie

They should have. His solo on “Cemetary Gates” kicks arse.


323 posted on 04/14/2011 10:39:18 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: death2tyrants

It’s part of the reason why he tuned his guitar to C# for much of Sabbath’s early career.


324 posted on 04/14/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: wastedyears

It’s too hard for me to choose ONE Maiden solo I like best (and while Dave is a fantastic player I’m a bit more partial to Adrian).


325 posted on 04/14/2011 10:46:57 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I’ll pinpoint for you the exact part of Dogs I’m referring to, one of those “How the heck did he do that?!?!?!” moments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HxHwuiDPgk&#t=13m55s


326 posted on 04/14/2011 10:48:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Strategerist

“I also wonder, if, anywhere on the planet, there’s a woman that is a King Crimson fan...”

My wife doesn’t mind In The Court of the Crimson King, but she leaves the room when I put on Larks’ Tongues In Aspic.


327 posted on 04/14/2011 10:48:30 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

I saw Dokken at a club gig last summer. Jon Levin pretty much plays George’s solos verbatim.

And Don’s voice is SHOT.


328 posted on 04/14/2011 10:50:48 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I only care for Adrian Belew-era Crimson.


329 posted on 04/14/2011 10:52:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ez

I like Denny Dias’ solos in Gold Teeth II.


330 posted on 04/14/2011 10:55:17 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: montyspython

o k


331 posted on 04/14/2011 10:55:36 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t think the Eventide Harmonizer had come along at that point, so I’d wager that part is multi-tracked. I hear at least three parts in that, but the intervals are so bizarre I gave up on trying to replicate this part exactly. I can play the rest of this song pretty much note-for-note.


332 posted on 04/14/2011 10:56:46 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

It did sound a bit “Brian Mayish”, but I never heard Gilmour ever do anything like that before or since, it seemed so out of character for him.


333 posted on 04/14/2011 10:58:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic

maybe she doesn't like the title of the song

334 posted on 04/14/2011 11:12:20 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: InvisibleChurch

“maybe she doesn’t like the title of the song”

No, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t like the actual song. She just doesn’t care for dissonance...


335 posted on 04/14/2011 11:26:27 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Thx!


336 posted on 04/14/2011 12:22:35 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Cboldt

:)


337 posted on 04/14/2011 12:38:23 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, Paradise Lost)
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To: knarf
A little late to the thread but were you thinking of Hughie Thomasson (Originally of The Oulaws) Intro To Sweet Home Alabama?
338 posted on 04/14/2011 12:51:42 PM PDT by McGruff (Shut it down!)
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To: McGruff
Nope .. Allen Collins
339 posted on 04/14/2011 1:39:11 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Hendrix - Machine Gun.

Bill Nelson - Banal.


340 posted on 04/14/2011 1:44:20 PM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: sauropod
I'm embarrassed to say I'm not sure who was playing lead (too early for Blackmore, I think)...but Deep Purple's "Hey Joe" way-back-when was way ahead of it's time, and featured a killer lead guitar.

Also, can't forget Mark Farner blasting away on "Inside Looking Out" on Grand Funk's live album.

Er...am I showing my age here?

341 posted on 04/14/2011 5:04:38 PM PDT by daler
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To: joelt

Also Bill Nelson of Bebop Deluxe “Crying To The Sky” off the “Sunburst Finish” LP. I also recommend This LP’s cover art. Not for any purient interest, It’s art don’t you know.


342 posted on 04/14/2011 5:56:20 PM PDT by joelt
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To: crazydad

I used to have the Pulse concert on Laserdisc and picked it up on DVD a couple years ago. Comfortably Numb STILL causes my eyes to water up a bit. Any time music hits me strong on an emotional level I give it a very high score.


343 posted on 04/14/2011 6:30:20 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: joelt

You need to check out his solo work. He’s been a prolific musician. Can play pretty much any style.

He plays all the instruments he uses. Piano. Drums. Guitar. everything.


344 posted on 04/14/2011 6:34:40 PM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I always detested the Eagles.


345 posted on 04/14/2011 6:39:03 PM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: dfwgator

He was referring to Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden.


346 posted on 04/14/2011 7:02:33 PM PDT by wastedyears (It has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with control.)
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To: daler

That was Blackmore.He was with Purple from the beginning.


347 posted on 04/16/2011 6:29:50 AM PDT by mitch5501 (fine!)
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To: Weirdad
Feh. Late to the thread as usual.

I'd have to give the edge to Agora (The Marketplace) from The Master and the Musician or The Reunion from The Wind And The Wheat.

Or of course, this little ditty.

I saw him do that piece using the E-bow live over 30 years ago.

Truly a legend before his time.

Cheers!

348 posted on 05/23/2011 5:09:02 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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