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.
I’ve seen SYL twice. Great band. Incredible albums. He also produced Stuck Mojo’s “Pigwalk.”
Lynch is great. Lynch Mob’s “Wicked Sensation” is in my disc changer right now.
Just poke around the www until you find a similar article. There is no shortage of opinions, that’s for sure! Thanks.
Ack! Maybe so, but give Martin Barre his due! He's toiled away for 40+ years w Ian Anderson and rarely gets noticed.
I was going to add the solo from My Sharona but after watching that I guess maybe not.
Mason Williams - Classsical Gas
Rick Derringer tearing loose on “Back In The USA” with Edgar Winter’s White Trash.
My personal favorite, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, is not even on the list. WTH???
“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.
“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).
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. :)
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.
“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.
“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.
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.”
I liked his “Cliffs of Dover”
I’ve seen the Echoes/2001 sync on YouTube. The ending of 2001 actually makes sense in this format. :)
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?”
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.
They should have. His solo on “Cemetary Gates” kicks arse.
It’s part of the reason why he tuned his guitar to C# for much of Sabbath’s early career.
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).
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.
“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.
I saw Dokken at a club gig last summer. Jon Levin pretty much plays George’s solos verbatim.
And Don’s voice is SHOT.
I only care for Adrian Belew-era Crimson.
I like Denny Dias’ solos in Gold Teeth II.
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.
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.
maybe she doesn't like the title of the song
“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...
Hendrix - Machine Gun.
Bill Nelson - Banal.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I always detested the Eagles.
He was referring to Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden.
That was Blackmore.He was with Purple from the beginning.
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.
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