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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

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To: InvisibleChurch
What makes for a truly great guitar solo? A subjective proposition. Some look at speed. Some look at the person and career. Taking the concept of guitar solo by itself, it's really gotta talk to me. Not interested in pure speed. Not necessarily interested in precision.

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.

201 posted on 04/13/2011 7:54:57 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: InvisibleChurch
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Black Sabbath - Warning

202 posted on 04/13/2011 7:55:23 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: dfwgator; buccaneer81
Ian Bairnson

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.

203 posted on 04/13/2011 7:55:33 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Now showing: Dark Ages II.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Joe Satriani taught Vai and Satch didn't make the list either.

What about the guy who would be regarded as the best ever had he not contracted ALS......JASON F'N BECKER!

204 posted on 04/13/2011 7:55:46 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: buccaneer81

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.


205 posted on 04/13/2011 7:56:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: InvisibleChurch

Randy Bachmann overlooked by everyone?


206 posted on 04/13/2011 7:56:18 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: dfwgator

Wow, I have zero memory of that song. Must have been one of their more minor hits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsw-uQ5C7zo


207 posted on 04/13/2011 7:58:32 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Grizzled Bear
Cacophony. Jason Becker/Marty Friedman.

Nobody else comes close.

208 posted on 04/13/2011 7:58:43 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Frampton’s ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’ deserves some recognition as well.


209 posted on 04/13/2011 8:00:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: death2tyrants

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.


210 posted on 04/13/2011 8:00:57 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: 21twelve
Good link, thanks.

Here's something a little bit older.

Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Bridge - Pali Gap.

211 posted on 04/13/2011 8:01:44 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Salamander

Little Wing.
Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Remake from Jimmy Hendrix.


212 posted on 04/13/2011 8:01:45 PM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Frantzie

I thought Sabbath was from Birmingham.


213 posted on 04/13/2011 8:01:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

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.


214 posted on 04/13/2011 8:03:09 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Pan_Yan

No one mentioned Dimebag Daryl either. (runs away)


215 posted on 04/13/2011 8:04:44 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Texas resident

Love both.

[didn’t Clapton cover that, too?]


216 posted on 04/13/2011 8:04:51 PM PDT by Salamander (Insolence.....I has it.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Fun thread. Thanks for posting.


217 posted on 04/13/2011 8:05:45 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Craftmore

Caught that Craft...and I do believe you are correct..*sigh* (you could have corrected me ... I’m not too thin skinned) :)


218 posted on 04/13/2011 8:05:58 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Next up: Greatest Rhythm Guitar Tracks of All Time. Would love to hear some comments on that.

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.

219 posted on 04/13/2011 8:06:34 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Pan_Yan
Almost 200 posts and no one has brought up C.C. Deville from Poison?

Since you brought him up, its fair to mention that Deville played guitar on the worst song ever recorded....Cherry Pie by Warrant.
220 posted on 04/13/2011 8:08:01 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: Yardstick

Nobody could mix rhythm and leads like Jimi, he made it look effortless.


221 posted on 04/13/2011 8:08:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Frantzie
He lost the tips of some fingers in an accident at work before they made it big.

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.

222 posted on 04/13/2011 8:08:50 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: InvisibleChurch
Beyond the Realms of Death- Judas Priest
Psycho Holiday-Pantera

Anything by Jason Becker

and (completely non metal) Roy Clark could probably play a hairbrush.

223 posted on 04/13/2011 8:09:08 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: nonliberal

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....


224 posted on 04/13/2011 8:09:41 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Liberty Valance

I enjoy them, too. I always learn a lot.


225 posted on 04/13/2011 8:10:24 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (it is time to repent)
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To: Frantzie
Dime.

Psycho Holiday and Floods. Awesome!

226 posted on 04/13/2011 8:10:43 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: wolf24

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.


227 posted on 04/13/2011 8:10:56 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: Pan_Yan

“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.


228 posted on 04/13/2011 8:10:56 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Norm Lenhart

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.


229 posted on 04/13/2011 8:12:33 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: dfwgator

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...
PART 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYGp5shqLZg&feature=related
PART 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPkwm8a1kBU&feature=related


230 posted on 04/13/2011 8:12:35 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I’ve also posted (several times) that, IMHO, my favorite solo of all time is Beyond the Realms of Death by Judas Priest. Thoughts?


231 posted on 04/13/2011 8:13:41 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: dfwgator

I knew that. What a leap in style. Like going from the third grade to college.


232 posted on 04/13/2011 8:14:29 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Outlaw Woman

That would Frampton... *rolling eyes*


233 posted on 04/13/2011 8:15:13 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: InvisibleChurch

And how could we leave out Vernon Reid’s solo on “Cult of Personality.”


234 posted on 04/13/2011 8:16:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

Hey thank you!


235 posted on 04/13/2011 8:17:34 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: Frantzie
No one mentioned Dimebag Daryl either.

Dimebag Darrell, God bless that man
Ripped from us by the Devil's hand
Only thing in his plan
Was love and rock 'n roll
Cowboy from Hell on a twisted trail
Swept away where the wild winds wail
Sad truth is you can never tell when it's your time to go
236 posted on 04/13/2011 8:17:37 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: Frantzie

Yea but he did do alot of good writing, until he went solo and then he sucked.


237 posted on 04/13/2011 8:17:49 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: dfwgator

Yes, atonal and super cool. It’s one of those where I’ll wait to turn off the car if it’s coming up.


238 posted on 04/13/2011 8:19:46 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: joelt

I love Eric Johnson. His “Cliffs of Dover” may be the greatest guitar song ever recorded.


239 posted on 04/13/2011 8:20:31 PM PDT by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

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?


240 posted on 04/13/2011 8:21:37 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: nonliberal

Yup. Got a question for the big guy along simmilar lines myself ;)


241 posted on 04/13/2011 8:22:17 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


242 posted on 04/13/2011 8:23:34 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: dfwgator

Very good song also..


243 posted on 04/13/2011 8:24:25 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

Thanks for that info. That is great...


244 posted on 04/13/2011 8:26:34 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: madamemayhem

Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Doverhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55nAwmVLQSk


245 posted on 04/13/2011 8:28:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Ronald_Magnus
Ronald Jenkees

I love the nerd, he rocks. Actually bought one of his songs. Love his cross hand style of playing the keyboard.

246 posted on 04/13/2011 8:29:11 PM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: nonliberal

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.


247 posted on 04/13/2011 8:30:39 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: crazydad

IIRC, One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces.


248 posted on 04/13/2011 8:30:39 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: Yardstick

You forgot the motor city madman. TEDDY!


249 posted on 04/13/2011 8:32:08 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: US_MilitaryRules

-Anything- by Robin Trower.

Pat Travers, ‘Crash And Burn’, ‘Stevie’.


250 posted on 04/13/2011 8:34:30 PM PDT by Salamander (Insolence.....I has it.)
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