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"Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1600667,0011.htm ^

Posted on 01/17/2006 1:52:36 PM PST by lunarbicep

Guitarist Jimmy Page of the band Led Zeppelin has been voted the top guitar soloist of all time for the song Stairway to heaven.

According to contactmusic.com, Page's performance topped the survey held by the website aboutguitars.com and beat out the likes of Eddie Van Halen for the track Eruption.

The third place was occupied by the dual guitar solo by Allen Collins and Gary Rossington on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird.

The top 10 guitar solos are:

1. Stairway to heaven - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

2. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

3. Freebird - Allen Collins and Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

4. Comfortably numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

5. All along the watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

6. November rain - Slash (Guns N' Roses)

7. One - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

8. Hotel California - Don Felder and Joe Walsh (The Eagles)

9. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)

10. Crossroads - Eric Clapton (Cream)


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KEYWORDS: guitar; guitars; guitarsolo; music; rockandroll
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how quick they forget the grandaddy of it all:

Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley

1 posted on 01/17/2006 1:52:37 PM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

No Stevie Ray Vaughan?


2 posted on 01/17/2006 1:54:04 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: lunarbicep

Dude, like some of those guys like really rock!

3 posted on 01/17/2006 1:54:17 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: lunarbicep
Patheticos on parade.

Cheez.

Boring music for stupid people.

4 posted on 01/17/2006 1:55:00 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: lunarbicep

Freebird has been beaten to death...if I never hear that crap song again it will still be too soon


5 posted on 01/17/2006 1:55:38 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: lunarbicep

ANY Chuck Berry Tune!


6 posted on 01/17/2006 1:55:50 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: DallasMike
No Stevie Ray Vaughan?

..yeah I was wondering about that too

7 posted on 01/17/2006 1:55:54 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...8thAF...4077th TFW...408th MMS...Ubon Thailand..."69"..Night Line Delivery,AMMO)
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To: lunarbicep

Light My Fire by The Doors

Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC

Nothing by BB King either


8 posted on 01/17/2006 1:55:56 PM PST by misterrob (Democrats, The Party of Treason)
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To: lunarbicep

Highway Star - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)


9 posted on 01/17/2006 1:55:57 PM PST by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: lunarbicep
BS! Even Terry Kath's solo in "25 of 6 to 4" was superior to Jimmy Page's sloppy work on Stairway. Jeff Baxter's solo on Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" was better than Stairway for Crissake.

Where is Wes Montgomery? Where is Django Reinhardt?

10 posted on 01/17/2006 1:56:14 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: lunarbicep

Brian May - We Will Rock You


11 posted on 01/17/2006 1:56:34 PM PST by munchtipq
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To: lunarbicep

Stevie Ray Vaughan not even in the top ten? Please. He was better than every one of them. Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are both overrated.

Best guitar solo = Rocky Top by Chet Atkins (I don't think even Stevie Ray could do that).


12 posted on 01/17/2006 1:56:34 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: lunarbicep
My favorite guitar solo of all time: Zakk Wylde for Ozzy Osbourne, No More Tears
13 posted on 01/17/2006 1:56:38 PM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: lunarbicep
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14 posted on 01/17/2006 1:56:45 PM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: DallasMike

Bridge Of Sighs
Robin Trower
Chrysalis 1057
Released: March 1974


15 posted on 01/17/2006 1:57:03 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS!)
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To: Doogle
and Eric at number 10....eehhh....don't think so.
16 posted on 01/17/2006 1:57:30 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...8thAF...4077th TFW...408th MMS...Ubon Thailand..."69"..Night Line Delivery,AMMO)
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To: tallhappy
Boring music for stupid people.

So if you like Rock you're "stupid"?

17 posted on 01/17/2006 1:57:38 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: misterrob
Light My Fire by The Doors

Robbie Krieger and George Harrison are the most underrated guitarists in rock and roll. Krieger was originally a flamenco guitarist, btw.

I always thought the song "All Your Love", whether the Otis Rush OR Eric Clapton/John Mayall version, had some outstanding guitar work.

19 posted on 01/17/2006 1:58:10 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: tallhappy

""Boring music for stupid people""


suggestions for exciting music for smart people?


20 posted on 01/17/2006 1:59:05 PM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: lunarbicep

'Cheapnis' by Frank Zappa


21 posted on 01/17/2006 1:59:08 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: DallasMike

That's exactly what I thought. How Rossington/Collins can make it and Stevie Ray doesn't is a mystery.


22 posted on 01/17/2006 1:59:11 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: lunarbicep

No Andres Segovia? Those other guys were rank amateurs by comparison.


23 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:13 PM PST by Logophile
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To: InsureAmerica
suggestions for exciting music for smart people?

That question may be above her IQ.

24 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:24 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: lunarbicep

Aww...geez! Stairway to Heaven?

The local guitar shop here has a big sign:

No Stairway to Heaven
is Allowed
On These Premises!
Violators Will Be
Ejected from the Shop!


25 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:36 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: lunarbicep

What and who is contactmusic.com and why should we care what they think?


26 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:41 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: lunarbicep

Hendrix's solo on the Warner live double album version of "Hear My Train a Comin'" is, without question, the most incredible solo in the history of rocknroll.

David Gilmour has hit many out of the park, as well.

In Jazz, Joe Pass and Django Reinhardt laid down some unbelievable solos every time they sat down to play.

And in the Blues, Elmore James' solo on "Twelve Year Old Boy" is the gold standard.


27 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:46 PM PST by Skooz (Property taxes are immoral)
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To: DallasMike

No Steve Vai? No John Mclaughlin,for goodness sake?


28 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:47 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: lunarbicep
Crossroads from Wheels of Fire.

And it's not even subject to argument

29 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:48 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: advance_copy

i assumed they meant rock solos, if you start throwing country/folk guys in then you've got to deal with virtuosos like Leo Kottke and then jazz guys like Django... i don't think they meant the top 10 best guitar parts, but more like the top 10 high-flying rock solos.


30 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:53 PM PST by munchtipq
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To: lunarbicep
My favorite: Elliott Randall's cascading arpeggios on Steely Dan's Reelin' In The Years.
31 posted on 01/17/2006 2:00:56 PM PST by Dr. Thorne
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To: lunarbicep

No Al DiMeola?


32 posted on 01/17/2006 2:01:24 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: Skooz

I'd add Al Di Meola to the list also.


33 posted on 01/17/2006 2:01:48 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: MarineBrat

Now THAT's funny.


34 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:00 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: Clemenza
Even Terry Kath's solo in "25 of 6 to 4" was superior to Jimmy Page's sloppy work on Stairway.

Ditto that.

35 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:13 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: oxcart

I thought I was the only one left in the US that still liked Trower.


36 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:13 PM PST by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: reagandemocrat

my fav. zappa solo is The Muffin Man, i'm not allowed to listen to it in the car anymore because i stop paying attention to the road.


37 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:14 PM PST by munchtipq
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To: Ouderkirk
Freebird has been beaten to death...

I playe in a band whose lead guitariaat just loved freebird. When I hear it now, it's like fingernails scraping a blackboard.

38 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:21 PM PST by Rudder
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To: lunarbicep

I spent my Sophomore year in college listening to one of my fraternity brothers learn to play the lead guitar part for "Black Magic Woman". I have only recently (35 years later) recovered from that experience. John Holly, are you out there???


39 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:27 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski (No good deed goes unpunished.)
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To: Lizavetta

Freebird and Stevie's remake of Little Wing are both great pieces of music. However, I think Joe Satriani and some of the "surfing with the alien" stuff should be up here. As well as Hendrix's Machine Gun.


40 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:33 PM PST by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: lunarbicep

Where's James Burton who could play circles around all 10 of these - at the same time?


41 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:45 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: lunarbicep

Crazy Train is the best of all time. Rhodes was an afficianado. Who doesn't get absolutely fired up when those first couple of chords are played?


42 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:46 PM PST by wally-balls (Pats got screwed by awful officiating)
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To: lunarbicep

That was my favorite part of the movie Wayne's World.


43 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:48 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Clemenza

Granted, his technique sometimes left a lot to be desired, but when you put it all together, Pagey's one of a kind. I'll, listen to him anyday. And the 25 or 6 to 4 lead? Lots of slop there I'm afraid. I don;t think Page's goal was to have perfect technique. Why does everyone want to lump all guitarists together as if they have the same style, background, etc. and see who is 'best'? It doesn't make sense.


44 posted on 01/17/2006 2:02:53 PM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: reagandemocrat

And no Jeff Beck? (Guess I'm just not hip anymore)


45 posted on 01/17/2006 2:03:07 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: lunarbicep

I can think of at least two others that are better: Lindsay Buckingham in "I'm So Afraid" on the album "The Dance" and Jethro Tull's guitar slinger (Martin Barre?) on the song "Aqualung."


46 posted on 01/17/2006 2:03:27 PM PST by KevinB
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To: lunarbicep
"Free Bird" sucks.
47 posted on 01/17/2006 2:03:49 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: lunarbicep
Peter Frampton? Anyone?
48 posted on 01/17/2006 2:03:55 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: lunarbicep

Brothers In Arms...Mark Knopfler...Dire Straits


49 posted on 01/17/2006 2:04:05 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS!)
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To: munchtipq

I was about to say May's 'Brighton Rock.'


50 posted on 01/17/2006 2:04:10 PM PST by quantim (If the Constitution were perfect it wouldn't have included the Senate.)
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