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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)


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: guitar; guitars; guitarsolo; music; rockandroll
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To: DallasMike

My Wife has a SRV memorial wall. She would be deeply saddened to see this poll.


51 posted on 01/17/2006 2:04:30 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: mrsmel

Agree Seen AD once incredible. but the list should be expanded. I'll take Alvin Lee Ten Years after "I'm Going Home" Woodstock performance!


52 posted on 01/17/2006 2:04:53 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: tallhappy

I agree. Hard to argue with any of them, but the list is too predictable. How about these instead?

Marquee Moon -- Television
Darkness, Darkness -- Youngbloods
Junior Saw it Happen -- Steve Miller
Love that Burns -- Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Look at You, Look at Me -- Dave Mason
Reign in Blood -- Slayer
The Messiah Will Come Again -- Roy Buchanan
Time Waits for No One -- the Rolling Stones


53 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:20 PM PST by giant sable
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To: quantim

maybe it was just the order i heard things in, but that solo redefined what rock guitar was for me in a lot of ways.


54 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:25 PM PST by munchtipq
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To: Lizavetta

my favorite guitarist is Uli Jon Roth

fluid legato and precise speed picking that the ENTIRE list could just dream about


55 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:33 PM PST by daku (Islam , a religion of peace ... Liar liar, France on fire)
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To: tallhappy

Circa 1974, I thought Jimmy Page was God.


56 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:36 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: lunarbicep

Can't argue with that list much. Great Solos all. Crank up the volume!


57 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:39 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: DallasMike

Ever hear the version of Pipeline that he did with Dick Dale? Golden.


58 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:44 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: munchtipq

Point accepted about Chet Atkins, even though I think he rocks. How about Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) in "Goin' Home" at Woodstock? Now, that was a "high flying rock solo".


59 posted on 01/17/2006 2:05:52 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: ChuckShick

Well now there is two of us. I listen to him all the time.


60 posted on 01/17/2006 2:06:34 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS!)
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To: lunarbicep

Best guitar riff ever is a toss up between Can't You Hear Me Knocking and The Ocean.


61 posted on 01/17/2006 2:06:52 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: lunarbicep

#2 (believe it or not) Tony Peluso in Carpenters' "Goodbye To Love"

#1 Eric Clapton - Cream "Badge"


62 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:05 PM PST by szweig
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To: InsureAmerica

That's true. John Mclaughlin never seems to get props,and he's the master. Because he only flirted with rock. Speaking of,what about Steve Howe of "Yes"?


63 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:20 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: InsureAmerica
I always found that Page, like Ritchie Blackmore's stuff in Deep Purple (but not with Rainbow), was sloppy and derivative. I also have something against "showboating" ie when a guitarist's solo purposely overwhelms the song. One reason I believe that Harrison was underrated is that every solo he had actually FIT THE SONG, rather than detract from it like Jimmy Page or Eddie Van Halen's work. Its very similar to pairing a strong Cabernet with white fish.

Of course, you can argue to Clapton did some showboating with Cream, who were a "blues rock jam: band anyway. Nevertheless, even Clapton (as a solo artist and with the Yardbirds) knew how to keep his solos from overwhelming the song.

64 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:23 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

No Joe Satriani? Steve Vai? Puh-leeze.


65 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:27 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: trillabodilla
Highway Star - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)

Agreed...or 'Child In Time'...and where's Robin Trower?

66 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:30 PM PST by who knows what evil? (New England...the Sodom and Gomorrah of the 21st Century, and they're proud of it!)
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To: ChuckShick

Day of the Eagle!


67 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:49 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: ChuckShick; oxcart

Sounds like there's at least three of us.


68 posted on 01/17/2006 2:07:53 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: munchtipq

"virtuosos like Leo Kottke "

He's a joy to watch play. I've seen him half a dozen times. Trouble is, he's funny lookin' and can't sing worth a lick. He's got some hellacious guitar chops, though.


69 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:11 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: InsureAmerica

Or Nuno Bettencourt.


70 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:12 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: muir_redwoods

"Crossroads from Wheels of Fire.
And it's not even subject to argument"


No arguement here.

"I believe I'm sinking down"



71 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:18 PM PST by DAC21
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To: munchtipq; reagandemocrat
Saw Frank do Muffin Man on two different occasions at Armadillo World Headquarters here in Austin. The second time was the last show at the Dillo.

The song on the record called Captain Beefheart was recorded live at the Dillo and it ranks way above the top ten.

Absolutely incredible.

72 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:25 PM PST by daniel boob (I bleed orange)
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To: lunarbicep

No Yngwe? Eddie has a lot better solos than Eruption.

At least Randi Rhodes is in there.


73 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:32 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: lunarbicep

Ted Nugent - Stranglehold


74 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:34 PM PST by knak (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing)
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To: Ciexyz

Ever read Hammer of the Gods?


75 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:39 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: lunarbicep

Bookmark for purchasing guide.

mc


76 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:44 PM PST by mcshot (Rusty but trusty or vice versa.)
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To: advance_copy

I second Alvin Lee. But also should add Dickie Betts "Jessica" Allman Bros Band.


77 posted on 01/17/2006 2:08:54 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: lunarbicep

Les Paul--"How High the Moon". Fun to dance to, as well.


78 posted on 01/17/2006 2:09:29 PM PST by Calico Cat
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To: advance_copy; All

Proof that all opinions here are completely subjective - 59 posts and no mention of STEVE HOWE..

Some things can't easily be compared. for example if you are comparing technique, then page, harrison, clapton. and most of those mentioned wont' make the list.

Malmsteen, van halen, de miola, there's the list for technique. Want a list of jazz influenced, blues influenced, studio layered guitar techniques, then we're looking at a different list.


79 posted on 01/17/2006 2:09:54 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: Emmett McCarthy
Where's James Burton who could play circles around all 10 of these - at the same time?

Exactly!

80 posted on 01/17/2006 2:10:16 PM PST by blondee123 (Close our borders to illegals! Don't try to appease us!)
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To: mrsmel

Nuno's sister is an artist who did the artwork for the cover of Greg Cherone's A Man Called Lincoln CD.


81 posted on 01/17/2006 2:10:34 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: lunarbicep
I don't disagree with some picks, but I disagree with placement.

I won't get into that, but there's no SRV or Johnny Winter in this list?

For having no SRV alone, I must reject this list.

82 posted on 01/17/2006 2:10:55 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: xsmommy; Laura Earl

I am not believing number 3.


83 posted on 01/17/2006 2:11:10 PM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: Always Independent

Dickie Betts and "Jessica", classic. One of my favorite highway driving songs.


84 posted on 01/17/2006 2:11:14 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: Clemenza

While I admit that Page's solos were choppy and not great he did create some of the greatest riffs in Rock. Randy Rhodes was freakin awesome as was Van Halen.


85 posted on 01/17/2006 2:11:33 PM PST by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Plus, no Jeff Healy?

Come on.

86 posted on 01/17/2006 2:11:36 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: mrsmel

Yes, anyway. I was writing post 79 about No S Howe Here.


87 posted on 01/17/2006 2:11:42 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: FormerLib

Wow, shall we have a party?


88 posted on 01/17/2006 2:11:44 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS!)
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To: MineralMan
and can't sing worth a lick.

Didn't he say his singing voice was like 'geese farts on a muggy night'?

89 posted on 01/17/2006 2:12:15 PM PST by steveo (No Anchovies? You've got the wrong man, I spell my name steveo...)
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To: blondee123

Aha! A very smart blondee!


90 posted on 01/17/2006 2:12:16 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: lunarbicep


Where's George Harrison?


91 posted on 01/17/2006 2:12:29 PM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: Clemenza
I always found that Page, like Ritchie Blackmore's stuff in Deep Purple (but not with Rainbow), was sloppy and derivative.

Good point. Although Rainbow rarely got airplay (outside of a couple 'truncated' singles), Blackmore really tore the roof off on some of Rainbow's early albums, especially 'Rising' and 'Long Live Rock and Roll'.

92 posted on 01/17/2006 2:12:42 PM PST by who knows what evil? (New England...the Sodom and Gomorrah of the 21st Century, and they're proud of it!)
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To: massgopguy

Who's Greg Cherone? I'm pretty open-minded,if it's not a ton of feedback.


93 posted on 01/17/2006 2:12:56 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: Pukin Dog
Peter Frampton? Anyone"


Actually a very decent guitar player, but ruined his rep with the Sgt. Peppers movie. I saw him in my youth on three occasions,76, 77, 78 and 26 years later again in LV and So Cal. He is not in the league of those players in the top ten, but definitely in the top 30 or so.
94 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:03 PM PST by DAC21
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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.

I realize this is a thread about guitarists, but it was truly John Paul Jones and John Bonham that made Zep what they were. Page and Plant contributed very little musically.

John Paul Jones is one of the best rock/blues bass players of ALL time.

95 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:08 PM PST by brewcrew
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To: lunarbicep
How about Glenn Tipton's solo in Victim of Changes? Rudolf Schenker? Alex Lifeson? Sheesh.
96 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:26 PM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: daniel boob; reagandemocrat

you lucky, lucky man. i am too young to have seen FZ live, unfortunately, but that recorded version was what i was referring to.


97 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:32 PM PST by munchtipq
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To: lunarbicep

No Santana?


98 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:34 PM PST by TKDietz
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To: secret garden; Laura Earl

YER SONG, dang it!! FREEEEEEEEEEEEE BIRDDDDDDDDDDD!


99 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:37 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: lunarbicep

Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs era) - any song


100 posted on 01/17/2006 2:13:52 PM PST by Trampled by Lambs (I think, therefor I Zot!)
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