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boomstick 10-21-2009 08:55 PM

Top 10 Guitar Solos
 
A guitar solo can be a moment of musical awesomeness. When it's done well, it can send chills down your spine. Here's a list of some of my favorite guitar solos, in no particular order. Some are examples of mastery on the instrument, others are noteworthy because they are unique, and some are great because they fit the song perfectly, but most encompass all of these qualities.

My Sharona - Berton Averre - The Knack (Rocks until tomorrow and back.)
Bulls on Parade - Tom Morello - Rage Against the Machine (Very cool and unique solo.)
Cherub Rock - Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins (Perfection.)
Little Wing - Hendrix (About as good as it gets.)
Love Removal Machine - Billy Duffy - The Cult (It just plain rocks.)
Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour - Floyd (Spine tingling.)
Easy - Thomas McClary - The Commodores (Simple, but so effective.)
Ice Cream Man - Eddie Van Halen (Pure fun.)
Sweet Child O Mine - Slash - GnR (Just excellent.)
Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa - Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson - Sigur Rós (Awe inspiring crescendo.)

What are your top 10 guitar solos?

Mr. Pasquini 10-21-2009 09:42 PM

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Few of my favorites, in no specific order:

Song - Guitarist - Band - Track Time

Advanced Corpse Tumor - Muhammed Suiçmez - Necrophagist - 2:20

Don't let the name fool you, this is a VERY good song. Technical death metal with classical overtones. Has the cookie monster vocals, but I urge everyone who enjoys an astounding guitar solo to check this track out

Legions of the Serpent - Michale Keene - The Faceless - 2:25
Another one with a similar story, tech death with a bit of classical influence. Very melodic type tune, Michale Keene pulls one of the best tones out of a guitar I have ever heard.

Wrong Side - Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad - 1:20
If you know who Devin Townsend is then you'll love this track, one of the most interesting songs ever, combined with his unorthodox and beautiful vocal melodies, the song and the solo will never disappoint.

Crystal Mountain - Chuck Shuldiner - Death - 2:05
So I don't really feel line explaining this one. If you don't like Chuck, I think you've got a stick up your *you know where*

I'd list some more, but these are just a few that stick out. I'm not a huge guitar solo fan so criticize as you will.

boomstick 10-21-2009 09:53 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Pasquini (Post 624846)
I'm not a huge guitar solo fan so criticize as you will.

The thing is, I'm really not either. In fact, I often find them to be tedious and overbearing. However, there are some that are so well conceived and executed, I have to give them props. That's why I created the above list. Thanks for contributing some of your favs.

GRUNTERSDAD 10-21-2009 10:09 PM

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The Le Toreador by Andreas Segovia. He actually at one point makes the strings sound like a snare drum.

MykeyInChains 10-21-2009 11:20 PM

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I don't have time to pick 10, but my favorite has to be "Dark Matter" by Porcupine Tree. Steven Wilson blows my mind sometimes. His solo is the perfect example of the 'less is more' approach.

Ian Williams 10-22-2009 12:02 AM

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Thunderstruck / Back In Black / For Those About To Rock + AC/DC + Angus Young.

Mean Street + Van Halen + Edward Van Halen.

Bloodstone + Judas Priest + Glenn Tipton / K.K Downing.

Lady evil + Black Sabbath + Tony Iommi.

Transylvania + Iron Maiden + Dave Murray / Dennis Straton.

My Generation + The Who + Pete Townshend.

Dazed & Confused + Led Zeppelin + Jimmy Page.

Smoke on the water + Deep Purple + Ritchie Blackmore.

.......................

Bonz0 10-22-2009 12:59 AM

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My favorites are:

- Cocaine - Eric Clapton
- Stairway to Heaven - Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
- Crossfire - Stevie Ray Vaughn
- Belief (Live from Abbey Road)- John Mayer (Might sound pretty gay I know xD)
- Let it Be - George Harrison - The Beattles
- The Unforgiven - Kirk Hammet - Metallica
- Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
- All Along the Watchtower - Jimmy Hendrix
- Sweet Child Of Mine - Slash - Guns and Roses
- Guerilla Radio - Joe Morello - Rage against the Machine

Ironcobra 10-22-2009 01:26 AM

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Besides Stairway to Heaven...

Wow, there's so many amazing ones, that's really like choosing children.

Comfortably Numb
Nothing Else Matters (hardly a solo, but it conveys the same feeling)
Knockin' on Heavens Door (also hardly a solo, but Slash nailed it)
the obvious Sweet Child O Mine

Anything by John Petrucci really...

Strangelove 10-22-2009 01:26 AM

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1. Child In Time (Blackmore - Deep Purple)
2. Highway Star (Blackmore - Deep Purple)
3. Lazy (Blackmore - Deep Purple)
4. Burn (Blackmore - Deep Purple)
5. Heartbreaker (Page - Led Zeppelin)
6. Good Times Bad Times (Page - Led Zeppelin)
7. Comfortably Numb (Gilmore - Pink Floyd)
8. Sweet Child of Mine (Slash - G&R)
9. Beck's Bolero (Jeff Beck)
10. Seven Steps Away (Nanji - Indigenous)

Francis 10-22-2009 02:09 AM

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Always loved this one... (and a lot more from different style...)

Tornado of soul from Megadeth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P8B-ZhAe7I

at 3:09

Skulmoski 10-22-2009 03:57 AM

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Hey, where are the Frank Zappa fans??? I know you guys have heard of Terry Bozzio!

One of my favorite FZ guitar solos is from Black Napkins (Zoot Allures) and is a live version at that! Bozzio is on drums. Zoot Allures is one of my desert island recordings. (BTW, I live on a desert island: Abu Dhabi!)

RIP Frank; I miss ya.

GJS

moe.ron 10-22-2009 06:01 AM

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maggot brain by Funkadelic...period

Pollyanna 10-22-2009 08:29 AM

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Some of my faves:

Because We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck (From Blow By Blow). This is my fave - daylight second, tho Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Wired is amazing too)

Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page (Zep) ... also Stairway

Killer Queen - Brian May (Queen)

Another Brick in the Wall - David Gilmour (Floyd - I could easily include half a dozen of his solos)

The Thrill Is Gone - BB King

Show Biz Kids - Rick Derringer (Steely Dan)

Sister Morphine - Ry Cooder (The Stones)

Smoke on the Water - Ritche (Purple)

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi

Intro / Sweet Jane - Steve Hunter (Lou Reed's Rock'n'Roll Animal)

Batuka - Uncle Carlos (from Santana 3)

Son of Orange County - Uncle Frank (from Roxy and Elsewhere)

Om Nama Shivaya - Steve Hillage (from the album "L")

Couldn't Stand the Weather - Stevie Ray

White Room - EC is God

Ok, it's more than ten ... but there's been a lot of good uns! I didn't include the other 1000 or so gems to be found on various Steely Dan (how about Larry Carlton on Kid Charlemaine?), Beck, Queen, Purple, Zep, Floyd and BB King albums.

SOGdrummer 10-22-2009 01:54 PM

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First one to come to mind:

"Covered in Rain", John Mayer

Well crafted solo, great playing.

Francis 10-22-2009 03:25 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by moe.ron (Post 625006)
maggot brain by Funkadelic...period

A tasty one for sure!!!

Pavlos 10-22-2009 07:23 PM

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Just to throw a few in:

Another Brick in the Wall - David Gilmour - Pink Floyd

Cult of Personality - Vernon Reid - Living Colour

Owner of a Lonely Heart - Trevor Rabin - Yes

Ian Williams 10-23-2009 05:48 PM

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Eruption / Van Halen.

The Ogre Battle Fight / Queen II

Voodoo Child / Jimi Hendrix

nhzoso 10-28-2009 12:27 PM

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In No particular order,

1) Comfortably numb/PinkFloyd-David Gilmour
2) Take it on the Run/REO speedwagon---Gary Richrath (Very underrated IMO)
3) Sweet Child o mine/GNR---Slash
4) Still Got the blues/ Gary Moore (another underrated)
5) Eruption/Van Halen----Edward
6) Stranglehold/Ted Nugent----Theodore
7) Shine on/Pink Floyd----David Gilmour
8) Hotel California/Eagles----Don Felder/Joe Walsh
9 )Freebird/Lynyrd Skynyrd-----Allen Collins I believe?
10) Stairwayto heaven/Zeppelin----Jimmy Page

BassDriver 10-28-2009 01:03 PM

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Top ten guitar solos in no particular order apart from the order that I published them in:

John Petrucci Guitar Solo - Dream Theater (listed as a song in an album, so technical)
The light that blinds - Shadows Fall (teh speed picking is speedy)
A fire in babylon - Shadows Fall (awesome)
Smoke on the water - Deep Purple (just so "progy")
Jambi - Tool (almost minimalist...uses talk box effects)
Bulls on parade - Rage against the machine (vinyl stratch effects on electric guitar)
Lonely Day - System of a down (intricate and by System)
Into the cold wastes - Abigail Williams (black metal minus vocals, ie. instrumental)
Through the fire and the flames - Dragonforce (guitar solo times 2)
"That harsh, heavy and violent song by Meshuggah" (crap that's all of them)

jonescrusher 10-28-2009 02:17 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Skulmoski (Post 624975)

One of my favorite FZ guitar solos is from Black Napkins (Zoot Allures) and is a live version at that! Bozzio is on drums. Zoot Allures is one of my desert island recordings. (BTW, I live on a desert island: Abu Dhabi!)


GJS


Yes and yes. One of my top favourite Zappa solos is on the outro of the Zoot Allures title track, although it's always pained me that that's about the only Zappa track ever to involve a fade out during a solo, grrrr. (If anyone has a bootleg of the entire studio out-takes from Zoot Allures please get in touch). Frank's playing on Watermelon in Easter Hay is monstrous as well.

specgrade 10-28-2009 04:02 PM

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Crazy Train --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

Flying High Again --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

Tonight --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

No Bone Movies --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

Steal Away (The Night) --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

I Dont' Know --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

Dee --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

Suicide Solution --- Mr.Randy Rhoads!

Diary of a Madman --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

S.A.T.O. --- Mr. Randy Rhoads!

Strangelove 10-30-2009 07:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by jonescrusher (Post 626860)
Yes and yes. One of my top favourite Zappa solos is on the outro of the Zoot Allures title track, although it's always pained me that that's about the only Zappa track ever to involve a fade out during a solo, grrrr. (If anyone has a bootleg of the entire studio out-takes from Zoot Allures please get in touch). Frank's playing on Watermelon in Easter Hay is monstrous as well.

I have heard Frank smoke the fretboard on alot of songs and in concert (I saw the 200 Motels Tour back in the day, lol). But my favorite guitar song he ever did was "Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace". Not so much from technical complexity or speed, but just pure pleasure to the ears.

Pollyanna 10-31-2009 02:49 PM

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One of my fave Uncle Frank solos was in I Promise Not to Come (etc - lol) from Live In New York. A beautiful solo and I think it would be more lauded if it wasn't overshadowed by Eddie Jobson's sublime synth solo - my fave synth solo of all time. Frank played a pearler in the title track of The Grand Wazoo too.

BTW, we could probably make a top 30 by simply listing Jimi's catalogue.

criz p. critter 11-01-2009 01:53 AM

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I can't come up with a whole 10 at the drop of a hat, but I can't wait to post either. so...

1) Robert Fripp in Eno's "Baby's on Fire": a huge, long, loud, full of reverb, fuzz and EBow effing orgy of a solo.

2) Robert Fripp again in Eno's "St. Elmo's Fire": Nuff said...

3) Andy Partridge on XTC's "Love at First Sight": he starts playing this distorted chord on the quarter notes, and then keeps playing the same chord but picking up the tempo until he's wildly strumming, and that's it!

4) The two country-tinged back-to-back solos at the end on CAKE's "Walk on By". (There's like 6 guitarists on that album, so I'm not sure who takes the solos.) The first 8 bars are on guitar and the second 8 on the slide steel. One (two) of the most amazing, beautiful solos in the history of the guitar!!!!!

I'm sure I have a few thousand others I think are brilliant, but my brain doesn't do random-access mode very well. Probably I think of more tomorrow or next week or driving to work or taking a cr*p or something. That's usually when I remember things....

Darbuka 11-12-2009 12:33 AM

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Highway star - Deep Purple, played 10 times in a row.

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http://www.darbukaplayer.com

Strangelove 11-12-2009 07:53 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Darbuka (Post 631286)
Highway star - Deep Purple, played 10 times in a row.

http://www.fingersoffury.com.au
http://www.darbukaplayer.com

I have been expecting more drummers to pick this song than any other. The blinding triplets that Blackmore rips off near the end of that solo (and he was picking every note - not "sweeping" as so many lead guitarists do today) have such perfect timing to them. Even back in the day, I was not that great of a Deep Purple fan, but as a drummer, whenever I heard that guitar solo, I just dropped my jaw in disbelief. Even today, the only lead guitarist I have heard that comes close to Blackmore in speed and complexity is Yngwie Malmsteen.

Derek 11-13-2009 06:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 625024)
Some of my faves:

Because We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck (From Blow By Blow). This is my fave - daylight second, tho Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Wired is amazing too)

Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page (Zep) ... also Stairway

Killer Queen - Brian May (Queen)

Another Brick in the Wall - David Gilmour (Floyd - I could easily include half a dozen of his solos)

The Thrill Is Gone - BB King

Show Biz Kids - Rick Derringer (Steely Dan)

Sister Morphine - Ry Cooder (The Stones)

Smoke on the Water - Ritche (Purple)

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi

Intro / Sweet Jane - Steve Hunter (Lou Reed's Rock'n'Roll Animal)

Batuka - Uncle Carlos (from Santana 3)

Son of Orange County - Uncle Frank (from Roxy and Elsewhere)

Om Nama Shivaya - Steve Hillage (from the album "L")

Couldn't Stand the Weather - Stevie Ray

White Room - EC is God

Ok, it's more than ten ... but there's been a lot of good uns! I didn't include the other 1000 or so gems to be found on various Steely Dan (how about Larry Carlton on Kid Charlemaine?), Beck, Queen, Purple, Zep, Floyd and BB King albums.

I love your list Polyanna; in fact your entire post. A guitar solo that I love is Grant Geissman on Chuck Mangione's " Feels so Good." I know the song isn't everyones cup of tea, but even if it's not, what a guitar solo.

yesdog 11-14-2009 06:01 PM

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1. comfortably Numb - Pink Fyold
2. Rock Bottom - U.F.O
3. Intro to Crazy on you - Heart
4.Starship Trooper - Yes
5.For the love of god - Steve Vai
6.Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
7.Where were you - Jeff Beck
8.Starway to heaven - Led Zepplin
9.Euruption - Van Halen
10.Breathe - Pink Floyd

Pollyanna 11-15-2009 12:32 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Derek (Post 631818)
I love your list Polyanna; in fact your entire post. A guitar solo that I love is Grant Geissman on Chuck Mangione's " Feels so Good." I know the song isn't everyones cup of tea, but even if it's not, what a guitar solo.

Cheers Derek. Which version? There are a few versions on YouTube.

As a child of the 60s and 70s I've always been a sucker for a good guitar solo. Sadly, they're pretty dated these days. I realsed this when I tried playing my nephew some songs with great guitar solos and he looked at me as though I was offering him a cat's dropping in a bun (with sauce).

Then he'd play me some psychedelic techno thing, that started off really well but repeated itself out of interestingness after about 16 bars.

A fair bit of David Gilmour on this page. He's a pretty simple lead player when compared with most of the other guys listed but he's so tasty. He always seems to find the note you're hoping he will play next.

Crisp E, I was maybe neglectful in omoitting Bob Fripp's work but I've always liked the role he plays in songs more than the solos in themselves. The Baby On Fire one is a scorcher, though.

Class A Drummer 11-15-2009 01:03 AM

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I don't think i can get my top 10 quick enough, but I think the greatest guitar solo of all time is "Time" by Pink Floyd.

joeysnare 11-15-2009 06:23 PM

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god theres way too many, ill say anything by dime bag darrell from pantera just easier that way lol \m/ \m/

bamdrummer 11-15-2009 07:21 PM

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Im not sure about 2-10 but i know my favorite guitar solo is in dont fear the reaper. Buck Dharma just blows it to a whole new dimension and for some reason, it really seems to speak to me

criz p. critter 11-15-2009 09:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 632121)
Crisp E, I was maybe neglectful in omoitting Bob Fripp's work but I've always liked the role he plays in songs more than the solos in themselves. The Baby On Fire one is a scorcher, though.

Ok, Polly. I'll buy that. But are you familiar with the "St. Elmo's Fire" solo? You gotta love that one, too!

Derek 11-16-2009 12:02 AM

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[quote=Pollyanna;632121]Cheers Derek. Which version? There are a few versions on YouTube.



Hey Pollyanna,
I haven't heard the different versions of the song on YouTube. The solo on Chucks original recording in the late 70s is the one to which I was refering.

Pollyanna 11-16-2009 03:34 AM

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Criz, I'm sure I've heard St Elmo's Fire but can't remember it off the top of my head. I'll revisit tonight if I remember.

Derek, do you know what the guy looks like? :) That will help me wor out who's who.

Derek 11-17-2009 07:18 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 632445)
Criz, I'm sure I've heard St Elmo's Fire but can't remember it off the top of my head. I'll revisit tonight if I remember.

Derek, do you know what the guy looks like? :) That will help me wor out who's who.

Sorry Polly, I wish I could help you. If I've ever seen as much as a picture of the man I cannot recall it; I have no idea what he looks like. I'm sure you'd enjoy a listen to the recording though.

Pollyanna 11-17-2009 08:49 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Derek (Post 632856)
Sorry Polly, I wish I could help you. If I've ever seen as much as a picture of the man I cannot recall it; I have no idea what he looks like. I'm sure you'd enjoy a listen to the recording though.

No doubt I would, Eric. I saw a couple of pretty classy YouTube solos by different guitarists.

One player who's not often mentioned in these things who can really carve it is Adrian Belew. I love his solo in Crimson's LTIA Pt 427

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVlI6OP0kJ8

If you don't fancy wading through Frippy's convoluted weirdo-metal before Adrian's solo, turn the sound up at 7:20 :)

Mediocrefunkybeat 11-17-2009 09:25 AM

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Ah! They've discovered sustainer pickups I see...!

Actually, this is really bloody brilliant Polly.

frank0072 11-17-2009 09:59 AM

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My fav solo of this moment is in the Alter Bridge song Blackbird: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz_j7nVCJJ0
Solo starts around 4:36

This really sends a chill down my spine every time I listen to it.

Pollyanna 11-18-2009 09:12 AM

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Yep MFB, Adrian is such an imaginative and exciting player.

This solo by Jimi knocks me out, especially the way he comes in:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyh7KDR8WsM

You can see where Adrian got his inspiration from


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