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Old 03-05-02, 01:43 AM
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Guitar solos/riffs that make you wince.

Ok so we have talked about songs that make you feel depressed, happy, etc.

What about songs that have guitar solos or riffs that just make you wince like you are playing the part yourself.

Recently the riff from Simple Kind of Man by Skynyrd has produced this effect in me.

Usually solos make me wince, like the one in King Of Pain by the Police, or Limelight by Rush, and especially the solo in Baba O'Reily by the Who.

So does anyone else feel this from guitar riffs/solos?
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Man, I'm a lead guitar player and there are tons of leads that do this to me. I'd have to say some of my faves are:

Mister Crowley-Ozzy
Last In Line-Dio
Larger Than Life(1st solo)-Kiss
Them Bones-Alice In Chains
Still Lovin' You-Scorpions

...too many to list...
Old 03-05-02, 04:44 AM
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I'm a guitar picker too........most of my favorite leads come from Zakk Wylde.
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Ozzy - No More Tears
Old 03-05-02, 08:15 AM
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Ozzy: Crazy Train
pretty much every Dream Theater song
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood
Steve Vai: name it
Joe Satriani: See Steve Vai
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Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin is THE most perfect guitar solo ever put to tape. The guitar solo is a song within itself and only lasts 8 bars but it is perfection.

Watermelon In Easter Hay by Frank Zappa. A most glorius instrumental guitar song. Also pretty much anything by Zappa.

Xanadu by Rush. Dunno...just like it.

Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan off the Live at El Mocambo disc. Just an amazing raw performance.

Anything by Buddy Guy.

Southbound and Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers.

Anyhting by Jimi Hendrix. In particular the riff and solo on Back From The Storm.

Some Buckethead/Praxis stuff is pretty interesting.

Lots and lots of Steely Dan solos. They always had the best guitar players; Larry Carlton, Jeff Baxter, Danny Diaz. In particular the solo on Kid Charlemine.

Maggot Brain by Funkadelic.

Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden. Great guitar solo.

Stop by James Gang. The guitar solo that never ends.

Diamond Dust by Jeff Beck. In fact the whole Blow by Blow album is amazing and pretty much everything Jeff Beck does. Nobody has his guitar sound...awesome.

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. The guitar solo.

Any guitar solo or riff by Prince.

I love the guitar riff for the song Reach Down by Temple of the Dog...so thinck and schwampy.

Any guitar riff or solo by Vernon Reid/Living Colour.

That's as much as I can think of off the ttop of my head for now...there are millions more though.
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I love the solo by CC. Deville in "Talk dirty to me"
That has me playing air guitar all the time...

Other songs that do this are...

Girls, Girls, Girls by the Crue
Just about any Boston song...
Any Ace Frehley solo

God..I could go on and on..
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I have to say AC/DC and Ozzy Ozbourne have some of the best riffs out there.
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Originally posted by KevinSmithIsGod
I love the solo by CC. Deville in "Talk dirty to me"
That has me playing air guitar all the time...

Dude. That solo is kick ass. I almost forgot about that one. CC is very underated in my opinion.

Oh and the guitar riff and solo in Don't Look Back by Boston does it for me as well.
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Now THIS thread may have the most confusing title I've ever seen.

"wince: to shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, alarm, embarrassment, etc."

I gather the original poster meant to solicit comments about solos people LIKED, but that's not what the subject means. I thought this thread would be about solos/riffs people HATED.

In that regard, I cheerfully submit the entire Steve Vai repertoire, with the possible exception of his Crossroads bit; the latter succeeds due to sentimental reasons. I WINCED constantly during the Vai concert to which I was subjected...
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"wince: to shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, alarm, embarrassment, etc."
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. My favorite music doesn't go the flashy guitar solo route so I wince A LOT when a musician throws in a guitar solo just because that is what is expected.

Having said that, Stevie Ray Vaughn blows me away.
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Originally posted by Oatsdad
Now THIS thread may have the most confusing title I've ever seen.

"wince: to shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, alarm, embarrassment, etc."

I gather the original poster meant to solicit comments about solos people LIKED, but that's not what the subject means. I thought this thread would be about solos/riffs people HATED.

Well I aim to please. To clarify I mean solos that bring about an emotional response, I don't mean solos that you hate, I mean solos that make you feel what the guitarist is feeling and trying to convey to the listener.

Usually these types of riffs or solos are bittersweet in nature, for example Tuesday's Gone by Skynyrd. The guitars in that song cry.

Another would be Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits...those guitars make me feel the song.

I hope that clarifies a bit.
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George Lynch has been my favorite since middle school. Something about his playing just hits the spot. For those of him who don't care for Dokken, Check out his solo album or any of his Lynch Mob albums (Save "Smoke This"....Unless you like Linkin Park kind of music.).


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Alright, if this is about solos you love (I too thought it would be about solos you don't like), I'll take Michael Kang's incredible electric mandolin (hey, it sounds like a guitar) solo on "Missin' Me" on String Cheese Incident's Carnival 99 album. Gives me friggin' goosebumps.
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Originally posted by dvdsteve2000
Man, I'm a lead guitar player and there are tons of leads that do this to me. I'd have to say some of my faves are:

Mister Crowley-Ozzy
Last In Line-Dio
Larger Than Life(1st solo)-Kiss
Them Bones-Alice In Chains
Still Lovin' You-Scorpions

...too many to list...
I've always liked the outro solo to Mr. Crowley. Especially on the tribute album.
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Outro solo of Della Brown by Queensryche...gets me every time...it WAILS like Della crying in the rain...
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Anything by Buddy Guy, Albert King, Albert Collins, Jimi, Duane Allman, Zappa, Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers), Paul Kossoff (Free) or Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac).

Others
Kid Charlemagne by Steely Dan (Larry Carlton shines)
My Old School by Steely Dan (Skunk Baxter)
Somewhere In Heaven by Santana
Crossroads by Cream
Highway Star by Deep Purple
Key To The Highway by Derek & The Dominos
Still Got The Blues by Gary Moore
That's All Right Mama by Elvis Presley (Scotty Moore classic)
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Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
Anything on Band of Gypsies

Pearl Jam - Live in Atlanta 94' Porch (Mcready is a god)

U2 - In the Name of Love
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Neil Young dueling with Stephen Stills.
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How about that really high pitched ending to the guitar solo in Buddy Holly by Weezer.
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Originally posted by KevinSmithIsGod
I love the solo by CC. Deville in "Talk dirty to me"
That has me playing air guitar all the time...
I hope Cheap Trick got paid for that song because it is a complete rip off of them. I'm actually suprised they never got
sued.
Originally posted by palebluedot
Lots and lots of Steely Dan solos. They always had the best guitar players; Larry Carlton, Jeff Baxter, Danny Diaz. In particular the solo on Kid Charlemine.
I agree a lot with what you wrote but I love Steely Dans guitar work. I would also add Rick Derringer (sp?) to that list of guitarists for SD.

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Andy Summers' guitar solo on "Driven To Tears" by the Police. AWFUL. Couldn't have been more than 1 take.
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Andy Summers' guitar solo on "Driven To Tears" by the Police. AWFUL. Couldn't have been more than 1 take.
That's too funny. I'm not a guitar solo fan, but like this one! I love that it's not too "perfect" sounding. Thank goodness there are guitar players not afraid to bit a bit rough around the edges.
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Angus' riff on Highway to Hell is an all-time classic!
Skynyrd's Simple Man is good too.
And let's not forget about Eruption by Van Halen.
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