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favorite/best guitar solos

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Old 07-08-05, 01:09 AM
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OH MY GOD where to start, I have soooooo many....

SRV-VooDoo Child (SRV version>Hendrix version)
GnR-Sweet Child O Mine
U2-Bullet The Blue Sky
Metallica-Master Of Puppets

Thats just scratching the surface...

SHIT I gotta add another, Lindsey Buckingham's solo on "I'm So Afraid" from the Fleetwood Mac reunion DVD that came out years ago. I just listened to this again today, and that solo is just sick, I love it.

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Old 07-08-05, 01:10 AM
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Some of my favorites:
Yo La Tengo-Stockholm Syndrome: the Tom Verlaine-esque solo is perfect.
Sonic Youth-Schizophrenia: the famous "watery" solo
The Beatles-Taxman

and my absolute no.1 favorite of all time:
Blur-Trailer Park: the chainsaw solo under the main melody. Genius.
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Old 07-08-05, 05:08 AM
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Off the top of my head, the ones that I always crank up when they come on the radio:

All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix
Stairway to Heaven - Zeppelin
Bark at the Moon (love that closing riff/solo) - Ozzy
Sultans of Swing (again, that final solo as it ends) - Dire Straits
Don't Fear the Reaper - B.O.C.
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
The Last in Line - Dio
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As a guitar player, I generally hate most guitar solos. That said, here are some of the ones I really like:

Cliff Gallup - both solos from "Race With the Devil", by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
Hubert Sumlin - the solo from Howlin' Wind's recording of "Spoonful"
Paul McCartney (I presume) - "Taxman", by The Beatles
Keith Richards - "Tumbling Dice" by the Rolling Stones
Robert Fripp - his solo on Eno's "Baby's on Fire"
Alex Chilton - his solo from Big Star's recording of "Till the End of the Day"
Robert Quine - both the solos from "Blank Generation" by Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Tom Verlaine - his solos on "Venus" and "Marquee Moon" by Television, and his solo on "Penetration" from his solo career
Richard Lloyd - his solo from Television's "See No Evil"
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Old 07-08-05, 10:54 AM
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some that come to mind:

The second one in the White Stripe's cover of "Death Letter", incredibly primative and tough slide solo.
All of them in "Start Choppin" by Dinosaur Jr, J. Mascis takes the best of Neil Young and Lee Renaldo and combines them.
Richard Thompson's drawn out and polished tone on "Don't Reneg on Our Love"
Bob Mould's complete freak-out on "Plans I Make" by Husker Du.

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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Tom Verlaine - his solos on "Venus" and "Marquee Moon" by Television, and his solo on "Penetration" from his solo career
I'd also say his very famous live one on "Little Johnny Jewel" off of "The Blow Up"
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Right now, for me, the one I'm really into is a song called Glasnost off of the new Manic Street Preachers album, Lifeblood.

First off, it has one of the best riffs I've ever heard, and the song uses that riff to spring-board onto one of the best guitar solos I've heard in the last 10 years. Classy and melodic - the kind you just don't hear anymore.
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I'll submit Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption" and the intro to "Pretty Woman".
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Originally Posted by Hiro11
Richard Thompson's drawn out and polished tone on "Don't Reneg on Our Love"
And the freak-out solo from the title track, "Shoout Out the Lights"

For some reason, although Thompson's one of my favorite players, I don't remember his solos as much as his general playing. Same with Graham Coxon, Pete Townshend, and a number of other players.
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Regardless, I submit the delicate brilliance of Mike McCreedy at the end of Yellow Ledbetter
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Townshend can't solo - he'd be the first one to tell you that, though he's a great rhythm player.

Another favorite solo of mine is Funkadelic's Maggot Brain intro. George Clinton told Eddie Hazel to "play as if your momma just died..."
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Originally Posted by slop101
Townshend can't solo - he'd be the first one to tell you that, though he's a great rhythm player.
Actually, he can, at least now. The last time I saw The Who, about two years ago, the thing that most impressed me was Townshend's lead playing. I mean, he was burnin' it up on the Strat... He's probably a better guitar player now than at any point in his life, which was pretty inspirational for me.

And he always could solo, somwhat. His lead playing is all over tracks like "Who Are You" and "Eminence Front", and I believe he played the solo on The Kinks' song, "Lola". In fact, my inclusion of the Chilton solo is because he so eloquently aped Dave Davies' and Townshend's lead playing with that solo.
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What I meant by Twonshen "not being able to solo" was that he just wasn't in the same league as a Clapton or Hendrix - he most certainly can solo, but it's just not on the same level as his rhythm playing - I last saw him during their Quadrophenia tour almost 10 years ago, and he only played acoustic guitar during the whole thing, and he played the HELL out of it.

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just a few right now:

Ozzy - No More Tears
Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me
Incubus - Sick Sad Little World

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Originally Posted by Shadow Ace
I'll submit Eddie Van Halen's.....intro to "Pretty Woman".
That would be "Intruder".
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Originally Posted by slop101
What I meant by Twonshen "not being able to solo" was that he just wasn't in the same league as a Clapton or Hendrix - he most certainly can solo, but it's just not on the same level as his rhythm playing - I last saw him during their Quadrophenia tour almost 10 years ago, and he only played acoustic guitar during the whole thing, and he played the HELL out of it.
When I saw them a couple of years ago, I was surprised that he had taken up the electric again, and how well he played it. He really is a more technically accomplished player now than at any other time in his career, and having seen Clapton live (about 20 years ago), I'd have to say the Pete can now play rings around Eric, although that wasn't always the case.
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Rory Gallagher "Walk On Hot Coals " from Irish Tour 74 or just about any solo on that album.
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