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Old March 5th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Top 10 James burton solos/riffs/tunes?

After actually taking the time to learn the hello Mary Lou solo, I want to add a little more Burton to my arsenal. So let's see yer list.

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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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James Burton is one of my favorite players, and "Hello Mary Lou" is one of my all time favorite guitar solos. I NEVER thought I could learn to play it - at one time I thought it was impossible - but like you, I actually have learnt to play it after almost 45 years, and after seeing the James Burton instructional DVD I may add . (I use flatpicking though, not fingerpicking).

I can't give a Top 10 list, but a couple of my personal favorites are "Oh, Las Vegas" (Emmylou Harris) and "Promised Land" (Elvis Presley).
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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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10 isn't enough

I think his solo on Ricky Nelson's "It's Up to You" is sublime. The little faux piano lick at the end of the "Fools Rush In" solo is pretty bad. The solo on "I'm Walkin" is smokin, too. I have heard some stuff he did with Merle Haggard, and some early Waylon Jennings that was really killer, but I don't know any specific song names.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Corn Pickin' and Lonesome Fugitive, for starters.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The hottest James Burton solo ever (in my opinion) is on Ricky Nelson's Milk Cow Blues. He used the same licks on Merle Haggard's Working Man Blues, but Milk Cow Blues is the best. He's doing his trademark muted drone while picking higher notes with his fingers.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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'Fools Rush In'...every time i stumble on this one i play it over and over.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you can get a hold of the "Grevious Angel" CD by Graham Parsons, James does a ton of tasty work with Elvis' back-up band on this landmark country-rock album. This is the work that featured a then unkown singer named Emmylou Harris. She dosen't sound too shabby on harmony vocals either!
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Old March 5th, 2007, 09:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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James Burton did the lead guitar intro for the Buck Owens hit "Open Up Your Heart"
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Old March 6th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My choice: "Working man blues", but here in Serbia, you cannot hear much of his music, and countru music at all. OK, I have Rickie Nelson, The Best Of collection, and every Elvis song I could find.
Someone here has recomended me Working Man Blues riff, and it is great? If someone has detailed tab of that song, please send me on igormita@yahoo.com
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i really dug his sole on am old lp of rodney crowell. the tune was leaving louisiana in the brought daylight. i thought: what the hell is this! crazy and brilliant playing.
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I love his work on Promised Land by Elvis.

Also, any live version of Steamroller Blues, again with Elvis.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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How about his chicken pickin' on "Papa Gene's Blues" by the Monkees, of all groups.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Nobody's mentioned Susie Q yet? 15 years old and he pulls off one of the hot riffs of all time. Huge guitar sound for the time, too.

Travelling Man (with Ricky Nelson) is a good'un too. His tele had the pickups out of phase in the middle position (early Teles weren't meant to have both pickups on so I guess they didn't concern themselves with that when they wound them) and the solo has an almost stratty quality.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 11:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My Favorites Are

#1 Love Lost (James Burton Solo 45 from 1965) RARE is what I was told
#2 Summertime
#3 Everlovin
#4 Fools Rush In
#5 It's Late
#6 Travelin Man
#7 Hello Mary Lou

Too many to choose from
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I can't stop with TEN!

1. "Mystery Train/Tiger Man" - live at the International Hotel w/ Elvis. He absolutely KILLS the second solo...it's chickin' pickin' to the tenth degree. THAT solo, IMO, should be the definition of the words "chickin'...pickin'..."

2. "C.C. Ryder" - live at Hampton Roads w/ Elvis...holy guacamole, I was listening to this last night and I about crashed my car I was so caught up in his guitarin'! I love when he's a total mad man and just goes crazy!!!...*blush*

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One of my favorites is on Judy Collins' "Someday Soon"

It is so economical...

To put in in Sgt Joe Friday's words, "Just the notes James, just the notes."

Or something like that.
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Old October 12th, 2007, 01:12 AM   #17 (permalink)
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James Burton did the lead guitar intro for the Buck Owens hit "Open Up Your Heart"

Never knew that, but it makes sense thinking of how it sounds.

JB did so much great work with Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Haggard early days, its so hard to pick just a few, and it probably would change on a different day.

Two that really caught my ear on first hearing were Promised Land, and Hello Mary Lou.
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Old October 12th, 2007, 01:14 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Here's all my favorites in no particular order.


1. Hello Mary Lou - Nelson
2. Travelin' Man - Nelson
3. Fools Rush In - Nelson
4. Young World - Nelson
5. Blood From a Stone - Nelson
6. I Got a Woman
7. Hey There Little Miss Tease - Nelson
8. Today's Tear Drop's - Nelson
9. Everytime I See You're Smiling - Nelson
10. String Along - Nelson
11. Hello Mr. Happiness - Nelson
12. Milk Cow Blues - Nelson
13. History of Love - Nelson
14. Belive What You Say - Nelson
15. It's Late - Nelson
16. Just a Little Too Much - Nelson
17. Mighty Good - Nelson
18. Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens
19. Lonesome Fugitive - Haggard
20. Papa Gene's Blues - Monkees
21. Corn Pickin' James Burton & Ralph Mooney
22. Moonshine - James Burton & Ralph Mooney

I could Probably come up with another 20.... I will when you learn all these
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Old October 12th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Old October 12th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #20 (permalink)
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This thread made me pull out these two cds. James usually gets all his Rick Ne lsoncredit for his good playing on the earlier rockabilly Nelson stuff. But I have to say his playing on this poppy stuff is much better. The leads go beyond just playing over blues chords. Just playing along with these albums are like a lesson in what true "lead guitar" is.

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