The Greatest Solos Of All Time

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    GP’s current issue has a feature on the greatest guitar solos of all time. Number one is the solo from Comfortably Numb. I like the group, the soloist, the song and the solo, but I’m not sure it’s the best. Agree? Disagree? What is your favorite solo?
     
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    I don’t really have a “favorite”; I have dozens which move me…

    Two that always pop into mind is Mick Taylor’s slide solo in the Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! version of “Love In Vain” and Billy Gibbons’ solo in “Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell”…

    As I said, there’s dozens and dozens more, but those two move me to my core.
     
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    For rock related guitar solos, Pink Floyd's "Time" still ticks the box for me. Powerful, beautiful, well constructed.
     
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    There are as many ways of defining a great solo as there are solos.

    Enjoy what sounds great to you, and if something else great comes along, enjoy that too,

    Someone defining "the greatest solos of all time" is just as dumb as whoever decides the latest inclusions in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    No one ever agrees on it, and it's just dumb by the very nature of it's existence.
     
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    I've never listened to any Pink Floyd so no comment on any of their work. But there are three particular solos that pop into my head as my favorites: Cast Down the Heretic by Nile, The Blue by Acid Bath, and Holy Mountain by Sleep.
     
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    "Greatest" is always a comical approach. I think back to the old Playboy polls of "Greatest guitar players" when George Harrison beat out guys like Django. I loved George, but....
     
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    heck maybe- its up there. It should be recorded solo because I like to think live solos are the best but they were not captured or popular.
     
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    I am a Long time lurker..... and child of the 80’s.

    I love EVH and SRV, all the shred guys etc. But out of all that I love the solos that fit the song so well that the songs would be so different if they weren’t there.

    I give you ....

    Elliot Easton - Just What I Needed
    Neil Giraldo - Hit Me With Your Best Shot

    All you youngins,check those out...
     
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    I think David Gilmour did at least my top five
     
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    My favorite greatest solo right now is this one by Danny Gatton, starting at about 4:20. It's got it all.

     
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    Alvin Lee - Ten Years After
    Solo from "I'd Love To Change The World"
     
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    Okay, now my new favorite greatest solo is this one by Amos Garrett at 1:34.

    And Geoff Muldaur is a great singer.

     
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    What? No Roger Waters or David Gilmore in your life, sounds like you need an intervention.
     
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    As a six year old in 1977, if you locked me in a time capsule, my answer today would be Shock Me by Kiss.

    I can't pick a greatest solo because there's no such thing, but one that always raises the hair on the back of my neck is Pink Floyd's Money.
    Another lifelong favorite is SRV's Couldn't Stand the Weather.

    For those, all the planets were aligned. Great musicians at the top of their game, incredible vibe and masterfully recorded.
    Hey.... I just picked two Strat tunes.....
     
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    I'm not sure what the best solo of all time is but I'm pretty certain David Gilmour played it.
    He's the reason I started playing the guitar 30 years ago so maybe I'm biased.
    Excellent thread.
     
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    Maybe not your cup of tea but give it a listen anyway.
    The solo everyone talks about starts at 4:39.
    Also check out how happy the drummer is playing his dream gig and check out the black strat Gilmour is playing which recently sold for 4 million dollars.
     
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    +1 on the Mick Taylor Love in Vain solo on Ya-Yas.

    Page’s Stairway solo is perfect. All the elements of a truly great solo. And it’s on a Tele.

    Too many others to mention.
     
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    I'm a country guy, but the greatest solo will always be Hotel California.
     
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