The Greatest Solos Of All Time

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  1. donrichfan

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    At 01:45 MST, my favorite lead is actually 2 leads in the same song. I don’t know who these two guys are playing with Lucinda, but their leads on Pineola have been doing it for me this week. A Duo Jet and a Les Paul Jr. I’m loving this version.
    Pineola starts at 4:40 and 6:40 is the 1st lead.
     
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    I tell this story a lot. We had just played our 9th grade party ($50 in 1968). It really went well and everyone at school saw us in a new light. We were soaking up the adulation all week. At some point, the core of the band (bass, guitar, organ) set up in the organist's garage. Warming up, the organist started playing Blues In the Night (my baby done left me). The bass player and I joined in and turned it into a straight blues, which allowed me to solo until the cows came home. Actually, we seemed to shape the improvisation into what we thought was a coherent statement. When it ended, we looked at each other and said, "Did we just do that?"

    I relayed this to my guitar teacher (he taught Larry Coryell ten years earlier), and concluded saying that we thought it was pretty good. My teacher says, "I bet it was." We went onto bigger and better things, but we periodically would try to do something at the same level, but never did.

    So that's been my idea of one of the great solos. I was aware that it probably wouldn't be true according to other players. But it sure zinged us that night. That was the doorway.

    One solo that is filled with good stuff all the way through, is Clapton's live rendition of Stormy Monday, with John Mayall. Pacing, flow of energy, juggling time, and searing passages of emotional energy, this kind of playing is a lot like I wanted to do.
     
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    There are many many great guitar solos.

    I'd name these:
    Stevie Ray Vaughan - Voodoo Child (I prefer his solo over Hendrix's)
    Ritchie Blackmore - Child in Time, Highway Star, Burn, Stargazer
    Eddie Van Halen - I'm the One, Ice Cream Man, Mean Street
    Alex Lifeson - La Villa Strangiato, Freewill
    Mark Knopfler - Sultans of Swing, Telegraph Road
    Tony Iommi - Snowblind
    Slash - Estranged, Double Talkin' Jive
    Dave Murray and Adrian Smith - Powerslave
    Marty Friedman and Dave Mustaine - Tornado of Souls
    The Knack guitarist - My Sharona
    Duane Allman - Whipping Post

    etc, etc.
     
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    On the right, we have Doug Pettibone. Listen to him on the Live at Fillmore, where he was the only lead guitarist. He's a bucket list guitarist for me, i almost got to see him once, but my wife took ill as he walked onstage and we had to go

    I forget the other players name, i did see him play with LW once and he was also a fine player

    Her current guitarist Stuart Mathis is jawdroppingly good too
     
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    I like most of the usual guitarists on these lists, i also like "less is more" type solos, such as this one at around the 1 min mark

    Ian Moss. He can shred too, but he's always tasteful
     
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    Almost every classic rock solo that people would think of for this kind of thread is way too long for my taste, and how on earth could you hope to ever listen to enough music to give this a serious answer? I feel like the best solos are the ones you barely even notice in songs because they fit the song so well that you forget they are there sometimes.

    Nothing more fun than an Eddie Cochran solo:


    This one goes on for a while but talk about fitting the song:
     
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    Hmm, it might just be because I'm listening to it right now, but...
    The Only Ones, Another Girl, Another Planet.

    Always hits right.
     
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    Best rock guitar solo is Mick Jones in Hot Blooded by Foreigner. Ask Ted Nugent......
     
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    Thanks for the info... I’ll have to do some digging.
    I feel these two, in this particular performance, captured the essence of the song.
     
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    Here ya go - Chet Lyster
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    3:40 One of my favorites

     
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    Andy Summers starting at 1:32...

     
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    Ian Moss again
     
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    The solo on Brian Eno's Baby's On Fire. Incidentally, neither Eno nor Fripp are sure who played it.
     
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    One of my faves is George Harrison's solo in The Beatles " Let it Be"
    ( the take with the 'angry/nasaly' Les Paul, vs. the take with the Vibratone/Leslie solo)
    I find it emotional, powerful, and perfect for one heck of a song.
     
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