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Mike_Newbold 03-06-2013 17:16

What is your favourite guitar solo of all time?
Mine is maggot brain by funkadelic.

Smithy1204 03-06-2013 18:28

Cliched because I don't know a huge amount compared to some people, but probably the end of November Rain.

Spider Rico 03-06-2013 18:57

As a guitarist myself, I find it impossible to choose just one. Here are some of them:-

Rock The Night - Europe (John Norum)
Is This Love - Whitesnake (John Sykes)
November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses (Slash)
Don't Turn Away - Whitesnake (John Sykes)
Stone Cold - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore)
Stranger In a Strange Land - Iron Maiden (Adrian Smith)
Keep The Faith - Bon Jovi (Richie Sambora)
Child In Time - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)
I'll Wait - Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
To Live Forever - Dream Theater (John Petrucci)

I could go on and on, but will leave it at that :p :cool:

Rip the TV Eye 03-06-2013 19:49

As another guitarist, I too find it hard to pick just one. So here's a list of those I recommend:

AC/DC - Rising Power
Deep Purple - Burn
Deep Purple - Highway Star
Foo Fighters - Rope
Gary Clarke Jr - 'Aint Messin' Round
Guns N' Roses - You Could Be Mine
I - The Storm I Ride
Kiss - Deuce
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
Ozzy Osbourne - Miracle Man
Paul Gilbert - I Like Rock
Rick Derringer - Rock & Roll, Hoochie Coo
The Rolling Stones - Sway
Unida - Black Woman
Velvet Revolver - Slither
Venom - Kill The Music
Wendy O' Williams - **** That Booty
Whitesnake - Fool For Your Loving (the 1980 original)
ZZ Top - Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

belly button 03-06-2013 20:16

The lists already posted cover so many great solos, but I'd like to mention Kotaro Oshio.
His cover of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is just brilliant and maybe my favourite.
His cover of Bolero is pretty damn fine too.

lawd004 03-06-2013 20:24

A fairly obvious choice, I know, but both solos in Comfortably Numb (especially the second one) still blow me away.

crazymonk 03-06-2013 20:25

Steve Vai

heart break kid 03-06-2013 20:39

Most of Slash's album solos are memorable and really good fun to play i.e. Nightrain, Sweet Child, Rocket Queen, Locomotive, Estranged, Don't Cry etc. Coma is pretty special, the way it cycles around in 5ths.

Love all the classics like Stairway, Hotel California, loads of Thin Lizzy stuff, and virtually everything by the more tasteful virtuoso types like Eric Johnson and Robben Ford. I love jazz and country these days but I don't tend to think of the great guitar work in those genres as 'guitar solos' for some reason.

If I had to pick only one favourite solo, it would be Nightrain. Even though it's basically just dicking around in a natural minor, it's such a cool solo that builds nicely to a pure crescendo of energy and it has so many cool bends, runs and licks but still has melody as well. It's great fun to play live cause you can't just phone that shit in, you have to get so into it to play it with any semblance of authenticity.

Not too keen on angular, fast shredding that doesn't have any nuance. I think Dimebag was by far the best / most interesting and unique sounding of the heavy guys and he wrote some wicked solos. Still saddens me to this day that he was taken away from us.

finkly 03-06-2013 20:44

Gilmour's solos in Dogs and Time
Billy Corgan in Soma
Neil Young - Cortez the Killer

konebyvax 03-06-2013 21:03

Just about any solo John Platania has ever done, especially his incredible work with arguably the greatest judge of musical talent on the planet, Van Morrison.

dodger0703 03-06-2013 21:09

David Gilmour - Comfortably Numb

Slash - November Rain

swingaleg 03-06-2013 21:19

Neil Young - Down By The River

Rip the TV Eye 03-06-2013 21:50

Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Pantera - Mouth For War
Pink Floyd - Still Talking

Pink Knight 03-06-2013 22:07

Cheap Trick, Tax man Mr. Thief. (Rick Neilsen)
In fact I could just pick their entire 77 debut album.

Be Bop Deluxe - Dangerous Stranger. (Bill Nelson)

Deep Purple 03-06-2013 22:10


Originally Posted by lawd004 (Post 66225923)
A fairly obvious choice, I know, but both solos in Comfortably Numb (especially the second one) still blow me away.

That would be my choice too, but Gilmour excels so often there are many other candidates.

Ritchie Blackmore also has many classics, but my favourite is probably in When a Blind Man Cries.

yorkieUK 03-06-2013 22:48

Hard for me to choose from one in particular from these three:

Peter Green's acoustic playing during Oh Well Part 2

The late great Alvin Lee - Going Home:

Paul Kossoff - All Right Now (Isle of Wight)

Mike_Newbold 03-06-2013 23:51

Would also add parisienne walkways, as an accomplished guitarist i find that speed isn't everything and pure emotion is all that matters.

mgvsmith 03-06-2013 23:56

A little bit of variety....

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird - the greatest if not just one solo

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - Come Up and See Me - second take apparently

The Stone Roses - Waterfall - beautifully melodic

Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper - surprisingly evocative

Dr Feelgood - I'm a hog for you baby one note Wilko

barbeler 04-06-2013 00:04

Robert Fripp's solo in The Sailor's Tale on the very low-fi Earthbound live album always sends shivers up my spine. I've never heard so many plaintiff and emotional sounds being wrung from a guitar and the subtle use of feedback is exquisite.

For a solo of a more conventional nature, I love the sound that Bill Nelson gets on Crying To The Sky, although it is a bit like Robin Trower.

rachelgata 04-06-2013 00:16

I'm not a fan of rock guitar solos at all, but I do like Jonny Greenwood's solo on Paranoid Android (Radiohead).

postit 04-06-2013 10:04


Originally Posted by Mike_Newbold (Post 66222224)
Mine is maggot brain by funkadelic.

This would be mine, also. Ah the memories :)

eugenespeed 04-06-2013 10:06

The Buzzcocks - Boredom

It is the total antithesis of a guitar solo.

Stereofam 04-06-2013 12:56

Prince - Purple Rain

FrankBT 04-06-2013 12:59

Fairport Convention - Reno Nevada (Warning: Long solo)

Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Canyons Of Your Mind (Best pisstake of a guitar solo)

Stone Free 04-06-2013 16:19

Metallica - One
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing
Ram Jam - Black Betty
The Knack - My Sharona (Incidentally the solo in Paranoid Android is similar in almost out of control nature of the solo)

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