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bludevil007
04-16-2008, 01:28 PM
I was just watching some prince solo videos on youtube and thought i'd ask. My top 5 are:

1. Jimmy Page - (Zeppelin) "Thank You" - Version from the BBC Recordings
2. J. Mascis - (Mike Watt) "Maggot Brain"
3. Prince - (Beatles) "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - Live at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.
4. Mike McCready - (Pearl Jam) "Yellow Ledbetter" - Studio version (or any live version really)
5. J. Mascis - (Dinosaur Jr.) "Pick Me Up" - Studio version on Beyond.

Go!

bballarl
04-16-2008, 01:31 PM
1. Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

Tylerdurden31
04-16-2008, 01:47 PM
I find most guitar solos to be a waste of time...but some are done well and tastefully. I like the one's that aren't so obviously guitar solos.

Foucault
04-16-2008, 01:47 PM
Robert Fripp in David Bowie's "Fashion"

whynotsmile99
04-16-2008, 01:50 PM
Prince-"Shh" awesome solo, like his guitar is having an orgasm

menikmati
04-16-2008, 01:52 PM
I prefer guitar interludes.

suprefan
04-16-2008, 01:56 PM
Paranoid Android

greghead
04-16-2008, 01:58 PM
"Crossroads" from Wheels of Fire

EDIT: Or Duane Allman "Goin' Down Slow", some of the tastiest slide licks you will ever hear

SFChrissy
04-16-2008, 01:59 PM
Any one of Dave Navarro's solo's is epic!!!

hypervera
04-16-2008, 02:03 PM
november rain

IdiotequeThom
04-16-2008, 02:08 PM
Paranoid Android

agreed.

TomAz
04-16-2008, 02:18 PM
hard to beat a Neil Young guitar solo, though my choice would be "Like a Hurricane".

amyzzz
04-16-2008, 02:20 PM
Paranoid Android
QFT.

Pixiessp
04-16-2008, 02:20 PM
1. Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

oh my god. you beat me to it. outstanding!!

paganman7
04-16-2008, 02:22 PM
Randy Rhodes - No More Tears (cheesy, I know, but wow!)

Pixiessp
04-16-2008, 02:28 PM
Cinnamon girl-Neil Young
All I want-the Cure(intro)
Heaven beside you-Alice in Chains
November Rain-Guns and Roses
A Strange Day-the Cure

TonyWonder
04-16-2008, 02:29 PM
Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Far Beyond The Sun

canexplain
04-16-2008, 02:35 PM
here is a link to some site that has what they consider the top 200 guitar solos ... what a great list ... for an early rock song, i always like that break in psycotic reaction by the count five ....x****

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_guitarsolo.html

nahuatldream
04-16-2008, 02:39 PM
here is a link to some site that has what they consider the top 200 guitar solos ... what a great list ... for an early rock song, i always like that break in psycotic reaction by the count five ....x****

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_guitarsolo.html

That site has a ton of lists. I spent hours one night going through them. I'm sure I discovered some new tunes that way, back then.

The Lists (http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/music0.html)

amyzzz
04-16-2008, 02:41 PM
paranoid android is above cinnamon girl on that list.

paganman7
04-16-2008, 02:44 PM
here is a link to some site that has what they consider the top 200 guitar solos ... what a great list ... for an early rock song, i always like that break in psycotic reaction by the count five ....x****

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_guitarsolo.html


Holy shit, Zakk Wylde did the solo for No More Tears? My whole world has been turned upside down...Up is black, wrong is down, white is ...

canexplain
04-16-2008, 02:50 PM
oh i just thought of a song i never got or get tired of and has great guitar licks ... Eight Miles High ...Byrds ....x****

Young blood
04-16-2008, 02:56 PM
ayzhJKy8H_A&feature
*giggles*

woogie846
04-16-2008, 03:03 PM
Pearl Jam - Alive

GauchoGuy17
04-16-2008, 03:05 PM
Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused
Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand

I don't think there are many that beat any of these four.

Young blood
04-16-2008, 03:05 PM
Anything Jimi ever preformed.

frozen pilgrim
04-16-2008, 03:27 PM
today at work, I was listening to the RHCP live at slane castle DVD-A, and john's second and third solos in scar tissue are the best thing he's ever done with that band.

in terms of the question at hand...
shit

in no particular order
I could have lied- RHCP
freedom- RATM (tack take the power back on there as a part b)
hendrix's star spangled banner (woodstock 69)
the intro to 'roads'- portishead (it's actually just the main riff, but I love it on its' own washed in reverb and tremolo as the intro.)
and to round it out to five, let's toss in
born to hula-kyuss/qotsa

Pixiessp
04-16-2008, 03:31 PM
here is a link to some site that has what they consider the top 200 guitar solos ... what a great list ... for an early rock song, i always like that break in psycotic reaction by the count five ....x****

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_guitarsolo.html

this is a great site. thanks!

shotglass75
04-16-2008, 03:37 PM
"Time" - Pink Floyd - David Gilmour
"Estranged" - Guns N' Roses - Slash
"There There" - Radiohead - Johnny Greenwood

to name a few

frozen pilgrim
04-16-2008, 03:54 PM
good lord how did I forget time.
I listen to it like twice a day.

flowbee
04-16-2008, 04:04 PM
Was always partial to Wilco's "At Least That's What You Said"

bballarl
04-16-2008, 05:11 PM
This honestly isn't even a question. "Cinnamon Girl" is the best guitar solo ever. So badass.

Neil Young does whatever the fuck he wants (with mixed results). But that does not make him any less awesome.

SFChrissy
04-17-2008, 07:21 AM
Here's a nice quick solo...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1KvQoMIoLo8

Jerm05
04-17-2008, 07:26 AM
today at work, I was listening to the RHCP live at slane castle DVD-A, and john's second and third solos in scar tissue are the best thing he's ever done with that band.



The solos for Parallel Universe and Throw Away your Television are amazing on that DVD

Mr.Nipples
04-17-2008, 07:44 AM
dont really know where to start...

superdeluxe
04-17-2008, 08:21 AM
I like Pearl Jam Yellow Ledbetter, and Smashing Pumpkins, Starla.

humanoid
04-17-2008, 08:34 AM
Randy Rhodes - No More Tears (cheesy, I know, but wow!)

hadn't Randy Rhodes been dead for about 10 years by the time that song came out?

bartelby
04-17-2008, 08:53 AM
thank god for Neil Young

bartelby
04-17-2008, 08:54 AM
fBS3B2cZcFM

Mr.Nipples
04-17-2008, 08:56 AM
u1doq56L37w&hl=en
haha

SoulDischarge
04-18-2008, 04:38 AM
There is only one true answer:

Misfits - We Are 138

sbessiso
04-18-2008, 04:46 AM
honestly, first thing that came to mind was "7 Nation Army", but almost anything off that album really

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
04-18-2008, 06:58 AM
The Beatles - The End
Television - Marquee Moon
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Radiohead - There There
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Sigur Ros - Glosili
MBV - You Made Me Realise (live)

shotglass75
04-18-2008, 07:11 AM
I always loved the guitar solo in the song "Prick" by Tripping Daisy. it's fucking fantastic

stuporfly
04-18-2008, 07:11 AM
I don't like virtuoso solos for the sake of showing off, much preferring those that work in the context of the song itself. I'd like to think my choices maintain the flow of the music and (in the last two, anyway) personify the emotion the songs are trying to convey.

The Stone Roses - "I Am the Resurrection"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
Neil Young - "Cortez the Killer"
Funkadelic - "Maggot Brain"

and the dark horse...

The Power Station - "Lonely Tonight" (It's a fairly crummy album full of needless wanky 80's solos, but this one is pretty epic)


EDITED because I wanted to agree with the choices by the Byrds and Television.

tubescape
04-18-2008, 08:02 AM
somany to choose from...

I have always been into Robbie Krieger of the Doors solo on the track Five to One.

And I really like Jonny Greenwood's solo in Paranoid Android, as noted earlier.

JSam67
04-18-2008, 08:47 AM
Comfortably Numb
Paranoid Android
All Along the Watchtower (Hendrix)

Cheddar's Cousin
04-18-2008, 12:29 PM
Aztec Camera- Oblivious

paganman7
04-18-2008, 12:37 PM
hadn't Randy Rhodes been dead for about 10 years by the time that song came out?


I honestly didn't think so, but I suspect that you're right.

This is what you get when someone who plays the bass guitar comments on lead guitar solos.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
04-18-2008, 12:40 PM
I don't really care for "solos" but I like sections...

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Sigur Ros - Hafsol
Radiohead - Arpeggi

on the more traditional solos..

David Bowie - Moonage Daydream (oo yeah!)

I need more time to really think about this though...

andnonewasthewiser
04-18-2008, 12:44 PM
In all seriousness, how has no one mentioned Metallica's "One"?!

bmack86
04-18-2008, 06:11 PM
It took everyone way too long to mention Marquee Moon. That takes the cake for me, but the solo on St. Elmo's Fire by Brian Eno is pretty killer as well.

xxxxxxxxxx
04-18-2008, 06:49 PM
Buenas Tardes Amigo by Ween is one of my favorites.

rage patton
04-18-2008, 06:52 PM
dont really know where to start...

My thoughts exactly.

Ummm... Pink Floyd - Comfortably

Seems like a good place to start. That first guitar solo always gets me.

canexplain
04-18-2008, 06:56 PM
rage, then is b back ? x***

rage patton
04-18-2008, 07:03 PM
rage, then is b back ? x***

Becky got back from Africa last week. She really misses all the people she met and her students a lot already. But she said it feels really good to be back home. I am very glad she is back.
I told her the possibility you might attend Coachella this year and she got excited. But I guess, once again, that is no more again. Right?

rage patton
04-18-2008, 08:00 PM
Sorry for the thread hijack.

TonyWonder
04-18-2008, 09:00 PM
I always loved the guitar solo in the song "Prick" by Tripping Daisy. it's fucking fantastic

Completely agree with this statement. Amazing guitar work...Elastic Firecracker was one of my favorite albums of the 90's.

kyzer soze
04-18-2008, 09:15 PM
thin lizzy-still in love with you (off live & dangerous)

Pixiessp
04-18-2008, 09:37 PM
fBS3B2cZcFM

simply the best ever!!

Suffacated
04-18-2008, 10:25 PM
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superdeluxe
04-18-2008, 10:38 PM
Billy Corgan - Starla

zenidogx
04-18-2008, 11:32 PM
u got me dun

bob dylan is spinning around in his grave.

SoulDischarge
04-19-2008, 02:27 AM
It took everyone way too long to mention Marquee Moon. That takes the cake for me, but the solo on St. Elmo's Fire by Brian Eno is pretty killer as well.

you mention guitar solos and brian eno and it's not referring to 'baby's on fire'? that's like talking about WWII and not mentioning hitler.

jonnypark
04-19-2008, 04:55 AM
november rain

this is why the word epic was invented.

Others Gooders

Communication Breakdown
Little Wing
Digital Love

anything on Gish

joppy-slow
04-19-2008, 06:36 AM
G'n'R - Sweet Child O' Mine (Still #1 in my book.)

Runner up -

Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover

joppy-slow
04-20-2008, 07:44 AM
just found this on youtube. fantastic.
check out at his last solo around 4:45 mark. amazing.

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frozen pilgrim
08-29-2008, 09:52 AM
new vote for greatest solo of all time:

maggot brain

jigsaw
08-29-2008, 10:02 AM
stooges 1969

tell them how i feel......
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superfiction
08-29-2008, 10:12 AM
i second whoever said since ive been loving you by zeppelin that solo is killer

im not big on zeppelin or anythign but i love page's style

jigsaw
08-29-2008, 10:15 AM
third

Geno_g
08-29-2008, 10:19 AM
Iggy and the stooges - search and destroy

stinkbutt
08-29-2008, 10:29 AM
Whatever the dude from Boris was playing during the 15 minute freakout at the end of their set for the Pitchfork after show

BlackSwan
08-29-2008, 10:32 AM
Any Radiohead guitar solo.

Geno_g
08-29-2008, 10:41 AM
^second that

bmack86
08-29-2008, 10:53 AM
Whatever the dude from Boris was playing during the 15 minute freakout at the end of their set for the Pitchfork after show

Michio Kurihara. It's what he does.

frozen pilgrim
08-29-2008, 11:29 AM
Any Radiohead guitar solo.

maggot brain>any radiohead guitar solo, ever
to say otherwise is simply uneducated hipster idiocy

stinkbutt
08-29-2008, 11:31 AM
Michio Kurihara. It's what he does.

Thanks I can never remember his name Boris is so awesome they need to be at Coachella next year

frozen pilgrim
08-29-2008, 11:31 AM
especially the version at the end of 'one nation under a groove'

bmack86
08-29-2008, 11:38 AM
maggot brain>any radiohead guitar solo, ever
to say otherwise is simply uneducated hipster idiocy

That's quite true. He's playing like his momma just died. It's not funky, it's heartrending.

And, Michio isn't really part of Boris, he's just been touring with them. He's the guitarist/songwriter for Japanese psych band Ghost, who are amazing.

stinkbutt
08-29-2008, 11:41 AM
Ghost, who are amazing.

What would you suggest from them

bmack86
08-29-2008, 11:44 AM
Start with Hypnotic Underworld. Give it a few listens, because it's hard to break into at first. After that, my favorite would be Turn on, Tune in, Free Tibet

amyzzz
08-29-2008, 11:49 AM
You're a fiend, bmack. Your knowledge of bands is astounding.

bmack86
08-29-2008, 11:58 AM
I plan on working in the industry full time, so I guess it's my life.
I'm cool with that.

amyzzz
08-29-2008, 12:53 PM
The lawyer for musicians thing?

Sushov23
08-29-2008, 01:15 PM
new vote for greatest solo of all time:

maggot brain

Serious props for this one man, I love funkadelic. My uncle had me listen to them a lot when I was a kid. By making me listen I meant he played it a lot.

bmack86
08-29-2008, 01:33 PM
The lawyer for musicians thing?

That's the plan. Artist representative.

Down Rodeo
08-29-2008, 01:36 PM
Serious props for this one man, I love funkadelic. My uncle had me listen to them a lot when I was a kid. By making me listen I meant he played it a lot.

Eddie Hazel, fuck yeah. One of the all time greats.

BlackSwan
08-29-2008, 01:39 PM
maggot brain>any radiohead guitar solo, ever
to say otherwise is simply uneducated hipster idiocy


That's quite true. He's playing like his momma just died. It's not funky, it's heartrending.


The rub... and I'll word it as a question in attempt to lessen any perceived assholish/doucheyness... Doesn't "Favorite" imply personal preference? So is there any reason to slightly talk shit about Radiohead other than to cause problems?

Mr.Nipples
08-29-2008, 01:39 PM
complete-hoogie boogie land
ukjnrXTTvPY&hl=en&fs=1

canexplain
08-29-2008, 01:45 PM
tiny bubbles, don ho, oh wait this isnt the greatest ukulele solo of all time, my mistake :) x****

Memorial_07
08-31-2008, 10:18 PM
Purple Rain.
November Rain.

Deviate_420
08-31-2008, 11:52 PM
Smells like Teen Spirt- Nirvana
Babe im gonna leave you- Led Zep

Stainofmind
09-01-2008, 01:46 AM
Slayers Jeff Hanneman solo on "Bitter Peace" off Diabolus in Musica

Solo comes in at 3:01
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frozen pilgrim
09-01-2008, 07:10 AM
The rub... and I'll word it as a question in attempt to lessen any perceived assholish/doucheyness... Doesn't "Favorite" imply personal preference? So is there any reason to slightly talk shit about Radiohead other than to cause problems?

not talking shit about radiohead.
just sayin' that no guitar riff, solo, or otherwise-labeled thing ever recorded by any indie rock band, alive or dead, can even hold a candle to the mind-blowing, bone-liquefying, heart-rending mammoth epicness that is maggot brain.
just trust me and listen to that song in complete silence, light a joint, start the song, and ten minutes later your LIFE will have changed.

Memorial_07
09-02-2008, 06:29 PM
Another few favorites of mine:

Broken Bones-Wealth Rules, Decapitated, Stabbed In The Back.

Prince-Let's Go Crazy.

thewindowliquor
09-02-2008, 06:33 PM
Any Radiohead guitar solo.


^second that

<sigh>

radiohead is, hands down, the most over rated band ever.

they're ok and all... but seriously? best guitar solo? radiohead? eat a dick. There's just no way that can be true. their best songs barely even have guitar in them.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-02-2008, 06:35 PM
Treefingers is ALL guitar work.

whynotsmile99
09-02-2008, 06:36 PM
Shh --Prince

that great Portishead song

All Along The Watchtower - hendrix

thewindowliquor
09-02-2008, 06:40 PM
Treefingers is ALL guitar work.

fair enough, but does any of the guitar work in that song hold a candle to, say, any Slayer song ever written?

No. Of course not.

greenplastic875
09-02-2008, 07:29 PM
Everyone and their mothers fap to Radiohead. The douchbaggery of their fanbase irks me quite a lot, especially on the Radiohead tour thread. I'm a fan of their work, but their fans are killing the music for me.

Anyway

Robert Fripp's guitar work for Brian Eno's "Golden Hours" is just beautiful.
Television's "Marquee Moon"
Prince's "When Doves Cry"
The Smiths' "This Charming Man"

thewindowliquor
09-02-2008, 07:37 PM
Everyone and their mothers fap to Radiohead. The douchbaggery of their fanbase irks me quite a lot, especially on the Radiohead tour thread. I'm a fan of their work, but their fans are killing the music for me.


QFT. Shit. I think I'm gonna make this my new sig.

greenplastic875
09-02-2008, 07:41 PM
The Radiohead fanbase is as bad as the Beatles or any classic rock fanbase. It's really frightening.

JebusLives
09-02-2008, 07:49 PM
Kiss me kiss me kiss me - the Cure (that's track 1, right? I'm terrible with track names)
Stop - Jane's addiction (live version)

betao
09-02-2008, 07:57 PM
this may not be the best one of all time, but a sick one is the guitar solo on the Roseland version of Sour Times by Portishead. It kicks in at about 3:06 on the track.

I'm listening to it now. Freakin gorgeous.

jazzz
09-02-2008, 10:14 PM
most guitar solos are crap...

But some of the good ones I love are

Simon Hinkler of The Mission "Tower of Strength"

Geordie Walker of Killing Joke "Love Like Blood" (more of a riff then solo)

Reg of The Chameleons UK "Swamp Thing"

Robert Fripp/David Sylvian on "Darshan"

and anything warped by Julian Cope.... or Will Sergeant

mattpach
09-02-2008, 10:16 PM
most guitar solos are crap...



I agree 100%

Backwater
09-04-2008, 06:29 PM
War Begun, MMJ, live version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Twu7OlFt1c

Mr.Nipples
09-04-2008, 06:33 PM
BbODdj9CaJg&hl=en&fs=1

Memorial_07
09-04-2008, 06:51 PM
Prince's version of Best Of You.

His solo was off the hook

sbessiso
09-04-2008, 07:14 PM
I love J.White's shred during "Death Letter"

Sushov23
09-04-2008, 09:27 PM
I was playing Maggot Brain while my brother (9 yrs old) was doing his homework, and when the song ended he looked at me and said, dude, that was amazing, who is that? wow, one of the best guitar solos ever, and I don't have to listen to them all to know that.

Backwater
09-04-2008, 09:29 PM
I don't know the names of his songs but Derek Trucks deserves to be mentioned here.

frozen pilgrim
09-04-2008, 11:02 PM
I was playing Maggot Brain while my brother (9 yrs old) was doing his homework, and when the song ended he looked at me and said, dude, that was amazing, who is that? wow, one of the best guitar solos ever, and I don't have to listen to them all to know that.

it really is one of the most beautiful, haunting, incredible pieces of music ever written. and it's also a guitar solo.

slayer can eat it. it's not how many notes you play, or how fast you play them. like george carlin said about the blues:
it's not enough to know what notes to play. you gotta know WHY they need to be played.

Sushov23
09-04-2008, 11:11 PM
it really is one of the most beautiful, haunting, incredible pieces of music ever written. and it's also a guitar solo.

slayer can eat it. it's not how many notes you play, or how fast you play them. like george carlin said about the blues:
it's not enough to know what notes to play. you gotta know WHY they need to be played.

I thought it was nuts because he is only 9 years old. I didn't expect him to react the way he did.

frozen pilgrim
09-04-2008, 11:23 PM
that's what's so great about music like that- it just gets people. your bro's got good taste, foster that shit

sbessiso
09-05-2008, 04:29 AM
I just cant bring myself to listen to anything called maggot brain

sorry bros

frozen pilgrim
09-05-2008, 10:03 AM
salah, you can't be serious.
you've never heard maggot brain?
heads up, man- filedropper PM incoming. I promise you'll love it. seriously. I promise on my MMJ discography that you'll love it.

betao
09-05-2008, 10:22 AM
I guess I should come out and say I have not listened to them either.

I'd be willing to try though.

frozen pilgrim
09-05-2008, 10:25 AM
oh man! you'd love 'em too. I'm realizing that most people around my age have no reason for random exposure to parlaiment-funkadelic. they MUST be brought to coachella.
betao, check your pm box for maggot brain (the song).

SoulDischarge
09-05-2008, 02:54 PM
Hell, even my mom likes Maggot Brain.

Jon Blazed
09-05-2008, 03:04 PM
Stooges - Dirt

frozen pilgrim
09-05-2008, 06:48 PM
mother earth is pregnant for the third time
for y'all have knocked her up
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe,
and I was not offended
for I knew I must rise above it all
or drown in my own shit