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Andy’s Five Favorite Guitar Solos!

November 6, 2013

It can happen over the phone, over email, or face to face—but at least once a week, I’m involved in a conversation that goes something like this (for drama’s sake, we’ll set this up as a customer calling in to PGS with me taking the call):

PGS Fitz: Thanks for calling Pro Guitar Shop, how can I help?

Caller: Yeah, hi, I had a question about overdrives?!

PGS Fitz: Sure. What kind of tone are you looking for?

Caller: Well, there was this one video that Andy did, and—hey wait, does Andy actually work there?! Like, is he there right now?! Can I talk to him?! What’s his favorite overdrive?!

And scene.

Several times a week, we get passed wonderful compliments about PGS Andy and rightfully so! We’re lucky and proud to have him onboard here at PGS—he’s a wealth of knowledge and inspiration (in addition to being an alright dude). This week in Andy’s Corner, we thought we’d ask the man himself what his FIVE favorite guitar solos are. Come on, you’re curious, right?!!! Read on!

 

 

 

PGS Andy’s Top 5 Favorite Guitar Solos!

 

 

1.     "Machine Gun" - Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)

 

 

 

The very first note just soars with an undulating Univibe behind it. I get goosebumps every time I hear it.

 

 

 

2.  "Ten Years Gone" - Led Zeppelin   (02:30)

 

 

 

I love the fuzzy phase tone on this one and how Page just takes his time rather than trying to blaze through it.

 

 

 

3.     "Moonage Daydream" - David Bowie  (03:18)

 

 

 

This is the epic live version from the Ziggy Stardust film featuring Mick Ronson with a stellar combo of fuzz, wah and echo. Freak out…far out.

 

 

 

4.     "Heaven and Hell" - the Who (Live at Leeds)  (01:55)

 

 

 

Townshend locks in tight with the band and his Superfuzz tone always has me intrigued.

 

 

 

5.     "Impossible Germany" - Wilco   (02:44)

 

 

 

 

Nels Cline is one of my current guitar heroes. This solo starts with very reserved, jazzy licks and ends with his signature frantic style.

 

As always, thanks for reading! See you next time in the Corner! - PGS Fitz

Comments

  1. Cam says:

    No Hotel California. I’m unsubscribing.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  2. Larry Lachmann says:

    Kind of an interesting choice of “Heaven and Hell” from The Who “Live At Leeds”. I’m a Who fanatic and would have to pick “My Generation” from the same album. All the solos are much more like written parts than all out soloing per se. Every section is memorable, and with the Superfuzz featured heavily to boot!!!
    Nice list sir!
    Cheers,
    Larry

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  3. Glenn says:

    Impossible Germany making the list is making my day.  Thanks for recognizing this modern classic

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  4. davidlopfp76 says:

    Comfortably numb

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  5. Wat says:

    All shit

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  6. Donny Danger says:

    Yeah… I would’ve thought “Shock Me” or “Strange Ways” would be in there some where… where’s the Ace love?

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm
  7. Mike says:

    I was passing through Portland last week and stopped by the retail store. No Andy, but the staff was very helpful and the retail space is a beauty.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  8. davidlopfp76 says:

    ooohh… lets see: what solo are you propousing, genius?

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  9. davidlopfp76 says:

    I`m talking to you, WAT

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  10. Gearhund says:

    Nels Cline solos are remarkable in the way they make me feel good!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm
  11. Chris says:

    Impossible Germany. Yes.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm
  12. jeremy says:

    nels cline!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm
  13. Michael Morioka says:

    Wow… No Steely Dan! “Gold Teeth II. (Denny Dias)
    Or Carlton, Ritenour, Vai… You lost me after Hendrix!


    MM

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm
  14. Herb says:

    *2 Moonage Daydream - just mind blowing.
    I was watching a documentary of Lou (RIP) the other day and it really came across what a genius he was for the minimalist guitar solo. Not sure which song I’d chose and the stand out though…. thoughts?

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm
  15. Abbacus says:

    Mick Ronson doing Moonage Daydream in the Ziggy film is total fun with a guitar. Wouldn’t Wilco be a great band to play in?  Ah, but sadly, they have enough guitarists.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  16. P Matz says:

    Great list. Except for Hendrix, I have had the good fortune to see all of these bands live and enjoy the incredible, unique guitar work each of these gentlemen bring to the stage.  Very happy to see Nels included, he’s top of my list right now. I might have included some Mike Keneally or Frank Zappa….

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  17. Sean says:

    I always said Jimi’s “Machine Gun” is one of the greatest pieces of guitar mastery ever recorded. It has moved me to tears. It’s like his soul has been exposed.
    In the words of Miles Davis (and you fill in the blanks):  “It’s that god_amned mother_ucking Machine Gun!”

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm
  18. blaine says:

    thanks for reminding me there was Jimi and then everyone else.  Also thanks for recognizing Wilco - with a beautiful piece of work. 

    Hearing the Jimi cut brought back the memories of the first listen of Hendrix. Time stopped - I couldn’t understand what I just heard.  There was nothing to compare it to - I was dazed. 

    That moment existed for most of us that first time and reminds us of the pure genuis.  Music would never be the same.  When I hear a Jimi cut - that moment returns for a fleeting moment.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  19. Alan Veil says:

    I love it that Andy is a fan of Bowie. I agree, the live Moonage Daydream is an amazing solo—not especially technical, but full of feeling & power & amazing tone. Mick Ronson has always been one of my favorite guitarists. But my favorite guitar work that’s featured on a Bowie album is Robert Fripp’s work on “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).” I think my all-time favorite would probably be the solo to “Teenage Wildlife.” The guitar on that song truly “weeps.” Pete Townsend also does some great guitar on this Bowie album on the song “Because You’re Young.” Robert Fripp also played on Bowie’s “Heroes,” album, too, which is also 1 of the 3 LPs he did w/Brain Eno (Low & Lodger are the other 2).

    I would like to know: what are Andy’s desert island pedals? If he could have 1 OD, 1 fuzz/dist., 1 delay, & 1 mod. pedal, what would he choose?

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  20. Mattie B says:

    To each his own indeed, but Andy must be on crack.  This one’s easy:

    1. Time - Pink Floyd: Gilmour didn’t invent the guitar solo, but he brought it to previously unrealized perfection, both in melodic content and tone. There will never ever be another guitar solo that speaks more with as few notes. Its perfect!

    2. La Villa Strangiato - Rush: the whole song is arguably a solo, but I’m referring to the breakdown which starts at 3:16 and culminates at 5:15.  This solo could be the basis for a Master’s level graduate class in everything cool a guitar solo can be! Its all there!!  After 30 years, its still Lifeson’s crowning achievement as a guitar player!

    3. Lay it On the Line - Triumph:  Its the most emotionally melodic, satisfying and technically impressive solo of the late 1970’s and no one ever mentions it!  Rik Emmet took a run of the mill rock tune and made it immortal with this dazzling solo!

    4. Deep Purple - The Spanish Archer:  yeah, Ritchie Blackmore has a dozen or so solos that deserve mention, but this one gets completely overlooked, and I’m sick of it. From the underappreciated House of Blue Light album, it ranks among his most blazing latter day Purple moments.  I shit you not.

    5. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing:  if you need it explained to you why this song’s solo breaks are genius, I can’t help you!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  21. Jim says:

    OK, Andy is entitled to his favorites. I liked what Impossible Germany did. It was very good. However Willie Nelson has been playing those same licks for 45 years on a nylon stringed acoustic guitar. If you really want to hear some great guitar work check out his new album “To All the Girls.” He packs even more emotion into a lot fewer notes. Of course we all know what The Who, Hendrix and Zeplin have done. Thanks for highlighting something a little different than the same old great solos that they did.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm
  22. Dave says:

    From these songs I really like Wilco. Very nice.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  23. Jesse says:

    1st the Who Knows loosens you up and then bam Machine Gun, swirling sounds from another world created from his mind and then you go into a trance, our 1st time well everyone knows, my 1st time listening to Led Zep’s Heartbreaker wow that was also different so much aggression angst nothing like it ...listened to it many times and year later Jimi’s Band of Gypsies 3 Black Men kicking serious ass not the soul music as before in typicla form but this space ‘‘Sky Church’’
    initiation toooo much!!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  24. Lou says:

    Dude get outta my ipod!

    Ten years gone has always stood out in the Led Zep canon. Beautiful playing. I love all these choices. Impossible Germany is a great choice as well. I get lost in that solo when I listen to it.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  25. Marty Priller says:

    Machine Gun- Still get chills from that 1st note in the solo…..

    Time- Just love how that solo builds

    Child In Time- From Made In Japan, possibly Ritchie Blackmore’s best live solo ever captured on tape!!!

    Maggot Brain- 10 min of mind blowing filthy funky psycho blues playing…

    25 or 6 to 4- Still love that wah playing by Terry Kath..he is sorely missed…..

     

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm
  26. Frederick Centrella says:

    To all the complainers - these are Andy’s choices NOT yours, so quit your whining,,,,,

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm
  27. Daniel Ruschel says:

    The very first note just soars with an undulating Univibe behind it. I get goosebumps every time I hear it TOO!!! Amazing!  “Machine Gun” - Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)

    But, Comfortably Numb… is a state of art!

    The others…well, taste is taste!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  28. Joe Hernandez says:

    When I read the article’s title the name of three guitarists came into my mind
    Jimmy Page
    Jimi Hendrix
    Peter Townshend
    but…... Wilco?...... I’ve never ear about them
    thank you for expanding my musical horizon…..  “Impossible Germany” just wonderful

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  29. Christopher C says:

    “No Hotel California. I’m unsubscribing.”

    If I could subscribe twice, I would.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  30. Nitch Market says:

    Nels Cline is a monster talent, or maybe a talented monster.  I mean that in the highest regard.  He strives to levitate and succeeds - and takes the rest of us along with him.  I never miss a chance to see him live.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm
  31. Mattie B says:

    I’ve already posted my 5, but I’ve decided there must be a 6th.  Neil Young’s tour de force on Like A Hurricane from Live Rust should be on anyone’s short list of genius live solos of all time!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm
  32. Albert Madariaga says:

    Yep, yep and yep.  So much here to love.  Thanks, Andy for sharing.  I share your diverse tastes.  I’ll add one of mine here, Eric Johnson’s second solo in Desert Rose.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  33. mikey says:

    machine gun is the greatest solo in history, and Im glad to see some finally recognized pete townshend’s unique soloing style and putting that superfuzz to use, but I thought crossroads, dazed and confused, and some Stevie ray number would make the list…..

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  34. Big Tom says:

    Why Does Love Got to be so Sad,, Derek and the Dominos Live at the Fillmore

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  35. Steven Sanborn says:

    Interesting selection Andy. Glad to see you favor Mr. Ronson too ...

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm
  36. Glenn Dowd says:

    not sure if this will show, since my comments never seem to post LOL…

    Very cool list!  i’m a jimi whore, so i love that selection and ten years gone is my FAVORITE Page solo.  Very cool ronson and townshend!  Most impressed by the wilco.  Never heard that song before.  Wonderfully tasty playing… really a nice treat, dug it very much.

    As for my fav’s… too tough to consider, though any jimi, may this be love, pali gap, rainy day dream away…  one that often fails to get mentioned though is Steely Dan’s “my old school”.  That has always been a top five solo for me

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm
  37. Jon says:

    Of these five, Nels Cline by a mile. Style, tone, technique, emotion, dynamics…That solo has it all!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm
  38. SlopeRocker says:

    One of mine is the last lead from Hendrox on his classic “EZY Rider.”

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  39. Ron says:

    One of my favorites is also the Mick Ronson solo in Moonage Daydream and I was fortunate enough to tell him. We met him and Ian Hunter and Mick gave me a beer in their tour bus. I then told him how I loved his solo and he was very humble and gracious. This was about 6 months before his untimely death. Great player.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm
  40. MoJoToJo says:

    “Machine Gun” One of my all time fav Hendrix tracks.
    Could only imagine what the guy would have been coming up with in his later years.
    Rock On Jimi….

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm
  41. Atomic says:

    Nice choices, Andy!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  42. Tony says:

    so people ask “What’s his favorite overdrive?!” and you give us a list of his favorite solos? that makes sense….

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  43. Jim Ittenbach says:

    What about Aqualung

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  44. JB says:

    I swore I wasn’t going to say anything about something so subjective w/so many songs & so many GREAT guitarists,BUT,ANY body that thinks Willie Nelson can play guitar has to turn in their axe &  switch to finger cymbals! Great singer,but…............................................................

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm
  45. mcy says:

    Woot! Nels Cline! The reason I own a Jazzmaster (plus Dave Wilson, Tom Verlaine and Sonic Youth)

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm
  46. Jim H says:

    I too love Rono and Moonage Daydream, but prefer the studio version…the snarling, boxy tone, the “woop woop woop” part, the soaring and emotional sustained and vibratoed notes near the end, all backed up by the gorgeous string arrangement written by Ronno. But my fave solo is Gilmour’s “Time.” The guitar sounds like it’s bleeding, the build up to the climax above the 12 fret, then the gorgeous release into half time feel as the backing voices swell and Gilmour does that lovely, slow, sliding up the neck phrase…never fails to give me chills!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  47. Greenman says:

    Remember, the title of the article is Andy’s favorite solos. There is no right or wrong when it comes to favorites. Only two of these solos are even on my list, let alone being favorites, but that’s just me. I respect your choices, Andy!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  48. alex says:

    nice list, man. ten years gone is I think my favorite ever… I don’t know a more evocative solo… That’s just a beautiful phrase in a beautiful song… props, boss.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm
  49. Art says:

    Some here are living under the assumption that this list was compiled to make them happy. It wasn’t. I personally like what’s been presented. Especially the inclusion of Mick Ronson. I’m also just very happy to see that there’s no Slash.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm
  50. Julio Quinteros says:

    I like Jimmy the father of the Rock guitarrist , about David Bowie looks like Travestie / woman / men,disgusting , I"m enjoy with philco nice felling little technics , and Jimmy Page I should choose
    I wanna whole love , the best solo of all times

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm
  51. Willie says:

    I love the spread of these choices, and I’ll go back and listen to them again. I have a sneaking suspicion that Peter Green will have been among a few of the other greats that Andy had to leave out at the last minute… and who cares if I’m wrong!!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm
  52. Sudsy100 says:

    I know these are Andy’s picks . . . but Wilco and no Jeff Beck??? The Wilco solo is barely a 3 out of 10 on the grand scale. Sounds like what Jeff Beck would play like if someone broke his hands. And what about Blackmore? Child In Time or Burn or [name your song] slaughters whatever the Wilco dude is trying to do. No Gilmour either?? Just sick and tired of “modern-ish rock” masquerading as good music. It isn’t . . .

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  53. Sudsy100 says:

    And how could Leslie West’s absolute mastery of the four-note solo in Theme For An Imaginary Western (or even Mississippi Queen for that matter) be left out. What about early Clapton, Trower, Greenie? I do love Ronson and Townsend, but those two solos are far from making a Top 50, let alone a Top 5.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm
  54. Chris says:

    I would suggest :
    * Frank Zappa - If only she woulda solo @ 1mn25 > http://goo.gl/pSHXIM
    * Uriah Heep - Salisbury 3 solos @ 3mn14 > http://goo.gl/AWuZvU
    * Straight Ahead - Jimi Hendrix > http://goo.gl/8mTiZO
    * Billy Cobham - Crosswinds (1974) solo @ 0mn50 > http://goo.gl/OLATsv
    * Eddie Van Halen - Eruption - a classic > http://goo.gl/cU4BMX
    Enjoy

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  55. Robert Creedon says:

    Ten Years Gone is my favourite solo too, it is so tasty. That who album is incredible.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm
  56. anth says:

    andy has good taste all real guitarists and great solos no shredding nonsense or as I call it musical wanking lol

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm
  57. Marcus says:

    Great selection, great variety. No Hotel solos here either.
    Just to throw another name in: Zappa. Yo Mama.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm
  58. Big D says:

    What what whaaaaaaaaaat ?????????? No Vai, Satriani or EVH

    Hoorah . . . . no Bill Nelson? Carlos Santana? Robin Trower? Leslie West?

    Everyone will have their own Top 5 but I applaud this list for it’s honesty

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  59. Kit Strong says:

    So pleased to see Impossible Germany on this list.  That outdo could go on for 5 more minutes and I wouldn’t tire of it.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm
  60. Mark Gardiner says:

    OK - here is my controversial opinion. Hendrix: Was grounbreaking at the time and did much to enamour all of us to electric guitar obsession. But truthfully,if he had lived, his style was extremely limited and largely unmusical. Where he did write ditties in the latter recordings they were clichéd and rather whimsical. You can only rain down harmonically induced feedback/distortion for so long before you need to go and have a cup of tea and a lie down…

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm
  61. Tip says:

    Neal Schon “Anytime” from Journey’s Infinity album ! (yes album, no mp3 crap back then)
    This solo grabs you by the balls every single time !
    I would give my left nut to have the guitar tone this man has. Neal is one of the greatest players ever.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm
  62. ronald campignon says:

    Well, no discussion about tastes,but Andy’s got a huge preference for technically very limited guitar players ,with the exeption of Hendrix off course (and Maybe Page ) who only bend their strings till breaking point,always using the blues or pentatonic scale,and not even in a creative way.He even manages to pick a really shitty solo from Hendrix,who was really a guitar god ,and they all have an incredible ugly sound as well.
    But at least it’s an honest opinion,which deserves respect!

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm
  63. richie says:

    I really don’t know why you guys bother with these favorite lists - who the hell is interested? I suspect Andy left Gilmour out because everybody expected at least one Gilmour solo. Right?

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  64. Marc Tribbia says:

    Interesting choices…. Love the Mick Ronson solo… and loved the Wilco solo too… nice sounds…
    One of my favs is the Rory Gallagher sounds and solos from “Live in Europe” 1972…. great Guitar / amp sounds…. Cheers

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm
  65. John k says:

    That wilco stuff just turns my stomach. Ellen Degenrous does that too.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm
  66. Joeyp says:

    JB….you think Willie can’t play? I say you ain’t paying attention son; the man can play much better than you think.
    To Mark Gardiner: you are kidding right? How well did your last record do?

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm
  67. Lewduva says:

    SO - if Andy listed his favorite foods, would you tell him he’s wrong too?  Anybody criticizing his choices for HIS favorite solos is an idiot.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm
  68. Jaw says:

    Mean Street, Van Halen

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  69. Larry Smiley says:

    Great players, but I prefer other solos by them:
    1. She Shook me Cold- David Bowie (soloist Mick Ronson)
    2/ May This be Love - Jimi Hendrix
    plus
    3/ Strange Days-Humble Pie (Peter Frampton soloist)
    4/  I’m So Glad - Cream (Eric Clapton solo)
    5/ St. Elmo’s Fire -Brian Eno (soloist Robert Fripp
    6/ (yes I am cheating) Willie the Pimp -Frank Zappa
    There are only a hundred more amazing solos, but thee are among my favs in no particular order.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm
  70. Keith McGee says:

    I appreciate the selection, as there are some things here I’m not familiar with. Everyone has their faves, and there is no right or wrong choices. Thanks for sharing, Andy.

    posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm
  71. Spoonwood says:

    Like button on the list… If it were me (which it’s not, it’s Andy’s) I’d include All the solos on Lou Reed “Rock and Roll Animal”.

    The Ronson solo is one big beautiful mess.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:23 am
  72. David Gennaro says:

    like that 4of the selects are live recordings..

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:32 am
  73. Scott says:

    Impossible Germany is a modern classic. Nels rips so tastefully.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:01 am
  74. Scott says:

    and he didn’t even really get going on this one. Being on TV cut the song time a bit. What I love about this solo is that it goes from soft quiet melodic to hard and loud but still melodic. And it is “out” at times too, but in a really musical way. Also, it is never the same twice. He has motifs or licks he plays every time to setup the improvisational parts. Also the way he keys Tweedy and Sansone to lock up with the riffs is really nice.

    This is one of my all time favorite compositions.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:10 am
  75. Tomas Jeckyll says:

    I’ve always been a classic rock listener, as well as a hard rock guitar player, that stuck’s a man to a very few styles and of course a concrete period. But it starting to be a pain in the as that any time some one’s posting “best solos ever” is always the same, Nothing beyond the 60s and the 70s. There is a lot of great solos and guitarist out of the “legendary rock era”. Dry County played by Ritchie Sambora is an awesome proof of it. Story of the Blues from Gary Moore is outstanding. The Idol by Bob Kulick (the song belongs to W.A.S.P.) Is just awesome. The whole Blackbird Alter Bridge’s solo is amazing… Why don’t we start to look upon the future and stop crying ‘cause the old times never comes back? I bet on the present guitarists

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:17 am
  76. BBB says:

    Ten Years Gone is the bomb.  All others: eh.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:58 am
  77. Jamie Palumbo says:

    It’s really nice to see Nels Cline get the recognition he deserves.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 2:17 am
  78. joe ochoa says:

    Sorry dude, but these are “crap solos”. I’ve heard better garage bands. Don’t know what you’ve been smoking but it must be badass or your guitar standards are EXTREMELY low. You’ve left out the best soloist out completely !

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 2:25 am
  79. Steve says:

    Just for a comparison of taste, here are my Top 5 (as of this moment…they could change on a whim):

    Peter Green (with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers)  - “The Supernatural”
    Duane Allman & Dickey Betts - “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” (Allman Bros Live At Fillmore East)
    Tommy Bolin (with Billy Cobham) - “Quadrant 4”
    George Harrison - “I’m Only Sleeping”
    Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band) - “Country Hat”

     

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 2:29 am
  80. Ian Mitchell says:

    Guys, remember that this is a list of one person’s favourite solos, not an objective list of “the best ones”. How would you quantify that? Thank you, it would be impossible. Also, I think any of us would agree that trying to limit oneself to just five guitar moments is excruciatingly difficult and that just because a solo made the list doesn’t mean that it is forever after greater than the rest.
    For example, if I put together a list, it would look like this:
    1. Gravity (Where the Light Is- Live in Los Angeles) by John Mayer. The opening itself stands alone as a testament to the beauty of the instrument. Some really graceful playing.
    2. Down to the Waterline by Dire Straits. Knopfler’s solo comes out of nowhere and acts as its own composition within the song before leading beautifully back into the verse. Plus the band is tight.
    3. Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also really graceful & melodic.
    4. Going in the opposite direction: Scumbag Blues by Them Crooked Vultures is NOT beautiful, but savage and F-ed up in a delightful way. Josh Homme’s playing is so primal and raw. also, John Paul Jones- nuff said
    5. At the Dark End of the Street- the Ry Cooder version that he did for the BBC is 1977. Just total command of the slide and an amazing sense of melody.
    None of these are in any particular order, and just because they got put here doesn’t mean I’m snubbing Gilmour. Love the guy. But let’s try to stay civil and keep this a useful discussion. I’d much rather people listed their own favourites rather than sling mud, if only so that I can discover new tunes myself.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 2:29 am

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