Guitar Solos

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    What, in your opinion, is the greatest guitar solo of all time?

    My vote is Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption." Un-freakin-believable.
     
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    Well Eruption is of course one of the all time greats, in fact I heard it live last week from the man himself :thup: but I actually like solos contained within songs a little better.

    One of my favorites solo from Eddie Van Halen is in Hear About it Later off of the Fair Waring album.

    The multiple guitarists from Thin Lizzy have some great solos, John Sykes in the Sun Goes Down is awesome, very soulfull and powerfull.
     
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    White Stripes "Ball and Biscuit" :funnyface
     
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    Oh, well - might as well rejoice in my old-fartness....

    "Sultans of Swing", Dire Straits, and "Reelin' in the Years", Steely Dan - both featuring the incomparable Mark Knopfler.

    Old friends - "Stairway", Jimmy Page, "Blue Sky" (Allmans), Duane Allman& Dickey Betts, the all-too-brief solo in Chicago's "Make me Smile".

    Off the wall - "Hold on, I'm Comin"(Herbie Mann), Larry Coryell, "Good Time Boogie" (John Mayall), Freddie Robinson, "Theme from Perry Mason", Scotty Anderson.

    I gotta rest after all that. Damn lumbago's kicking in...
     
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    White Stripes? :cuckoo:
     
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    Eric claptons solo for Richie Sambora's 'Mr. Bluesman'. The whole album rocks better than any bon jovi album put out.
     
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    Hehe, just for you, Jeff!

    No, seriously, it's not a good solo from a technical standpoint, but Jack White accomplishes a lot with very little. He makes up for his lack of chops with a great sense of rhythm and framing. I guess I'm just blowing hot wind here, since we've had the White Stripes argument many times, but it was just a joke anyway. I'm rambling now.

    I'm not much of a fan of solos, actually. I went through a big 80's metal phase where the solo was key, but now I'm in a more folk/acoustic space, which is like Kryptonite to a soloist.

    Musicman, it's funny you should mention the "Stairway" solo, I read a while ago that Page actually improvised that solo. I always loved Page's guitar work, he's like Tom Morello in that he's not that technically advanced, but he just creates his own style that totally reinvents the instrument.
     
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    Have to go with Clapton too "While my guitar gently weeps" but I have a secret nostalgic love for Alvin Lees' "I'm going home"
     
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    I do enjoy good solos on their own merit, but I especially enjoy when a lead guitarist can work a solo into the music so well that it doesn't come across as a 'solo, it's just there as part of the music.
     
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    thats why I like Mr. Bluesman. I'll try to see if I can post a stream of it sometime.
     

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