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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Various Varieties » Wed May 07, 2008 4:52 pm UTC

I recently heard Frank Zappa's album Hot Rats, and the seven minute(!) solo on "Willie the Pimp" is great.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Goatboy » Wed May 07, 2008 10:04 pm UTC

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby johnie104 » Wed May 07, 2008 10:47 pm UTC

The solo in 'Child in Time' by Deep Purple is pretty cool. And almost every song by DragonForce contains a cool solo (although they sometimes resemble each other too much). And 'One' by Metallica as is already said. The guitar in 'Still got the blues' by Gary Moore is really good too. And, ehhmm, I'm done...
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Dusty Chalk » Thu May 08, 2008 2:46 am UTC

Various Varieties wrote:I recently heard Frank Zappa's album Hot Rats, and the seven minute(!) solo on "Willie the Pimp" is great.
For some reason, that one always makes me think of Eddie Hazel's solo in "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby SoulMusic » Thu May 08, 2008 4:00 am UTC

Guitar: "Soul Sacrifice" by Santana, most likely, or "Get Rhythm" by NRBQ.
Piano: "Philosophy" by Ben Folds Five.
Drums: "O Baterista" by Rush. Easily. Nothing else even comes close.
And as for bass, anything Victor Wooten has ever done, especially with Bela Fleck (who is tied with himself for all the greatest banjo solos ever), probably works.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Dusty Chalk » Thu May 08, 2008 4:39 pm UTC

SoulMusic wrote:Drums: "O Baterista" by Rush. Easily. Nothing else even comes close.
I think you mean no-one else even comes close, because I do think some of his other solos come close (the drum solo on All the World's A Stage, their first live album, and my first time hearing Neil Peart, being a personal favorite, and in my mind, to my ears, superior).
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Re: Greatest solo?

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby tday93 » Fri May 09, 2008 10:09 pm UTC

I'm going with Yngwie Malmsteen: Far Beyond the Sun

every time i listen to it i sit there for three hours wondering how he can be so good
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby tylerwylie » Sat May 10, 2008 1:46 am UTC

Steve Howe's Sketches in the Sun on the 12 string.

Ian Anderson's flute solo in "The Flying Dutchman"

Justin Chancellor's bass solo in Tool's "No Quarter"
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby EsotericWombat » Sat May 10, 2008 2:41 am UTC

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it's pretty, I'll grant it, but it's absolutely NOTHING compared to Eric Clapton's solo on the original Beatles record. That track is a HUGE part of the reason I own a Les Paul.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby joff » Sat May 10, 2008 7:01 am UTC

I really like Dimebag Darrell's solo on "Floods"

I'll also plunk down a vote for Hendrix on "All along the watchtower"

Not strictly a solo, SRV's version of the opening part to "Little Wing"
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Sarr » Sat May 10, 2008 10:55 pm UTC

EsotericWombat wrote:it's pretty, I'll grant it, but it's absolutely NOTHING compared to Eric Clapton's solo on the original Beatles record. That track is a HUGE part of the reason I own a Les Paul.


Whats the track called?
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Re: Greatest solo?

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Sarr wrote:
EsotericWombat wrote:it's pretty, I'll grant it, but it's absolutely NOTHING compared to Eric Clapton's solo on the original Beatles record. That track is a HUGE part of the reason I own a Les Paul.


Whats the track called?

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Sarr » Sun May 11, 2008 12:40 am UTC

Right, I'll go listen to that. Thank you!
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby revelartion » Tue May 20, 2008 4:08 am UTC

What about... Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd?

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby saxmaniac1987 » Tue May 20, 2008 1:57 pm UTC

Don Menza on Tenor Sax in Channel One Suite (on Buddy Rich's Mercy, Mercy album.) Insane.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby EsotericWombat » Tue May 20, 2008 5:26 pm UTC

The opening solo that John Fruiscante played on L'Via L'Viaquez by the Mars Volta
Ginger Baker's drum solo on Toad by Cream
John Popper's harmonica solo on Hook.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Midnight » Tue May 20, 2008 11:55 pm UTC

i think it's necessary to add John Entwistle's bass solo in "My Generation" by the who, just cause that was like the first bass solo in rock music ever, pretty much (someone's gonna prove me wrong, I can feel it in my bones...) also it pretty mcuh made me go "Oh me yarm MUST BE BASSIST."
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby 1337geek » Wed May 21, 2008 12:22 am UTC

revelartion wrote:What about... Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Nope, sorry.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby liz23ilia » Wed May 21, 2008 2:55 am UTC

I dont consider eruption by Van Halen to be a guitar solo, it's a solo guitar. If it was in a song, it would be one of my tops.

Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd is my personal favorite.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby McCaber » Wed May 21, 2008 11:01 pm UTC

liz23ilia wrote:I dont consider eruption by Van Halen to be a guitar solo, it's a solo guitar. If it was in a song, it would be one of my tops.

What about Hot for Teacher?
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby liz23ilia » Thu May 22, 2008 6:37 am UTC

McCaber wrote:
liz23ilia wrote:I dont consider eruption by Van Halen to be a guitar solo, it's a solo guitar. If it was in a song, it would be one of my tops.

What about Hot for Teacher?

Thats a good one. Im more about the drums in that song, though. Infact, when my David Bowie album is done, Im putting on 1984.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby vanfreakinhalen » Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:03 am UTC

I'm gonna have to go with "Cowboy Song" by Thin Lizzy. Some of the greatest heavy rock and roll ever. And if the solo(s) don't give you goosebumps you might not be alive.

I'm hesitant about using "heavy metal" to describe people like Van Halen and Thin Lizzy... They're not really metal. But that's not the point anyway.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby themonk » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:52 am UTC

Not everyone's favourite genre of music, and probably not the "greatest solo", but one of my favourites is in Fermented Offal Discharge by Necrophagist at 3:00 minutes (went ahead and put link that skips straight to it so you don't have to listen to grunts).
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby DoctorSubmarine » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:01 pm UTC

Both solos in Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd are tied for #1 for me.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Crazyjosh » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:49 pm UTC

my top contender has to be the bass solo for Joe Satriani's Live in San Fransisco, Stu Hamm plays an IMMENSE solo and if you're listening to it without watching it it sounds like there's 3 or more instruments in there :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVcxYOwvMW0

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby thicknavyrain » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:15 pm UTC

Midnight wrote:freebird's full extended 45-minute solo.
also possibly Crazy Train. And highway star.
and killing in the name's solo. Cause morello is a beast.

Yes, haven't heard it, yes and yes.

My nomination would go to the two solos in Devil Went Down to Georgia.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby skydivingninja » Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:09 pm UTC

David Gilmour's solo in Comforably Numb
Dave Murray's solo in Powerslave
John Petrucci's outro solo in The Best of Times
Claudio Sanchez and Travis Steever's call-and-response solos in Welcome Home
Jimmy Page's solo in Stairway to Heaven.

The first that came to mind.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:51 pm UTC

Hmm. The ones that spring to mind:

Muse - Citizen Erased
Porcupine Tree - Shesmovedon/Where We Would Be
Ihsahn - Astera Ton Proinon

They're not just good solos, they touch a nerve. In Citizen Erased, Matt Bellamy makes the guitar scream. It sounds pained. Fits with subject matter. Shesmovedon sounds mournful, sad. Where We Would be sounds melancholy. Astera Ton proinon sounds angryand rebellious without being thirteenyearoldteenageryish, goshdarnit.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby The EGE » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:45 am UTC

Prolly not the best, but the solo in Broken Promises by Survivor is pretty damn good.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby luvnotwar » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:54 pm UTC

I think Muscle Museum has my favorite Bellamy solo ever. There's something really creepy about how his voice transitions into the guitar, and it genuinely sounds like crying. Getting that kind of soul out of a guitar is so much more impressive than technical skill.

Jeff Beck's rendition of Goodbye Porkpie Hat

Jimmy Page's solo in the studio version of Achilles Last Stand is pretty fucking epic, but Zep's live stuff takes the cake by far

Hocus Pocus, by Focus, has awesome guitar solos, a whistling solos, drum solos, a flute solo, YODELING SOLOS!!!

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby nezha » Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:23 am UTC

Anything by Jeff Beck, really.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby KrazyerKate » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:13 am UTC

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby themonk » Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:26 am UTC

Hocus Pocus, by Focus, has awesome guitar solos, a whistling solos, drum solos, a flute solo, YODELING SOLOS!!!


I have to admit, that song [with solo] is definitely one of the greatest out there.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:51 am UTC

Yellow Ledbetter. The studio version, of course, which gets played on the radio all the time. Just before it, Eddie Vedder demands that he be made to cry, and I'm sure that solo did it to him.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Summit.42 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:24 am UTC

I am surprised "November Rain" has yet to be mentioned. Both of the guitarsolos in that song are really amazing (as well as the song itself). I'm not sure if I think any of them are the best ever, but they certainly are close in my opinion atleast.

Other ones worthy of mention for my part would be "Sultans of Swing", "Comfortably Numb", perhaps "Paranoid Android" and probarbly a few others I can't think of at the moment. Another solo I really like, wich has yet to be mentioned is the solo in "Either Way" by Wilco.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Braden363 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:26 am UTC

I would have to say that I don't have a favorite solo. It changes with the times, really, depending on my mood. The one solo that always seems to stand out to me and give me chills every time I hear it is the one if "Floods" by Pantera. It has this beautiful creeping quality to it.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby kd0404 » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:54 am UTC

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby jerrywasaracecardriver » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:02 pm UTC

Maggot Brain By Funkadelic for guitar, Tommy the Cat by Primus for bass and... I don't know

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby dedalus » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:13 pm UTC

I'd have to 4th or 5th the Comfortably Numb solo, as well as the other obvious one (Stairway).

An unmentioned one would have to be the Akerfeldt solo in Arriving Somewhere But Not Here by Porcupine Tree.
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