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Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:29 am UTC
by The EGE
...80 posts so far, and no one had mentioned In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida? Shameful.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:07 am UTC
by luvnotwar
16 minutes and totally boring, why would anyone mention Iron Butterfly?

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
by PlayingMonkey
Nielsen clarinet concerto

Short of that? I would say DTs Erotomania or LTE's Paradigm Shift.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:51 am UTC
by The EGE
luvnotwar wrote:16 minutes and totally boring, why would anyone mention Iron Butterfly?


Clearly the concept of minimalism escapes you. The solo is reduced down to its barest bones, and that is what makes it amazing.

It's also quite possibly the only drum solo out there that more than a small segment of the population would recognize.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:50 am UTC
by sje46
The End (I like the guitars better than the drums, but they're both good) and In My Life (piano) both by the Beatles

Blue Sky by Allman Brothers

Run Run Run by Velvet Underground has a very ununsual yet very awesome guitar solo.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
by Eastwinn
You know I really don't get the fascination with guitar solos.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:27 pm UTC
by Rackum
sje46 wrote:The End (I like the guitars better than the drums, but they're both good) and In My Life (piano) both by the Beatles

Blue Sky by Allman Brothers

Run Run Run by Velvet Underground has a very ununsual yet very awesome guitar solo.


To be perfectly honest, most of the slide work by Duane would (in my opinion) qualify for this thread; especially his work with Clapton on Layla.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
by The Great Communist
Anything by Between the Buried and Me. I reccomend the solos from Selkies (The Endless Obsession), Mordecai, and Ants of the Sky

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:03 am UTC
by luvnotwar
The EGE wrote:
luvnotwar wrote:16 minutes and totally boring, why would anyone mention Iron Butterfly?


Clearly the concept of minimalism escapes you. The solo is reduced down to its barest bones, and that is what makes it amazing.

It's also quite possibly the only drum solo out there that more than a small segment of the population would recognize.

There are good and bad examples of minimalism. David Gilmore's solos are great examples of minimalism. The music from Slumdog Millionaire is a good example of minimalism. The band Low is an excellent example. Inagadadavida is stoner crap. One key, five notes, no sense of rhythm, no artistry, no soul. Don't try to pass it off as "minimalist" because it isn't technical, and therefore excuse all the other things missing from it.

Also, I seriously doubt the validity of that claim about the drums. The solos of Jon Bonham, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Neil Peart are all far more memorable and are each probably way more popular.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:43 pm UTC
by Gizzmo0815
Shocking omission so far:

Anything done by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

But specifically "Tin Pan Alley". It's the most perfect guitar solo ever, and it's most of the song.

A close second would be "Lenny".

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:13 am UTC
by solarion
The Amen Break or Funky Drummer, anybody? :P

Perhaps it's not the greatest musically, but when entire subgenres have come from those two solos it's at least important.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
by philsov
nsmjohn wrote:Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner


I'll see you a Jimi and raise you a John Popper!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVKxlRcVWXk Starts @ 1:37

Other additions to the list:

Dispatch - Silent Steeples (shame I can't find a clip of it anywhere -- on their live version its quite gimped)
Heart - Crazy on You (intro)

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
by Ithinkabouttrees
Going Under by Evanescence, as cliche and teeny bopper as I may sound, was actually really good.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:16 am UTC
by hawkmp4
"Tornado of Souls" - Megadeth. Their solos are generally more melodic than most thrash bands' but this one strikes me as particularly...feeling? I don't know the word I'm looking for. It's late.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:58 am UTC
by Dasboard
I can't possibly make a decision. It would do injustice to all the other awesome solo's I've heard and ever will hear.

( But no kidding, Light My Fire is very close. )

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
by Zelda007
Master of Puppets - Metallica

I get goosebumps every time I hear this. The S&M version is even greater.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
by hawkmp4
Zelda007 wrote:Master of Puppets - Metallica

I get goosebumps every time I hear this. The S&M version is even greater.

I liked this post till the mention of S&M xD

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:32 am UTC
by TheAmazingRando
I'm not a big fan of solos since usually they seem to be more about displaying technical prowess than anything else. There's got to be a strong emotional deliberation behind it if I'm going to feel anything from it, and if the point is to play as fast as possible that probably isn't going to be there. I also tend to prefer a noisy, dirty tone over clear articulation.

But if pressed to find a favorite, I'd have to say Rainbow by Boris w/ Michio Kurihawa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1z0FGxWi7Q
I've never heard anything like it anywhere else. Solo comes in at 2:40 but it's so much better in the context of the rest of the song.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:37 am UTC
by MrEmu
Shizo wrote:My favorite is the solo from "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" by Between the Buried and Me.

Solo


yes. fucking yes. Between the Buried and Me's composition in general is fucking flawless, but Selkies really just flows perfectly. Mordecai is also a great one, but most of the climax isn't really a "solo." I feel that a lot of their best work isn't really in the solos but in the softer sections and transitions. A lot of their harder sections, especially circa Silent Circus, can tend to dissolve into undifferentiated note-storms. Viridian has a nice bass solo, but I imagine it doesn't really rank compared to some bass-only acts.

edit: I feel A Vicious Reforming of Features, by After the Burial, also deserves mention. First off, the backing progression is pretty sick, and then the solo just kind of bubbles up in all its bubbly glory

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:28 am UTC
by MisterCheif
Oodles of Noodles, by Jimmy Dorsey. It is essentially one long, ridiculously fast (200bpm, in cut time, with mostly 8th notes and triplets) alto sax solo, except for the "ballad" section of it. Of course, I only know this from the sheet music. I have only been able to find recordings of the ballad, as it became the theme of Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra, and was renamed Contrasts.

He also has a lot of other great solos.

Yes, I am being nonconformist and not posting guitar solos. :wink:]

Edit: Link to the solo. Warning for inappropriate (ie, word for female dog) random dialogue at the beginning. I have no idea what the hell that dialogue is...

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:31 pm UTC
by Amie
I can't possibly pick one. Everything played by Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Gilmour, Syd Barrett and Blackmore.

And for personal reasons, Kirk Hammett's solo in Nothing else matters.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:09 am UTC
by Nice Linoleum
I've been thinking about this lately. When you get to the top you can't really just take one.

- Unidentified saxophone player on Louis Prima ~1940 record "A Gal in Calico"
- Whoever the guitarist was in the Moody Blues, "Ride My See Saw"
- Joe Walsh in "One of These Nights" (not to my taste but it deserves mention)
- Randy California in "Mechanical World"
- Bob Bogle (Ventures) "Walk Don't Run"

I don't think you can come up with anything better than these.

NL

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:45 am UTC
by CHR1110
Oh, if only my recording project was completely done. The guitarist I have (A really good friend of mine, though I won't post his name) has probably the best solo I've ever heard on the intro track.

But, since the recording hasn't yet been completed, I'll still stick with EVH's "Eruption"

Seriously, Jimmy Page's got nothin' on EVH.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:18 am UTC
by luvnotwar
CHR1110 wrote:Oh, if only my recording project was completely done. The guitarist I have (A really good friend of mine, though I won't post his name) has probably the best solo I've ever heard on the intro track.

But, since the recording hasn't yet been completed, I'll still stick with EVH's "Eruption"

Seriously, Jimmy Page's got nothin' on EVH.

??

Have you ever seen Zep's live performances? Jimmy Page INVENTED Eddie Van Halen. Eddie has explicitely stated in interviews that his style developed directly from mimicking Page. EVH even credits Page with inventing fingertapping.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:20 am UTC
by hawkmp4
Everyone learned from someone.
If EVH copied Page then did it better (not my claim) then EVH is the better guitarist, no?
If you want to get picky about it, then Page ripped off black blues guitarists. Does that mean they're better than him? Is Steve Vai without talent because he learned from Satriani?

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:45 am UTC
by CHR1110
hawkmp4 wrote:Everyone learned from someone.
If EVH copied Page then did it better (not my claim) then EVH is the better guitarist, no?
If you want to get picky about it, then Page ripped off black blues guitarists. Does that mean they're better than him? Is Steve Vai without talent because he learned from Satriani?


Precisely what I was getting at.

luvnotwar wrote:Have you ever seen Zep's live performances? Jimmy Page INVENTED Eddie Van Halen. Eddie has explicitely stated in interviews that his style developed directly from mimicking Page. EVH even credits Page with inventing fingertapping.


Mmmhmm, he got it from the solo on "Heartbreaker". And that makes Page > EVH How?

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:09 am UTC
by Amie
I love Van Halen too. Some of his solos blew me away. However, I'd still rate Page higher because as far as I am concerned, his music impinges on my heart . I guess I can relate more to his music than Van Halen's.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
by Gizzmo0815
Page had something that EVH didn't. Not that EVH wasn't a technically superior player...I think he was. But I always FELT more when Page played. I can't really explain it any other way.

Another addition:

"Harlem Nocturne" originally written by Earle Hagen in 1939 and covered by many hundreds of saxaphone/guitar/organ...even Ukelele players over the years.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:47 am UTC
by Midnight
trane - giant steps.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:37 am UTC
by Weeks
I like the flute solo in Sacred Fire of the Raging Winds by Rhapsody.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
by Cramulh
trane - giant steps.


Yep. the whole album, by the way
I would also recommand the deathless horsie from Frank Zappa, and any other solo he played. Best guitar player ever IMHO
And of course John Bonham's Moby Dick.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
by cjmcjmcjmcjm
dedalus wrote: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.

Stairway is too overplayed and Comfortably Numb is better. I'm a fan of Eddie Van Halen's Eruption

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:11 pm UTC
by Euphonium
Obviously, the single greatest ever is Elliott Randall on "Reelin' in the Years."

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:16 am UTC
by Zanmanoodle
Page's work on White Summer/Black Mountain Side

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:19 am UTC
by BurningLed
Liquid Tension Experiment. Every one of their songs is basically a gigantic, awesome solo. Then again, it was composed of the best prog rock guitarists and Dream Theater's ex-drummer (I miss Portnoy :<)

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:58 am UTC
by mickyj300x
Because I can't think of another right now/have had my other ones taken already, I submit something a little different:
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto 2 cadenza
Got to be one of my favourite solos in non-rock music.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:41 pm UTC
by Euphonium
The EGE wrote:
luvnotwar wrote:16 minutes and totally boring, why would anyone mention Iron Butterfly?


Clearly the concept of minimalism escapes you. The solo is reduced down to its barest bones, and that is what makes it amazing.


There is a difference between "minimalism" and "I don't have any good, substantial, original ideas." Minimalist music still has to go somewhere and do something. The In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida solo does not.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:45 pm UTC
by Microscopic cog
In-a-gadda-da-vida doesn't go anywhere in my opinion. I still like it though. For the same reason I like a lot of the 60's hippie music ( Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, etc. ). For the reason that it makes you feel like you're chillin' out on a rainbow even though life is shit. But that's okay because it'll be alright and we don't have to think about it right now. Just relax.

That's why I like that solo. I hope this post isn't to ramble-ish and that I got my point across.

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:01 pm UTC
by Thirty-one
EsotericWombat wrote:
Dark Ragnarok wrote:My Guitar Gently Weeps on Ukelele Simply Beautiful


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.



Only a year and a half late, so I'll add to the While My Guitar Gently Weeps quote pyramid with this entry:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 504472418#

Re: Greatest solo?

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
by PhatPhungus
Little Wing by Hendrix, not at all the Stevie Ray Vaughn version, he murdered it.

I'm really not a fan of cock-rock solos (solos simply showing technical ability). As far as I'm concerned, we have reached a point of technical excellence in metal solos that any improvement is not really notable. A good solo comes out of adding something new and interesting stylistically, which is why Les Claypool is awesome, and why Jimi Hendrix never had to do crazy tapped arpeggios and still remains one of the greatest guitarists ever.

For an organ solo, I'm going to go with House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

More guitar solos, pretty much any Opeth song with one of their creamy, jazzy solos that comes completely out of nowhere. Can't think of any favorites at the moment, maybe Hessian Peel (not even sure I'm remembering the right name right now)