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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby The EGE » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:29 am UTC

...80 posts so far, and no one had mentioned In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida? Shameful.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby luvnotwar » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:07 am UTC

16 minutes and totally boring, why would anyone mention Iron Butterfly?

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby PlayingMonkey » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:24 pm UTC

Nielsen clarinet concerto

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

Postby The EGE » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:51 am UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby sje46 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:50 am UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Eastwinn » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:03 pm UTC

You know I really don't get the fascination with guitar solos.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Rackum » Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:27 pm UTC

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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby The Great Communist » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:03 pm UTC

Anything by Between the Buried and Me. I reccomend the solos from Selkies (The Endless Obsession), Mordecai, and Ants of the Sky

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby luvnotwar » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:03 am UTC

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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Gizzmo0815 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:43 pm UTC

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".
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby solarion » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:13 am UTC

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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby philsov » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:46 pm UTC

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Ithinkabouttrees » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:57 pm UTC

Going Under by Evanescence, as cliche and teeny bopper as I may sound, was actually really good.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby hawkmp4 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:16 am UTC

"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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Dasboard » Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:58 am UTC

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. )
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Zelda007 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:42 pm UTC

Master of Puppets - Metallica

I get goosebumps every time I hear this. The S&M version is even greater.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby hawkmp4 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:35 pm UTC

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
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:32 am UTC

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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby MrEmu » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:37 am UTC

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

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby MisterCheif » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:28 am UTC

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...
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Amie » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:31 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Nice Linoleum » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:09 am UTC

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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby CHR1110 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:45 am UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby luvnotwar » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:18 am UTC

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.

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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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby hawkmp4 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:20 am UTC

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?
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby CHR1110 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:45 am UTC

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?
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Amie » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:09 am UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Gizzmo0815 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:25 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Midnight » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:47 am UTC

trane - giant steps.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Weeks » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:37 am UTC

I like the flute solo in Sacred Fire of the Raging Winds by Rhapsody.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Cramulh » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:19 pm UTC

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
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:28 pm UTC

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
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Euphonium » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:11 pm UTC

Obviously, the single greatest ever is Elliott Randall on "Reelin' in the Years."

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Zanmanoodle » Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:16 am UTC

Page's work on White Summer/Black Mountain Side

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby BurningLed » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:19 am UTC

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 :<)
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby mickyj300x » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:58 am UTC

Because I can't think of another right now/have had my other ones taken already, I submit something a little different:
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Euphonium » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:41 pm UTC

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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.

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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Microscopic cog » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:45 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Greatest solo?

Postby Thirty-one » Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:01 pm UTC

EsotericWombat wrote:
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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 PhatPhungus » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

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)
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