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As per title.

I Claudius suggested on another thread that the "freebird" solo is the greatest ever:

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Around 4mins55

Pretty damn good if you ask me.

I will start with:

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood - Solo at the start and a second one at 2mins44 (yes I know that's two solos.) :lol:

Any others? (try to post a youtube link if possible).

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I will start with:

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood - Solo at the start and a second one at 2mins44 (yes I know that's two solos.) :lol:

Any others? (try to post a youtube link if possible).

Almost anything by Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I'll go for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bg4zTYsh2s

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As per title.

I Claudius suggested on another thread that the "freebird" solo is the greatest ever:

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Around 4mins55

Pretty damn good if you ask me.

I will start with:

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood - Solo at the start and a second one at 2mins44 (yes I know that's two solos.) :lol:

Any others? (try to post a youtube link if possible).

Richie Blackmore solo on Highway Star by Deep Purple.

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As soon as I saw the thread title I thought of Freebird. Some might think it a bit cheesey, but the guitar solo by Joe Walsh in Hotel California is pretty amazing IMO.

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I'm not really a great fan of guitar solos as they tend to be self-indulgent and crass. However, if pushed i'd say anything by Jimmy Page or even Eric Clapton on Derek & The Dominos' 'Layla'.

Edit: Oh, and before anyone gets there first can I just say that while Steve Vai is an obviously technically gifted guitarist. his music is bland and boring as hell.

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Love Paul Gilbert - the guy is amazing. I have seen him twice.

November Rain

Badge - Clapton

Paranoid - Sabbath

Time - Floyd

But Comfortably Numb is my favourite.

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Love Paul Gilbert - the guy is amazing. I have seen him twice.

November Rain

Badge - Clapton

Paranoid - Sabbath

Time - Floyd

But Comfortably Numb is my favourite.

Gilmour is the maestro of 'less is more' guitar playing.

Much prefer his style to the widdly-diddly fretmelters

With the exception of SRV, cos he was pure genius.

Frank Zappa had moments of pure genius too.

Checkout Fives by Guthrie Govan on YouTube.

I quite like this guy's style even though he is a fretmelter

He looks like Ian Anderson did in about 1968 which is spooky too! :blink:

Frank Zappa had moments of pure genius too.

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Gilmour is the maestro of 'less is more' guitar playing.

Much prefer his style to the widdly-diddly fretmelters

With the exception of SRV, cos he was pure genius.

Frank Zappa had moments of pure genius too.

Checkout Fives by Guthrie Govan on YouTube.

I quite like this guy's style even though he is a fretmelter

He looks like Ian Anderson did in about 1968 which is spooky too! :blink:

Frank Zappa had moments of pure genius too.

I'm a big fan of Guthrie Govan. I've met him a couple of times, and a nicer guy you couldn't wish to meet.

What a great player.

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Agree with November Rain by GnR

Me Wise Magic - Van Halen - fricking superb song for guitar lovers

Kiss The Day - Def Leppard

Mission - Rush

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No arguments from me so far - it's all good.

If I may strike a blow for so uncool it's cool, Goodbye to Love by the Carpenters: Cant post a link because of annoying youtube copyright thingies and not having spotify on this PC.

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Can I also add Live Forever by Oasis.

Say what you like about Noel, but he could play a good pentatonic shape.

For me, the very best solos are the ones that a good amateur can make an attempt at. It just makes yo uappreciate them more if you can actually play at least a part of it.

There's a Korean on youtube who does Canon in D Major. It's mouthwateringly brilliant. Technically superb and melodic, and in a major scale too.

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Can I also add Live Forever by Oasis.

Say what you like about Noel, but he could play a good pentatonic shape.

For me, the very best solos are the ones that a good amateur can make an attempt at. It just makes yo uappreciate them more if you can actually play at least a part of it.

There's a Korean on youtube who does Canon in D Major. It's mouthwateringly brilliant. Technically superb and melodic, and in a major scale too.

Lies by camel.

Shine on you crazy diamond part 1.

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I'm going to throw in a couple of Beatles ones I like:

Taxman

and

Fixing A Hole

(both by Paul I believe).

I agree with theboltonfury, a good solo (for me) is one that is 'accessible', melodious and could be attempted by an amateur. But of course it's horses for courses.

I've a few of my owns songs where I've felt the need fro/done solos which I'm quite pleased with, though would be embarrassed if faced with a real guitarist! ;)

I have always been kind of awestruck by proper players, who can just turn it on.

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Like jazz, Steve Vai etc can be an acquired taste. You really have to listen 'deep' to get it - his stuff really is revolutionary. Of late though, especially Satch's stuff has been dire.

When I was playing seriously I'd be listening to music 2-3 hours a day and playing for 10. I couldn't possibly comment on the best solo but I bet I could show you the odd vid or two which would either blow you away with the technical prowess, or make you weep with how beatiful the notes are.

I prefer bands now, such as GN'R (fave!), Extreme, Rush, Poison. That sort of thing.

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As per title.

I Claudius suggested on another thread that the "freebird" solo is the greatest ever:

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Around 4mins55

Pretty damn good if you ask me.

I will start with:

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood - Solo at the start and a second one at 2mins44 (yes I know that's two solos.) :lol:

Any others? (try to post a youtube link if possible).

I love this version of down by the river by Neil Young..

, he was a great player after 4 minutes gets into a good solo...

Neil Young Cortez the Killer Young All round guitar work in this is amazing, had the fortune of seeing Neil Young, what an experience...

Yeah the Texas flood is great, love it...

I go to this blues bar alot in Bangkok, love the song, and I think a good take on the song for a jam... I m trying to do my own take on little wing, a very very slow one with very slow bends, that builds up, and lasts longer than the original.

Of course Hendrix stuff from woodstock, villa nove junction and red house were amazing...

really unique style, this is great.

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Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)

Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

+1 for anyone who suggested sweet child of mine too.

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Lots of great solos mentioned already. Being a Slash fan, I love Sweet Child of mine, and the outro to Paradise City. But flashy stuff can always be outdone by someone else, so for pure simplicity, and the way it just fits the song perfectly, I'll opt for Smile like you Mean it by the The killers. Easy to play, short and sweet. All that the song needed.

Oh and also love::

Summer Breeze

Goodbye to Love

Another Brick in the Wall

Hotel California

Moonlight Shadow

Since I've Been Loving you

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Time for something slightly more exotic !

'Mow Do Mnie Jeszcze' (Talk To Me More) by Czeslaw Niemen - bear in mind it was recorded in 1970.

Starts from around 2:10:

enjoy!

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Lots of great solos mentioned already. Being a Slash fan, I love Sweet Child of mine, and the outro to Paradise City. But flashy stuff can always be outdone by someone else, so for pure simplicity, and the way it just fits the song perfectly, I'll opt for Smile like you Mean it by the The killers. Easy to play, short and sweet. All that the song needed.

Oh and also love::

Summer Breeze

Goodbye to Love

Another Brick in the Wall

Hotel California

Moonlight Shadow

Since I've Been Loving you

Page is one of my all time favourites.

SIBLY (is that REALLY it's acronym :lol: ) is fantastic.

Other great Page solos:

The Lemon Song

Whole Lotta Love

I Can't Quit You Babe

I'm also a big fan of early Rush.

Check out the Alex Lifeson solos on track such as:

Working Man

The Necromancer

Anthem

Bastille Day

Rory Gallagher did some smokin' blues/rock solos as well.

Edit: Michael Schenker solos (check out Strangers in the Night live UFO) alos hit the spot for me.

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Other great Page solos:

The Lemon Song

Whole Lotta Love

I Can't Quit You Babe

Amen to all of those, and Heartbreaker too. I forgot that one..........D'OH !

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