OT - Best guitar solos

Submitted by Sommy on January 22nd, 2011 at 2:39 AM

I'm not much of a guitar solo guy, but man, Eddie Hazel's work on Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain" is just sheer awesomeness.

What are your favorites?


03 Blue 07

January 22nd, 2011 at 1:48 PM ^

Awesome, thanks for posting. I am also partial to Mike McCready's solo in the Live on Two Legs version of "Black." It fucking wails. I listen to it when I go running, and it's awesome. I've been a fan since it came out 13 years ago; used to listen to it on the way to high school. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR-mxsbWbaE It starts to get good around 3:20 (so you can hear the lead-in to it). It really starts to jam about 4:30

03 Blue 07

January 22nd, 2011 at 1:59 PM ^

Also, for some acouistic Morello that really shows how he isn'r just a master of effects and is technically awesome (as if you needed proof), check this out- him and Dave Matthews; had to be split into two youtube clips. Here's the first one (he really kills it on his guitar solo; I actually like this song a lot) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk49VDPKSLA


January 22nd, 2011 at 11:07 AM ^

Don't know that anything beats Eddie Hazel on Maggot Brain.

Sadly never saw him live.  By the time I got turned on to P-Funk in the early 1990s he had just died.  Maggot Brain was played at his funeral.

I've seen P-Funk live at least once annually since 1992, except for 3 years.  I can attest that Michael Hampton still plays a mean version of Maggot Brain.  

I do love me some Jimi Hendrix, as well.


January 22nd, 2011 at 3:22 AM ^

I really love Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. He's obviously a legend, probably my favorite guitarist of all time. I'm also a big fan of Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing is a great song for guitar. I don't know the list goes on. Clapton, Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteem. Most of the people I love are pretty well known, so I don't really have any random people that you haven't heard of.

Just for the record, I think the greatest guitar solo of all time was Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. It's so great because of the situation, the context, and the way he played it. Obviously, Woodstock was a protest to all of the war that was going on, and it wasn't a song that anyone there was really wanting to hear. Also, he incorporates sound effects like bombs dropping and Taps and all that into the song. Just great.

duffman is thr…

January 22nd, 2011 at 3:12 AM ^

First is easily anything by Duane Allman, particularly Mountain Jam, You Don't Love Me, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Blue Sky live, Going Down Slow...I could go on. But this Derek Trucks solo is the shiz.


January 22nd, 2011 at 12:38 PM ^

Okay, so I don't post much, as you can tell.  But that was awesome!  Huge PJ fan and about lost my breakfast watching that clip, love it.  Here's my two cents for the solos, give me anything from the Pink Floyd Pulse album, esp Sorrow & Comf Numb.  Love the Blue Sky pick and I'll take the SRV Little Wing. 


January 22nd, 2011 at 3:38 AM ^

I know a lot of people don't like them but as far as I'm concerned their first 4 albums are classics.
<br>Favorite metallica solo is one
<br>Favorite overall solo: Jimi Hendrix blues album, B# blues. Check it out if u like jimi or blues music


January 22nd, 2011 at 3:47 AM ^

Randy Rhoads- Pretty much every solo but Crazy train and Mr. Crowley in particular.

Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)- Again, pretty much everything but Aces High, Number of the Beast, and Hallowed be thy Name in particular.

And of course, Jimi. (pick your poison)

EDIT: Forgot Vivian Campbell...He did awesome stuff with Dio and Def Leppard- Rainbow in the Dark, Holy Diver, and DL's Photograph stand out.


January 22nd, 2011 at 3:55 AM ^

Larry Carlton's solo on Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" is out of control. Listen to it turned up, on a quality sound system, and with something burning (preferably not your house). The song itself was listed as one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."


January 22nd, 2011 at 4:17 AM ^

far as Hazel's work is concerned Red Hot MaMa is THE best I've heard.  Saw these guys last at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  Played all night long.  Epic/Historical probably the best way I could describe it.


January 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 AM ^

Needs to work on his technique. Timing's off in a few spots, hits some wrong notes ... sloppy all around. Doesn't pull it together until the fast-tempo bar chords and single note strumming. The beauty of acoustic is that every mistake is laid bare for all to observe. No electronic gimmicks to conceal the slop. Though, to be fair, I would be more forgiving if he didn't come off like a self-absorbed twat in the beginning. If you're going to be arrogant, you'd better damn well be the best!

Better acoustic

That's how you play guitar.