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?



January 22nd, 2011 at 10:59 AM ^

Eric Clapton's solo on Roger Water's Sexual Revolution (Pros and Cons of Hitchiking) is very nice.
<br>Also, just about every Carlos Santana solo is great.


January 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 PM ^

A Pros and Cons mention? That should be +1,000,000 MGoPoints.

What an underrated album, one that Kurt Loder in an infamous Rolling Stone review, gave one star to, calling it "faintly hideous," and "completely devoid of melody." What a tool.

My choice for my favorite solo? David Gilmour's solo on the title track to Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. Just beautiful. Gets me every time. Side note: Loder gave 5 stars to that particular album. Go figure.

Louie C

January 22nd, 2011 at 11:22 AM ^

Dude, Eddie Hazel was a fucking genius. Michael Hampton, his replacement is also one hell of a guitarist. I love his work on the ten minute version of "One Nation Under A Groove". He supposedly landed the gig in P-funk by replaying the Maggot Brain solo note for note at the tender age of 16. I think it's kind of heartbreaking that a lot of brothas now look at the guitar as a "whiteboy" instrument, when we have a rich history of accomplished guitarists.

MMB 82

January 22nd, 2011 at 3:13 PM ^

....in fact, with Vernon Reid there everyone was tied up in talking with him, myself included. I have always admired him musically, but he also turned out to be very friendly, funny, crazy-imaginative, and very talkative! NAMM is the best and worst place to check out gear, everything is there (Pakistani bagpipes???), but it is so freakin' loud that it is hard to listen to anything critically, even if ear fatigue doesn't get to you first. I go around wearing earplugs, and only remove them when I need to- helps prevent the after NAMM head buzz from all the noise. But if you haven't been to NAMM and are into music, you have got to go at least once, absolutely.


January 22nd, 2011 at 11:48 AM ^

Danny Gatton on Robert Gordon/Danny Gatton's "Drivin' Wheel" on "The Humbler" (Really, any Gatton solo on that album)  

Amos Garrett on Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" (dopey song, great solo) and Bobby Charles' gorgeous "Tennessee Blues"

Gotta agree with the guy who said Roy Buchanan "I'm Evil" 

SRV and Lonnie Mack dueling solos on "Double Whammy" and Lonnie alone on "Stop" (produced by SRV)

Robbie Robertson on "Going, Going, Gone" on Dylan's "Planet Waves"


January 22nd, 2011 at 12:18 PM ^

jay masics on "said the people"

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Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy on "At Least That's What You Said"


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or "Impossible Germany"

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January 22nd, 2011 at 12:57 PM ^

Excellent thread for flushing out all the predictable and banal choices. I'm just surprised Peter King hasn't popped in to slobber all over the Boss or U2 -- and no love at all for Mr. Obvious, Clapton?

I'd go with Stephen Malkmus's break in "Embassy Row," a beauty of eighth-note linearity, or Ken Bethea's in "Bel Air," which uses the tune's main riff as a jumping off point for some sweet pop-twang sizzling, Bethea's specialty. It's hard to beat Andy Summer's four-bar solo in "Driven to Tears," the best anti-solo of all-time.


January 22nd, 2011 at 1:18 PM ^

Plenty of love for Clapton, "White Room" has been mentioned, I'd add Crossroads and his solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Knopler - "Brothers in Arms" love the phrasing and attack, the notes float.

Gilmour on "The Fletcher Memorial Home" and "The Final Cut."


January 22nd, 2011 at 1:41 PM ^


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January 22nd, 2011 at 2:11 PM ^

I have zero Prince in my library, but I came across this.

(If my link fails, just search youtube for "prince guitar solo".)

Prince doesn't appear until about 3/4 of the way through it.  It's a pretty good cover up until then, when "the artist" steals the stage and shreds the classic "While my Guitar Gently Weeps".


January 22nd, 2011 at 7:46 PM ^

Neil Schon- Journey: Anytime/ Feeling That Way
EVH- Van Halen: 5150 album
Tom Scholz- Boston: Take A Chance With Rock N Roll
Ben Weinman- Dillinger Escape Plan: any solo he creates
Jimmy Page- Led Zeppelin: Black Dog, Live from How The West Was Won


January 22nd, 2011 at 10:17 PM ^

Rush (Alex Lifeson) - La Villa Strangiato 

Ween (Dean Ween) - A Tear for Eddie (Live at Stubbs)

Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman & Dickey Betts) - Whippin' Post (Live at Fillmore East) & In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Fillmore East)


I like solos that are filled with emotion.