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What is your favourite guitar solo?

Asked by The_Idler (9608points) June 8th, 2010

Mine has probably gotta be the second solo in Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd),
but only in THIS VERSION
Seriously, watch it.

Holy shiiiit, I just watched it again…

I have this problem after watching that video, I just have no idea what music to put on next! What can follow on from that?

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partyparty's avatar

Anything by Mark Knopfler. Technical brilliance.
My SO loves Chet Atkins.

perspicacious's avatar

Hotel California, The Eagles (don’t remembers the guys’ names)

Jude's avatar

@partyparty I agree with partay-partay.

Cruiser's avatar

I could watch Steve Morse play all day long especially this song Ice Cakes.

The whole song is pretty much a solo but 4:00 – 4:45 is insane.

ucme's avatar

Eric Clapton : Layla.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Joaqiun Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” as played by Andres Segovia.

Gemini's avatar

Well, I’m a Prince fan so I’d have to say Purple Rain.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The very first live concert I went to was Van Halen opening for Ted Nugent. Stranglehold, Stormtroopin.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Don’t think you will find it on YouTube, but Frank Zappa’s licks from the song “Punky’s Whips” that appears on this album blow me away. It’s probably safe to say that most of my favorite guitar solos are from this man. A few others worth mentioning are Steve Hackett’s work on Genesis’s “Firth of Fifth,” “Flying Turkey Trot” from REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath, Steve Howe on Yes’s “Close to the Edge,” and David Gilmour’s work on Pink Floyd’s “Dogs.”

aprilsimnel's avatar

Valleri – The Monkees (guitar solo by Louie Shelton, who was part of the now-famous assemblage of Los Angeles session players informally called The Wrecking Crew)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Also, anything by a guy named Angus.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Anything by Stevie Ray Vaughan…
what about banjo solo?

Trillian's avatar

Second anything at all by SRV, but I’d have to say that “Lenny” takes the prize.

kenmc's avatar

The solo (and only guitar) in Queen’s We Will Rock You.

It manages to be simple and complex at the same time, while being perfect and beautiful.

mass_pike4's avatar

I love that solo holy sh*t it is amazing. Not much else can beat it. I like Floyd’s “Time” solo. Also I like Cream’s “White Room” ending solo. It is not as psychedelic but its fun and gives me goosebumps it is that good. I know you know that feeling…

DeanV's avatar

@boots I’m partial to “Killer Queen” if we’re going with Brian May, but damn, that’s still a good one.

I don’t really know why I like this one so much, but the solos in Wilco’s I’m The Man That Loves You have always been some of my favorite, just because they don’t fit with the song at all, really. Leave it to Jeff Tweedy to ruin a perfect pop song with finger bleeding distorted guitar licks.

Also, can’t forget Paranoid Android

Granted, neither of those really compare to the classics, but all the defaults have already been said…

Cruiser's avatar

Dick Dale was the original guitar solo shredder and combine him with SRV and it is pure ear candy…

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

“Classical Gas” by Mason Williams.

YARNLADY's avatar

It’s pretty hard to beat Steve Stevens

Michael_Huntington's avatar

The solo in Spiritual Healing by Death will always be my favorite because it’s just typical Schuldiner’s badassery. Before the solo, Schuldiner screams out “SPIRITUALLLL HEAAAALINNGGG” in the most guttural and angriest way possible.

nebule's avatar

anything by Rodrigo y Gabriela

PacificToast's avatar

Weezer’s in Beverly Hills. So simple, so nice.

boffin's avatar

Terry Kath – Free Form Guitar

evandad's avatar

John Petrucci – Glasgow Kiss

lillycoyote's avatar

My favorite? Duane Allman, Statesboro Blues, live at the Fillmore East 1971. I wasn’t there of course, but there is a live album. ;-)

birdland33's avatar

Not so much a guitar solo, but Bron-Yr-Aur is a great piece of guitar work.

I hate to sound cliche, but Gilmour’s live ‘Numb’ solo is damn good, and that Rog (and PF) is my favorite artist/band, I am partial to it.

perspicacious's avatar

I also really like Duane Allman, Little Martha

The_Idler's avatar

Ok here’s a few I’m enjoying right now:
Ennio Morricone – Ninna Nanna in Blu (Raw Deal Remix)
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Deodato – Nights in White Satin

go on, listen to the playlist =}

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Christmas Eve – Transiberian Orchestra <3
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Yengie Malstreem
Passage To Bangkok – Rush

flutherother's avatar

It’s not everyone’s cup of char but I have a soft spot for Nine Types of Industrial Pollution .

Cruiser's avatar

@flutherother May I have another cup of char please??

flutherother's avatar

Certainly, here’s one served with Black Napkins Enjoy!

Cruiser's avatar

@flutherother Why thank you! Would you care to join me then for some Peaches for desert?

flutherother's avatar

@Cruiser Delightful, I haven’t heard that version before. <raises pinkie from cup>

VS's avatar

Not guitar, but for stringed instrument solo, I think you would be hard pressed to beat this. Now I am a city girl through and through, but this never fails to make me start a foot tap and smile – a LOT!

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