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What are your favorite guitar solos of all time?
the goon - 7-22-2018 at 10:05 PM

I know the music forum doesn't see much action these days, but I was listening to the song "Nobody Hears" by Suicidal Tendencies today and thinking about how much I love the guitar solo in that song. So I figured what the hell, why not start a thread dedicated to everyone's favorite guitar solos. Here are some of mine, in no particular order:

Band: Suicidal Tendencies
Song: Nobody Hears
Guitarist: Rocky George
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp7svl4l5Dk (Guitar solo from 3:08 to 3:42)

Band: Faith No More
Song: The Cowboy Song
Guitarist: Jim Martin
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tJgiDET9-k (Guitar solo from 3:52 to 5:03)

Band: Pantera
Song: The Sleep
Guitarist: Dimebag Darrell
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axzRdFOYpqg (Guitar solo from 3:01 to 4:31)

Band: Pantera
Song: Floods
Guitarist: Dimebag Darell
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y07nCSxwkso (Guitar solo from 3:50 to 5:02)

Band: Poison
Song: Life Goes On
Guitarist: C.C. Deville
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1EymJLafXE (Guitar solo from 2:35 to 3:24)

Band: Metallica
Song: Ride the Lightning
Guitarist: Kirk Hammet
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk6wLZN4X74 (Guitar solo from 2:47 to 4:21)


janerd75 - 7-22-2018 at 11:20 PM

Eddie with Eruption. Best there is, was, and ever will be.


G. Jonah Jameson - 7-22-2018 at 11:56 PM

Lots of great options out there. I don't know that I'd call it my favorite, per se, but the one that always comes to mind is the crazy long solo at the end of "Purple Rain."


Paddlefoot - 7-23-2018 at 12:37 AM

Joe Satriani
Big Bad Moon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW94Ikf_mC4

Starts at about 0:55 and just absolutely fucking shreds, which says something since almost every single Joe Satriani song just fucking shreds. Big Bad Moon just stands out that much more though. That's what I always liked most about Satriani, that as opposed to Malmstein or Steve Vai or any of the others from the 80's guitar-god super-soloist mode, he cared more about putting together songs that were complete from end to end instead of just being the lead guitarist jerking off in front of everyone while the rest of the band was merely there as a backdrop.

[Edited on 7/23/2018 by Paddlefoot]


denverpunk - 7-23-2018 at 04:20 PM

I've got to dust off some old metal memories here, but I've got a lot to post.

I also think a Worst Guitar Solo thread might be fun.


denverpunk - 7-23-2018 at 09:19 PM

Okay, I'll add links when possible, but let's start with these:

- Metallica - "One", "Master of Puppets", "Ride the Lightning", "Disposable Heroes"
- Neil Young - "Like a Hurricane"
- Dokken - "Heaven Sent", "Mr. Scary"
- Led Zeppelin - "Dazed and Confused"
- Allman Brothers - "Ramblin' Man"
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Freebird"
- Rush - "Freewill"
- White Stripes - "Black Math"
- Night Ranger - "Don't Tell Me You Love Me"

[Edited on 7-24-2018 by denverpunk]


bigfatgoalie - 7-24-2018 at 03:47 AM

Edge's solo in U2's Bullet The Blue Sky is a personal favourite.

Clapton's solos in Crossroads and Layla are classic.

Jimi Hendrix's solo in the All Along the Watchtower is really goo.

I'd say EVH's Eruption like janney did, but that's more of an instrumental.

So I'll go with one of Eddie's often over looked solos...the solo from Jackson's Beat It.

And just to show I'm not allergic to modern music, I like the keyboard assisted solo on Dance Macabre by Ghost. Solo by Ghoul.


denverpunk - 7-24-2018 at 05:10 PM

Pink Floyd - "Time"
The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"
Megadeth - "Sweating Bullets", "Hangar 18"
Metallica - "Unforgiven"
UFO- "Rock Bottom:

[Edited on 7-25-2018 by denverpunk]


the goon - 7-29-2018 at 04:14 AM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
And just to show I'm not allergic to modern music, I like the keyboard assisted solo on Dance Macabre by Ghost. Solo by Ghoul.


I fucking love Ghost. Probably my favorite current band.

And I should also throw in Marty Friedman's solo from "Tornado of Souls" off of Rust In Peace.


bopol - 7-29-2018 at 10:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
And just to show I'm not allergic to modern music, I like the keyboard assisted solo on Dance Macabre by Ghost. Solo by Ghoul.


Isn't saying you like Ghost saying you like 80s rock anyway? I love them, but that is a complete throwback to a better time in rock music.


Paddlefoot - 7-29-2018 at 11:10 PM

I'm going to add in Oasis' Fade In-Out, not because Noel Gallagher is on a list of stand-out soloists. It's more because the overall merging of lead, backing, and slide (featuring Johnny Depp surprisingly) on this song has one of the overall best combined guitar ramp-ups I've ever heard. One hell of a great scream from Liam about halfway through too on this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVpO172tr-4

Man, Oasis was awesome when they stripped away that fucking poppish Beatles-esque thing they were obsessed with for way too long and concentrated on their own rock instead.


BBMN - 7-30-2018 at 01:35 AM

Be careful with this one. It may melt your face off.




Beautiful and badass as hell...


Count Zero - 7-30-2018 at 07:50 PM

Hey! It's another fOOrum I don't normally post in, but gahtdayum "Man In The Box" has some great guitaristry. I will postface (instead of preface) that compliment with the following: the guitar is not exactly my favorite instrument in the history of music. (I know, I know. Start throwing rocks at me now.) But Jerry Cantrell was really really really good at his job. Out of all the 90s grunge bands, I think AIC are my favorite and also stand up well twentysomething years later. (ohmygodisuddenlyfeelsoold )


salmonjunkie - 8-3-2018 at 02:16 PM

Man, those are some great solos you all have mentioned. Ones already mentioned that are on my list are:
Man in the Box (other great Cantrell solos - Them Bones, Sea of Sorrow, Grind, Heaven Beside You, and the entire Jar of Flies EP)
Hangar 18 (Marty Friedman was ridiculous as a soloist - the whole album Rust in Piece has some amazing solos with Holy Wars, Tornado of Souls)
The Unforgiven, One, Ride The Lightning (lots of good Kirk solos in their catalog)
Watchtower, Purple Rain...

I haven't seen Slash mentioned - his solos in Sweet Child of Mine and November Rain (among others) are just awesome.

Dimebag was mentioned - His solo on Cemetery Gates was great too.

Another one that hasn't been mentioned is While My Guitar Gently Weeps. It's my favorite Beatles song, and my favorite Eric Clapton solo. However, Prince doing the solo at the end of this all-star tribute is just holy-what-the-fuckness.



One of my very favorite guitarists to watch live is John Frusciante formerly of Red Hot Chili Peppers. There's some really good solo work in the albums, but when he played his solos live, holy shit, he took it to another level - and it looked like he was in another world when he would play.

Someone took all of his solos off their DVD at Slane Castle and compiled them into a youtube clip. It's a little jarring since you don't hear any complete songs, but still worth checking out:



His playing here on "Don't Forget Me" is just awesome:





[Edited on 8-3-2018 by salmonjunkie]


the goon - 8-4-2018 at 07:28 AM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
I haven't seen Slash mentioned - his solos in Sweet Child of Mine and November Rain (among others) are just awesome.


Forgot to mention Slash but his solo in "Sweet Child" is definitely an all-time classic. I also love his guitar work in "Estranged," both the main riff and the solos he plays.

Also, I second you on Kirk Hammet's solo from "The Unforgiven."

And yeah, that Prince solo from "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Jesus Christ, that guy was talented as fuck.


salmonjunkie - 8-4-2018 at 02:54 PM

Oh shit, that solo in Estranged is bad ass. I almost forgot about that one.


Full disclosure: I've always been a Pantera fan, but for whatever reason, never listened to The Great Southern Trendkill (I think this came out when I dove in to hip hop and punk, while avoiding a lot of metal). I finally gave it a listen thanks to this thread.


the goon - 8-4-2018 at 05:20 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Full disclosure: I've always been a Pantera fan, but for whatever reason, never listened to The Great Southern Trendkill (I think this came out when I dove in to hip hop and punk, while avoiding a lot of metal). I finally gave it a listen thanks to this thread.


I love The Great Southern Trendkill, definitely Pantera's most diverse album in my opinion. Songs like "Floods" and "10's" are amongst my favorite Pantera tracks.


CVD39 - 8-18-2018 at 08:10 AM

Lotta good stuff in here. For anyone who loves solos, I’m surprised I have t seen any Thin Lizzy in here. From original guitarist Eric Bell:
Honesty is No Excuse (from their folky first album)
Mama Nature Said (that slide guitar...)
The Rocker
Whiskey in the Jar (Metallica thanks them....Eric Bell gave a 100’s year old song a new identity)
The Hero and the Madman (basically, the whole Vagabonds of the Western World album)
Little Girl in Bloom
Randolph’s Tango (some nice flamenco)

To Scott Gorham + Brian Robertson:
Philomena (one of my favorites)
Cowboy Song (one of my favorites)
Emerald (basically, the whole Jailbreak album)

Fool’s Gold (one of my favorites)
Dancing in the Moonlight
Soldier of Fortune (this shoulda been the song over the end credits of The Expendables.....would’ve been perfect)

To the late, great Gary Moore:

Still In Love With You

Black Rose (my favorite)
https://youtu.be/TjjpBb9q1P

Got To Give It Up

There’s too many. I had to shorten the list.


Basically, if you love solos and haven’t delved into Thin Lizzy besides The Boys are Back In Town and Jailbreak, then have fun. I sure did.

Found this: https://youtu.be/13sLQbqeWuA
It’s over an hour of all the Thin Lizzy solos starting with the Black Rose album. The solo to the song Black Rose is 3:14 to 6:02

By the way, Thin Lizzy morphed into Black Star Riders when they decided to make new music (Phil’s been long dead but Scott Gotham, original drummer Brian Downey {not a part of BSR}, and later version keyboardist Danny Wharton started touring as Thin Lizzy in the 90’s with some new guys). And Black Star Riders have some great solos, namely Kingdom of the Lost, Bound For Glory, Hey Judas, The Killer Instinct, Charlie I Gotta Go, Ticket to Rise.... BSR have three albums and the first two are great. The third one, Heavy Fire, has some good stuff, but not compared to the first two.

God damn, I love Thin Lizzy.


denverpunk - 11-11-2018 at 08:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
And just to show I'm not allergic to modern music, I like the keyboard assisted solo on Dance Macabre by Ghost. Solo by Ghoul.


I fucking love Ghost. Probably my favorite current band.


I actually just listened to Ghost for the first time based off of these recommendations - how in the hell had I never heard of this band before? Prequelle is probably the most I've viscerally enjoyed listening to an album in years.


bigfatgoalie - 11-11-2018 at 09:39 PM

To be fair, I never heard of Ghost until I was watching Misfits videos on YouTube and they suggested Square Hammer earlier this year.

I was able to consume most of their old stuff (still need to check out the "If You Have Ghost" ep) before Prequelle came out. Some for really stupid reasons (ie thinking Tobias screwed the other members of the band"), other's for the more obvious Satan loving good times / harder riffs. I like it all.

I get why lot of folks seem to like the Infestissumam stuff the most, but I freaking love Prequelle. Dance Macabre is like something out of Thunder Dome / 80 movie montages mixed with Abba. Witch Image is incredibly catchy. Rats and Faith are just my kind of hard rock.

Also...band "Director" Tobias Forge has a great sense of humour.


denverpunk - 11-11-2018 at 10:41 PM

Dude, I heard ABBA in Dance Macabre too, and was thinking, "Nah, that can't be right", and then I listened again and I heard it even more. That's a pretty incredible song.

EDIT: And then they throw in that key change in the second chorus just because they can. Awesome.

[Edited on 11-11-2018 by denverpunk]


the goon - 11-11-2018 at 11:48 PM

Hey, is my guitar solo thread being train-wrecked into a Ghost thread? Sweet!

But yeah, I absolutely love Ghost. The music, the imagery, the tongue-in-cheek humor...it's all just so well done and I think it's awesome that they (or really, Tobias) have achieved such big mainstream success, given that a band that started out by playing 70's-style heavy metal with a satanic pope on vocals isn't exactly a recipe for "future Grammy winner." Plus I love that they continue to change and evolve with each album, but yet the music remains consistently good. I mean, something like "Dance Macabre" is pretty far removed from what they were doing on Opus Eponymous, yet it's still just as good.

Also, "Cirice" is probably one of the best songs of the past decade.


salmonjunkie - 11-12-2018 at 04:17 PM

The video for Cirice is phenomenal as well

https://youtu.be/-0Ao4t_fe0I


the goon - 11-16-2018 at 05:53 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
The video for Cirice is phenomenal as well

https://youtu.be/-0Ao4t_fe0I


Yeah, that video is great and all of Ghost's videos are pretty top-notch really. I love the 70's horror vibe that they tend to go with.


bigfatgoalie - 11-16-2018 at 08:29 PM

Speaking og Ghost videos, I chuckle every time I watch "He Is":


maclen - 1-3-2019 at 09:42 PM

To me, this is the perfect solo. The late, great Shawn Lane playing the solo for "One More Night" to an uninterested crowd. (this vid is just the solo)

https://youtu.be/Pn-7QMGkn8k

[Edited on 1-3-2019 by maclen]


Ortonmustdie - 2-10-2019 at 01:53 AM

Steve Vai is one that -while not everyone's cup of tea- does amazing things with 6 strings.



I'm sure he misses a note from time to time, but you wouldn't know it.


In the catagory of "Worst Solo" I'd have to say Slayer is right up on top of the list. Kind of like going to a fancy restaurant, having an excellent Risotto for an appetizer, a McDonalds Cheeseburger, and then a Molten Lava Chocolate Cake for Dessert.

And I'm a fan of Slayer.


the goon - 2-10-2019 at 02:56 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Ortonmustdie
In the catagory of "Worst Solo" I'd have to say Slayer is right up on top of the list. Kind of like going to a fancy restaurant, having an excellent Risotto for an appetizer, a McDonalds Cheeseburger, and then a Molten Lava Chocolate Cake for Dessert.

And I'm a fan of Slayer.


You know, I'm a big fan of heavy metal, but have just never been able to really get into Slayer. I mean, I respect the hell out of them and acknowledge that they're one of the biggest metal bands of all time (and I do like some of their stuff), but for whatever reason they've just never been my cup of tea.

I always thought that Metallica and Megadeth did more epic, melodic type of stuff that had killer solos on their early albums, whereas Slayer was just sort of more straightforward, "every song kinda sounds the same" stuff.


Ortonmustdie - 2-10-2019 at 03:31 AM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon


You know, I'm a big fan of heavy metal, but have just never been able to really get into Slayer. I mean, I respect the hell out of them and acknowledge that they're one of the biggest metal bands of all time (and I do like some of their stuff), but for whatever reason they've just never been my cup of tea.

I always thought that Metallica and Megadeth did more epic, melodic type of stuff that had killer solos on their early albums, whereas Slayer was just sort of more straightforward, "every song kinda sounds the same" stuff.


True, a lot of their stuff sounds similar after a certain point, for me, South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss are the best albums.

Sometimes simplicity is better. Metallica was pretty big by the time they released the "Black" album, but the simple riff of Enter Sandman was the song that got the attention of the rest of the world.

Slayer just stuck with what worked for them.

Also, I gotta give a shout out to a LOT of guitarists from the Hair Metal bands. So many of them never got their due because of the stigma of glam. In particular, Robin Crosby and Warren DeMartini from Ratt. Invasion of Your Privacy has some of the best metal riffs of the 80's.


the goon - 2-10-2019 at 05:43 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Ortonmustdie
True, a lot of their stuff sounds similar after a certain point, for me, South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss are the best albums.

Sometimes simplicity is better. Metallica was pretty big by the time they released the "Black" album, but the simple riff of Enter Sandman was the song that got the attention of the rest of the world.

Slayer just stuck with what worked for them.


Oh yeah, I don't fault Slayer at all for sticking with what worked for them. I guess it just comes down to personal preference, where I always enjoyed the more diverse stylings of Metallica/Megadeth over Slayer's non-stop headbanging approach.

quote:
Originally posted by Ortonmustdie
Also, I gotta give a shout out to a LOT of guitarists from the Hair Metal bands. So many of them never got their due because of the stigma of glam. In particular, Robin Crosby and Warren DeMartini from Ratt. Invasion of Your Privacy has some of the best metal riffs of the 80's.


Agreed, and I'd throw guys like Mick Mars and George Lynch in there as well. Hell, C.C. Deville from Poison would probably be scoffed at by most "legit" guitar fans, but he's responsible for one of my favorite guitar solos of all time (which I listed in my initial post).


denverpunk - 2-10-2019 at 04:51 PM

I definitely second George Lynch in any best hair metal guitarist discussion. I also think Mick Mars was seriously underrated. He wasn't the best soloist, but his riffs were some of the best out there for that kind of music. "Looks That Kill", "Livewire", "Too Fast For Love", "Wild Side", "Shout at the Devil", "Dr. Feelgood", "Kickstart My Heart", all classics. Crue wasn't my favorite band, but without Mars' riffs they would have flat-out sucked. But a lot of those guys were really good players - say what you want about Bon Jovi, but Richie Sambora is a great guitarist.

Worst Guitar Solo? Collective Soul's "Gel" is my pick.


salmonjunkie - 2-10-2019 at 05:27 PM

“For The Love of God” is my favorite song off that Steve Vai album. Such a great song. I never heard that version with the symphony, very cool.

Hair metal guitar soloist I love: Vito Bratta. His work on their album Pride was just mind blowing. Not just the solos, but some of those licks he’d put under the vocals in the verses, you’d think they’d crowd out the songs, but instead they just make them that much cooler.

https://youtu.be/ElvQbq7FpgM

And then there’s Nuno Bettencourt, who is just ridiculously amazing. But don’t take my word for it, here’s Brian May’s take:

https://youtu.be/fqkKFhFMaIw

[Edited on 2-10-2019 by salmonjunkie]


denverpunk - 2-10-2019 at 05:52 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
“For The Love of God” is my favorite song off that Steve Vai album. Such a great song. I never heard that version with the symphony, very cool.

Hair metal guitar soloist I love: Vito Bratta. His work on their album Pride was just mind blowing. Not just the solos, but some of those licks he’d put under the vocals in the verses, you’d think they’d crowd out the songs, but instead they just make them that much cooler.

https://youtu.be/ElvQbq7FpgM

And then there’s Nuno Bettencourt, who is just ridiculously amazing. But don’t take my word for it, here’s Brian May’s take:

https://youtu.be/fqkKFhFMaIw

[Edited on 2-10-2019 by salmonjunkie]


Dude, I wanted to include Vito Bratta too. Apparently he’s one of those tortured genius types and basically left the biz after White Lion, but his solos are ridiculous.


BBMN - 4-22-2019 at 11:45 PM



The shear energy of this song is nearly out-shined by the solo. Not the most technical, but I love it so much.


salmonjunkie - 4-23-2019 at 03:02 PM

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
Hell, C.C. Deville from Poison would probably be scoffed at by most "legit" guitar fans, but he's responsible for one of my favorite guitar solos of all time (which I listed in my initial post).


I actually love his solo from Fallen Angel, which also happens to be my favorite Poison song.


So I don't know how many of you know this, but I currently play in a Metallica tribute band. After two years, we finally added Fade to Black to our song list. Learning and rehearsing the song over and over has reminded me that the solo that ends the song is so goddamn good.


BBMN - 4-23-2019 at 11:55 PM

^^^

Kirk is a master.

I mentioned this before, but I ran into Mastadon's guitarist after a show and he was kinda a dick when I told him he killed it. He's probably used to people fawning over him and didn't want to hear it, but whatever... if you don't want to run into fans, don't grab a beer at the bar next to the pavilion you just played.

It seemed like he was trying to get me to say he was the best metal guitarist there is (I told him he killed the solo on Divinations). I told him Kirk was probably the best overall metal guitar god based on the amount of great riffs he's made, the number of insane solos, and his ability to keep evolving his sound. He seemed pleased with that answer.

[Edited on 4-23-2019 by BBMN]


Ortonmustdie - 5-8-2019 at 12:17 AM

Whoops

[Edited on 5-8-2019 by Ortonmustdie]


Ortonmustdie - 5-8-2019 at 12:17 AM

quote:
Originally posted by BBMN


The shear energy of this song is nearly out-shined by the solo. Not the most technical, but I love it so much.


Agreed, and only wise to listen to on a highway. There's just no driving normally with that song!



Different and much longer version that gives you a lead foot every time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXrLKplLAhM

Youtube is being a dick to me and won't link the right way.