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    I know this "Ed's favorite solo " thing has been done to death, but the solo in "Beat It" is definitely one of our man's finest moments. Usually overlooked by the diehards, but just a fantastic job. Maybe they should get Quincy Jones to produce the new album.

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    I agree. A fantastic solo. I bought Thriller (PRE NAPSTER) just to have that solo. (Now that's HARD CORE)



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    Yeah!!!!

    Awesome solo!!!!!

    I love the video...well Eddie doesn´t appers on it but anyway great performance...


    Beat It was the main reason for David leaves the band on ´84???

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    it was all Michael Jackson's fault!

    if you read "CFTH", you can feel DLR's frustration about Ed working for MJ.

    and i don't blame him, i'd be pissed too, if my business partner starts working for other people without even telling me.

    same scenario by the way for Guns and Roses.
    Things started to go down, when Slash made public appearances with MJ.

    MJ is really good at that ... he always jumps on the winning train (R Kelly, Michael Jordan, VH, GNR, Kevin - Home alone ...).

    cheers,

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    Awesome solo. Would have sounded even better if it had ended up on a Van Halen tune.

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    One of Ed's best. His tone is real dry too w/o effects. I love it.

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    Actually SToRM, Dave said that MJ and Quincy were stellar company and he didn't mind if Ed worked with them. He said not to waste it on Gene Simmons or Nicolette Larson.

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    IMO, it's one of the best solos in rock music history. I loved it then and still love it now.


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    Ernest T Roth, you're half-right, but DLR didn't know shit about that collaboration ... and that pretty much suxxx

    ... unless DLR too ran into some selective amnesia

    (... man, you won't believe this, but i wanted to check in the book, and guess what, i opened it right at page 232 ... that's got to be a sign

    "It was Ed, turns out, and he had gone and done the project without discussing it with anybody, feeling as though I would stand in the way. Which actually, in that echelon of company, I wouldn't have at all. Quincy Jones is stellar company..."

    Now, Mr Ernest T Roth ... i don't wanna read the whole book again, but where does DLR say, that Michael Jackson is stellar company? Are you sure about that? Personnaly, I don't think MJ is that stellar, his "art" will never stand the test of time. Way overrated ... and isn't DLR making fun of Jacko in his video "Just a Gigolo"?

    cheers,

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    Whoaa, ease back,pal. I misquoted a little. No biggy.

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Raldo:
    [B]IMO, it's one of the best solos in rock music history. I loved it then and still love it now.


    I second that motion Raldo! Burly would be the way I would describe that solo in one word. Out

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    no prob, Mr Ernest T Roth

    i'm really into it, bcos i always wondered what DLR was thinking about that collaboration with MJ, and lucky me, i found the answer in his book.

    some 16 years later, people might not understand why this is so important, but back then it was really a sensation, that EVH played on an MJ song. Of course the solo is brilliant, as almost everything from EVH.

    What i'd like to know is ... did EVH record this solo before the release of 1984 ?


    cheers,

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    "Thriller" was released in late '82 early '83. I assume 1984 was recorded throughout '83.

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    Well, it's interesting because Eddie thought for the longest time that "Quincy Jones" was someone crank calling him. But when he was convinced it was the real deal he just said what the hell and did the solo for free.

    Quincy's only direction was, "We want you, just be yourself."

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