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    The last thread I started was something about bands you should like but can't stand and my karma monitor has told me I need to get involved in "spread i n g the pleasure" a little.

    This has, without doubt, been done countless times but always nice to hear people's whats and whys.....you know, the shit that makes us happy etc

    (Please chef, don't dig up the other versions that have been started. Your memory is better than ours and, quite frankly, I might contradict myself anyway.....joking pal)

    Hereeeee's mine:

    Rush: Limelight.
    Drums drop to half time, Mr Lifeson hits a note and holds it right there, right on the beat and starts to weave. Just as the drums kick back in he's playing straight to the beat, then polyrhythms, ascending to who knows where, but it all makes perfect sense and that last sustained note as the riff starts again is just poetry. I am not ashamed to admit that when I saw this done on the "Hold your fire" tour at Wembley, London, I might have just pretended to sneeze or get something in my eye.
    The solo that made me take the guitar seriously. Nuff said?

    The Carpenters: Goodbye to love.
    What can you say? He plays the melody and before you know it, there's a solo when once there was a basic tune. Musicianship of the highest order when things get cocky and you didn't realise they were showing off a tad. Wonderful tone, nice and thick and just a bit buzzy.

    Michael Jackson/Eddie: Beat it.
    Right from the opening divebomb this bee-in-a-biscuit-tin assault is all over the place. All the things he does now that guitarists might get tired of were brought to perfection in this half minute of madness. It fits the song and yet disrupts the hell out of it at the same time.
    I never bothered to learn it. Not because I've never had the chops but I couldn't see the point. A very personal statement from the guy at the top of his game.

    Ozzy/ Randy Rhoads: Crazy train.
    One of the few solos I have ever bothered to learn note for note. Not because I wanted to show off and I'm smart enough to know you can never cop someone else's tone and feel but just simply because it is a great composition. Again, I love the tone of his stack here. In fact, most of my faves seem to have a similar kind of tone, heavy overdriven with a bit of buzz. Fits the song just perfectly and the reintroduction into the riff is sublime.

    Honourable mention has to go to Steve Vai at the end of "Viv woman".... Simply because i can't believe his guitar was still in one piece by the end of it. Don't believe me? Pick up a strat (circa 1981) and do what he did. I had trouble with an Ibanez RG550 with a serious as shit floyd set up on it and 3 (yep) humbuckers all wired up tight.

    So glad I play spanish now.....
    A man could lose himself in a country like this.

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    Let's see here:

    In no particular order, and open to modification at a later date

    No More Tears: Wylde

    The Blood and Tears: Vai

    tons of EVH stuff: Black and Blue, Outta Love Again, Eruption, Ice Cream Man, Cabo Wabo, Humans Being... I could keep going!

    Malmsteen: Far Beyond The Sun, blues stuff he does (mainly Hendrix covers)

    anything from Mark Knopfler



    Ya know, this is way to hard to narrow down.... I'm gonna go ahead and stop now haha

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    In no particular order

    Alice in Chains - "No Excuses" - Tone, Tone Tone. Gives me goosebumps still to this day.

    The Beatles - "You Never Gave me Your Money"

    Pearl Jam - "Alive"

    The White Stripes - "Ball & Biscuit"

    Van Halen - "I'm the One" ,"Humans Being" & "Aftershock"

    Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"

    Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Crossfire"

    Jane's Addiction - "Three Days"

    Phish - "Free"

    Satriani - "The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing - Live"

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    • Jimmy Page - "Since I've Been Loving You"
    • Randy Rhoads - "Flying High Again"
    • Michael Schenker - "Lights Out", "Rock Bottom" (Live version off of "Strangers in the Night")
    • David Gilmour - "Comfortably Numb", "Money", "Time"
    • EVH - "Hear About it Later", "Drop Dead Leg"
    • Bill Frisell - "Live to Tell" (his instrumental cover of the Madonna song, "Have a Little Faith", "Ah Shucks"
    • Jimi Hendrix - anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    The Carpenters: Goodbye To Love.
    What can you say? He plays the melody and before you know it, there's a solo when once there was a basic tune. Musicianship of the highest order when things get cocky and you didn't realise they were showing off a tad. Wonderful tone, nice and thick and just a bit buzzy.
    This is in my all time top five. I highly enjoy forcing people to listen to this somewhat maudlin and sappy tune, only to watch there eyes pop out of their heads during the two lead breaks, particulary the one at the end with the full power chords!

    billy007 did some research, and came up with the following about the tune...
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    According to mrs007's Yesterday Once More collection "Tony Peluso's fuzz-guitar solo on "Goodbye To Love" turned a lot of heads in the summer of '72. It also brought the Carpenters some irate letters from easy-listening traditionalists who accused them of going "hard rock". The long guitar-and-vocals fade gives "Goodbye To Love" an epic quality - making it the "Hey Jude" of unrequited love songs..."
    A few others...

    Keith Richards "Sympathy For The Devil": Very simple, yet the treble filled tone still sounds blistering, along with the "bbbrrrunnnkk" at the end.
    Davey Johnstone (Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) "Seen That Movie Too": An amazingly fluid solo, recorded backwards for 3/4ths of it.
    Neil Young "Cinnamon Girl": One fucking note, played repeatedly!
    George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" (Abbey Road): Not many folk nowadays know that "Let It Be", although released as the last Beatles album, was not the final recorded Beatles album. The three sat side by side, trading licks in what would ultimately be their final hurrah, and one gets the sense that they were well aware of the fact on this track.
    Larry Carlton The entire Steely Dan "Royal Scam" album: One of my top 5 guitar albums ever released, some of the most tasteful playing ever laid down.
    Johnny Winter "Rock Me Baby" or "Still Alive And Well": Both recorded live in one take from the "Still Alive And Well" album with only bass and drums playing blisteringly.

    Yup, I'm old school...guess it shows. I personally believe that Chet Atkins could wipe the floor with any "shredder" out there, and that any country picker up until about 1988 could K.O. any metal "guitarist" out there.
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Yup, I'm old school...guess it shows. I personally believe that Chet Atkins could wipe the floor with any "shredder" out there, and that any country picker up until about 1988 could K.O. any metal "guitarist" out there.

    I agree with ya. Even a lot of jazz and classical/flamenco players can totally shred.... just change their tone a little bit and they're shreddin'!

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    Great thread! Some of the ones I chose are for technical reasons, some for feeling and some because they are melodic (and downright poppy) but seem to fit the song so well:

    Randy Rhoads-- I Don't Know (live)

    Hear N Aid-- Stars (pure masturbation but a guilty pleasure)

    George Lynch-- In My Dreams, Kiss of Death

    Steve Lynch-- Loud N Clear

    Van Halen-- On Fire, Humans Being, 5150 (live/LWAN)

    Jeff Beck--Ambitious, People Get Ready

    Dave Meniketti-- Summertime Girls

    Vivian Campbell-- Rainbow in the Dark

    Jimmy Page--Satisfaction Guaranteed, Whole Lotta Love

    Brad Gillis-- You Can Still Rock In America

    Jake E. Lee-- Lightning Strikes

    Marc Diglio-- Inside Out

    Jason Becker/Marty Friedman--Go Off!

    Jason Becker--Drop In the Bucket

    Ritchie Blackmore-- Power

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    A few more came to mind:
    • Uli Roth - "Fly to the Rainbow" and "Speedy's Coming" from Tokyo Tapes
    • Jeff Beck - "Cause we Ended as Lovers"
    • Ry Cooder - "Paris,Texas" (not really a solo but some of the tastiest slide guitar I know)
    • Michael Hedges - "Aerial Boundries"
    • Steve Morse - "Tumeni Notes"
    • Brian May - "The Show Must Go On"
    • Tony Iommi - "Heaven and Hell", "Children of the Grave"
    • Alex Skolnick - "Practice What You Preach"

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    my picks in 2001 haven't changed all that much:

    Paul McCartney & Wings - "My Love"
    Wings - "Maybe I'm Amazed (live)"
    Boston - "Don't Look Back"
    Aerosmith - "Sweet Emotion"
    Def Leppard - "Switch 625"
    Eagles - "Hotel California"
    Eagles - "I Can't Tell You Why" *
    Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
    Fleetwood Mac - "Isn't It Midnight"
    Peter Frampton - "Jumping Jack Flash (live)"
    Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do (live)"
    Glenn Frey - "Smuggler's Blues"
    Guns 'N Roses - "Rocket Queen"
    Led Zeppelin - "In The Evening"
    Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"
    Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
    U2 - "Bullet The Blue Sky (live)"
    U2 - "The Fly"
    U2 - "Exit"
    Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
    Joe Walsh - "Rocky Mountain Way"
    Joe Walsh - "Life's Been Good"
    James Gang - "Walk Away"
    ZZ Top - too many to mention!
    Dead Kennedys - "Holiday In Cambodia"
    Beatles - "Let It Be"
    Cheap Trick - "Need Your Love" *
    Doobie Brothers - "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)" *
    The Firm - "Satisfaction Guaranteed" *
    Don Henley - "Dirty Laundry" *
    Billy Idol - "Don't Need A Gun" *
    Van Halen - "Mean Street" *

    And so many others...

    (*added to list with this post)

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    "My Old School" from Steely Dan....just wish I knew what is Dias and what is Skunk.

    Speaking of guitar tandems, I dig so much of these guys' work, there's no way to narrow it down to particular songs, so I'll just drop some names:

    Chris DeGarmo/Michael Wilton
    Rudy Schenker/Mattias Jabs
    Duane Allman/Dickey Betts
    Frank Hannon/Tommy Skeoch

    You know what, screw it....Eddie Van Halen, Eruption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    Great thread! Some of the ones I chose are for technical reasons, some for feeling and some because they are melodic (and downright poppy) but seem to fit the song so well:


    Jeff Beck--Ambitious, People Get Ready


    Vivian Campbell-- Rainbow in the Dark

    People get ready is genius!

    Rainbow in the Dark is just a cool song all the way around!

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    These are some that come to mind

    Love the guitar in Hotel California
    Ted Nugent - Stranglehold
    GNR - November Rain
    Jeff Beck - (Rod Stewart sings) what the hell is the name of that song with the Train

    of course, EVH...

    DAMN!!! Just posted and I saw the song listed above! People get Ready!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    Ritchie Blackmore-- Power
    FUCK yes!

    Out of all the brilliance the man has created, I personally think this is Blackmore's shining moment on record....with his solo for "Can't Let You Go" as a possible runner up.


    My picks change constantly, but right now they are...

    David Gilmour - The Final Cut
    Alex Lifeson - Bravado
    Ed - Unchained/I'll Wait/TWILY
    Clapton - Pretending
    Eric Johnson - Bristol Shore
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    Ed Van Halen - In A Simple Rhyme, Hear About it Later, Push Comes to Shove, Humans Being, Don't Tell Me What Love Can Do, Mine all Mine

    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Little Wing (yep, his version is better than Hendrix's)

    Jimmy Page - You Shook Me (BBC session version)

    Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower

    Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien

    Guilty Pleasure: Night Ranger - Don't Tell Me You Love Me (I know, the poor man's Van Halen, but come on, the Brad Gillis/Jeff Watson dueling solo in this track is pretty kick ass).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Ed Van Halen - In A Simple Rhyme, Hear About it Later, Push Comes to Shove, Humans Being, Don't Tell Me What Love Can Do, Mine all Mine
    Interesting picks....
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