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    I'm back from vacation and it's time for Part II where the winner will go up against (and likely lose to--let's be real--but, you never know) The Dave Era victor, OFOTD, for the EVH title.

    And this isn't just the obvious Sammy Era, but I also threw in the Gary "era" as well, and...even Mitch's song with the band. Hey, have to be complete and it was officially released by him "Featuring Van Halen" on iTunes for purchase. And even though the solo likely doesn't exist for that tune because Ed apparently didn't provide it (thus him just playing a low riff where he would normally overdub a solo, like on TWILY), it is technically the solo for the song as it's a non-repetitive riff that's also melodic plus at the 2/3-3/4-mark unlike some of his other "non-solos."

    Again: this is simply voting for what you think is the best guitar solo from conventional VH songs with vocals, so that leaves out "Eruption" obviously and any instrumental. Also, if a song has two solos (like "Dreams") you can count whichever of the pair you prefer. Solos that end songs (like "Drop Dead Legs") count as well. I nixed songs without solos (like "The Seventh Seal") but kept ones with some sort of solo, even if it's mini (like "Dirty Movies").

    Also, I needed an even number for the Sammy Era so I added "Won't Get Fooled Again" since there is a 99.99% likelihood it's a studio song with the audience dubbed in. I did NOT include other officially released actual live songs like "One Way to Rock" and "Rock and Roll" because 1, they're live and we're not doing that and 2, Sammy's playing too which isn't the same of course. And I especially didn't include LWAN's "5150" (sorry) because of not only the live factor, but it would be a shoe-in for the victory. TBOBW tracks are included as well.

    This time however, there are byes, and I awarded them to the following:

    Dreams
    Top of the World
    Right Now
    Judgement Day
    Best of Both Worlds
    "5150"
    Poundcake
    Runaround
    Mine All Mine
    Love Walks In
    Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
    Feelin'

    Because of the holiday, voting ends Sunday, 11:00 PM EST:

    Summer Nights vs. It's the Right Time
    Cabo Wabo vs. Josephina
    Inside vs. Take Me Back (Deja Vu)
    Not Enough vs. Learning to See

    Without You vs. Dirty Water Dog
    Humans Being vs. Ballot or the Bullet
    Aftershock vs. Up for Breakfast
    Year to the Day vs. From Afar

    Sucker in a 3 Piece vs. The Dream Is Over
    Once vs. It's About Time
    Good Enough vs. Get Up
    When It's Love vs. Big Fat Money

    Feels So Good vs. Man on a Mission
    Black and Blue vs. Fire in the Hole
    Amsterdam vs. Won't Get Fooled Again
    Pleasure Dome vs. Source of Infection

    Finish What Ya Started vs. A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)
    Can't Stop Lovin' You vs. One I Want
    Why Can't This Be Love vs. Spanked
    In 'N' Out vs. A Apolitical Blues
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    VAN HALEN W/DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN W/SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN W/GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 9x
    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Summer Nights
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    Without You
    Humans Being
    Aftershock
    Year to the Day

    Sucker in a 3 Piece
    Once
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    VAN HALEN W/DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN W/SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN W/GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 9x
    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Just curious...why on earth did you give a bye to the TOTW solo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    shoe-in
    Despite all my obsessive disclaimers I missed a typo: "shoo-in."

    That's better. I.D.F.A.
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    VAN HALEN W/DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN W/SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN W/GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 9x
    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
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    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Summer Nights
    CW
    Inside
    Learning To See

    Without You
    Humans Being(but I love the slide solo on Ballot, too)
    Aftershock
    YTTD

    Sucker(ugh, tough choice)
    Once
    Good Enough
    When Its Love

    Feels So Good
    Black And Blue
    Amsterdam
    Pleasure Dome(one of Ed's greatest solos but, sadly, I feel like it will lose here because so many people dislike the song)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Just curious...why on earth did you give a bye to the TOTW solo?
    Because I simply fucking love it. A Top 3 all-time for me.

    Oddly enough I'm not even a big fan of the wah, but that beginning wah wah part rocks my balls...then the way Al's drum come in with it...then the beautiful climax followed by one of my favorite EVH guitar melodies accompanied with a sweet whammy bar dive...it's so majestic.

    For me, that's why.
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    VAN HALEN W/DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN W/SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN W/GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 9x
    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Because I simply fucking love it. A Top 3 all-time for me.

    Oddly enough I'm not even a big fan of the wah, but that beginning wah wah part rocks my balls off...then the way Al's drum come in...then the beautiful climax followed by one of my favorite EVH guitar melodies accompanied with a sweet whammy dive...

    For me, that's why.
    Fair enough. Not one of my favs, but like I said, I think the PD solo is easily one of his best of the Sam era but I'm sure it will get bounced in the first round simply because people dont like the song. Same with a great solo like One I Want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Fair enough. Not one of my favs, but like I said, I think the PD solo is easily one of his best of the Sam era but I'm sure it will get bounced in the first round simply because people dont like the song. Same with a great solo like One I Want.
    Yeah PD's is bad as hell. Still don't understand why the song as a whole catches so much shit. The spoken lyrics?

    As for OIW, it's one of my probably Top 30-40 songs, but the solo was just kind of average for me and this is just about the solo. As always, to each their own.
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    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Yeah PD's is bad as hell. Still don't understand why the song as a whole catches so much shit. The spoken lyrics?

    As for OIW, it's one of my probably Top 30-40 songs, but the solo was just kind of average for me and this is just about the solo. As always, to each their own.
    Wow, I think the One I Want solo is the best on III, along with the YTTD and Ballot solos.

    People think PD is too long and meandering I would guess. Probably my favorite Alex track of the Sam era, and a very unique guitar tone for Ed on it, especially the intro. Doesnt sound like any other tune, as far as guitar tone.

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    Oh, and dont get me wrong, I really like the TOTW solo. It's very "triumphant" sounding to me, but I just hadn't really ever put it up there as a top Ed solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Oh, and dont get me wrong, I really like the TOTW solo. It's very "triumphant" sounding to me, but I just hadn't really ever put it up there as a top Ed solo.
    Yes! "Triumphant" is the word! Why'd you ask me if you knew the answer?
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    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
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    TOTW is a cool solo. Like JD says, it stays with the uplifting feeling of the song. If we're talking that against PD, though....PD all day.

    Musically, Pleasure Dome kills! I like it even better if it was an instrumental.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Wow, I think the One I Want solo is the best on III, along with the YTTD and Ballot solos.

    People think PD is too long and meandering I would guess. Probably my favorite Alex track of the Sam era, and a very unique guitar tone for Ed on it, especially the intro. Doesnt sound like any other tune, as far as guitar tone.
    Totally agree on all points. III has some underrated guitar work, the few you point out being some prime examples. And Pleasure Dome has always been super cool to me for the same reasons you stated. I dig VH getting a little more experimental in terms of sound and structure on it.

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    PD is fire. That intro is quintessential Ed.

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    Summer Nights
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    Without You
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    Feels So Good
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    Source of Infection (THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A FIRST ROUND MATCH-UP.)

    A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)
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