Monday, July 30, 2007

Guitar Solos

Those who know me really well know that I really enjoy music. More specifically, I enjoy what is now considered "classic rock". A little Michelle history lesson now: i grew up in a household that was constantly with music playing in the background. I mean, music was playing ALL the time. It was playing when we ate, when we argued, when we played with our toys and i have one really clear specific memory of "Bohemian Rhapsody" playing in the background while we folded our laundry. I mean all the time. I am and will forever be eternally grateful to my parents for their musical influence. We grew up listening to heavy metal and "classic rock". Another specific memory was of us taking a long trip somewhere and my parents playing to us "Magical Mystery Tour" to quiet us down on the long ride. Our imaginations flowed with visions of a "fool on a hill" and gorgeous "strawberry fields". I was named after a Beatles song, for goodness sake!

So on this note, i also wanted to mention that I am a big fan of guitar solos. Guitar solos, to me, are the back bone of a true classic rock song. There are many who seem to incorporate a solo in songs because they feel it will make the song better or will enhance or add to the groove or feel of the song. It most cases it does make the song a hell of alot better. Take for example Ozzy Osbourne's "
No More Tears". Ok come on lets be honest. The lyrics aren't exactly genius, but Zakk Wylde's guitar solo is positively orgasmic. Every time i hear it, i wanna grind the first person i see. Note to Adam: Don't be in the car with me when that song comes on, unless you want me to hump your leg.

So i wanted to list, according to
Guitar World Magazine, just the top 10 best guitar solos of all time out of the top 100 greatest guitar solos. Its pretty presumptuous for them to take on the task of naming the absolute best solos of all time, but i think they did a pretty damn good job.

note: I'm also inserting links to the youtube videos of the actual song and solos being played. Just click on the name of the song. Enjoy.

song: Stairway to Heaven
guitarist: Jimmy Page
band: Led Zeppelin
album: Led Zeppelin IV

song: Eruption
guitarist: Eddie Van Halen
band: Van Halen
album: Van Halen

song: Freebird
guitarist: Collins/Rossington
band: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd

song: Comfortably Numb
guitarist: David Gilmour
band: Pink Floyd
album: The Wall

song: All Along the Watchtower
guitarist: Jimi Hendrix
band: Jimi Hendrix Experience

album: Electric Ladyland

song: November Rain
guitarist: Slash
band: Guns n' Roses
album: Use Your Illusion I

song: One
guitarist: Kirk Hammet
band: Metallica
album: And Justice for All

song: Hotel California
guitarist: Don Felder/Joe Walsh
band: The Eagles
album: Hotel California

song: Crazy Train
guitarist: Randy Rhoads
band: Ozzy Ozbourne
album: Blizzard of Ozz

song: Crossroads
guitarist: Eric Clapton
band: Cream
album: Wheels of Fire

1 comment:

Tannerama said...

While I appreciate the importance of Stairway. I gotta say that the better Zepplin guitar solo goes to "Whole Lotta Love." Y'know the solo after five minutes of cowbells and Robert Plant's moaning and such? It hits like a frickin' avalanche of panty melting, rock-n-roll good times.

But, hey that's my opinion.