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Offline bembamboo

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« on: May 15, 2007, 02:16:59 AM »
Speaking of most influential guitarists, the unfortunate mention of "Kicks" by PR&Raiders made me cringe, I too played so much of that stuff in my first band.  But it got me thinking about early solos that had profound effects on me, off the top of my head.
1.  "Just Like Me"- stinging solo by ___________.
2.  "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"- Clapton's vibrato caused giving up my "Blue Cheer" inspired whammy bar addiction.
3.  J. Beck's "Rock Me, Baby" solo.
4.  Jimi's "Stone Free" solo.
5.  Page's "You Shook Me" solo, I think it was.
6.  Later on, Allmans' "Jessica".
7.  Never heard of "Louie, Louie".  Well....

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Offline guitarmanuk

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 07:06:54 AM »
The first proper solo I learned was Europa by Santana.  Then I discovered Larry Carlton and my jaw dropped when I heard Room 335, Don't Give it Up and It Was Only Yesterday all from the Larry Carlton album.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 11:39:32 AM »
The first one that grabbed my attention was "Reelin' in the Years" by Elliot Randall. The tone grabbed me by the throat and the melody made me rush out to buy the record. I still turn it up when I hear it.

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 12:21:08 PM »
OK, so I'm olde, but the first guitar solo that got me was James Burton's solos in Rick Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" and Travelin' Man".

Then, Jorgen Ingmann's "Apache"

Ventures "Walk, Don't Run"

I remember at five years old, listening to Les Paul and Mary Ford's "How High the Moon".  That was eight years before I was to pick up a guitar, but the seed was planted.

George Harrison: "Slow Down", "Words of Love", Any of his Carl Perkins covers.

Clapton:  "While my Guitar..", "Crossroads", "Strange Brew", "White Room"

Jimmy Page:  "Since I've Been Loving You"

Allman Bros:  "You Don't Love Me", "Stormy Monday", "One Way Out"

Leslie West: "Never In My Life", "Theme from and Imaginary Western"



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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007, 12:59:48 PM »
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Originally posted by jwrooker

OK, so I'm olde...
Leslie West: "Never In My Life", "Theme from and Imaginary Western"



John, you may be olde, but you have validated me!! I thought I was the only person in the world that liked Mountain's "Never In My Life" [:D]. IMO, one of the best rock intros in existence. While we're at it, add "Nantucket Sleighride" for good measure. WooHoo!!1997 Sunburst Nitefly
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007, 02:40:47 PM »
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Originally posted by DrJeff


John, you may be olde, but you have validated me!! I thought I was the only person in the world that liked Mountain's "Never In My Life" [:D]. IMO, one of the best rock intros in existence. While we're at it, add "Nantucket Sleighride" for good measure. WooHoo!!




Yeah, I like Leslie's subtle intros! [:D] I always wanted a doorbell that played Mississippi Queen.



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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007, 05:25:27 PM »
Mississippi Queen is one of the best intros ever. It stillmakes me smile. I ran into Leslie West in a garage in the early nineties down in the southern New York. Super nice guy.

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2007, 08:53:21 PM »
I'm old too!  The first solo I learned was Louie, Louie by the Kingsmen.  I learned how to play lead guitar by listening to the Beatles and the Stones, who were never the same band after Brian Jones died.

The first Clapton performances that I loved were Steppin Out, Have You Heard, and Hideaway from the John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers "Beano" album.  This was in 1967.  The whole album is great!  Everyone should listen to Freddie King and hear the source...  However, Clapton took those blues licks and made them so much more.  Thank you EC.  I'm happy to say that I had the chance to teach my son all of those solos.  I felt like I was handing down the sacred tablets.  Crossroads was also an absolutely killer solo.  Love Cream.  Please forgive me, but I've never liked Clapton after he sobered up and started playing Fenders. He became too tame.  Note to Eric, have a drink or two, then some coffee, pick up a Gibson and plug it into your old Marshall:)
Jimi Hendrix.  The first 2 albums.  Take your pick.  Manic Depression, Castles Made Of Sand... Amazing ballads and rockers.  Duh, Foxy Lady.  The world hasn't been the same since.
And lastly, in my formative years.  Alvin Lee.  Woodchopper's Ball.  That solo separated the men from the boys.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007, 05:50:33 AM »
Reelin' in the Years...I love Steely Dan.
 

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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2007, 10:12:06 AM »
Wow...so many great ones... here's a few:
All Along the Watchtower
Blue Sky
The End (w/John, Paul and George trading)
Crossroads (Clapton)
'Cause We've Ended as Lovers (J.Beck)
Almost any solo by David Gilmore or Jimmy Page (too many to name).

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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2007, 10:49:16 AM »
Duane's slide solo on Mountain Jam
Bill Connors on Senior Mouse
John McLaughlin on Birds of Fire
Kenny Burrell on Freight Trane
Jay Graydon on Peg
And pretty much anything Mr. Zappa played.

Ed's solo on Beat It was probably one of the best pop music solos of all time.  Talk about making a statement.

And how about Pictures of Matchstick Men by Status Quo?  

Ah, nostalgia.  Potent sedative it is....  sit back, cross your legs, glassy eyed look at the ceiling....
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2007, 12:23:14 AM »
Rock Bottom - UFO
Catch your Train - Scorpions
Stranglehold - Nugent
Working Man - Rush
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2007, 08:55:24 PM »
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - SRV
Paranoid Android - Radiohead
Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
Time - Pink Floyd
Roundabout - Yes (The bassline, not really a solo I guess, but still)
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2007, 01:42:10 AM »
1."Born Under Punches" Talking Heads (Adrian Belew on guitar) Remain in Light
2."La Villa Strangiatto" Rush (Alex Lifeson)
3."Touch and Go" (among others) The Cars (Elliot Easton)
4."Whole Lotta Love" J. Page (I blew some speakers with that one as a kid!!)
5.Any number of Pink Floyd songs, I'll go with "Shine on you Crazy Diamond"
6."Killer Queen" Brian May
7."Tin Pan Alley" (Intro especially) Stevie Ray Vaughan

I could go on...All the guys above played many incredible solos, of course. I could sit here all day and type lists of great solos and still never run out of more to think of...[8D]
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2007, 02:53:42 AM »
The award (most soulful) goes to...Leslie West.