Saturday, January 16, 2010

OPINION: Best Guitar Solo of All Time

By David J P Smith

The quest for the 'perfect guitar solo' or the 'ultimate guitar solo' seems to be one that nearly everyone that picks up the famous instrument seems to take on. However, in many of the 'greatest guitar solo ever' polls that have been done throughout the years, you'll find that it's always a select few (barring a few exceptions) that predominantly make up the list.

It's mainly David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May and Jimmy Page that you'll find on these lists, as they seem to be the most exceptionally talented guitarists of our generation (both technically and in the way they play).

For example, one of my favourite solos ever is Randy Rhode's Crazy Train (under the name of Ozzy Osborne). Rhodes combines elements classical music (after all, he was originally a classically trained player) as well as outright shredding in his solos, and this one is no exception. The solo kicks in at a point in the song where everything has really built up (right after the second chorus) and then takes the song to a whole new level.

That being said, the absolute best guitar solo ever (in my opinion) is Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb. The song itself is nothing amazingly spectacular (it's almost as if the song was built for the solo), but once David Gilmour starts playing those magical last notes it seems to transfix people and put them in a state of utter vulnerability and awe. Honourable mentions go to The Eagle's Hotel California, which is a fantastic duel between two finely skilled masters of the instrument.

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