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Hi Guys I'm Looking To Compile A List Of The Greatest Guitar Solos Ever And Would Appreciate Your Help. You Know The Stuff I Want, I'm Sure You ALL Have Your Favourites And Reasons Why. Please Share Them


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The end of Sultans of Swing is probably my favourite.

Hello, Mary Lou by Ricky Nelson (solo by the great James Burton)

That's All Right Mama by Elvis Presley (solo by the great Scotty Moore)

Oh, Lonesome Me by Don Gibson (solo by the great Chet Atkins)

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Everyone always says that but it's not even the best solo in a Pantera song.

I think the guy asked what our favourite solos are. I didn't realise I had to discount any that are "popular" for this. Floods is one of my favourites and I don't care that everyone says it. Yes there are better solos in Pantera songs, but I still get a chill every time I listen to it.

I trust I can't say I like the solo in Stairway on the same basis then? Everyone says it because they are all good, surely?

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Am I Evil-Brian Tatler-Diamond Head; for the relentless nature of the tapping section especially.

Stormy Monday-Duane Allman-Allman Bros Band; for the bit when he makes the slide sound like a distorto-moothie

Rapture(album version)-Chris Stein-Blondie; for the perfect example of the short melodic lead, with amazing phrasing and note choice, see also the Richard Lloyd solo on 'Marquee Moon'.

Scene of the Crime-Warren DiMartini-Ratt; for the perfect example of 80s excess soloing, whereby the only real emotional content lies in the expressionistic leads, rather than the charmless goons singing, ace whammy moments

Time Has Told Me-Richard Thompson-Nick Drake; for soloing all the way through a song, yet creating restrained perfection, not overload. I should probably check his vast catalogue out

Any Tom G Warrior solo-Celtic Frost; for turning lack ot technique into an advantage, not a drawback.

Lots of Jazz solos that I can't think of off the top of my head, but I know neither titles, or band members.

Cheap Sunglasses-Billy Gibbons ZZ top; for the perfect two-parter, 1st solo clean-ish, 2nd dirty.

and many more tbc.

EDIT ADD-I Love You Miss Ogyny-Tony McPhee-The Groundhogs; for his take on Classic Rock soloing, this one fits the Heroic category

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Guest Bob Double Jack

ozzy osbourne / randy rhoads: mr crowley solo form the live tribute album

fleetwood mac - go your own way outro solo

steve vai - for the love of god

as oer chris - outro solo from november rain

prob more that I am missing but these really stick out

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Come to think of it, 'Where You Been' by Dinosaur Jr has shit lots of ace solos on it. My favourite DJ album.

I like Neil Young's solos as well, 'Like A Hurricane' especially...

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Megadeth - Hangar 18 : 2:48 - 3:07 (Marty Friedman)

Pantera - Domination : 3:16 - 3:52 (Dimebag Darrell)

Metallica - Blackened : 4:31 - 5:33 (Kirk Hammett)

I'll put more as I get to them.

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Purely for all the futile time we spent trying to learn it when we were 15, the main solo from Metallica - One.

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