Friday, January 26, 2007

Hammer of the Gods

The editors of Guitar World have created a list of the Top 100 guitar solos of all time. The list of course only includes the rock and roll era so there is no jazz or anything like that. I also do not think there is much pre 1964 on the list. The only one is Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Good. This seems pretty disrespectful to Mickey "Guitar" Baker who provides what I think is a groundbreaking solo in the 1957 Mickey & Sylvia hit Love Is Strange. If you don't know the song, it is used in a pretty famous scene with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.

Guitar World's list features a lot of obvious tracks from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton as well as more recent works from Pantera and Jane's Addiction.

My personal top 5 guitar solos list

1. Song: Hey Jude
Guitarist: Duane Allman
Band: Wilson Pickett
Album: Hey Jude

Guitarist: Keith Richards
Band: The Rolling Stones
Album: Beggars Banquet

Guitarist: Elliott Randall
Band: Steely Dan
Album: Can't Buy A Thrill

Guitarist: Slash
Band: Velvet Revolver
Album: Contraband

5. Song: Magic Man
Guitarist: Nancy Wilson
Band: Heart
Album: Dreamboat Annie

Apologies to Jeff Beck and his stellar work on Rod Stewart's version of People Get Ready as well as the combination of Duane Allman and Dickie Betts on The Allman Brothers' song Whipping Post. I don't know a lot about the technical aspects of music (which probably explains why I own a KISS CD) but feel free to comment with your own top 5. Elvis, Stewbie, Coglero, J-Mac...you guys actually play instruments!!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to pick a top 5 but here goes
5.Brothers in Arms(Dire Straits)
Guitar:Mark Knopfler
Album:Broters in Arms
4.Whole Lotta Rosie(AC/DC)
Guitar:Angus Young
Album:Let There Be Rock
3.Friends
Guitar:Joe Satriani
Album:The Extremist
2.Cliffs Of Dover
Guitar:Eric Johnson
Album:Ah Via Musicom
1.Cowboy Song(Thin Lizzy)
Guitars:Scott Gorham/Brian Robertson
Album:Jailbreak
Stewby
P.S. I believe you gave me the Joe Satriani tape after you interviewed him

2:36 PM  
Blogger your faithful narrator said...

Great list Stewby...love the addition of Whole Lotta Rosie, most underrated AC/DC song.

11:00 AM  

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