Win Nick’s Voucher


OK, here’s one for the musos among you.

What’s your favourite guitar solo?

I’ve a riffing €25 Golden Discs voucher to give away.

Simply tell me below with video links if possible.

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109 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

    1. Specific Gravity

      Great shout.

      Wasn’t there an added edge to this performance after his Purple Oneness was snubbed from a list of the top guitarists of all time so he decided to really let loose here?

      Still vividly recall his RDS gig in the early 90s. Incredible talent.

      1. millie in handcuffs

        I didn’t know that! What an excellent piece of trivia.

        I just remember my brother in law pulling this vid out to settle an argument about guitar solos, which effectively silenced everyone because WHERE DID THE GUITAR GO AT THE END?

  1. Kingfisher

    Beautiful Linda Gretchell, from John Fahey’s The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death. The album came with a handwrittten book of stories; the story about Beautiful Linda Gretchell was about a man who made his fortune selling gretchells, an adorably cuddly pet – and also selling tins of the only food gretchells ate, afterbirth. His name was something something, the Afterbirth King, if memory serves. A young lad who minded some gretchells, kept carefully caged because if they couldn’t get aftergbirth they’d eat, well, humans, was entranced by the lovely gretchell called Linda Gretchell. Then the afterbirth ran out…

  2. Fergalito

    Mick Ronson basically solos throughout this scintillating Bowie cover of the VU’s “Waiting for the Man” back when Bowie and Ronson were at the peak of their powers. It’s pure telepathy.

    Better than the original – that’s right, deal with it. If you haven’t heard this get a pair of cans on yer head and play it loud.

        1. Clampers Outside

          I take it Cliff Burton’s bass on Metallica’s Pulling Teeth should pass?
          He plays on his own for more than half the track!

          * crosses fingers *

          1. Rugbyfan

            Agree clampers. He had fingers of steel. Metallica released a gig from 1983 on their YouTube channel last Monday. Go to 28 minutes and enjoy!

  3. Rosette of Sirius

    From the sublime to the predictable!

    I’m gonna go with Paranoid Android by Radiohead. A great guitar solo can only really work in the context of the entire composition of the song. There have been many amazing solos but sometimes they can feel out of place. Jonny Greenwood’s efforts truly capture the mania that influenced some of Thom Yorke’s lyrics in the track.

    I also completely lost my poo rocking to it when they played the Point a few years back. What a gig!

    1. ouch

      Excellent choice…their is a brilliant version of it on Get Yr Ya Yas Out… Keith Richards knew when to leave a space in a solo rather than throw in the kitchen sink…

  4. Clampers Outside

    Anaesthesia (Pulling Teeth), 1983, by Metallica’s Cliff Burton was the first time I’d heard a band do a bass solo and I was mesmerised by it at the time.

    Still sounds amazing today, and that break at 2mins+ still gets the head bangin’ :)

    1. Clampers Outside

      But I can’t leave it there :)

      Cliff proved himself again (as if he had to… pffft) with his truly iconic solo at the half way mark through the metal instrumental masterpiece that is Metallica’s Orion…

        1. Rugbyfan

          Did you see the S&M 2 gig. Same song played on an electric cello. Watched it in the cinema. Audience was mesmerised!

    1. f_lawless

      I think I read somewhere that he plagiarised the tune from an unknown stand-in guitarist who performed in a legendary one-off show with his cousin’s band, Marvin Berry and the Starlighters

  5. Clampers Outside

    Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan’s closing minute has the most doobie ridden hippie vibe I’ve ever found on a metal album…

    A sublime respite to the heavy guitar through out the rest of the album, the outro solo is so cushy and comfortable it luls you into a false sense of relaxation before reasserting your head again with the following track on the album, Paranoid. Brilliantly placed track order :)

  6. Henry Porter

    Brian Robertson’s guitar solo on Thin Lizzy’s Live And Dangerous version of “Still In Love With You”. Robertson refused to play on the studio version because he thought Gary Moore’s demo version was perfect and couldn’t be improved upon. In this version, I think Robertson does just that.

  7. burger1979

    My entry is ‘Dazed and Confused’ by Led Zepplin. This is a link to the original track but a few versions out there where Jimmy gives it the full on playing the guitar with a bow…..some are impressive but most i feel detract from the original song…

    1. Niallo

      There used to be a sign up in musik maker that simply read “ no stairway “
      Took a moment :)

  8. Andy Pipkin

    Brilliant choices from everyone so far, and all worthy winners, what’s amazing is we’ve covered all genres.
    From punk, indie, metal and country and so on, it’s amazing that the guitar solo has been so important in the shaping of a song.

    Some songs are probably better known just for the solo, some artists are probably better known for their solo on a classic track.

    But nobody says it like this man,

  9. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    My compadre, Carlos Santana, is one of the world’s best guitarists. He has so many good examples to choose from, but in my mind it has to be Samba Pa Ti. Searing, haunting, soulful and who needs lyrics when your guitar can say it all so much better.

    1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

      They say almost everything Fripp did on the album is a first take. Unreal.

  10. Bertie Blenkinsop

    My favourite guitar player since I was a kid has been Johnny Marr and yet I can’t really think of any memorable solos outside of “Shoplifters…”

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