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Metal_Jaw
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:36 pm 
 

We all know the guitar solo is one of the defining hallmarks of great heavy metal. But what solos do you really like outside of the genre, like in country or punk or classic rock or whatever?

I thought of this when I was listening to Free Bird earlier. A clichéd example maybe, but that song's solo completely owns; I had fogotten how much i like it. More songs need a solo that good that takes up like the half the song's run time.

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rawsewage
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:10 pm 
 

Steve Hackett's solo on Firth of Fifth. Not a technical wonder but one of the most beautiful solos I've ever heard.

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TheConqueror1
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Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:05 am
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:34 pm 
 

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Enough said.

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Woolie_Wool
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Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:56 pm
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:43 pm 
 

Youtube: show

Pat Metheny Group - The Truth Will Always Be (solo at 5:37)
Pat Metheny can play really fucking fast, but usually not with a whole lot of aggression. So it's kind of a shock to the system here when he interrupts a gorgeously textured classical-esque piece with a synth guitar and MELTS YOUR FACE OFF. This is so intense it's practically a power metal solo.

Youtube: show

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Miles Beyond (solo at 3:17)
John McLaughlin is hands down the best shredder who ever lived. Nobody in metal can stand up to him. You think your favorite death metal guitar player could have played with Miles fucking Davis? He did, and on likely candidate for the most insanely technical album of all time Bitches Brew, no less.


Youtube: show

Al Di Meola - Suite Golden Dawn
Really you could probably take any random Al Di Meola electric guitar solo and it would be one of the best of all time. But this one has Jaco Pastorius on it too.

TheConqueror1 wrote:
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Enough said.

Also this.
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BastardHead
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:47 pm 
 

Four posts in and nobody mentions My Sharona. Seriously, the song is basically known as a joke nowadays and from what I understand it was quickly hated in its time due to rampant overplay on the radio, but I don't give a fuck. Not only is it a magnificent song with an awesome driving bassline and instantly memorable hooks, it has basically the most perfect guitar solo in the history of pop/rock. Seriously, the flow, the phrasing, every single thing about it is sublime and I say with 100% honesty that it's quite possibly my favorite solo of all time. The reason so many metal bands fall flat when they try to cover the song is because they try to "improve" that beautiful solo. Get your sweeping and four finger tap shredding the fuck out of My Sharona, you're doing the musical equivalent of Potato Jesus.
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Woolie_Wool
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:56 pm 
 

Metal bands covering non-metal songs often results in total disaster--witness the butchery done by Realm to "Eleanor Rigby". Sometimes they get it right, like Heir Apparent's version of "The Sound of Silence" that is radically different from the original but works as a subdued prog/power metal song, but too often they utterly ruin it.

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Santana - Promise of a Fisherman

And completing the Holy Trinity of Fusion Shredders (McLaughlin being the Father, Di Meola the Son), here comes Santana as the Holy Ghost. Guy is fast as all get out but also has a ton of expression and emotion in his playing. A shame he radically dumbed down his music and made a whole shitton of money in one of the most egregious sellouts of all time.
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Felix 1666 wrote:
The second best songs of Sabaton are those which have never been released. The best songs of Sabaton are those which have never been written.


failsafeman wrote:
Fellows, please put your butts away, I'm tired of looking at all these anuses opening and closing.

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theposega
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:26 pm 
 

Dinosaur Jr.'s "Kracked"

Just a wailing, noisy explosion of emotion. Really, really great.
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Face_your_fear_79
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:28 pm 
 

Led Zeppelin-Thank You from the BBC sessions 1971 concert.
Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven from album IV
Led Zeppelin-Heartbreaker from album II
Led Zeppelin-Achilles Last Stand from album Presence
Mountain-Mississippi Queen
Hendrix-Machine Gun from album Band Of Gypsy's
Hendrix-Power of Soul from Band Of Gypsy"s
Hendrix-Voodoo Child Slight Return from album Electric Lady-land
Hendrix-All Along The Watchtower from the same album
Hendrix-Purple Haze from album Are You Experienced
Hendrix-Electric Church/Red House live from the Blues album.
Hendrix-Hear My train a-comin from live at Berkely California.
Cream-Tales of Brave Ulysys from album Live Cream volume 2
Cream-Politician from same album
Cream-Crossroads from album Live At Winterland 1968
Stevie Ray Vaughn-Texas Flood from album Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughn-Pride And Joy from same album
REO Speedwagon-Take it on the Run Baby
Blue Oyster Cult-Burnin' For You
Blue Oyster Cult-Don't Fear The Reaper from album Agents of Fortune
Blue Oyster Cult-Flaming Telepaths from album Secret Treaties
Styx-Renegade
Living Colur-Cult Of Personality
Ufo-Lights Out from Strangers in the Night.
Ufo-Rock Bottom from same album
Billy Squier-Lonely Is the Night

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Crypticide
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:08 pm 
 

Obviously comfortably numb by Pink Floyd

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volutetheswarth
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:23 pm 
 

Face_your_fear_79 wrote:
Hendrix-Machine Gun from album Band Of Gypsy's Hendrix-Power of Soul from Band Of Gypsy"s Hendrix-Voodoo Child Slight Return from album Electric Lady-land
Hendrix-All Along The Watchtower from the same album
Hendrix-Purple Haze from album Are You Experienced
Hendrix-Electric Church/Red House live from the Blues album.
Hendrix-Hear My train a-comin from live at Berkely California.
Cream-Tales of Brave Ulysys from album Live Cream volume 2
Cream-Politician from same album
Cream-Crossroads from album Live At Winterland 1968
REO Speedwagon-Take it on the Run Baby
Blue Oyster Cult-Burnin' For You
Blue Oyster Cult-Don't Fear The Reaper from album Agents of Fortune
Blue Oyster Cult-Flaming Telepaths from album Secret Treaties
Styx-Renegade
Living Colur-Cult Of Personality
Ufo-Lights Out from Strangers in the Night.
Ufo-Rock Bottom from same album
Billy Squier-Lonely Is the Night
I like this selection. Too bad it's just a list.

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stainedclass2112
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:26 pm 
 

My favorites ever are probably a tie between Aqualung https://youtu.be/B0jMPI_pUec?t=3m23s, Subdivisions https://youtu.be/LU78wkEpmY8?t=4m19s, and Camel's Rhayader Goes to Town https://youtu.be/MSjO_rlQZP8?t=2m30s

I also really love:
Incomudro (Hymn to the Atman)'s end solo https://youtu.be/QmSdct1_Gfg?t=10m32s
Limelight's solo https://youtu.be/Ya0cHhZaxIs?t=2m35s
The really soft one from Perpetual Change https://youtu.be/ZlxxeEfA4L8?t=4m14s
The Trees https://youtu.be/8_D0wkLyCXE?t=3m10s
Cathedral https://youtu.be/Z2WRGVJLZu0

Gunna drop a few solos from you know who

Pale Hill https://youtu.be/sqq207R07CA
Dawn Appears https://youtu.be/n36pS7il_As?t=1m24s
Big Sur Moon https://youtu.be/dBsBKMtnsIA
Pathless Road https://youtu.be/UP9o7GdWzu0
Heaven is Your Home (oh boy...) https://youtu.be/DTlyAcUJFKA

Also, probably not what the thread asks for, but this guy is amazing. Got to see him play and meet him too. https://youtu.be/FkjsRA3-WaU
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Face_your_fear_79
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Joined: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:18 am
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:44 pm 
 

Yeah a very very good list.

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