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Guitarist magazine, Tue 22 Mar 2011, 5:05 pm GMT
Our Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time poll certainly caused some fierce debate amongst guitarists… and that was just in our office.
Choosing the 'greatest' guitar solo is obviously subjective in the extreme. But Guitarist had other motivations too – we were eager to see how many modern solos have impressed you all in the thirteen years since our last solo poll. The results were suprising.
After asking for your nominations, we took the 20 most popular and asked for you vote on which your though was most deserving here and at MusicRadar. You voted in your thousands, fanbases were motivated and old favourites suffered.
Click onwards to see and hear the full rundown. First up, at number 20, with 0.57% of your votes, is Martin Barre's solo on Aqualung by Jethro Tull.
The title track of the 1971 album that sold over 7,000,000 copies worldwide features a stunning melodic solo from Barre, who completed the take despite the considerable distraction of Jimmy Page wandering in from a Led Zeppelin session in the next studio and waving at him from the control room.
Blackbird is great, my only problem with the solos on ABs albums (I'm still callin' 'em albums and I always will dammit!), is that I can't hear them, push up those faders come solo time Mark! Seriously though I am a big fan and they'll be playing my home town in less than two weeks so I'll be hearing it live! I missed the voting so here are my votes: #1 tie Jake E. Lee's solo(s) on Ozzy's "Bark at the Moon", and Vivian Campbell's on Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark", these two solo's still set my heart on fire every time I hear them. Oh, and Adrian Smith pulled out a couple of stunners on "Isle of Avalon", and "Coming Home" on The Final Frontier, and check out Davey on "Coming Home" there's some Hendrix possession going on there!!! Thanks for keeping the solo alive boys!
I've never heard of the winning song either, and I didn't know Hollow Years even had a solo!
That is one damn lame solo! Even given that I dont like maybe half of the songs or solos in the shortlist, that one doesnt compare in comparison to everything else on the list. Average metal solo and thats if I'm feeling kind
And the song? Its like Alter Bridge very cynically combed through the structure and feel of Pantera's Cemetery Gates and said "lets have a shot at that". Just as cheesy but without the flair or any kind of energy whatsoever
Pile o crap
What a load of over-wrought, widdly knob-waving. Couldn't hold a candle to Gilmour, Hendrix, Page et al...
Love's 1968 single Your Mind and We Belong Together (which appears as a bonus track on some reissues of the Forever Changes album), check out Johnny Echols chops.
I think you should rename this poll, Top 20 rock guitar solos...
Can't help thinking there are a lot of people out there with very narrow musical tastes. i.e. where the hell is Martin Taylor???
Never even heard of the winning song...! Shows how much I know, eh?