Saturday, February 02, 2008

Cool songs with killer guitar solos

Got the idea for this from an old college chum's Friendster blog,
inspired by a Rolling Stone magazine article of a similar vein.
(Thanks Aey!)
The title sez it all.. cool songs with killer guitar solos.
The grab bag is virtually bottomless, with tons of prospective
tunes all vying for inclusion. The main premise is the song is basically
Pop in nature, with a snazzy statement-like solo that does not distract from, but complements, the
song's central structure. In layman's
terms.. a killer guitar solo. So there.

Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (That seething guitar boiling under its soaring sax line, guaranteed its inclusion on any killer guitar solo list, bar none.)
Tonight She Comes - The Cars (Six-string chauffeur Elliott Easton drives the message home with nifty twang bar tricks and trademark lines that made the music of The Cars just that much more enjoyable)
More Than A Feeling - Boston (Tom Scholz makes his Les Paul sound like God pushed through a Marshall amp)
Family Man - Daryl Hall & John Oates (G.E. Smith's biting tone keeps the tension tightly wound on this great H&O rocker)
You Can Have Me Anytime - Boz Scaggs (Carlos Santana. Nuff said.)
Something - The Beatles (The Cars' Elliot Easton says when he hears this song's solo, he "..breaks down and cries," so do we, while George Harrison's guitar gently weeps.)
Just Between You And Me - April Wine (This solo soars and roars. Who says you have to go fast to get your point across?)
Falling In Love With You - Gary Moore (Loud and proud are the Irish, and so is good ol' Gary, spitting fire with volume and tone)
Aja - Steely Dan (What can I say? The guitar solo, nay, the song itself, renders me speechless)
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar (Pomp plus punch equals Neil Geraldo. His clever usage of hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and muffled passages breathes life into this Eddie Schwartz pop gem)
Killer Queen - Queen (Brian May at his best)
Only You Can Rock Me - UFO (Michael Schenker's unique mid-heavy tone is both loud and melodic, few guitarists manage to pull off)
Easy - The Commodores (Adding zip and altitude to a song that takes you high up)
Brother Louie - Stories (Simple but straight to the point with a biting tone to boot)
Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan (A great dual lead run from Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter going head to head, note-for-note)
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple (Proof that if Ritchie Blackmore tries hard enough, minus the histrionics and auto-destruction, his genius shines through, whenever he wants it to)
I Won't Hold You Back - Toto (Lukather adds the climax to the orchestral build up that turns this weepy ballad into a sweeping ballad)
Talk To Ya Later - The Tubes (Steve Lukather again, letting loose with his best studio savvy runs)
New Year's Day - U2 (Before he relied heavily on his echoplex, The Edge left it all to just his deep, mean tone to get his message across)
Wait For Me (Live) - Daryl Hall & John Oates (H&O guitarist G.E. Smith always added that much needed bite to the modern pop duo's sugary blue-eyed soul)
Hotblooded - Foreigner (Eccentric noodling from Mick Jones. Sounded weird then, still sounds weird now, but with unmistakable panache.)
Beat It - Michael Jackson (Eddie Van Halen with a token wala-lang solo for Wacko)
I Really Don't Know Anymore - Christopher Cross (Those who dismissed Cross as a blotto singer-songwriter with no face value smacked them right across the chops with this fiery solo)
Magasin - Eraserheads (I've always been a sucker for twin leads. Guilty as charged.)
Detroit Rock City - Kiss (They may have been cheesy and schmaltzy visual-wise,
but this solo smokes
Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section (Utilizing a Billy Gibbons-like harmonic plectrum trick,
ARS axeman Barry Bailey ups the memorability factor a few notches on their take of the Classics IV's classic)
Hotel California - Eagles (Another classic twin lead for the ages)
You Did Cut Me - China Crisis (Not as incendiary as the rest, but breathtaking nonetheless)
Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just A Woman) - Led Zeppelin (Hard-pressed was I, in selecting a Zep cut, so I went with my gut, and picked this short n' sweet Pagey solo for its simplicity and great stacatto ending. Brilliant.)
Love Hurts - Nazareth (The sweet feedbacking solo by guitarist Manny Charlton sure sounds like a one-take and I wouldn't be surprised if it is)
AC/DC - Back In Black (Angus Young cut a swath through with a balance of great tone and even greater melody, as evinced on this song's solo)

There's more to this list, but this shall suffice. For now.


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