Friday, 3 February 2012

Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos

Gibson published a list of Top 50 Guitar Solos, and so here we go on another list.

Hard to quarrel with most of the top 10 songs.  You could fuss with the order, but it's mostly right.  Bohemian Rhapsody, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Comfortably Numb, Hotel California, All Along The Watchtower and Stairway To Heaven all belong up there.

As the review states, though, Johnny B. Goode sets the path for everything else that follows, so it would be my #1.

Should Be Higher
Whole Lotta Love - one of Page's better efforts at fitting in with the song
Crossroads - #30?  Really?
The End - terrific trading between three guys who were the best at everything except being guitar gods, but showed they weren't to shabby at that role either

Should Be Lower
All Slash and Randy Rhoads work.  I mean, they're good, but  ...
Like a Hurricane - Neil Young beats Stevie Ray Vaughan?  Mark Knopfler?  Hendrix?  Clapton?
Layla - great tune, but Clapton has done dozens of solos better than this
Free Bird - don't get it.  Never did.  Never will.
Eruption - Van Halen's solo is technical prowess, not music
Heartbreaker - this nonsensical solo demonstrates why Page is only a minor deity in the pantheon of guitar gods

Thank You
No Santana or Vai.

Interesting list.  I would have had a few more on there from SRV, Knopfler, Clapton, Gilmour and Young.  But I missed the poll.

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