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Top 20 Greatest Guitar Solos January 24, 2007

Posted by Mitchell in Home.

Found this link to the Top 20 guitar solos, as selected by Guitar World with videos!  Lots of familiar ones, of course, but some are a bit more obscure.  “Cliffs of Dover” by Eric Johnson rarely gets any air play, but it is an awesome song.  I bet Dave in Texas would be surprised to find David Gilmore in the top 5 though.


1. Mr Minority - January 24, 2007

The Gilmour’s solo “Comfortably Numb, is not his best one, his solos from “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” are better. Plus more of his stuff should be on the list above others.

Full Disclosure: Gilmour is my favorite Guitarist.

2. Enas Yorl - January 24, 2007

Yes! You have excellent taste sir! “Shine On…” is one of my most favoritest of songs. But, “Comfortably Numb” had that, i dunno, urgency to it that stood it apart from all his other work. The thing that always griped me about “The Wall” was that they cut that song short right as he was really getting going. Obviously they running up against time constraints, but damn – they should have cut elsewhere. “Vera” was entirely cuttable. Happily you get to hear the whole thing on the live album “Pulse” though. 🙂

I trust that you have Gilmore’s latest venture “On an Island” right?

3. HayZeus - January 25, 2007

I pretty much agree with Enas. Out of the studio albums I’d easily agree that SOYCD has Gilmour’s best solo work but the live solos of Comfortably Numb exceed even that and by a pretty fair margin too IMO.

4. HayZeus - January 26, 2007

After re-reading this I think I should add that I’m specifically referring to the Pulse version of the solo. I don’t remember if the DSOT solo was similar or not but I know that his live solos during the Wall tour were closer in form to the original (though much longer) and outstanding in their own right.

5. daveintexas - February 2, 2007

I’m not surprised really. I wouldn’t call Gilmour the best guy on a strat I ever heard, but he has a sound that is distrinctly his own, and it’s really hot.

Without having looked at the list, I’d guess Clapton, Vai, Eric Johnson, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Hendrix, EVH, SRV, Neil Schon, the other G3 guy whose name escapes me, and Zappa.

Now I’ll go see how I did.

6. daveintexas - February 2, 2007

update: not bad. Can’t believe I forgot Brian May and Ritchie Blackmore.

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