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Re: Goin' Solo

Goin' Solo
January 04, 2005 11:48AM
speaking of solo's (willie the pee-omp's post)

What are the best guitar solos in indie?
Sometimes it's not redundant lightning fingering (calling Eddie Van Halen) or technical prowess (Curt Kirkwood) or master insertion of minor and pentatonic scales (Richard Thompson) but texture, originality and how perfectly it fits the song - or how perfectly it doesn't fit the song but is wedged intrudingly.

One of my all time favorites is East Bay Ray's in Let's Lynch the Landlord.

Re: Goin' Solo
January 04, 2005 06:59PM
Here are the solos I wish I did (or could do):

first forty seconds of Calvary Cross - Richard Thompson

All I Want Is You - Roxy Music

Jean Genie - David Bowie

Total Trash - Sonic Youth

Complete Control - The Clash (the two notes sung under "You're my guitah hero!!")

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi

Cinnamon Girl (natch) - Neil Young

Marquee Moon (both solos) - TV

the quivering, wailing bummed-out opening notes of "World of Confusion" on Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Re: Goin' Solo
January 05, 2005 03:04PM
"Lady Picture Show" by Stone Temple Pilots.
Re: Goin' Solo
January 06, 2005 05:08AM
The first part of Calvary Cross on Live (More Or Less) still blows me away. I think he was tuning his guitar to an alternate tuning on the fly. Night Comes In also still sounds amazing. Many thanks to the people who owned the Record Exchange in Boise for all the great $1 albums I picked up there in the late 70's and early 80's. I used to hide records I couldn't afford that day in the Helen Reddy section. They were always there 2 weeks later when I got paid. Who has a Helen Reddy section anyway?
Re: Goin' Solo
January 11, 2005 12:24AM
Skook, Richard definitely retunes on the fly. I've talked to him about it after watching him do it in person at a party. After the song is done, he rarely has to re-adjust the peg much. But then, one of the all-time most phenomenal guitarists is sure to have a great ear.
MB - it's warm and fuzzy to know you're still making her scream after all this time...
Next solo:
End solo of "22 going on 23" Butthole Surfers on Locust Abortion

Post Edited (01-10-05 20:27)
Re: Goin' Solo
January 06, 2005 04:59AM
Last Night- Tom Verlaine first solo
Reel By Real- XTC
Marc Ribot on many Tom Waits
geez, almost everything on The Name of This Band is The Talking Heads (just got it on Cd)
Deliver Us From The Elements-XTC (the backwards stuff at the end)
Life In The Air- Age BeBop Deluxe
Field of Fire-Richard Lloyd
Shamebird-Roger Miller (not MOcool smiley
Re: Goin' Solo
January 06, 2005 05:53PM
What about the best primal screams in rock history? Aside from anything on "Fun House?"
Re: Goin' Solo
January 06, 2005 11:33PM
I always loved the multi-voiced scream that closes the Minutemen's "Political Nightmare."

And as long as we're chaning the subject slightly, I nominate the guitar solo on "Dream Police" as one of the worst. What was Rick thinking? Or maybe he let Robin have that one....
Re: Goin' Solo
January 07, 2005 08:40PM
solos (and guitar work):

R Thompson: Poor Will and The Hangman
Ornette: Theme from a Symphony
Swamp Rats: No Friend of Mine
Byrds: 8 Miles High
Jeff Beck: Plynth
Funkadelic: Super Stupid
Dinosaur Jr: Missing Link
Creation: Painter Man
Eno: Baby's On Fire
Bonzos: Canyons of Yr Mind
Husker Du: Makes no sense at all
Re: Goin' Solo
January 08, 2005 12:53AM
I forgot about Poor Will, so I pulled out "Live More or Less" for the first time in years. "When I get to the Border" also raises the neck hairs. He makes me feel hopelessly unskilled,and I've been playing for about 27 years. I've seen him live about 6 or 7 times. He never disappoints. The only other guy that blows me away like that is Hidalgo (but not always).
Re: Goin' Solo
January 08, 2005 01:45AM
re fiercest primal screaming related to rock:

my wife's, monthly, when she opens Visa bill and discovers my music purchases
Re: Goin' Solo
January 10, 2005 02:11PM
Alan Vega's screams in Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" will definitely raise the neck hairs.

"Fortunately," my wife's arts & crafts purchases mean that she has nothing to scream about when she sees the Visa bill.
Re: Goin' Solo
January 11, 2005 07:50PM
Greg Ginn, Black Flag--his playing on "Damaged" is incredible, especially "Depression" and "Life Of Pain."

Rikk Agnew, Adolescents--"Kids Of The Black Hole." That album defined the SoCal punk sound that the Offspring, et al tried to copy but never did nearly as well

Iggy & The Stooges--"Death Trip," "Search and Destroy" and "I Got A Right"
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