Outstanding guitar solos / bass lines
Date: August 21, 2006 11:28PM
My only criteria is the "wouah effect" and/or a killer groove... Here are examples of guitar soli and bass lines that really had a strong effect on me...
Randy Rhoades - "Mr. Crowley" - dramatic and melodic. Perfectly built solo from A to Z.
Vivian Campbell - "Firedance" (Gotthard) - very groovy and dramatic. Vivian tells a story and lock into the groove perfectly.
Vivian Campbell - "Don't Talk To Strangers" (Dio) - one of the few "one million notes in a second" kind of solo that really grabbed me by the balls. Cocky, powerful, firery and melodic. A textbook example of heavy soloing.
Gary Moore - "Parisienne Walkways" - this solo sums up what Moore is all about. Raw emotion. My favourite rock guitar player.
George Lynch - "When Darkness Calls" (Lynch Mob) - very different than the usual Lynch type of solo. Has a great R&B touch and is very groovy.
Funny because apart from Moore none of the above guitar players are amongst my favourite. I like them a lot but they're not in my top 10. Nevertheless, they all played soli that really caught my attention.
Neil Murray - "Don't Break My Heart Again" (Whitesnake) - a textbook example of taste and groove. How many guys can make such a simple line feel so good ? Not a lot IMHO. And Neil Murray is a master.
Neil Murray - "Take Me With You" (Whitesnake) - a different side of the man's talent. Has almost a fusion touch to it. Fast, tasteful and groovy.
Neil Murray - "Anno Mundi" (Black Sabbath) - To me, the grooviest metal bass line ever.... a bit like if Motown legend James Jamerson had played with Sabbath...
Neil Murray - "Ready And Willing" (Whitesnake) - I dig the funky feel Neil bring to the song. Again very groovy.
Neil Murray - "Mistreated" (Whitesnake) - I feel Neil brought a dramatic element to the bass line created by Glenn Hughes. He made the song sound deeper and bluesier.
You guys have by now guessed that I am a huge Neil Murray fan... :-)
Steve Harris - "Run To The Hills" - this galoping bass line is just amazing and fits the music/lyrics perfectly.
Lemmy - "Ace Of Spades" - how to play rhythm guitar with four strings only...
Glenn Hughes - "Can't Stop The Flood" (from "Building The Machine") - this is a wonderful bass line that perfectly mixes Glenn's heavy and funk side. A nice summary of who Glenn is as a bass player. A great great bass player.
There are more but those are the first that really stand out in my mind at the moment....