Re: Outstanding guitar solos / bass lines
Date: August 22, 2006 02:44AM
As far as guitar solos go, I have a few that come to mind...
Gary Moore - Military Man. Nobody constructs solos like Gary. They're like mini-compositions in and of themselves. This solo is an outstanding example. See also "Out in the Fields" and "I Look at You".
Vivian Campbell - Rainbow in the Dark & The Last in Line. Taking a cue from one of his biggest influences - Gary Moore - Vivian laid out two rather complex solos on these songs. They're not just a flurry of notes. They take the listener on a wild ride through the belly of the song, emerging on the other end into Dio's golden voice.
Vivian Campbell - Evil Eyes. Vinny Appice's drum roll leads right into a blazing display by Vivian, all fireworks and speed, tied up neatly at the end with a quick stop, before Dio brings us back in to finish the song. Awesome.
Mick Ronson - Sweet Dreamer. What a heartbreaker this wistful instrumental piece is. It starts off with a simple melody, which Ronson makes more insistent as the song goes on. Drenched in feel, the song reaches a climax, then recedes back to a delicate harmonic sequence at the end. This tune always packs an emotional wallop for me. See also "Hole in the Head" by Paul Kossoff.
Buck Dharma - Buck's Boogie. BOC's Buck Dharma continues to blow minds to this day with this astonishing guitar workout. It opens with a very fast intro riff, kicks into gear with a zippy bit of melody and then Buck floors it and the song takes off into a dizzying, finger-flying showstopper. Oustanding piece that any self-respecting guitar aficionado should familiarize themselves with.
As for bass lines...
Bob Daisley - I Don't Know. What a great way to open the 'Blizzard of Ozz' album. Bob drops into the song from way up high, and immediately plants himself in the groove. His melodic sense on the bass perfectly complements Randy Rhoads' guitar, like when going into a phrase such as "You gotta believe in someone..." See also "Tonight".
Glenn Hughes - Burn. The live version from 'Made in Europe' features Glenn in rare form. Listen from about 3 minutes in, and you'll hear Glenn laying down a rock solid foundation, and augmenting Ritchie Blackmore's guitar with some tasty flourishes. I would love to have seen this performance.
Philip Lynott - Dancing in the Moonlight. Phil always played for the song. Here he opens with a nice melody, which he revisits later as well. Interesting that you always hear about Philip as a performer and songwriter, but not so much as a bassist. He was quite a good bass player, but I think his charisma as a frontman overshadowed that fact. Regardless, although I never saw him in person, any Lizzy bass line I hear is accompanied by the mental picture of Lynott perched on the front of the stage, wielding his bass and pouring his heart into that mic.