Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Elite Eight — "Free Bird" (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington) Vs. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (Jimi Hendrix)

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Joe Barnes

Just a few small corrections...

Allen played his Firebird when they recorded Freebird for "Pronounced". "Pronounced" was recorded in 1973. He did not get the Explorer until 1976.

At concerts, they were always announced as coming from Green Cove Springs, Florida. This is where hell house was located. I know this because I was the one who gave the stage announcer instructions. This was all at Ronnies direction. He didn't care very much for the Jacksonville connection but he liked Green Cove.

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Damaged262

This has been fun and everything, but really, not 1 Buck Dharma lick in the whole thing? Shameful. Has anyone heard Then Came the Last Days of May, Astronomy, even Subhuman for that matter? Just saying, anyone of those songs are better than half of these that were voted on.

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Nostradumbass

Honestly, I'm getting a little sick of how quite a few members of this website will just go with whatever Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, or Eric Clapton did, even if they are comparing against a clearly superior solo. Yes, these three laid the cornerstones for what rock is today, but that doesn't automatically make them the best that ever lived; it just makes them more innovative. It's frustrating to me that very few people see this.

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voodoochile2

I've always loved Freebird ever since I first heard it in 9th grade, and it is good energy, however ...

Not in the same league as Jimi Hendrix at his best, and this is as good as he gets. Transcendent, nonpareil, and uber-powerful, turn up the volume and let Jimi blow you away. I never tire of listening to this instance of guitar brilliance!

billkropp

Tip my hat to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Stevie Ray was an incredible guitar player. BUT Jimi Hendrix is JIMI HENDRIX. Without Jimi there would not even be a Lynyrd Skynyrd or a Stevie Ray Vaughn.

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oneunder

I prefer the Stevie Ray Vaughan version of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). Hendrix wrote the song SRV perfected it. Yeah, he changed the spelling, but it's the same song, but way better.

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voodoochile2

Cannot agree, SRV was good (even great), however ...

Jimi's Little Wing is sweeter, more beautiful, and much more memorable ... glockenspiel, Leslie speaker cabinet, and some of his best vocals ever. Short and touching. SRV did a great 'tribute' to the original ...

Jimi's Voodoo Child(Slight Return) has some of his legendary 'energy/mojo' that he generated in his live shows - crank up the volume (headphones or speakers) and you can feel the power - it blows you away! And what an intro, ultimate use of wah! None better ....

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doubletrouble5150

I agree I've always preferred stevies version

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Hendrix1970

nah i reckon SRV is too clean on his own version of voodoo child, not dirty enough, too clean tone wise as well, I always overlooked derek and the dominos version of little wing, i find it far better than stevie ray's for some reason

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voodoochile2

Clapton knew Jimi personally, and was deeply affected by his death. I think he really got the 'feel' of Jimi's Little Wing ...

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Hendrix1970

Yeah true i think i read they recorded little wing 9 days before Jimi's death and then "It's too Late" a day or two after... freaky

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Darth Compton

I feel that way about Little Wing, but I prefer Hendrix's Voodoo Child to SRV's.

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voodoochile2

IMHO - No, and YES!

nursetom61

This is a really tough one for me. I love Freebird, it is without a doubt one of my favorite songs and solos. With that said I had to vote for the one solo I love more than Freebird. Voodoo has everything that makes a great solo. Which means Hendrix is playing it. Just my opinion!

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Hendrix1970

Difficult one, i guess if you don't like hendrix then you'll vote otherwise

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nrleas

so·lo

noun
1. a thing done by one person unaccompanied, in particular.
- an unaccompanied flight by a pilot in an aircraft.

adjective & adverb
1. for or done by one person alone; unaccompanied.
- "a solo album"

verb
1. perform something unaccompanied, in particular.

synonyms: unaccompanied, single-handed, independent, solitary; alone, on one's own, single-handed(ly), by oneself, unaided, independently;

antonyms: accompanied

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celticknight

And another thing that I find problematic with your "Verb" definition is that most times a guitar "solo" is accompanied by music and the solo is bound by the chords/modes of the rhythm played by other instruments which may include other guitars.

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celticknight

Ok, so, where do you stand on the fence regarding harmonized lines ala Iron Maiden, Racer X, Cacophony and many others, were either line could be considered in and of itself a 'solo' it's own right.

This has been bothering me this I first saw this post some time back in an earlier round.

Are they dual-lead lines played at a superhuman level, or are they dual solos.

Please help me put my mind at ease?!?

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celticknight

Muddying the waters just a little bit more is the written description in Wikipedia of the term "Guitar Solo":

In popular music, a guitar solo is a melodic passage, section, or entire piece of music written for an electric guitar or an acoustic guitar. Guitar solos, which often contain varying degrees of improvisation, are used in many styles of popular music such as blues, swing, jazz, jazz fusion, rock and metal. Guitar solos are also used in classical music forms such as chamber music and concertos

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Occasionally, there will be a two-part guitar solo with both rhythm and lead guitar taking solos: (e.g. "Master of Puppets" by Metallica), or dual solos with both lead and rhythm playing complementary solos such as with Twisted Sister’s "30", Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name", "The Trooper" and Metallica's "The Four Horsemen", or Megadeth's "Mechanix".

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egstrat

Did you read the article at all?
Like this part:

"On the studio version of the song, which appeared on Skynyrd’s debut album, Collins played the entire solo himself on his Gibson Explorer"

Snark is fun but you know it has to be accurate snark

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oneunder

A solo is a lead. Call it what you want, but it DOES NOT have to be performed by one person. If you were a true musician you would know this fact.

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LoQ

As with most of these match-ups, these are two very different types of guitar solos, which means it simply comes down to one's personal preference. Since I prefer Voodoo Child that is my vote.

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Darth Compton

I know it's got it's legion of fans, but I still think Voodoo Child is better than Free Bird, as far as guitar solos go, and that's how I'm vote'n.

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johnnycnote

I agree. I grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and went to the same high school as LS (a couple of years later, and they're NOT from Alabama!), and in the early 70's it seemed as if every 10 minutes or so the radio would be saying "and now Jacksonville's own Lynrd Skynrd". I used to say it was why I finally left town altogether. While I'll admit that left for a lot of reasons, I did get oversaturated with LS. I was a big JH fanatic in high school, so I didn't want to hear much else.

I can give LS credit for their talent and perseverance over the years, but Free Bird in particular is one that I've always had problems with. I'll never forget one evening I was in my room listening to the stereo and drifting in and out of consciousness. At one point they started playing 'Bird and as I lay dozing it seemed as if the song lasted forever! My thoughts about the song have been permanently affected by that episode.

But it's one of those "to each his own" things and even if I wanted to convince everyone on earth that LS didn't deserve being listened to (not that I would) it would be a lost cause.

I never met any of them, but my brother and his friend came across their practice house once when my brother was visiting. They knocked on the door and asked if they could watch. After some hurried "cleaning up" they were invited in and watched for a while. They guys were all friendly and let them in again on other occasions. There was also some girl there who had a weird neck thing that allowed her to turn her head 360°. She also had some kind of green pea soup stains all over her skimpy clothing. I think they called her Linda . . .

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