Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Heartbreaker" (Jimmy Page) Vs. "Europa" (Carlos Santana)

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GEENGADE

Solos on albums are a first. Page definitely gets the credit. Liking Page for his outstanding devotion to the craft it was obvious that this was the key mark of a legend. The trade was not too soon to follow. From Carlos Cavazos' Battle Ax to Eruption these have been the jems of the soloist. True shredding done completely mind set and free. A thing of the past and completely obscure with today's developing engineers with today’s virtuoso.

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Anzenchitai

Isn't the criteria the BEST guitar solo. Page did a lot of great shit but this isn't the case here. This particular solo is a mess. The concept of what he was trying to do may have been great but it's still a crappy solo. Santana won't win this one but HE SHOULD. If you find Santana boring, you should stay away from Renaissance art as well.

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stringdoc

I have the feeling that when played live at concert volume, Santana's solo would really be moving and beautiful. However, played through my computer speakers at home, it sounds like elevator music. Page's solo, on the other hand, sounds jagged, raw, and in-your-face, much like it probably does on stage. Forget how long they took to compose. The question before this jury is which is the better guitar solo. In the context of rock and blues, they both have a legitimate place. To my ears, however, Pagey's piece is closer to the real thing. His got my vote and I notice the majority of voters felt the same way. There are no absolutes in art, however, so welcome to your own conclusions.

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celticknight

The solo on "Heartbreaker" is very sloppy in parts and I have a hard time listening to it - the song is cool but "that" solo just doesn't work at all and has nothing to do with the song at all. It doesn't matter whether he spent 20 minutes or 20 hours - it still sounds awful.

Santana on the other hand is all class - beautiful song classy solo, what more could a guitar lover want!

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TeleJohn

I can't vote in this round. Heartbreaker may be simple and straight forward, but it's kickass rock 'n roll...Santana's rewrite of Europa is brilliant and soulful....good luck choosing, guys!

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fritodog

Doesn't anyone appreciate the sustain Santana pulls off on Europa. It's incredible and it isn't easy to do. Come on people!!!

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Darth Compton

I concur as well. I always thought Page's solo on Heartbreaker was overrated. Deserves mention due to influence alone, but not so high, in my opinion. It gets too sloppy, and not in a good way, in several spots. Europa has note-for-note perfection.

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Jacob Moen

Well, Santana spent 8-9 years on Europa. Page spent 20 minutes on the solo for Heartbreaker. ;)
Two very different solos: off the cuff versus composed.

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Hendrix1970

I agree it's a great instrumental, far better solo + song..

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Hendrix1970

Definately Santana in EVERY possible way.

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VicG2412

Both pretty lame... Santana's is monotonous and nothing special... Zeppelins sounds like something a kid would play at a jam session... This is suppose to be the BEST solos out there...? Think about that... out of all the great solos out there, these are considered two of the best... U have got to be kidding me... But then again, it is guitar world so I'm not surprised of how lame this is...

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Jacob Moen

Like Bull said: if they sound like Page it is because of his influence. You forget that he did it first. Over 20 years before you were born, I reckon.

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bull

Man, what kids are you jamming with!?! Seriously, did you ever think that a lot of people sound like that at jam sessions because they were influenced by solos like Heartbreaker?

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RonZabrocki

Had to go with HeartBreaker. I love Santana. And Europa is beautiful guitar playing. But the HeartBreaker solo was the 1st time I heard a guitarist play that way alone. And it sounded a bit on the edge and that attracted me to it's immediacy!

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thrash8315

Growing up in South Texas, Santana was the standard. "Make the guitar sing like Santana," was what one guy told me as a young kid. "Europa" was played in every quincenera I attended, and every one (including non-musicans) knows how that song goes which made it a big challenge for any guitarist attempting that. It has feel, excellent note selection, phrasing, and power. That is why "Europa" gets my vote.

strat714

Heartbreaker was on Led Zeppelin II, not 3!!! WTF!?!?!?!

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