Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) Vs. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jimmy Page)

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JDFM

Please! Someone explain this to me!

Why is Billy Corgan in this poll... but Gary Moore isn´t?

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Hendrix1970

Because most of the readers on here are metal/shredding/poser fans. Figured it out yet? lol

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Hendrix1970

the amount of stolen riffs etc Led zeppelin should be ashamed of themselves.

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Keith Theodosiou

So Led Zeppelin are the only band in history to have 'stolen' other artists riffs? Like I said earlier,all styles sound similar,why? because if your into blues,you 'copy' the styles of your favourite artists that your into so you will sound like them,you will use blues riffs that ALL blues artists use because they are 'blues' riffs.Same with rock n roll same with jazz and so on.Yeah Zeppelin 'used' some other artists riffs early on but that was just their influences showing in a newly formed band but because they made it so big in such a short space of time people hit on that point.I compose music and I write in all styles,even classical music and one thing I have noticed that is the hardest thing to do when composing is to not copy a riff or a phrase that hasn't already been done in centuries of music.At the end of the day,Led Zeppelin reached the highest peaks of the music world why? cos people liked what they heard and its the people that put them there.

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Hendrix1970

you obviously don't know the full story of what happened. agree and disagree with you about copying a few bits here & there, but also no..innovators don't need to copy other peoples stuff, that's why the musics so shit these days, no ones got something original with a spark. Been done too well!

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Keith Theodosiou

Yes i've seen the documentaries too how they stole the riffs and then labled them as being written by the band.What they did was to take the riffs and re-arranged them and call them their own,some early yardbird stuff like dazed and confused that Page prob had a hand in anyway.Yeah other stuff too that they used which I don't deny,all i'm saying is that most bands and artists do it in one way or another.You can hear it in the early albums but as they progressed,they then found their own style and sound.I'm not saying they didn't do it i'm just saying that a lot of bands do it even pre Zeppelin.It was just made more obvious with then cos of the way they grew so big so quick,thats all.

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Hendrix1970

Yeah, still.. shows an inability to be creative.

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James Patrick Page

You can only reproach... you're just a loser... lol ... what can you be proud of ...

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Keith Theodosiou

Inability? wrong word I think,you are talking about the most sought after session musicians of pre Zeppelin,inability,definately the wrong word lol

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JesseB

Although Since I´ve been loving you is a really great and very relaxing blues song which i really enjoy listening to. it´s not the originality and epicness i want in a solo.

Johnny B Goode on the other hand is the original meaning of epicness in my opinion.

lucid_nightmare

Honestly, You guys got it WRONG with the 100 greatest guitar solo's of all time. The number 1 greatest solo of all time is 'Freebird' by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Number 2 would be 'Stairway to Heaven' by Led Zeppelin. I really hate when people like you compile this stuff on your own taking. Meaning you say what solo is what number. Well 99% of the time you get it all completely wrong! I would much rather see a greatest of all time list that is voted on by the fans even tho fans mostly pick what is more popular than by the actual solo itself and the mechanics of the solo and all that Jazz. At least its more accurate!

Now I voted for Chuck Berry simply because it is a classic and a better solo. During its time it was the big thing. I mean stuff like that hadn't been heard before. 'Since I've Been Loving You' solo had been done before. Its just an old blues solo. Nothing too innovative. Plus Page had already done some of his most innovative solo's. Honestly I think people are just voting for the Jimmy Page song simply because it's Jimmy Page. It really has nothing to do with the actual solo itself. Which is sad because Chuck Berry's solo is far better if you really listen to the solo.

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Darth Compton

Stairway was VOTED #1 when that list was compiled, it wasn't something they did on their own. It was Guitar World readers choice. I still have the special issue.

I do think it would be more productive if GW would allow its readers to rank a new list though, rather than us resorting a list more than a decade old. I was never fond of "tournament" style ranking anyway.

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Keith Theodosiou

Rock n Roll,blues,rock,pop or whatever,they all sound the same in their own styles,this riff sounds like that riff,this line sounds like that line and so on.
You can't really compare the two solo's as you can't really compare the two artists and they both are great artists in their own fields so how you can imply that one is rubbish just cos the other one apparently started rock n roll,well blues had been around for years before rock n roll and Led Zeppelins early influences were blues.
I am going for Jimmy Page's solo for the simple reason that in 1971 when I was 13 I heard Led Zeppelin and I wanted to be Jimmy Page so I went and bought a guitar and played their albums till my fingers hurt lol He was my influence to learn guitar and I love Zeppelin.As other people will pick Chuck's solo cos they grew up on him.
Don't slate other artists just cos your bias.Jimmy Page will always be a huge influence on many people and Led Zeppelin are a huge part of the UK's music history that i'm proud of.
That's my bit said :o)

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doughsellz

Page will make noise with other match-ups so Chuck gets my vote here. Inspired a new generation of music. Hail Hail Rock n Roll.

jefffos

Bull F**KING S**T!!! One of THE GREATEST GUITAR SONGS OF ALL TIME and it's losing to Jimmy Page??!! I'm done, this is now officially bulls**!!!

lucid_nightmare

I completely agree! People are just voting for the Page song because it's Page. Has nothing to do with the actual solo itself. Which Chuck Berry's solo is far better because Page's had already been done. It's just an old blues solo improvised. But the Chuck Berry solo had never been done before. In fact the whole song had never been done before. It was a very big thing when it came out. 'Since I've Been Loving You' wasn't a very big deal when it came out cause Page had already done some of his biggest solo's that put him on the map. I really hate the fact that these kind of polls people just vote for who's more popular rather than the actual song or solo itself. Its like they don't care if its a song poll or solo poll or any other kind of poll. If you have Jimmy Page vs. Pete Townshend, people will always no matter what vote for Jimmy Page, even Pete Townshend was better. It's ridiculous!

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GEENGADE

To create the solo to create the lick to create the riff to create rock n roll how you would not say this it’s not an anthem. The solo compared today's listener is not long enough. I am sure it would have been differently. The guitar broke away from the blues right at this moment. Without this there probably would not even be a Led Zeppelin.

Jimmy Page's Dubious Recording Legacy

Led Zeppelin I Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years," Albert King's "The Hunter" and bits of Gary Farr and the T-Bones' "How Many More Times." Further, there was a direct quote of Jimmy Rodgers' pop hit, "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine."

"Whole Lotta Love" opens Led Zeppelin II. As mentioned earlier, Steve Marriott and the Small Faces figure into the Led Zeppelin saga. That mod foursome were known for a killer live version of the Muddy Waters "You Need Love."

Another track from Led Zeppelin III, "Since I've Been Loving You," lifted significant lyrical passages from Moby Grape's "Never." In doing so, Robert Plant can't really be accused so much of plagiarism as sheer laziness.

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