Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Machine Gun" (Jimi Hendrix) Vs. "The Thrill Is Gone" (B.B. King)

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Hendrix1970

BB king so overrated, been playing the same boring 5 licks he knows for 60+ years.

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hanzarouth

Serious omission: solo from "25 or 6 to 4" (Chicago/Terry Kath)

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timelander

I liked both of them and they have no paired, and I voted for B.B. just because I like to swim against the tide and it's very difficult.

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stringdoc

Much as I like BB King, he's never been acclaimed for reinventing the way guitar is played. His beautiful minimalist solo is no match for the fireworks and genre-bending fretwork of Jimi Hendrix in this contest.

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GEENGADE

Here’s a comparison of Blues verses a guy who invented feedback distortion showmanship everything that is more influential to this day and is still mirrored. So what do you need to be creative? You learn the blues. With guitarist today you learn the roots and you progress to your favorite stuff. Next the instincts take over and study who ripped off the invention of the blues from techniques to sweeps. There you’re the next best thing since popcorn.

With the advent of history, other players with others and other players with players there is a fine line of judgment. For the one who enjoys a casual day of guitar playing to one that is insane. These are your peers. For the ones being creative those are your critics.

Don’t mix critics with your peers.

strat714

Much better this time GW. You have seeds and brackets posted for all to see. You also have a definitive list that was ALREADY chosen by a team of experts. Nicely done. There will still be naysayers, but I like this poll.

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dfanelli

Thank you, strat714! We appreciate the comment! I just can't promise that the brackets will be available over the weekends.

ichiro31

Hey Joe was the first guitar solo I learned to play followed by the solo in Bold as Love. However, Machine Gun is the coolest solo I have heard from Hendrix. It is right up there with the solo in All Along the Watchtower and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return.)

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johnnycnote

Another ludicrous comparison from Guitar World! That's like comparing Rembrandt to Picasso. Yes, it's the same instrument/medium, but beyond that it's apples and oranges.

As far as Jimi's rumored decline goes, the next night they had another show scheduled at another venue and Hendrix was too wasted to be able to play. There's a Behind the Music (VH1C, if memory serves) about "Band of Gypsys" and Buddy Miles gets quite emotional about the whole event. BOG was recorded New Years Eve '69, and by September Hendrix was dead.

He was clearly headed towards the end. He was being worked to death by his management, who screwed him out of all of his earnings. He wanted to explore some other musical directions but they wouldn't let him. He may not have consciously committed suicide, but I'm convinced he was tired of living and would have ended his life one way or another by the end of 1970 . . .

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jdpicker59

I totally agree...couldn't agree more Johnny.

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johnnycnote

Thanks JD! It's hard to look at JH's life and not see a tragedy . . .

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mooseboy

Ah- now we're pitting Jimi against B.B., and this is a TOUGH one!

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Reverb

The sound quality in the Hendrix you tube clip is terrible. The You Tube clip is the problem. The actual recording of that performance sounds great- you can download it on itunes or elsewhere. It was improperly ripped for the video clip.

It's nearly impossible to choose between those solos. It's my favorite BB King recording ( the feel and restraint in those solos is amazing) and Hendrix 's performance is unbelievable.

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dfanelli

hey, reverb: i just swapped out the hendrix video with a better one. my main concern is making sure it's the version from the 'band of gypsys' album, which is the one mentioned in the original GW story about the 100 best solos. thanks for the comment! it has led to better sound quality!

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ipsofacto

Live performances should be omitted from this poll. And what's so great about King's solo on this song?...more in that of reputation, rather than actual merit.

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dfanelli

ipsofacto: i generally/totally DO agree that live performances should be omitted from the poll. there are, however, (at least) two exceptions: 1. the original GW story about the 100 greatest guitar solos actually refers to this version from this particular live album, which means this is actually the version chosen by the editors. 2. when searching for videos to use in these polls, at some point i won't be able to find studio versions for certain songs; in that case, I'll have to use live versions. For instance, song number 64 is a Prince tune, "little red corvette." while the original video IS on YouTube, they've removed the freakin' audio -- which sort of presents a problem. Anyway, thanks for writing! -- df

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LoQ

Machine Gun really does it for me! Jimi gets my vote on this one.

nursetom61

Do you think we are going to get a repeat of the "Greatest Guitarists" poll. If you remember some douche posted this poll on a Queen fan site. A lot of Brian May votes came from those postings. I mean really! Brian May better than Hendrix. If this happens with this poll, I will never take part in any GW poll again. This poll is supposed to be amongst guitar players. People please keep it that way. Don't go posting this poll at any fan sites.

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SamiEndler

Sorry, I can´t listen to the Hendrix solo since it would cause ear problems due to the disastrous recording quality. Isn´t there any better version of this song?

No vote from me here.

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