Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Sweet 16 — "Comfortably Numb" (David Gilmour) Vs. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Brian May)

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GEENGADE

Soloing with a harmonies or playing a riff throughout the song with keyboard effects would be a better choice for metal but the way guitar works with a great rhythm is a better choice for metal. I like keyboards but if I had to choose between the two and if it was my last choice it would be a better rhythm the keys are optional and so are the vocal harmonies.

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Darth Compton

Well that was an intense one to watch :P

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LoQ

Since this match-up has now been up for over 24 hours with one leading over the other by over 1,600 votes, can we just stick a fork in this one and move on to the next match-up?

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dfanelli

well, the way it's supposed to be is, during the sweet 16 round and beyond, I'll post one poll monday, one wednesday and one friday. the friday one will get an extra day for voting (sunday); this way, there's always a live poll on the site. i totally hear what you're saying (and sort of agree!), but i'm trying to stick to the plan.

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LoQ

That makes sense. Thank you for replying.

nursetom61

Can I write in a vote? If I can I vote for Led Zeppelin's No Quarter. Not the studio version but the Song Remains The Same version. I feel this solo in my soul every time I hear it. I know plenty of people will disagree with me but, it's just my opinion.

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delzep

Love this "no quarter" version!!

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Hendrix1970

tick tock..

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Andromeda

Oh yes Gilmor, another top identifiable player and so many other facets...

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Hendrix1970

Agreed

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Andromeda

"...He's probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page, and Clapton. They're all so identifiable, but Brian May has such a tone in his head and in his fingers. It speaks volumes. His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That's what I heard in Brian May's playing. It's something that's inherent in the brain of the guitar player...". (Steve Vai, Guitar World Magazine, 2010). That's why my vote goes to the majestic sound of Bohemian's solo. I don't understand why people think the crazy train's solo is so important...it's great but in every little town there are thousands of guitarrists who can do this kind of fast scale tapping Van Halen thing...always the same texture and sonority...I really don't understand...

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Hendrix1970

Chuck Berry was also identifiable, doesn't mean he was any good.

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krshnakrunch

Jimi Hendrix was gay. I installed two-way mirrors at his pad in London. He came to the door in a dress.

jefffos

I'm sorry, did you just say that the true King of Rock and Roll is not a good guitar player?? Man, it's like you're have a bipolar ignorance condition. One day you make valid, quasi-intelligent comments and back up what you say with solid examples. The very next day, sometimes later that night, you make completely ignorant, homophobic, racist, dumb shit comments that have absolutely no basis in fact. Listening to you is like listening to Dr. Evil explain his childhood. You're like Jekyll and Dumbass. You probably think Elvis is the absolute basis for all popular music too, don't you?! Didn't Robert Downey Jr. teach you anything in Tropic Thunder?? "Never go full _ _ _ _ _ _" You can fill in the blanks, well maybe tomorrow you can...

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Hendrix1970

hey mr 'racist' i still have no reply back from you. Still waiting for any quotes from myself that have been blatantly racist, as you said.. tick tock racist boy. Such a weak person resorting to that old butt hurt tactic of throwing in the race card when on the back foot when nothing whatsoever is about race on here lol.. you missed the boat jeffy

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Hendrix1970

Oh my Gawd! Please, please Jeffos, please post anything racist i have ever said on this board please... to the main point, come on, get real, chuck berry is not a great player at all! yes he is the king of rnr but that's it. playing the same riff and lick in 80% of all songs doesn't say too much for the skill of anyone.. my point originally WAS: Just because someone's sound is identifiable, does NOT automatically make them a decent player.. I think most would agree with that, surely..

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Andromeda

Could you define what makes a guitarrist good so that I can understand better...

jefffos

My friend, you are fighting a losing battle. Hendrix1970 believes that the sexual orientation of a member of the band apparently robs the other band members of all talent. After a few uh...enlightening conversations with Hendrix1970, it's became clear that he believes Freddie Mercury's sexual orientation makes Brian May less of a player that he would have otherwise been in a heterosexual band. Don't bring this up, because that makes you automatically homosexual to Hendrix1970, and if you have a band then BOOM...there goes your talent!
I admit, I didn't like the way that Queen's and Brian May's fan club hijacked the Greatest Guitarist Contest. That was Brian's fault, nor does it make him less of a player. He's just not better than the men he defeated in the contest. All of that however, has nothing to do with the man's sexual orientation.
One more thing, don't confuse Hendrix1970 with Hendrix197O with an O, not a zero. The two of them seem close.

And cue the insults about my personal life in 3...2...1...GO!!!

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Hendrix1970

..And so what? I wouldn't be up on stage with a transvestite, fuck that. My opinion my belief. Suck it homo.

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dfanelli

Come on, guys! keep it clean!

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Hendrix1970

Eg; if i knew only a few licks and iw as playing, say a sitar thru a fuzz/distortion/chorus/wah pedal.. it would be highly identifiable, but then again... i only know a few licks, so i wouldn't be any good,really. make myself clear...Boy?

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Andromeda

That's the point, Hendrix1970: a sitar thru a fuzz/distortion etc. and... you wouldn't be highly identifiable. That's why Randy is just a mere copy of Van Halen. If I want listening to that senseless tapping thing, that every kid is capable to do, at least in my little town, I pay tribute to the original who deserves it. Like Monalisa's smile or Van Gogh's yellow, Brian is not highly identifiable, he is subliming, revolutioning identifiable and that's is just one of his multiple facets. Why are so obcessed with licks...what do you want to lick wearing your little sister underwear? How many licking ways you wanna learn? If you think that Brian's playing is associated with perverting things, which is an absurd, than one more reason for you to listen to him, your dirty mind.

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Hendrix1970

I think there is some confusion with the language barrier maybe.. I dont even discuss the tapping retards, it's soulless pointless showmanship in my opinion.

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Andromeda

Thank you for your enlightening comment, Mr. Jeffos.You're very nice and intelligent guy so that I'm so ashamed that I have to disagree with you: I really don't think that Road is better than May...I go along with Vai's opinion..and I really don't think that crazy train solo is better than brighton rock one.

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Hendrix1970

You have to decide that for yourself.

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thf24

This. Music is subjective, end of story. It's great to praise artists, but classless to put others that you personally don't care for in the process, and idiotic to think your opinion is the right answer.

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Hendrix1970

It was a point i was trying to make, ok if you think playing the same lick in every song(What makes him identifiable) is what a great guitarist means, then go ahead..your opinion afterall.

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Andromeda

The funny thing is that my criticism about crazy train'solo is exactly what you think about Brian. I see no difference between it from the others tapping solos around the world. The same fast, virtuose thing, usually with no connection to the form and emotional structure of the song. For me, Brian has a very particular, sublime tone, but what I like is the variety of textures and different sound layers he can get along with a very contrapunctual approach in some songs...or a very regal, grandiose and orchestral chordal sequence in others...or a very legato, emotional melodic line like this one in Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen has a tremendous variety of song styles so that it would be impossible to play each of them with the same approach...Conclusion: or we have a different way of perceiving things or you are bluffing, Mr.Ferocious Man. Neverthless, I must admit that that image of "wearing the young sister's underwear" was really hilarious.

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Hendrix1970

I agree with you. Just not that into queen really. Yeh my troll likes that sort of gay stuff, i guess he was raised by somewhat questionable gender benders eh. lol.

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Hendrix197O

Well your mum absolutely ADORES me. She even refers to me as her 'other son'.

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Jenilu

I love how people are getting so irritated by Queen fans!! Have some cheese with all your "whine"!! Ha ha ha!

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LoQ

"Victory Cheese" tastes good.

jefffos

Queen is a great, legendary band and deserve all the respect they receive. That being said, the way they affected, and eventually discredited the Greatest Guitarist Poll was ridiculous. It wasn't all their fault, the people running need to shoulder a bit of the blame. The two players that May faced prior to the finals had the voting open for almost three days, one of which was longer due to the weekend.In the finals against eventual winner Eddie Van Halen, the voting was open far less than a day and Van Halen was given the crown. I know, you're shocked. That's why people are still complaining about Queen. Not the band, but the fans...

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doughsellz

Interesting match-up. One song is a sonic experiment unlike any other before or since & the other a dark descent into the lethargy of catatonic insanity. Both contain two distinctly separate solo sections. I like BM's first solo section better than DG's but the second solo in Comfortably Numb is far & away more classic & iconic. The continuity of that second solo as the apex & outro of the song gives it more validity too whereas BM's work is a blend of dubs. DG is a master of artificial harmonics & integrating the percussive effect of muted-string pick flicks as lead-in notes (wth is that term???) David Gilmour got my vote.

On a grander scale Bohemian Rhapsody is a monument to Freddie Mercury's talent. Written 16 years before his death, those lyrics read like profound premonition. Whether he was potentially perceiving his own ultimate demise or just putting words on paper is one of the great juxtapositions of rock legend.

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loral

Besides the easy ways of clearing history/cookies, spoofing IP's, using numerous computers (ala school) and the other methods to vote more than once, Queen trolls only post the voting on Facebook when Brian May is up.

You rarely see such high numbers in votes except when Brian May is up for vote.

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pixiepqueen

the Anti Queen fan sentiments on here are disappointing. You have no real proof that people are voting more than once. Brian May has a lot of fans who support him. No crime there.

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loral

If you don't think Brighton Rock beating Crazy Train isn't proof, crawl back under your rock.....

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pixiepqueen

your need to become offensive says it all...

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Hendrix1970

Pixiqueen hahaha says it all really!! lol!

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pixiepqueen

*yawn*

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watson503

Hahaha!!!

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Darth Compton

Of course I vote Comfortably Numb. But it doesn't matter, I predicted the Queen-trolls would ruin this, like they ruin everything else.

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LoQ

I've said it before but it bears repeating, polldaddy is EASILY exploitable and wide open. It just takes three clicks and a refresh to vote again and again and again and again and AGAIN. So as long as Guitar World continues to use polldaddy for their polls (or another outside polling service that doesn't require you to log in to vote), the results for these contests are always going to be in question.

So, let the exploiting of this polldaddy poll (by certain Queen fans) begin!

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still rockin'

If your wasting your time just clicking over and over again, you need to get a life. Both are great solos, but my vote goes to Mr. Gilmour!

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LoQ

I couldn't agree with you more on ALL three of your points.

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Darth Compton

And you'll never hear Guitar World mention it in their summaries up top.

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QueenRockBand

Bohemian Rhapsody!! \m/(>‿<)\m/

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SamiEndler

Comfortably numb is leading, but we all know this will turn around.
Brian May always wins in this poll :P
Queen fans are hardcore...

Btw, my vote goes to the Bohemian Rhapsody solo, I already mentioned that I can´t find anything special about the numb solo (no offense, in my opinion it´s still a good solo). The Bo Rhap solo is shorter, but (to me) more memorable.

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