Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Sweet 16 — "Hotel California" (Don Felder, Joe Walsh) Vs. "Brighton Rock" (Brian May)

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GEENGADE

Soloing on the flow of things make it impossible to see the realm of playing that seems to make a more positive than a negative. About the time blues was influential than that of chordal arrangements or duets of playing acoustics guitars out of the blue. The bluesy riffs and funky chord changes with a few daunting guitar effects done in great taste. While totally accepting and out of the blue a transition of musician dedicated to power rock to listen to a new level of soft rock. This is the road that split the power to a more soft playing. Still used today UNPLUGGED. I learn it for a learning tool but felt shallow and let down and worried. Keeping Priest on all burners. What does Brian say on this song ' NNeath the gay illuminations and Hotel California is about the Charles Manson Murders. Henley replied: "I know, it's so boring. It's a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream, and about excess in America which was something we knew about."

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Hendrix1970

gay illuminations hahahahaha is that what you're into bro? lol

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Darth Compton

Looks like Hotel California is making Brighton Rock... *puts on sunglasses* ...check out.

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Hendrix1970

I wont be sad to see the end of the queen fanboy comments that's fer sure lol

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voodoochile2

Yup, amen bro' !

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HangtownDave

Even though I really like Brian May, and I thought this was a toss up, I voted for Walsh & Felder just to annoy the ballot stuffing Queenies.

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voodoochile2

Me too

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Darth Compton

Are others so pissed about the May-fanboys that they're rage voting against him now? I didn't expect this much of a gap :P

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voodoochile2

Yes, anyone but Brian May!

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loral

Is Queen still alive?

What have they done for me lately...??

Other than whore out all their songs after Freddie died for advertising. My God... Target plays 2 Queen songs for "Back To School" ads let alone all the other ads using Freddie's compositions.

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CaineWolf

"Is Queen still alive?"

???

We're not voting for Queen, we're supposed to be choosing the best Solo!

99% of what's in these polls isn't current. I'm pretty sure Jimi Hendrix hasn't done anything new recently, but he does ok in these votes.

If we were doing a poll based on RECENT contributions then virtually NONE of the entries would be relevant or be allowed and Muse's Matt Bellamy would win Hands Down! Check out the Solos on "Invincible" or "Knights of Cydonia" (especially Live if you can).

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LoQ

So you’re saying that if Guitar World did a readers poll on recent guitar solos released post year 2000, that without a doubt Matt Bellamy would win... “hands down”???

While I can certainly appreciate your admiration for Matt Bellamy (and I too appreciate his skills), I’m pretty sure that the GW readers wouldn’t vote him very far when going up against some of his contemporaries such as Joe Bonamassa, Guthrie Govan, Synyster Gates, Derek Trucks, Chris Broderick, etc. Of course those are just some the younger players, since this readers poll would be about actual “solos” released post 2000 (and not about the age of the player), then that would also open the doors for other players such of Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, John 5, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Buckethead, Jeff Loomis, etc who are still releasing music that has been well received and critically acclaimed post 2000.

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doughsellz

Better song? No question Hotel California. Better solo? Hands down it's Brian May.

Shouldn't be complaining about Don Felder & Joe Walsh matching up against the multi-layered guitar work of Brighton Rock. Both songs use more than one guitar simultaneously during the solos with the only difference to me being one will sound more authentically studio-ish in concert.

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Darth Compton

I find the complaints about "duets" amusing. I find a guitar solo a guitar solo, no matter how many people are leading, as long as it's lead-guitar work and not riffing/rhythm.

That said, I actually voted Brighton Rock. Unlike Bohemian F'n Rhapsody, I feel May better displays his talents and energy here. It never should've made it past Crazy Train, sure, but I'm voting it over Hotel California.

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CaineWolf

so·lo [soh-loh] noun, plural so·los, so·li [-lee], adjective, adverb, verb
noun
1. a musical composition or a passage or section in a musical composition written for performance by one singer or instrumentalist: She played/sang a solo.
2. any performance, as a dance, by one person.
3. a person who works, acts, or performs alone: He used to sing with a quartet, but now he's a solo.
4. a flight in an airplane during which the pilot is unaccompanied by an instructor or other person: I'll be ready for my first solo next week.

adjective
5. Music. performing alone: a part for solo trumpet.
6. performed alone; not combined with other parts of equal importance; not concerted.
7. alone; without a companion or partner: a solo flight.

adverb
8. on one's own; alone or unaccompanied: After six lessons he was flying solo.

verb (used without object)
9. to perform or do a solo: to solo on the trumpet.
10. to pilot a plane, glider, etc., unaccompanied, especially for the first time: After the course the students should be able to solo.
11. to perform or accomplish something by oneself.

Just saying! By definition, two people playing together isn't a Solo.

Glad you voted Brighton Rock anyway ;-)

Also, as per Ddraig64's comment, the Live versions of Brighton Rock are IMMENSE. Live Killers, Wembley '86 and the most recent version from the tours with Paul Rodgers where it blends with Bijou (another fantastic example of Brian May solo work) are all worth checking out.

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Hendrix1970

dictionary?

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CaineWolf

No, just made that crap up to try and prove a point' ;-)

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Darth Compton

Boy I got served! :P

If it were just the harmony lead at the end, I could concur on the technicality, but they trade solos for good length before the harmony.

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CaineWolf

I hope you took it in the way it was meant (good humoured fun) :-D

I was just trying to deflect the attention onto something else other than "Brian May is rubbish because Freddie was gay" or "Brian May shouldn't win because Freddie was gay" or "all Queen fans are gay" or "Brian May only wins because his fans vote for him"...

These polls are a joke, they're always ridiculous as they're only a popularity vote, nothing to do with how good a solo, guitar, effects, or guitarist are...if EVH had a fan base as big as Queen have then he'd win all of the time, same for Jimmy or Jimi, Eric and Zakk...etc.

I still don't think it's a "solo" though, but it's still one of my favourite guitar pieces of all time.

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Hendrix1970

I'd say 99.9999999998% of jimi hendrix's fanbase don't even go onto this site lol. Solo competitions are a bit pretentious really, that's why there are tons of tapping,shred fans etc and pretentious people in general on here...

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CaineWolf

http://youtu.be/TsT5BiWu-gI

Not sure if the link will work (or be removed) but thought I'd give it a try.

And before anyone accuses me of contradicting myself, I'm fully aware that Brian is joined on stage and performs a duet in the mid-section of Last Horizon ;-)

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nbenning

My first choice is Hotel California. Walsh & Felders solos are iconic. But after reading the comments ... and having a good listen to Brighton Rock - Brian May got my choice!

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Ddraig64

I agree with CanineWolf. I prefer the acoustic version of Hotel California and although it is a masterpiece, you can't really call it a solo. Like many of Thin Lizzy's greatest songs, it is more than one guitarist that gives it the sound. Brighton Rock on the Queen Live Killers album is probably the greatest solo ever played.

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CaineWolf

I absolutely LOVE Hotel California, one of my fave songs of all time, and the guitar outro is my ringtone on my phone, but I still don't think that TWO people playing guitar is a SOLO...it's a DUET.

Everything that Brian May did on Brighton Rock was HIM and his guitar, amp and some delay.

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oneunder

"Solo" is a figure of speech sometimes referred to as a lead. Solos are not always performed by one person. The Eagles proved that now didn't they. Some bands have two or more guitar players that perform leads simultaneously, while harmonizing with each other. There are many other scenarios I can come up with, but I don't want to write a book here.

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