Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Sweet 16 — "Mr. Crowley" (Randy Rhoads) Vs. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jimmy Page)

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doughsellz

Wow closest vote I've seen so far. Anyone know what the actual number differential was? I consider this an upset since most metal isn't getting the same respect classic rock is. I voted for this RR effort up until this match-up. Maybe it's just mood at present but sitting around relaxing with Zeppelin III on is way better than the crush & crunch of Mr. Crowley. No disappointment though since RR certainly deserves an Elite 8 appearance.

nursetom61

Vote on my poll, not many yet. https://polldaddy.com/polls/7233242/results/

nursetom61

Vote on my poll not many votes yet https://polldaddy.com/polls/7233242/results/

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noelsilvadom

Just imagine this: if Since I've been having loving you is chosen as the "greatest guitar solo of all time", someone can ask...what version of it?... But with Mr. Crowley solo yo can't go wrong, anyone can almost sing this solo note by note and still there is some room for improvisation, isn't that great?...that's why this solo must be there... It's remarkable, you hear only 2 seconds of this solo and there you go...you know that's Mr. Crowley.

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oneunder

The "what version" question can be asked for "Mr.Crowley," too. Are you familiar with the "Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads Tribute" album? Both solos are great, but you have to be fair. What's good for the goose is good for the gander (so to speak).

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voodoochile2

I am still surprised that Mr Crowley was voted better than All Along the Watchtower. It is very good and Randy was awesome, but not GREAT like Jimi in Watchtower or Jimmy in Since I Been Loving You ...

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Hendrix1970

These people go nuts over metal guitarists, most despise jimi for his technically weird playing style and 'iconic' fixture in the guitar world. Also they have to grit their teeth for voting for him... check how many votes were casted in recent 'battles' lol

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voodoochile2

The guy above is talking about singing Mr Crowley, and knowing what it is! Please .....

How about singing the solo from All Along the Watchtower? Iconic and classic - can it be any more recognizable?

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carlo999

while Since.. is about the only Zeppelin song I've heard those far that actually entertains me the whole way through.. and quite enjoy it.. Mr Crowley's solos are so deliciously melodic, emotive, passionate, and virtuous that really how can it be losing?

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Darth Compton

"really how can it be losing?"

The Page name attached. It's pretty big on the net :P

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noelsilvadom

It's important to consider the guitar solo of Mr. Crowley is an original composition of the late Randy Rhoads that have very recognizable licks and tells a musically history by itself. For example you can't interchange parts or the structure of it, otherwise it can be a disaster (if you want a more clear example about what I'm saying, please listen to Y. J. Malmsteen's version of Mr. Crowley). Of course there're room for some improvisation (as Randy did on the Live versions) but the sense and basic composition of the solos must be considered all the time in more than 90% if you want a good result.
By another hand, the guitar work of Jimmy Page in Since I've having Loving you is great, his felling is outstanding... the passion of Robert Plant singing the song helps a lot, but except some little parts, all the solos are the result of sort of an improvisation, so you can evidence this when he does the song live,and more than 80% of the parts are different than the original recorder version.
Also you have to consider when both songs came up to the light at their times, definitely Mr. Crowley was a break-trough for the Heavy Metal, but maybe Since I've been having loving you was just another good blues song from a UK band, as many of others than were composed at that time.
My conclusion is that the Guitar Work in Mr. Crowley is more structured, complex, innovative and musical.

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HangtownDave

You're right about at least one thing, the vocals of Robert Plant are freaking awesome in this song. If we had a top 10 of lead vocals this should be there somewhere.

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Hendrix1970

What's to say that improvisation wasn't used live and vise versa. like most other bands do, live...

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timelander

Oops... Are you still people still stood on this?

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Darth Compton

Mr. Crowley, to me, strikes a perfect balance of shred and emotion evoking with an instrument on this tune. I love both solos from the contenders, but I vote Rhoads. It's one of the few times, that I'm aware of, that he played from the gut, improvised, and I think it knocks out his worked-out solos, easily. I hope it's a close one, so that when GW ranks the percentages to compile their final list, either Mr. Crowley or Since I've Been Loving You would rank above Bohemian Rhapsody :P

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jceremic

Mr. Crowley is a pretty boring average song that has significance due to some brilliant guitar work by Randy Rhodes. If you are a pure shred fan you have to vote for this one. If you see the guitar as an expressive instrument that evokes feeling and emotion, Since I've Been Lovin' You is one of the all time best examples of that. It exemplifies Page's true musical genius. That is: his ability to create a mood with his phrasing on the guitar that you cannot forget or ever misidentify. Page will never be considered to be Rhodes' equal in technical ability, but his overall contribution to the guitar-oriented music of his era will never be matched. The solo in Since I've Been Lovin' You is one of his crowning achievements. I never get tired of listening to the song and I do so often as a source of inspiration when I play.

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sloppyfingers

I'm surprised it's this close TBH...Mr. Crowley should of ran away with this one..

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nbenning

I wish it was "Since I've Been Loving You" from the Song Remains the Same Soundtrack ... that solo Kicks A$$!

nursetom61

Since I've Been Lovin You and No Quarter from the same album. These 2 songs are IMHO are the 2 best live solos ever recorded. Again just my opinion.

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