Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Ultimate Showdown — "Eruption" (Eddie Van Halen) Vs. "Comfortably Numb" (David Gilmour)

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jceremic

Obviously this poll is imperfect, maybe even a bad attempt of accomplishing an unrealistic objective, but it does say something. I would illustrate that statement by asking those who believe "eruption" should win a question. Before I do that, I want to say that I do consider EVH to be one of the best ever. Now, here is the question: Why is Eruption the entry for EVH rather than anything else from his considerable body of work? Is it that much better? aren't there many example of him using the same techniques?

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revdraco

As much as "Eruption" was a game-changer. . . the outro from "One Foot Out the Door" is probably a better solo. . . and harder to play (from what my guitar player friends tell me, anyway).

Or the solo(s) from "Ice Cream Man." It amazes me that one guy with one guitar was able to pull it off. . .

At any rate. . . while the solo from "Comfortably Numb" fits the surrounding music better than just about any sole, ever. . . "Eruption" was the one that changed the world. . .

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devinhull5150

I agree that this probably isn't his best to be entered into the poll but sadly it was because of what it is. I'm not sure what I would put forth other than this, but he has other solos that encompass all of his skill and is more than just a solo.

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doubletrouble5150

An innovator losing to an immitator that's just not right. Eruption changed the game what did David do besides a tasteful solo. Evh brought tapping to the mainstream and his work with artificial harmonics is mind blowing.

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jceremic

OK everybody is entitled to his opinion, but I thought I might point out a few things:
1. It is an interesting fact that Gilmore points out that the solo on "Numb" is actually a composite of the best parts of six different solos he played for the song.
2. it is an interesting fact that Eruption was just Ed V. noodling on the guitar, and recorded by the producer with out his knowledge and then cleaned up and processed for the album. There are youtubes of similar noodling just not as polished.
3. A guitar solo is usually taken to be part of song not just noodling - that is a point in the favor of "numb".
4. "Eruption" was just a name given to the noodling. Albeit some very innovative, groundbreaking and impressive noodling.
5. I can sit around for hours noodling on the guitar and, occasionally, I play some of the best guitar solos ever heard by mankind (its true, I am not bragging) but there are literally thousands of people around the world doing the same thing, just check out u-tube. It really doesn't mean anything if it is not in the context of a enjoyable & memorable song.
SO, IN SUMMARY, THE NOD MUST GO TO "COMFORATBLY NUMB"
I never get tired of listening to that solo. I will listen to it at least once a month and often more. On the other hand, I am good with checking out "eruption" every 2-3 years, just to remind me what monster Ed V. is on the geetar.

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revdraco

It wasn't "noodling," it was Ed *practicing* for his guitar solo, which Ted Templeman heard and wanted to record. . .

There is a difference. . .

"Eruption" - played twice, straight through, start to finish. One recording was used, As Is.

"Comfortably Numb" - recorded 5 or 6 times. Various bits chosen and collated for the album.

No comparison, really.

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devinhull5150

You ask random people on the street "what's a better solo: Eruption or Comfortably Numb?" And I bet more people know what eruption sounds like. The same could probably happen if you asked "who's better Eddie Van Halen or David Gilmour?"

And the fact that the numb solo wasn't even originally played like that is dumb in itself. David didn't contribute anything new to the guitar world but the use of a shorter trem bar.

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mooseboy

" I play some of the best guitar solos ever heard by mankind (its true, I am not bragging)"

Actually, I play better than you. Want proof? Since you started this bragfest, you have to publish your "best guitar solo ever heard by mankind" first. Then I'll post one that's better. :)

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Hendrix1970

All you van halen fans are the same, so fucking pretentious.

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devinhull5150

We're fans. Obviously big enough to include them into our usernames just as yourself. So as a fan all I am doing is standing up for the man. Just as you stand up for Hendrix. I'm a huge EVH fan and Hendrix is probably my 3rd favorite behind Stevie Ray Vaughan(dont give me the without hendrix SRV wouldnt exist crap). Jimi was great but when you people talk about how Ed is just noise and noodling and wank you should listen to some live Hendrix music. He is nothing but noise, feedback and wank.

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Hendrix1970

I'm not sticking up for hendrix at all, i'm not so naive to say he was the best(or technically brilliant) or ANYTHING, Van halen never did anything for me, same old riff for 2 minutes solo 15 seconds then finish with a riff blah blah

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devinhull5150

Lol. Pull your head out of your ass and actually listen to a few albums and tell me that again.

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Hendrix1970

I've got the first 3 or 4 albums

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TMan33

And you're so fucking predictable. Eddie is better than Hendrix. Get over it you whiny pos. Poll after poll you trash Eddie and cry your Hendrix blues. Waaaaaa. Fuck off dude.

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voodoochile2

Whoa Dude, what is the reason for such an aggressive attack? Its a POLL - people submit their opinions on the subject. You must have some deep psychological need for attention ...

So play your EVH solo/noodling/guitar mastrubation and tell everyone - "Hey Look what I can do!"

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Hendrix1970

You are exactly what i'm talking about haha, "eddie is better than hendrix" LOL. that maybe so.. Hendrix music was far more interesting as far as musicians go, that's for sure kid.

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voodoochile2

Tasteful perfection vs Guitar Acrobatics - both are very distinctive (I can hear them in my head right now as I write this). There is no right/wrong choice ...

IMO - I almost always chose Quality over Quantity(speed) - I voted for Gilmour and Numb (there are 2 awesome solos in there)

If you wanna argue 'Influential' EVH gets trumped by Jimi, and even Clapton, Page and Beck. He wouldn't have known where to start Eruption without those electric guitar pioneers ...

Sorry, I still hear guitar masturbation and not a solo that adds anything to a song when I hear Eruption ... Hey Guys, look what I can do!

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voodoochile2

Comfortably Numb

Kaaj

Simplicity against complexity, both solos contain emotion, but in the end always walk towards what the heart feels.

Good job David Gilmour!!!

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sealmason

GO USA ALL THE WAY..............EDDIE IS THE KING MAN.
ERUPT THE NORM, THE PIECE DAVID DID IS A LOVELY LITTLE TUNE.
OUT OF THE BOX IS WHAT AN ERUPTION IS AND DEF THIS IS THE CASE FOR THE WINNER BY ALL WHO KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING IS RIGHT.

FROM AFGHANISTAN

FENDERSEAL

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SomethingWild71

EVH all the way, clearly the winner here or at least should be. Agreeing with ParkerJohnson, nothing out of the ordinary on Comfortably Numb. Just kinda there and numb.

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parkerjohnson

Eruption, if you can play it and play it right then you know why. Does Gilmore even leave the minor pentatonic box in that solo? He certainly didn't do anything that no one had done before. Yes it is beautiful with great phrasing and note choices. But with no innovation. Clear winner here.

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voodoochile2

Can you play the Gilmour solo as well as he did? I'd like to hear those 2 step bends with as much feel ...

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parkerjohnson

There is just as much feeling in Eruption. Just because it is played faster doesn't mean there isn't any feeling.

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Darth Compton

Vote 'Numb. Out of all guitar solos, it's the only one I feel like it takes me to a higher place EVERY time I listen (without drugs). It absolutely soars. Is it more influential than Eruption? Sadly, no, but that's also the only category I think Eruption has it beat (my opinion). Taste vs. Flash

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