Deadsplinter Up! All Night: Guitar Solos

Five fingers, six strings, and seven steps to heaven

One of the lasting legacies of the rock era is the guitar solo. You know, those dramatic, ugly-face posing, mindbending, crap-your-pants interludes that allow self-absorbed musical ego trips and inspire generations of lonely introverts to indulge their underwear heroics in their bedroom mirrors. What are the guitar solos that moved you and made you the person you are today? I’ll go first:

1: Mick Ronson – Spiders from Mars (solo starts at 0:36 and is probably still going on today, in heaven)

2: Jimi Hendrix Experience. This is the one that got me started. The solo starts at…well, don’t worry when the solo starts, just listen to the whole thing.

3: St Vincent – Assorted. No, guitar solos are not gender-specific (you can tell Annie Clark spent her share of time soloing in front of a mirror)

4: Jeff Beck. I like that Jeff Beck doesn’t seem to be trying to impress anyone, and lets the bass player shine. Fuck Eric Clapton, by the way. The Beck/Page Yardbirds were much much better.

5: Albert Lee. Every time Albert Lee solos it’s like snorting an 8-ball and driving your truck off a cliff. He cooks throughout this song, but his second solo starting at 2:08 is a whole nother level. I’m surprised his hands don’t combust.

Thank you all for participating. It’s fun to do this with other people. There is no “i” in DUAN.



    • No doubt.  SRV was a one-of-a-kind talent.  I almost went with this solo (starts at 5:01) but I figured it best to some of the real greats for someone else to pick.

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