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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 09:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all, I was looking to see eveyones favorie guitar sol, or bit in any song.  My personal favorite is from Ride the Wild Wind from 2:54 - 3:28.  It's just so cool with some heavy riffs followed with his chrasmatic rhythm.  Pure genius.  When I get to that part of the song I blast it and hear it over and over again.  Anyone else have a favorite?

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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 10:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As this is a Queen forum I'll go with three of Brian's; Sail Away Sweet Sister, Play The Game and Save Me (although there's many momnets of exquisite genius to choose from).  It's only when writing this post that I've realised they're all from one album!  1979/80 were obviously good years for him!

If we're including other acts I'll also go for Richie Sambora on I'll Be There For You by Bon Jovi, and Slash with Estranged by Guns n Roses

These aren't reccessarily classifiable as 'best', but simply my favourites (today)

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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 10:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 11:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always liked the little bit of guitar in Its a Hard Life and thanks to the 5.1 mix can be heard in isolation. I must have listened to it on its own 20+ times in a row when I realised (and unplugged the other 4 speakers :-)

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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 13:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Short is sweet.

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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 14:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Flick o' the wrist, killer Queen, Bijou.

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Posted: 20 Sep 11, 16:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 02:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The end of "In the Lap of the Gods" (#7) is great!


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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 02:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Killer Queen and Play the Game

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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 07:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really like the solos in "Need your loving tonight" and "The invisible man"


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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 10:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 12:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hard life solo, save me solo, scandal solo but the extended solo in hammer to fall headbangers mix is orgasmic


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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 13:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The brilliance of Brian May are embodied in three pieces - Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Good Company.  His genius in melody and arrangement are simply unmatched in these three songs.

As for non-Queen, some of my favourite solos are Awaken by Yes (three different spots from Steve Howe in that one), Goodnight Kiss by Dream Theater (John Petrucci at his melodic best), Firth Of Fifth by Genesis (arguably Steve Hackett's finest work) and Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin (Page's biggest musical statement, as far as I'm concerned).


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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 14:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. Tie your mother down (Main solo)
2. Hammer to fall
3. Bohemian rhapsody
4. Killer Queen
5. Somebody to love
6. It’s late
7. Good old fashion lover boy
8. Dead on time
9. Play the game
10. Crazy little thing called love



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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 14:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

for some reason, i always loved the solo in lazing on a sunday afternoon.

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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

invisible man, a winter tale

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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 14:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me it has to be between Spread Your Wings, The Hero and Hijack My Heart - The Hero probably edges ahead of the other two (which also happen to be my favourite Queen songs). Brilliant solos!


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Posted: 21 Sep 11, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. You Don't Fool Me
2. White Queen (As It Began)
3. Delilah (F*** you haters on this one, it makes me laugh the **** out loud.)
4. Dancer
5. Back Chat
6. Somebody to Love
7. Seaside Rendezvous (the whole jazz band....^^ too lazy to retype it up there)
8. Love Of My Life (it's beautiful)
9. A Winter's Tale (is that a E-bow?)
10. Get Down Make Love...

Just off the top of my head. We all know Brian May is a brilliant solo writer/arranger

damn, how did i manage to leave off The Show Must Go On, I'm Going Slightly Mad and BIJOU as 1, 2 and 3??

Anybody notice how hardly anyone just picked ONE solo?

BTW: poster.... you're right about RIDE THE WILD WIND...

even if it sounds sorta like "Walk Like An Egyptian" the song rocks... the solo sings, shines, takes flight, then rises climbs and shines...

Brian has a mastery of the motions.


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Posted: 22 Sep 11, 04:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Always thought the solo in These are the Days of our Lives was amazing. Had a lovely tone, and it just perfectly fits the song.

I'd rate the Killer Queen solo as one of his most melodic and well written solos too, short as it is.

The Millonaire Waltz is nice too, some tricky little runs at the end of it.

Brian is still a seriously underrated Guitarist. Personally, I'd rate him well above the likes of Jimmy Page. Aimlessly flying through a 1000 note solo is fine, but there's a lot to be said for melodic solos, and no one ever did that better than Brian. Plus he could play pretty fast himself when he wanted to.


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Posted: 22 Sep 11, 05:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think my all time favorite BM guitar solo must be 'See What A Fool I've Been'.
all those layers of different solos mixed into one massive piece.... mennnn that really thrills me


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