Sunday, April 26, 2009

100 Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time

I have already listed the top 100 guitar players; and now I am listing the greatest "Guitar Solos" of all time. This is probably the most controversial list I have published on the site because I can't find any consistency on all the lists I researched. There are so many great guitar solos and I am sure that there will be a wide range of opinions on how to rank them. My opinion is that that the best guitar solo is Jimi Hendrix in "All Along The Watch Tower" because of its originality. Jimi Hendrix was ahead of his time. This list does not represent "live performances", it is about recorded guitar solos in the studio. Please put your comments on what you think are the greatest guitar solos. - Kenny Leibow

There are links to the artists, songs and music videos on the top 60 listed below.

1. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
2. Stairway To Heaven - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
4. Free Bird - Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
5. Maggot Brain - Edie Hazel (Funkadelic)
6. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
7. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
8. Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
9. Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
10. Hotel California - Don Felder/Joe Walsh (Eagles)
11. Mr Crowley - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
12. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
13. Time - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
14. Layla - Eric Clapton/Duane Allman (Derek & The Dominos)
15. Sweet Child O' Mine - Slash (Guns N' Roses)
16. Cliffs Of Dover - Eric Johnson
17. Nottingham Lace - Buckethead
18. For The Love Of God - Steve Vai
19. Voodoo Child (slight return) - Jimi Hendrix
20. November Rain - Slash (Guns N' Roses)
21. Shine On You Crazy Diamond - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
22. Blue Sky - Duane Allman/Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
23. Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani
24. Lazy - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
25. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
26. White Room - Eric Clapton (Cream)
27. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Matthias Jabs (Scorpions)
28. Sultans Of Swing - Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
29. One - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
30. No More Tears - Zakk Wylde (Ozzy)
31. Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
32. Floods - Dimebag Darrel (Pantera)
33. Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
34. Atom Heart Mother - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
35. Red House - Jimi Hendrix
36. Big Sur Moon - Buckethead
37. The Rocker - Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy)
38. Those Were The Days - Eric Clapton (Cream)
39. Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May (Queen)
40. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Eric Clapton (The Beatles)
41. Fade To Black - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
42. Dream - John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
43. Sound Chaser - Steve Howe (Yes)
44. Alive - Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
45. Mood For A Day - Steve Howe (Yes)
46. Aqualung - Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
47. Stone In Love - Neal Schon (Journey)
48. Child In Time - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
49. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young
50. Dreams - Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
51. Cortez The Killer - Neil Young
52. Over The Mountain - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
53. Money - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
54. Killer Queen - Brian May (Queen)
55. Two Minutes To Midnight - D. Murray/A. Smith (Iron Maiden)
56. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - D. Allman/E. Clapton (Derek & The Dominos)
57. Southern Man - Neil Young
58. Kid Charlemagne - Larry Carlton (Steely Dan)
59. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani
60. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
61. Heartbreaker - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
62. Too Many Humans - Buckethead
63. Under A Glass Moon - John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
64. Desert Rose - Eric Johnson
65. Dazed And Confused - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
66. Tender Surrender - Steve Vai
67. Still In Love With You - Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)
68. Bold As Love - Jimi Hendrix
69. Don't Keep Me Wondering - Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
70. Ramblin' Man - Dicky Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
71. Always With Me Always With You - Joe Satriani
72. Tale Of Brave Ulysses - Eric Clapton (Cream)
73. Stranger In A Strange Land - Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
74. You Really Got Me - Dave Davies (The Kinks)
75. 25 Or 6 To 4 - Terry Kath (Chicago)
76. Devil Takes The Hindmost - Allan Holdsworth
77. Have A Cigar - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
78. Trademark - Eric Johnson
79. La Villa Strangiato - Alex Lifeson (Rush)
80. Super Stupid - Edie Hazel (Funkadelic)
81. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
82. Beyond The Realms Of Death - Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
83. Bulls On Parade - Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
84. Unrestrained Growth - Buckethead
85. Miserlou - Dick Dale
86. Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
87. Brighton Rock - Brian May (Queen)
88. Dogs - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
89. Master Of Puppets - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
90. Beat It - Eddie Van Halen (Michael Jackson)
91. Sow Thistle - Buckethead
92. Whipping Post - Duane Allman/Dicky Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
93. The Way It Has To Be - Shawn Lane
94. 21st Century Schizoid Man - Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
95. War Pigs - Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath)
96. Dreams - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
97. Padmasana - Buckethead
98. Whole Lotta Love - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
99. Working Man - Alex Lifeson (Rush)
100. Love Is The Law - John Squire (Seahorses)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ratt - Popularity is Round and Round

Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. The band is most notable for their 1984 smash hit single, "Round and Round". They have developed a sizable cult following in recent years and have acquired respect from within the music industry as trailblazers for the 1980s Los Angeles music scene. The band has sold an estimated 10 million records in the U.S. while worldwide album sales are approximated at over 18 million. VH1 slotted the band at #79 on its "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock."

Artist: Ratt
Album: Out of the Cellar
Year: 1984

1. Wanted Man
2. You're in Trouble
3. Round and Round
4. In Your Direction
5. She Wants Money
6. Lack of Communication
7. Back for More
8. The Morning After
9. I'm Insane
10. Scene of the Crime

Trivia: The legendary comedian Milton Berle appeared in drag in the video for "Round and Round" by the 1980s metal band Ratt (his nephew Marshall Berle was then their manager). See the original music video below of Ratt's hit "Round and Round".

RATT Round and Round (Music Video)

Ratt performed at the 1988 New Years concert in Japan at the Tokyo Dome. You can see the music video below of Ratt performing with Bon Jovi the song "It's All Over Now".

Bon Jovi, Ratt & friends – It’s All Over Now (live Tokyo 1989)

Ratt Biography
Ratt's brash, melodic heavy metal made the Los Angeles quintet one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-'80s. The group had its origins in the '70s group Mickey Ratt, which had evolved into Ratt by 1983; at that time the band featured vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Robbin Crosby, guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier, and drummer Bobby Blotzer. The band released their self-titled first album independently in 1983, which led to a major label contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album under this deal, 1984's Out of the Cellar, was a major success, reaching the American Top Ten and selling over three million copies. "Round and Round," the first single drawn from the album, hit number 12, proving the band had pop crossover potential. While their second album, 1985's Invasion of Your Privacy, didn't match the multi-platinum figures of Out of the Cellar, it also reached the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. By that time, the band could sell-out concerts across the country and were a staple on MTV and AOR radio. Both Dancin' Undercover (1986) and Reach for the Sky (1988) continued the band's platinum streak and their audience, had only slipped slightly by the time of their final album, 1990's Detonator. – source: