Enjoying the choices so far. I’m stuck with limited connectivity or might geek out for a while on this topic ;).
I submit Jimmy Page’s solo at the end of the soundscape bridge section of Whole Lotta Love. Perfect.
I would point to Lindsey Buckingham’s single-note stinger at the end of the lead on Don’t Stop. I don’t know how long the overall solo is, but his work on that one note says more than 99% of guitar leads.
Agreed. Easton is a great, versatile player who brought a ton of journeyman experience to the Cars. He’s a complete guitar geek; hangs out on guitar message boards, has had an auctioned a great collection of left handed guitars.
That lead on BFG is a bear; I’ve faked my way through it in gigs dozens of times but can’t approach his technique. I should check YouTube for a How To clip…
Hmm, maybe you’re right. I was just hoping to exclude what I think of as “showcase” solos, longish bouts of showing off: “Hotel California” (2 minutes), “Sweet Child o’ mine” (1 minute), and very especially “Free Bird” (4+ minutes, holy shit) are good examples.
These are all fine, but I was thinking instead of great exercises of guitar brevity - get in quick, make a great, perhaps very technical statement, then out and done, boom!
Ler from Primus has a couple of these. It’s kind of hard to decide where they start and end, but he does some great air sculpture stuff in “Hamburger Train” - although if you count the whole song it’s very long.
There are soloes of all lengths on The Wall, for instance the microsolo in Young Lust right before “will some woman in this desert land” Four notes I believe. I count it as a solo because it’s musically as good as many complete full-length soloes. Gilmour could pack a lot into one note.