Great Guitar Solos
Guitar solos are one of the great quandries of rock and roll. Nothing can destroy a good record more than a crummy, overlong, trite guitar solo...but a great guitar solo adds a special quality that enhances a song.
Think of some of the great well-known solos in rock...my mind calls up George Harrison's languid lead in "Something," Glenn Tilbrook's propulsive solo in Squeeze's "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)," and even Tom Scholz' work on Boston's "More Than a Feeling"--saying nothing of Jimi Hendrix's fretwork on "Fire" or even Scotty Moore's raucous work in service of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog."
I'd be interested in knowing what some of your favorites are. Aside from some of the above-listed solos, here are some others that stick in my mind:
*Roger McGuinn's mind-expanding solo in the Byrds' "Eight Miles High"
*Terry Kath's unreal wah-wah work in Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4"
*Steely Dan's "Reeling in the Years," featuring a lead part by Elliot Randall that nearly defies description
*The Buckinghams' "Don't Want to Cry," featuring Carl Giammarese's breakneck-speed out-of control fuzz solo
*Burton Averre of the Knack's monumental solo on "My Sharona"
*Michael Karoli's insane lead on Can's epic "Mother Sky"
*XTC's Dave Gregory one-upping his hero, Todd Rundgren, on Skylarking's "That's Really Super, Supergirl"
*Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine trading solos in Television's "Marquee Moon"
What else is out there?