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Hot Licks, Just for Kicks (for J. D.)

Guitar solos. Jimi Dandrix requests a list of guitar solos. Nowadays, when I think of heavy metal, I think of an Ellington chart. You know, saxes, trumpets and t-bones, but let's stroll for a minute down memory lane.



1. Jimi Hendrix – "All Along the Watchtower" Cool wah-wah that (as I recall) washes through your brain from your left ear to your right, or was it from your right to your left? Where are my headphones?

2. Grand Funk Railroad – "Locomotion". I don't know who the lead guitarist was for this Michigan band, but the solo on this cover of a soul tune is wicked. It's not about technique; it's about rock and roll noise.

3. Angus Young – "Let There Be Rock" The irrepressible Angus Young leads AC/DC with his loud and tasty solos. Hard rock at its best.

4. Jimi Hendrix – "Are You Experienced" Well, I like to think I am. Back in those days, who knew you could get such sounds out of an electric guitar?

5. Ritchie Blackmore – "Smoke on the Water." When I first heard this, I was just a boy, and I associated the sound with scary, dangerous, teen-age activities. Later, the song's riff was the first thing everybody learned to play on the electric guitar.

6. Ted Nugent – "Motor City Madhouse" This guy had way too much testosterone pulsing through his veins. His electric guitar is often right on the verge of feeding back. Strangely, he used a jazz guitar, but just cranked all the way up. There is nothing subtle about Ted Nugent's guitar playing. Fast, loud, and dangerous for your eardrums.

7. Frank Zappa – "Apostrophe" Ahhh .... Discovering Frank Zappa as a teenager! Tight arrangements, goofball lyrics, great musicianship ... It was too cool for words.

8. Jimi Hendrix – "Red House" Hendrix was, after all, a blues player, and when he plays this straight, 12 bar (as I recall) blues, you can hear where he came from, even though he plays it with a rock and roll intensity. It makes me think of that Live at Monterrey album, where he plays "Rock Me Baby." He teases with a traditional voicing of the tune, before launching into a rock rendition. Well, "Red House" is that other side of Hendrix, that traditional blues side.

9. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter – "Bodhisattva" I think he's the guy who plays the kickin' solo on this Steely Dan tune. Sittin' on a stool. Later he became a Doobie Brother. A Steely Doobie. He played his guitar while sitting on a stool, instead of standing up like a rock star. A studio cat. Bushy moustache and sunglasses. He would have fit in in Nashville.

10. Jimi Hendrix – "Manic Depression" A raging rock tune in 3/4 time with a manic solo. As he sings he interjects these stinging licks, then the solo surges like pure electricity, from the depths or the heavens, or both simultaneously.
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Thanx brother, You Rock!
Another that comes to my mind is Kenny Thompson's solo on "Q-Tips Revenge".

(Hey, did you notice that we both posted within 5 minutes of each other just now?)
cool!

the tip's revenge

I feel bad, Dandy, but I can't remember the tune. I'll tell you this, though, all of my first licks were stolen directly from Kenny Thompson, I can still remember a couple of 'em.

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