I love a great guitar solo. And I especially love it when it grows organically from a great song, both taking reflected glory from the song it is part of and adding to the overall impact of that song. There have been few recent examples as gorgeous as one of my favourite tracks from last year, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s ‘Between the Dirt and the Stars’. As Carl pointed out in his superb review of the album, which he posted back in December, it’s a beautiful, heartfelt lyric. Chapin Carpenter looks back to when she was 17, driving along listening to Wild Horses, carefree and young. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since.
Just over halfway through this elegy to lost youth, and reflection on the heartache of lived life, Duke Levine’s electric guitar emerges and builds. It’s a superb ending to a great song (and album).
And all the more notable because there is something slightly old fashioned about it too. You – or, more accurately- I don’t hear solos like this so much these days.
What are the greatest guitar solos of our time?Please post other perfect guitar solos you love – any will do (you can’t hear that Goodbye to Love solo too many times) but especially more recent ones welcome.