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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:45 PM

Guitar riffs: Iinfluential ones, ones that changed everything, worth listening to...

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:46 PM

1. GD? ( n/t )

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Response to Make7 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:32 PM

33. The Grateful Dead was about jams, not riffs

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Response to taterguy (Reply #33)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:46 PM

41. Damn straight!

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Response to taterguy (Reply #33)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:22 PM

46. That is correct.

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Response to taterguy (Reply #33)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:20 AM

81. You're telling me there are no riffs in "Hell in a Bucket"?

I'm not a guitar guy, but I would disagree.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #81)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:28 AM

90. Not to mention "Touch of Grey."

This bass player remains in awe of Phil's amazing anti-riff riffing even though it was a commercial tune.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #90)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:17 AM

101. Ah, yes, the Phil Bombs.

In Touch Of Grey--- there was a specific moment in the late 80s when a friend of mine lamented how Phil's "Noodle chords" were noticeably and audibly overtaken by some tinkly Brent action on the keys (Brent who we always gave way too much shit to, until it was too late ) thus heralding in the later, cheesier incarnation of what is, still I think, a great tune.


Google "Phil Bombs", though... that guy's great. And he's still out there doing it.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #101)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:17 AM

105. Vince was/is a hack and an enabler...

Piss on Vince and the midi keys he rode in on.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #105)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:17 AM

118. he is no longer w/ us

FYI

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Response to G_j (Reply #118)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:29 PM

123. Yes, he passed in '06

Still does not change my opinion of Vince.

I was never a midi sound of the late-eighties/early nineties fan, regardless of Jerry's infactuation with it. Save a few shows, that whole sound was a complete waste of creative energy that could have been spent composing greater tunes.

I've always found myself more connected to JGB anyhow.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #123)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:11 PM

132. 89-91 saw some phenomenal playing by the band.

And most of that was Brent on the keys, until Brent's death at the end of the Spring '90 tour.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #105)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:09 PM

131. When I said "Brent", did you for some reason see "Vince"?

I admit I have trouble listening to Vince-only shows, he sounds fairly bad in the mix. Some of the shows with Hornsby as well sounded good though.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #101)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:01 PM

122. There are a lot of great bass guitarists

and then there are Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and. . . . .

Philip Chapman Lesh. Nuff said.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #122)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:12 PM

133. Erm never underestimate Mike Mills erm

Seriously.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #133)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:19 PM

136. The McCartney of his day.

Always light and melodic while constantly holding down a mobile bottom end. Hell of a backing vocalist too. REM's Fables Of the Reconstruction goes to the desert island with me.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #136)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:24 PM

137. Yeah. Great album.

Murmur & Reckoning never get old for me, either.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #81)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:43 AM

102. Could have sworn there I got a whiff of a riff in this one, too...

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #102)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:22 PM

135. Yep.

Yep Yep Yep.

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Response to taterguy (Reply #33)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:19 AM

119. Jer had a few thousand riffs

at least!

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Response to Make7 (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:52 AM

121. Yeah, I would have gone to Lounge if looking for this topic. Silly me, came to General Discussion.nt

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:48 PM

2. My favorite quick-riff of all time is at 4:20 in your Voodoo Child video.

I can play it almost perfectly, but it still doesn't sound like Jimi.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:59 PM

3. This band, this sound, song changed my direction in music, forever....

from circa mid '60's...




Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:34 PM

21. Great stuff. Love the story of the Kingsmen version...

Singer was hoarse from all night Louie Louie marathon at a club the night before. Had wisdom tooth removed the morning of session. Had to sing into a mic hung 3 feet over his head, and voila! History. He was out of the band before the record was released.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:00 PM

4. Link Wray needs to be part of this worthy thread

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Throw The Ventures in there, too:

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Dick Dale:

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:03 PM

5. (Bass) Guitar in Paperback Writer... like inventing a new instrument... crazy influential

And though it's a little dry and not at all influential, I'll give a shout out to Larry Carlton's half jazz/half baroque solo from Kid Charlemagne

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:13 PM

43. I Couldn't Agree With You More

Larry Carlton is completely under-appreciated. Taking into consideration Fagan's and Becker's obsession with perfection, it is any wonder how a musician can survive with Steely Dan. Larry more than survived...his guitar work helped to define Steely Dan.

Paige
Dan Fan Since CBAT

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:04 PM

6. "Whole Lotta Love"

"Kashmir" and "Satisfaction" spring immediately to mind.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:08 PM

9. Love both of those...

Kashmir is the definitive Zeppelin, IMHO.

Satisfaction caused me to buy my first transistor radio when I was still in single digit age.

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Response to JuniperLea (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:17 PM

44. I Completely Agree

Kashmir is something special and in my humble opinion is the apex of their work.

Paige
Sorry Stairway...it was Kashmire

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #44)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:21 AM

89. I suspect James Patrick Page would agree

with you. And possibly add "When the Levee Breaks" and "Achilles' Last Stand" to the list.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #89)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:32 AM

91. Indeed. N/T

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:10 PM

24. I think you mean Muddy Waters

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:05 PM

7. Eddie Van Halen-----Eruption

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:10 AM

100. Love his precision - he sounds like a harpsichord.

I also like "Respect the Wind", though I guess it doesn't really include a riff - it's his play throughout the song.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:06 PM

8. Don't Fear (the Reaper)



The main riff rocks, but the killer solo at 2:26 breaks my heart with its beauty. I told Buck once that when he plays that riff live, he always looks toward heaven as if to say...

Thank you Almighty Father for bestowing upon this your humble servant the most killer of all guitar riffs known to mankind!

Since then I've noticed he really hams up the look Ahhh... youth is wasted on the young!

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Response to JuniperLea (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:38 AM

92. Ohhh yes. That mobile, dancing riff and its

apocalyptic middle eight are something quite special!

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Response to JuniperLea (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:48 PM

151. THis is really about cowbell....nt

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:09 PM

10. Chuck Berry----No Particular Place To Go

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:09 PM

11. Where's Johnny B Goode? (Easily the most influential lick ever)

Chuck Berry didn't lack influences (nobody lacks influences) but that single is the single most influential, world-changing guitar riff in history, and nothing else is even in the ballpark.

It is the before and after moment.

IMO.

And to think we owe it all to Micheal J. Fox.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:28 PM

25. Agreed.

But I'm embarrassed to say that I don't get the Fox reference.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:55 PM

28. Back To The Future.

Chuck's cousin, MARVIN Berry, holds the phone up so Chuck can hear MJF playing.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #28)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:03 PM

30. Okay, now I VAGUELY remember that.

I need to watch that movie again. I saw it several times when it was new, but that was what, twenty five years ago?

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:04 PM

31. Back to the Future

Fox's charactor traveled through time and ended at a high school dance. He grabbed the gutar and played Johnny B. Goode. A guy in the band runs to the pay phone and says something to the effect of Chuck this is your cousin so and so. You know that new sound you were looking for......

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:19 PM

45. Absolutely!

If there is one riff that is the rubicon, that would be it. A close second is Bo Didley's Mockingbird, but I'm not sure it's long enough to be a riff.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:43 AM

75. That's "the one". nt

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:11 PM

12. Tony Iomi (Black Sabbath)----Paranoid

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:22 PM

47. Hard To Argue With This Choice

And imagine, his fingers were damaged forcing him to create chords with two fingers. Some say that it was that accident that indirectly gave birth to heavy metal.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:13 PM

13. David Gilmour

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:38 PM

51. Gotta Add "Young Lust"

At about 2:20 begins a very clean and highly creative lead work. My admiration for Mr. Gilmore's work is limitless.

Paige


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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:45 PM

53. Comfortably Numb is one epic performance

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the number of times I've listened to this one, and it still gives me chills!

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #53)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:50 AM

93. One of the top five rock guitar solos

ever. End of paragraph. Even moreso live. Genius at work.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #53)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:11 AM

110. I've listened to Comfortably Numb probably a thousand times.

And I NEVER get tired of it. That guitar solo is solid gold. And like you said, it gives me chills every time.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:15 PM

14. Break on Through

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:21 PM

15. Les Paul----Anything he did

Here is with Mary Ford doing the Tiger Rag........

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:43 PM

22. Guy was amazing.

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:16 PM

57. This is from 1944

Paul comes on about 7 minutes in, then he and Nat Cole kick it back and forth for a while. Absolutely brilliant playimg all around. Jazz at the Philharonic.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:24 PM

16. Robert Johnson----Everything He Did

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:28 PM

17. Ha! Ozzy, worst...stage...presence..ever!

Love the song, though.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:32 PM

20. Ozzy was the talentless sidekick of Randy Rhoads.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:39 PM

60. Ozzy was also on top of his game back then....when he was sober

 

which wasn't often enough.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:04 PM

186. and Tony Iommi and Jake E. Lee and Zack Wylde, Brad Gillis..

Yeah all those great players who were forced to drag Ozzy around behind them...

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #186)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:41 PM

192. Ever hear him sing live? He really isn't very good.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:30 PM

18. Smoke On The Water, Deep Purple.

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana. Iron Man, Black Sabbath. Evenflow, Pearl Jam. Spoonman, Soundgarden. Back In Black, AC/DC. Lots of stuff by Led Zeppelin, of course (Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean, Dazed and Confused). American Woman, the Guess Who (I think?). Wake Up, Rage Against The Machine

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:22 PM

154. Finally


Folks must not know what riffs are. Smoke on the Water is easily one of the most recognizable riffs in music history. American Women was the Guess Who.

Another finger twisting riff is Holy Wars...The Punishment Due by Megadeth. Tremendous.

Other good ones...Crazy Train (Ozzy), Painkiller (Judas Priest), Mouth for War (Pantera), etc

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:31 PM

19. Allright now, Tom Sawyer, Tush, You Really Got Me, China Cat, You Got Another Thing Coming

These are the ones that had the biggest impact on my as youth.

Allright now


Tom Sawyer


Tush


You really got me


China Cat Sunflower


You Got Another Thing Coming

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #19)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:13 PM

32. Each of them owes it all to this guy

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #32)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:06 PM

34. props and respect to Mr. Berry.


Its true that my favorites stood on his shoulders.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:08 PM

23. Eric Clapton: Layla

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:38 AM

120. My ringtone.

You definitely know what tune is playing right from the get go.

There's some awesome guitar work happening in Layla besides the main riff as well.

Great rock song.

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:56 PM

159. I was waiting

If no one else mentioned Layla I was going to. Still one of his best.

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #159)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 08:33 PM

167. The first seven notes are as instantly recognizable as any musical composition I can think of.

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:43 PM

184. First one that came to my mind n/t

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:43 PM

26. Alice Cooper

School's Out!

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:48 PM

27. No Santana or Eagles????

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:00 PM

29. One of my favorites

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:11 PM

35. The Supernatural

This I Gary Moore doing Peter Green's, The Supernatural.
[link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=S5qGg5LQkGs|

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:16 PM

36. Journey to the Center of the Mind

 

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Response to RoxyNexus (Reply #36)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:21 AM

83. Crazy NRA Ted!

Maybe all the drugs he took back then made him the nut he is today.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:30 PM

37. Let me stand up for my generation here, in terms of changing everything



Pretty much everyone my age remembers exactly where they were the first time they heard this.

It was a "Whoa" moment for a lot of people.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:34 PM

38. Layla (Eric Clapton and Duane Allman), One Way Out (Duane Allman)

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:41 PM

39. One of my favorite from Carlos Santana...

The opening chords can actually bring tears to my eyes....

The closing riffs are just so........animated.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=j5AUm_xaE9A

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #39)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:33 AM

68. So fantastic.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #39)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:39 AM

72. I personally think this is the best piece of music ever recorded. n/t

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:41 PM

40. Queensryche - Revolution Calling

- 3 minutes 18 seconds in --
my favorite riff EVER

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

61. I'll second that,

and take this opportunity to point out that I used to be a member of the Queensryche fan club. (I know, I know)

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Response to reflection (Reply #61)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:15 AM

114. you NEVER stop being a member of the queensryche fan club

at least as long as you have a copy of "operation mindcrime" in your house.

i've introduced my 14 year old to that song, and he agrees!

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #114)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:25 AM

140. One of the best albums ever made.

Period.

A lot of QRs catalog is throwaway for me. 'Hear in the Now Frontier' was the end of it, and I put them down. But everything leading up to that? A solid body of work.

There was a period in my life, during college, when Operation Mindcrime was in my car stereo 24-7 for about 9 months. Over and over and over. The whole thing is just produced so well. I saw Peter Collins once at an event years later and practically knocked some folks over just so I could shake his hand and tell him what a great job he did on O:M (as well as a big chunk of Rush's catalogue).

Your 14-year old is in good hands if you're feeding him/her that album.

On edit: When I said I was a member of the Queensryche fan club, I meant, I sent my money in, got the poster and some other schwag, and had access to better tickets. I was a big-time geek there for a minute.

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Response to reflection (Reply #140)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:08 PM

141. i used to think they were really down on things -- it couldn't be that bad

now i think, "how did they know - how could they PREDICT?"

i gave up on queensryche right when you did. went to see the frontier tour at the pnc arts
center in new jersey and it was epic. a few years ago they were playing here in florida in
a BAR! now it seems they're touring again -- in casinos! and why the hell not? looks like
geoff tate is playing solo in florida in a couple of days. way gone from west palm - jacksonville
beach. i'll have to see if he ever plays up here. i wouldn't mind shaking his hand...

i have vhs videos of mindcrime and the building empires videos. i still watch them, and they
still hold up.

ah the good old days. nice to meet a fellow fan...

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #141)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:45 AM

171. My VHS copy of "Operation: Livecrime" is worn out and dead.

I need to replace it. Many a night I would twist one up with my friends and it would serve as the background tapestry for our poker games.

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #114)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:50 AM

168. Rage for order is still my favorite....

The opening guitar riff on "the whisper" makes the hair on my arm stand up...

I can't believe there are no priest songs..."(hellion)electric eye" has an over the top opening riff...h@ll every song on "screaming for vengeance" has an awsome opening riff...

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Response to rppper (Reply #168)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:55 AM

169. I didn't see "barracuda" anywhere

Who hasn't played air guitar to that song if you're a gen-x'er?

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Response to rppper (Reply #168)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:41 AM

170. RfO is so good.

"Walk in the Shadows" is one of the best opening tunes for an album also. And yeah, "The Whisper" is astounding also. There was a time when Geoff Tate was the best in the business. You guys are making me sift through my old vinyl now... this conversation has planted seeds in my brain that can't help but sprout...

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Response to bedazzled (Reply #40)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:54 PM

144. *LOVE* that album!! Long live Queensryche!

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:46 PM

42. here is one for the Bass Players


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Response to rufus dog (Reply #42)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:16 PM

139. Larry Graham was one of the best, and it's ridiculous how many bass players

know very little about him.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:27 PM

48. OK, I'll add my 2 cents worth.

 

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Orianthe live-Voodoo Child.
And she's gorgeous also.



Of course there's Nancy Wilson of Heart.



David Gilmour-Pink Floyd.



Just to name a few.

Oh, and on edit
The Jack Frost Band with Michael Keaton-Frosty the Snowman

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Response to kossp (Reply #48)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:58 AM

88. The guitar playing on Hearts first album was top notch

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Response to kossp (Reply #48)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:53 PM

185. Heart yes - But Barracuda please

I've never been one for power ballads. Barracuda comes through like a freight train.



Straight On has a nice funky vibe too



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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:29 PM

49. I don't think anyone has mentioned Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:41 PM

52. Bo Diddley

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:45 PM

54. This U2 set pretty much changed my life

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:54 PM

55. Mr. Keith Richards

His very distinct crunchy riffs opening up almost every Stones song.











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Response to kwassa (Reply #55)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:55 AM

109. Some of those were Mick Taylor.

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Response to RagAss (Reply #109)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:54 PM

138. Don't think so.

Keith always started off the songs. Mick did great slide playing in the middle.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:05 PM

56. Slash

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Which is pretty hard to top. Another one that always got me ages ago was Green Grass & High Tides

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...but that's more of a long jam. Listening to it now, I just wish they'd open it up and let go, but they don't.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #56)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:19 AM

111. Have to agree about Slash

Magnificent.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:28 PM

58. Johnny Winter, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopffler, Roger McGuinn



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Response to jcboon (Reply #58)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:14 AM

64. Knopfler



and especially this one... "we are are fools to make war on our brothers in arms". Listen to the man, DU! .

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #64)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:41 AM

74. Yep. Love love love those.

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #64)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:04 PM

125. Mark Knopfler is All I Want to Listen to These Days

Good thing he is prolific. One of the riffs I think is overlooked is here:

Single-Handed Sailor

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Response to On the Road (Reply #125)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:15 PM

164. I think this is the most beautiful arrangment I've ever heard. "A Place Where We Used To Live"

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:34 PM

59. I didn't see this one yet

Blew my teenaged mind when I first heard it. And immediately changed the playing field

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:07 AM

62. Iron man



Back in black



Just to name a couple...

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:08 AM

63. Alvin Lee - I'm Goin' Home

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:18 AM

65. My Girl

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:24 AM

66. Run - Pink Floyd -

puts me where i wanna be!

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM

67. One more: "Cochise", by Audioslave

Tom Morello is all about riffs.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:34 AM

69. Combo breaker!

What do the above all have in common?

Let's change it up a bit.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:35 AM

70. Can't you hear me knockin'

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:37 AM

71. Day Tripper, I Feel Fine, Revolution, in My Life, Something, ...

The Beatles were essentially the Popeil Riff-O-Matic.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:39 AM

73. These got pretty familiar to me, among others






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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:48 AM

76. I don't like any of them except for Soundgarden...

Try this.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:50 AM

77. This one fits all three criteria

Influential, changed everything, worth listening to:

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:52 AM

78. Did we get AC/DC in here? Angus, et al should be in the mix.

And this, this is just live at Donington.





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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:08 AM

79. Apparently everyone has a different definition of what a "riff" is.

Or have no idea and are just posting their favorite songs in general.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #79)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:28 AM

96. Maybe some have great 'hooks' vs 'riffs'

But it's a great thread - some songs I recognize but didn't know their title.

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Response to CakeGrrl (Reply #96)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:36 PM

128. Well, I think riffs are very often hooks. For me a riff is a

short distinct chunk of guitar or bass work that defines and drives the song, gets repeated. Which makes it different from a lick, a solo, or a chord progression. "Comfortably Numb" that someone mentioned above doesn't really have any riffs, it has chords and a couple solos. But yeah, still an interesting thread.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:16 AM

80. how about steel ?.....leon mcauliffe



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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:20 AM

82. Peter Buck.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:23 AM

84. Sorry, if you're going to include "Crazy Train" you HAVE to have Randy

playing his own riff. Brad Gillis is just a pale imitation. Here's the real deal:

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:51 AM

85. The opening of the Almond Brothers Ramblin' man....




The beginning of the roads to Moscow by Al Stewart - Probably the best acoustic guitar in all of popularmusic




Pure Prairie League Amie.





While My Guitar Gently Weeps George Harrison and Eric Clapton This one also includes Ringo, Phil Collins, Elton Johnm, Jeff Lyn





Pink Floyd pretty much anything David Gilmore did....

The reason I bring these up is because they set the tone for a style of music that was both challenging and melodic

Too many guitar fans worship speed and forget the media.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #85)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:15 PM

163. Nice choices! I often judge a guitarist by how unique the sound is. True art. n/t

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:52 AM

86. Neil can riff a little.



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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:56 AM

87. King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic

If your not familiar with this, be patient . . .

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Response to patrice (Reply #87)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:19 AM

95. Great one!

Yes, anything by Fripp, Belew, and Levin of King Crimson is incredibly talented and amazing.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:17 AM

94. For the Bassists

I am a relatively new Bassist (& long time Keyboardist), so let me add a few of my favorite & influential riffs.


Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers doing Higher Ground


Jaco Pastorius from Weather Report doing Birdland


Carol Kaye's bass riff on the Beach Boy's Good Vibrations


Chris Squire from Yes doing Fish

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Response to TM99 (Reply #94)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:47 AM

97. Here's mine



Jimi Hendrix All along the Watchtower



Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughn Pipeline



The Ventures Diamond Head

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Response to TM99 (Reply #94)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:00 AM

99. Surprised you didn't include Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" and the opening

 

bass guitar solo that anchors it.

Don't have a YouTube clip handy, but I'm sure there are many out there.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #99)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:13 AM

104. Oh yeah, that's a great one!

Here's the Youtube of it:



Thanks.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #94)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:26 AM

112. Super new to any bass and guitar stuff.

Picked up a game called RockSmith and all I can do with my bass is hold it and stare blankly at the notes streaming by on the song Higher Ground.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #94)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:27 PM

190. Yup, my brother is a bassist and he loves Flea

Suck My Kiss

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:57 AM

98. Surprised no one has mentioned Led Zeppelin yet. So many to choose from but I'll

 

go with "Over the Hills and Far Away" (off the 1973 "Houses of the Holy" album"). I've been screwing around with this song on acoustic and electric ever since and haven't mastered it yet:

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #98)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:49 AM

115. Post #'s 6 and 18--we had Zeppelin covered early on.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #115)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:57 AM

116. Thanks for that. My bad. One can argue that Zeppelin makes

 

hard rock and, to a lesser but still significant extent, punk rock (and Alternative) possible. Take Zeppelin out of rock's genealogy and entire swaths of subsequent rock history vanish.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #116)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:15 AM

117. I agree with that. And they were the masters of riff-based rock.

I think Soundgarden is their most direct descendant.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:44 AM

103. The best rift of all time, bar none

 


Starts at 3:33. You gotta listen to it from the beginiing if you want to get swept into it, but the rift beginning at 3:33 simply can not be beat.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:51 AM

106. The Byrds, Mr. Tamborine Man




Just that sound brings back memories of the mid-sixties.

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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #106)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:48 PM

156. Still an underrated band. No less than the Beatles visited the Byrds' recording sessions...

Mr. Tambourine Man; Feel A Whole Lot Better; Set You Free This Time; Turn, Turn, Turn; All I Really Wanna Do; Eight Miles High; Mr. Spaceman; My Back Pages... and those are only the songs that charted. Also, the Byrds were the preeminent Dylan interpreters.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:55 AM

107. And who can forget John Fogarty and company




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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:36 AM

108. Neil Young's One-Note Solo At The End Of "Cinnamon Girl"


The rythym guitar and bass carry it along, but it's basically the same note, over and over---and it works.....

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:38 AM

113. I really like the Intro & opening guitar licks to Drift Away

Well hell I like the entire thing. My favorite.

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:40 PM

124. This thread was killing my old laptop w/all the videos

Now that I'm at my desktop pc I can finally look at all the excellent vids posted

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:10 PM

126. A whole song inone chord -- Tomorrow Never Knows

not uncommon in Eastern music but a revolution in the West:

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:27 PM

127. Most of you mentioned my picks props for the rush mention but here is a riff

that changed the music world. it was not made for radio and stunned the music industry. of course now we are used to the format but when this came out it was differently different.



and this one


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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:01 PM

129. Opening of Purple Haze

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:28 PM

130. Norwegian guitar legend Marius Müller was also a great inspiration

(RIP) Met him several times. All around a great guy



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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:59 PM

134. Shakin All Over - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates 1960

The guitar is ahead of it's time. Sounds more like 1966
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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:58 PM

142. Joe Satriani - Crushing Day (live)

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:31 PM

143. Stevie wonder....superstitious...

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:59 PM

145. King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

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Response to Initech (Reply #145)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:03 PM

179. !!!! -> Thanks for this! I should dig out my KC boxed collection & mine it for more

Crimson GOLD.

It seems Jazz -ier than what Led Zepplin was doing at about the same time, so I like it a little more, but I'm afraid I have absolutely nothing that I could possibly say is my favorite.

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:13 PM

146. One for bass guitar fans: Primus - Southbound Pachyderm



And for good measure - "Those Damn Blue Collar Tweakers":

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:36 PM

147. Skunk Baxter at 2:35 in "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" by Steely Dan



And more recently, Jon Herington at 1:40, 3:05 and at 5:15 (extended solo) in "My Old School".

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:43 PM

148. Billy Zoom....

"True Love".....X






Tikki

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:45 PM

149. The Church, Marty Willson-Piper "NSEW" n/t

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:47 PM

150. I can't believe nobody's said, "Rebel, Rebel!" nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #150)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:05 PM

187. How about "Let's Dance"? It's SRV!

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:05 PM

152. Jeff Beck, She's a Woman

One of my favorite Rock guitarists


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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:06 PM

153. HELLO? Smokestack Lightening: Howlin' Wolf

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:46 PM

155. Great Post! May it live forever! /nt

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:59 PM

157. Clapton's solo on "Have You Heard"; 1st Bluesbreakers album...

Screaming, wailing, urgent blues... this is *THE* Clapton lead of all leads.

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:50 PM

158. Michael Schenker

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Response to LuvLoogie (Reply #158)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:45 AM

172. +1

I would have posted the Strangers in the Night version, though.

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:00 PM

161. Bookmarking for my grandson

He's only 13, but he's been playing since he was 8. He's getting good.He's a little obsessed with Metallica right now-- which isn't a BAD thing, but this thread is exactly what've needs to see.

Thanks everyone

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:15 PM

162. Oldies but goodies

Pipeline or Walk Don't Run by the Ventures

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:17 PM

165. Really? No mention of either Boston's "More Than a Feeling"/Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:26 PM

166. Brian May

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:47 AM

173. I always thought the opening riff off of Def Leppard's Photograph was timeless.

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:53 AM

174. Topic will probably be kicked to the lounge, but I'll offer "Starla" by the Smashing Pumpkins

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:50 PM

175. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Voodoo Chile on Slight Return

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:24 PM

176. Vic Flick and his 1939 English Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe guitar plugged into a Vox AC15 amp

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:30 PM

177. Carlos Santana > Sunshine of Your Love on Guitar Heaven

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:52 PM

178. Eric Clapton on Martin Scorsese's Nothing But the Blues

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:11 PM

180. Marquee Moon...Television




Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #180)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:32 PM

182. What. a. gem!! Completely AWE!-some. Thanks & Sharing!

Wow! These guys really do "it" for me!

Going to go read up on them now.

Thanks again, for posting! . . . made my day.

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Response to patrice (Reply #182)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:40 PM

183. The late '70's was just such an amazing time for music...

Glad I helped you discover this number from 1977.

I've been listening to music since some time in the '50's; still think '75 to '85 is my favorite
music span.

Tikki

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Response to War Horse (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:19 PM

181. More wonderful riffs/licks/etc:

Richard Thompson, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" (which along with a wonderful fingerstyle guitar line, is also one of the greatest tragic lovesongs ever written):


Recent riff greatness: White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army"


New Model Army, "Poison Street" (also check out the amazing bass playing and stirring chorus):

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:13 PM

188. Dick Dale - Misirlou

King of surf guitar!



Dick Dale and Stevie Ray playing "Pipeline"

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:19 PM

189. The Kinks - You Really Got Me

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:32 PM

191. Influential no, but memorable yes - My Sharona by The Knack



I saw them on an Oprah show once and they had the real Sharona!

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