Anyone who has been listening to rock music for any real amount of time has been sure to pick out a few favorite drum or guitar solos. For many fans, Kirk Hammett’s work on “Master of Puppets” is one of their favorites. While Joe Satriani trained him, Hammett was certainly showing more influence from Thin Lizzy than from his teacher. Nevertheless, some of his work with the whammy bar shows just who Kirk Hammett’s mentor was.
It’s a shame that Crazy Train has gone from being an Ozzy classic to being a commercial jingle, but that doesn’t change the fact that Randy Rhoads had an awesome solo on this track. His solo combines various influences. While Gary Moore and Mick Ronson are probably the obvious ones, the solo actually had a few touches reminiscent of J.S. Bach’s work as well.
The Who and SRV Check In
Keith Moon is sometimes called the greatest drummer in rock history. Regardless of where people stand on the issue, they have to admit that My Generation has to have one of the coolest drum solos of all time. It’s the perpetual anthem of teenage angst, so even the youngest of fans will surely get a chance to hear this classic by The Who.
Pride and Joy might be the single most definitive song of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career. SRV was well known for his Fender, and the licks he laid down in the solo in that track are equally as famous. Some critics have suggested that Jimi Hendrix and Albert King heavily influenced the solo. Regardless of who inspired it, the song still receives plenty of airplay on AOR stations to this day. That sort of staying power speaks more about a particular guitar solo than anything a critic could ever say about it.
Some Other Classic Rock Solos
Wipeout by the Ventures is well known for all of the wrong reasons. Everyone knows this classic rock title for its great melody, but the drum solo in the song should really turn heads. Mel Taylor’s sticks hit the drum heads at an incredibly fast pace, but he doesn’t become any less accurate as the solo goes on. That’s really the impressive part.
Few rock fans realize that Neil Peart actually has a monster two-minute drum solo in the song YYZ. For whatever reason, it’s usually only ever preformed in the live version. That’s a real shame, since Peart’s drumming continues on for so long. It may have been cut from many recordings to simply save time.
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Eric Blair writes about rock music his ever growing vinyl record collection which he plays with ClearAudio Turntables