OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

I've been playing guitar for 45 years.  Here are the solos that, in my opinion, are the greatest in rock history, in no particular order, except there is no question that Clapton's second solo from Crossroads is the greatest ever.

#1 Eric Clapton: Cream, Crossroads, from Wheels of Fire, 1968

#2 Jeff Beck, Jeff Beck Group, Blues De Luxe, from Truth, 1968

I want to add a comment here:  Beck does something in this solo no one else has ever done as far as I know - he plays the first 20 notes or so deliberately in a WRONG KEY - C# -- (the song is in C) -- but he somehow makes it work - slides it back to C and thusly creates a solo for the ages.

#3, James Burton, Hello Mary Lou (Ricky Nelson), 1961

#4 Jimmy Page, Think About It, Yardbirds, 1968

#5 Pete Townshend, I Can't Explain, The Who, 1964

#6 Mark Knopfler Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits, 1982

#7 Eric Clapton, Have you Heard, Bluesbreakers, 1965

#8 Jimi Hendrix, Manic Depression, Are you Experienced, 1967

#9 Jeff Beck, Rock My Plimsoul, Jeff Beck Group, Truth, 1968

#10 Terry Kath, 25 or 6 to 4, Chicago, 1970

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

6:07 PM PT: Thanks for the contributions!  I plan to listen to every one - just might take some time, though.  So I may rec you for the contribution ahead of when I hear it; but I plan to comment as much as I can too.

8:10 PM PT: Thank you so much for all of the contributions.  Even the ones I didn't care for - that't obviously just my opinion.  But I can't keep up with the listening and my opinions.  I will do my best to hear and comment on as many as I can.

Mon Apr 29, 2013 at  1:37 PM PT: Fantastic response!  I'm going to have to cut some corners for now and answer some posts that don't call for listening to the video.  But I will still plan to get back to the videos.

Mon Apr 29, 2013 at  1:55 PM PT: Okay, uncle!  You guys showed me that there are many out there that are great challengers to the ones I put up.  I will do another, updated diary as soon as I can.


Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to dov12348 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.