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 Playlist: Dean Wareham (Luna, Dean and Britta) - 20 Guitar Solos He Loves

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Playlist: Dean Wareham (Luna, Dean and Britta) - 20 Guitar Solos He Loves

Anna Blumenthal

Luna's Dean Wareham sent us a playlist of his top 20 guitar solos! And we love them too! And we love Luna. It's one big lovefest over here! By the way, have you checked out Luna's new album, A Sentimental Education, and the new EP, A Place of Greater Safety? You really should!

The Rolling Stones - “Can't You Hear Me Knockin’" and “Sympathy For The Devil,” solos by Mick Taylor

Amazing solos from the best guitarist in a band that has had some pretty cool guitar players.

Pere Ubu - “Heart of Darkness,” solo by Peter Laughner

Laughner was a founding member of Cleveland band Pere Ubu. He died too young. Check him out starting at 1:40 of this song.

Harvey Mandel - “Wade in the Water"

Mandel (“the Snake”) played in Canned Heat and almost landed the job in the Rolling Stones when Mick Taylor left; in fact, you can hear him on their Black & Blue album. His “Wade in the Water” is astonishing, complete with string arrangement by Nick DeCaro.

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - “Blank Generation,” solo by Robert Quine

The late great Robert Quine played with Richard Hell, Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull. I used to run into him in guitar shops around NYC. He was a brilliant musician.

Glen Campbell - “Wichita Lineman,” solo on 6-string bass

Campbell plays this solo, the one that everyone knows, on a six-string bass.

Sandy Bull - “Memphis Tennessee”

The late Sandy Bull takes Chuck Berry’s “Memphis Tennessee” and extends it for a glorious 9-minute jam. I got to meet Sandy Bull at CBGB’s in 1989, on a bill with Galaxie 500!

Television - “Marquee Moon,” solo by Tom Verlaine

My favorite living guitarist! I’ve been lucky enough to work with him a couple times now.

Michael Rother - “Flammende Herzen”

This instrumental by Neu’s Michael Rother was actually a hit in Germany.

LUNA - “Friendly Advice,” solo by Sterling Morrison

One of the highlights of my life was being in the studio for this guest appearance by the Velvet Underground’s Sterling Morrison.

Marty Robbins - "El Paso,” solo by Grady Martin

Not a solo exactly, but Martin keeps a line running the entire length of the song, and it makes the song.

The Byrds - “Nashville West,” solos by Clarence White and Gene Parsons

Late period Byrds. I could have picked any number of McGuinn solos too but this is at the top of the list.

Glen Campbell - “Gentle on My Mind,” James Burton and Glen Campbell on guitar

I don’t know who’s playing what but it’s beautiful.

The Velvet Underground - “Pale Blue Eyes,” solo by Sterling Morrison

So quiet and tasteful, it almost sounds like the guitar is going direct into the board.

Les Paul - “How High the Moon”

You can find video of Les Paul playing this on YouTube. Amazing!


The Only Ones - “Another Girl Another Planet,” solo by John Perry

One of the greatest singles ever, complete with two stunning guitar solos.

LUNA - “Sweetness,” solo by Sean Eden

This is where Luna cover “Sweetness” by Yes. Sean took the files home and sent back this sizzling guitar solo.

Lou Reed - “Intro/Sweet Jane,” solos by Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner

A lot of Velvet Underground fans hate this bombastic record. I consider it a guilty pleasure.

Jimi Hendrix - “All Along the Watchtower”

Which features to great effect in the film Withnail & I.

The Doors - “Light My Fire,” solo by Robbie Krieger

Great song. The guitar solo is the highlight, the kind where you remember every note.