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.