Wait...slow guitar solo's? There's is such a thing? Guitar World round up the top 10 slow solo's...
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“’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck’s electric guitar work contains enough moments of sonic brilliance to fill up most any top ten list. For our purposes we’ll go with his take on this Stevie Wonder–penned instrumental, from 1975 Blow By Blow,
“Something,” The Beatles (George Harrison)
The “Quiet Beatle” steps out of Paul and John’s writing shadow and pens his first song to be released as an A-side on the Beatles’ 1969 Come Together single.
“The Messiah Will Come Again,” Roy Buchanan
An often duplicated, but distinctly underrated guitarist, Buchanan inspired no less than a few of rock’s most recognizable players, including Jeff Beck and Gary Moore.
“Brothers In Arms,” Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
The title track from Dire Strait’s chart-topping 1985 album is often overshadowed by the flashier “Money for Nothing” and “Walk of Life,” but this somber, G# minor track has found a place as background music in films such as Spy Game, and television shows Miami Vice and The West Wing
“Parisienne Walkways,” Gary Moore
Moore is no slouch when it comes to burning a fretboard, and the Irish rocker does taper off unto some excessively speedy bits towards the end of this instrumental version of his 1979 U.K. hit (the long, descending trill at 6:15 is particularly note-worthy)
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” Pink Floyd (David Gilmour)
It took David Gilmour little more than a heavily compressed Stratocaster, some reverb and a mound of mourning for his detached former bandmate, Syd Barrett, to create the melancholic opening to the nine-part centerpiece from 1975’s Wish You Were Here.
“Since I’ve Been Loving You,” Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
“Since I’ve Been Loving You” was outfitted in Zeppelin’s live set before the recording of Led Zeppelin III began and remained a staple of their show until the band’s dissolution in 1980.
“The Thrill Is Gone,” B.B. King
Emotive solo work is the cornerstone of blues guitar, and it’s only appropriate King’s highest charting hit contains some of his most dark and chilling leads.
“Riviera Paradise,” Stevie Ray Vaughan
The final track on Vaughan’s final studio album with Double Trouble features some of his most delicate playing.
“Bell Bottom Blues,” Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton)
A list of slow guitar solos wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Eric “Slowhand” Clapton himself.
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