September 24, 2012
"The greatest guitar solo ever in high-quality"
Via reader Fred who added, "Check this out for awesomeness. Prince is the act I would most like to see live. I'll be looking out for his next tour and will fly wherever need be just to watch him."
Fred, I agree with everything you wrote and will do the very same thing in order to be in the presence of this God of rock.
Who knows, maybe we can even meet up and worship together!
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Oddly, I read the first word as "Vai" (as in Steven)
Posted by: marshall | Sep 25, 2012 9:29:10 AM
Just watched/listened to this again and I must say that the only sound more beautiful than Prince's guitar is the low, constant thrum of Gray Cat's breathing, in and out, with every breath she takes while she's awake, silent only when she sleeps. A gift.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Sep 25, 2012 8:58:24 AM
I've loved this version for a couple of years. McCartney and Clapton did a version soon after Harrison left and it was amazing, but this??? Light years past that one. The guy doing the solo earlier (can't remember his name) is a guitar god in his own right...most of the people on stage are masters of their instrument...but the first solo you can tell the guy is intent on getting it right and focused on the instrument. Prince? He is the instrument and doesn't give a damn...it flows like nothing I've ever heard.
I *HATE* solos...and this song over the years has brought me back to thinking their might be a reason for them.
That said, it is easy to believe with Prince. After all, in a time of overproduced pop, this man put up a dozen singles that were essentially live albums. Purple Rain was recorded in one take in front of a live audience. I'll have to send video of this if you haven't seen if Joe.
BTW -- friends of mine are in Chicago at the United Center this week...and I'm stuck learning Organic Chemistry missing the purple one...
Posted by: clifyt | Sep 25, 2012 8:17:47 AM
Rocketboy - i sure liked that Sonny Sharrock - My Song - thanks
Posted by: sherlock | Sep 25, 2012 1:47:12 AM
The problem often exists, because it's inevitability the "top" that 'we know of'. And when it comes to the guitar solo, do we instantly ignore incredible guitar work just because it's call/response, or a layered double-solo?
(There was one video where the two guitarists break down one of the solos (it may have been this song) that was just amazingly intricate.)
Or is this the wrong type of music?
Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 24, 2012 11:04:46 PM
Cheers for sharing, Joe. And glad you liked it!
JoePeach and Flautist, "greatest guitar solo ever" are the YouTube poster's words, not mine nor Joe's... I simply said it was awesome and Joe agreed. Glad you both enjoyed it also.
Posted by: Fred | Sep 24, 2012 10:02:37 PM
Absolutely brilliant, no doubt.
But not the greatest ever. Sorry, I had to.
Posted by: Flautist | Sep 24, 2012 8:41:10 PM
And don't forget the matrix...
Posted by: JoePeach | Sep 24, 2012 6:44:20 PM
Not only are superlatives for the moment, but life itself is a series of moments.
Consider a photograph.
Consider a series of photographs shot in rapid succession.
Transfer them to a medium that shows them to you faster than your eye can distinguish individual frames.
Is that a movie — or life?
Posted by: bookofjoe | Sep 24, 2012 6:27:58 PM
you guys need to get out more,
superlatives are for the moment.
Posted by: JoePeach | Sep 24, 2012 6:24:26 PM
Not only is Prince a damn fine guitar player, he looks good too.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 24, 2012 5:08:11 PM
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