If you look back at the history of the Rock N’ Roll, you can see so many guitar heroes with their amazing and historical performances all around the world. Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and many more are some of them.
A brief review of the guitar heroes like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, or Mark Knopfler himself, keep alive the essence of paring by antonomasia between technical virtuosity and popular music. The progress of the 21st century has been giving prominence to other sounds to the detriment of Rock N’ Roll.
In this blog-post, we just wanted to honor the immortal art of the guitar solo with a selection of a couple of songs. Of course, many are left out and all musicians have their favorites, but here we go. If you like this post, please give us a comment and we are going to make part 2 with other songs.
Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
This is Alchemy Live version of ‘Sultans of Swing,’ one of the best rock songs in the history of music, and the first single from the debut album by Dire Straits. With this album, Mark Knopfler and the other band members made a perfect sober sound that changed the music.
Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
This song was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan in 1967, but was the Jimi Hendrix cover that made the song famous. Many other artists and bands have covered it, including Eric Clapton, Neil Young, U2, and The Grateful Dead. The first version of this song is very slow, but Jimi Hendrix added more rock n’ roll in it, so later Dylan was so impressed with Jimi’s version.
David Bowie – Heroes
This song tells the story of a German couple who are so determined to be together that they meet every day under a gun turret on the Berlin Wall. The White Duke composed ‘Heroes’ during at the time David Bowie lived in Berlin, Germany, and stay at the end of the seventies. Robert Fripp gave that something special to a song that tells with lustrous epic a story of two lovers who turned out to be producer Tony Visconti and a young German. Obviously, ‘Heroes’ is one of Bowie’s most widely known and loved tracks.
Eagles – Hotel California
This song is written by Don Felder, Glenn Frey, and Don Henley, and does not spend several decades at the top of the list of best-selling records in history without being able to bill good songs. Hotel California is the closest thing to perfection that can be found from the band. Don Henley in the London Daily Mail November 9, 2007, said: “Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
This song began as a ballad without the guitar solos at the end, and Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded it that way for the first time in 1972. The lyrics are about a man explaining to a girl why he can’t settle down and make a commitment. The opening lines, “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?” were inspired by Allen Collins’ girlfriend Kathy, who had asked him this very question during a fight. The five minutes of just this model ballad has helped make it a myth and fixed in the pools among the best rock songs in history.