Being the musical geeks that we are, my brother and I recently started discussing what we consider to be the greatest guitar solos of all time. Of course, the solos of Free Bird, Stairway to Heaven, Eruption, Crossroads (Eric Clapton), Highway Star, Mr. Crowley, and Comfortably Numb were in the discussion.
But there was one that we settled on as being the best ever, and I ultimately have to give credit to my brother on this one. He mentioned Jimi Hendrix’s iconic All Along The Watchtower and we both concluded that it’s probably the best solo ever. The combination of guitar effects used – reverb, wah, and more – and the overall intensity and “soul” portrayed simply through a musical instrument makes it stand slightly higher than some of those great ones I just mentioned. Here it is (live) so we can all revel in its greatness:
While the title of “Greatest Guitar Solo Ever” is clearly a matter of opinion, there is no way this solo cannot be included in the discussion. It is an absurd piece of guitar work from one of the biggest songs (which is actually a cover) of one of the most influential musicians ever.