5 Favorite Guitar Solos

March 15, 2019

Welcome to the 25th episode of the "I'm In Love With That Song" Podcast!  I thought we'd do something a little different for this episode: I've picked a handful of my favorite guitar solos and we'll take a listen to what I think makes a solo great.  In my book, it doesn't have to be flashy or technically brilliant (not that there's anything wrong with that), but it does have to be memorable, it has to fit the song, and it should take the song to another level. 

I'm not saying these are the greatest solos of all time, they're just a few that I think are pretty special.  So turn it up to 11 and put your guitar face on!

 

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Thin Lizzy - “Rosalie”

March 1, 2019

Why this song?  Simple: because Thin Lizzy was as good as a 4-piece rock band could be and this song has everything you want in a rockin' song-- a killer guitar riff, a singable chorus, a great hook for the lyrics, and a perfect performance.  Written by Bob Seger, Thin Lizzy took it to another level and added some of their special sauce to make this song their own.  I truly love this song!  Let me know your thoughts -- write a review, leave a comment, share with your friends.

 

"Rosalie" (Bob Seger) Copyright 1972 Gear Publishing Co.

 

Todd Rundgren - “Cliche”

February 15, 2019

This is the episode where I try to explain why I think Todd Rundgren's "Cliché" is the most beautiful song ever written.  Of course it's all subjective, but I don't know how anyone could deny the beauty and emotional resonance of this song.  I probably can't do it justice, but here's my attempt anyway.

 

"Cliché" (Todd Rundgren) Copyright 1976 Warner Publishing Corp.

Aerosmith - “Seasons Of Wither”

February 1, 2019

By the time Aerosmith recorded their 2nd album, they had refined their sound, improved their songwriting chops, and Steven Tyler had found his authentic voice.  "Seasons Of Wither" is one of the moodiest tracks Aerosmith ever committed to vinyl.  Still sounds every bit as great today.

 

"Seasons Of Wither" (Steven Tyler) Copyright 1977 Music Of Stage Three and Song & Dance

Superchunk - “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”

January 15, 2019

Do we expect too much from music?  A great song can do a lot, but it can't fix everything.  This song is 2 minutes of joy... sometimes, that's enough.

"Me & You & Jackie Mitoo" (James August Wilbur, Jonathan Patrick Wurster, Laura Jane Ballance, Ralph Lee Mccaughan) Copyright 2013 All The Songs Sound The Same Music

The Who - “The Naked Eye”

January 1, 2019

Welcome to 2019!  Let's start the year off with one of the Greatest Rock Bands Of All Time. There is simply no other band like The Who.  Genius and violence, vunerability and madness... all words that can be used in equal measure to describe The Who.  Four larger-than-life characters that created a dozen indelible classic albums; a band that recorded so much great music that a song like this was tossed aside, eventually released on a ramshackle album of leftovers & outtakes.  Most bands would give an arm & a leg for a song this good.

 

"The Naked Eye" (Peter Townshend) Copyright 1974 Fabulous Music Ltd/Towser Tunes Inc.

BONUS XMAS EPISODE: Favorite Christmas Songs

December 22, 2018

On this special Bonus podcast, I thought I'd put together a short little episode and play a favorite holiday song.  It'll be a new "I'm In Love With That Song Podcast" tradition!  So let's start with a great track from The Kinks.  Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

"Father Christmas" (Ray Davies) Copyright 1977 Davray Music Limited, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

B.B. King - “There Must Be A Better World Somewhere”

December 15, 2018

His career spanned over 60 years; he toured around the world (playing 200 shows a year, well into his 70's), and released more than 50 albums.  But B.B. King will be remembered primarily as one of the most infuential guitarists in history.  His impact is so imbedded in the DNA of the guitar that no player is untouched by his influence.

This is one of many great songs in his vast catalog; a great example of his powerful voice, his ability to embody a song, and his mastery as a guitar soloist.

"There Must Be A Better World Somewhere" (Doc Pomus & Dr. John) Copyright 1981 Daremolby Music/Stazybo Music, Inc. (BMI)

Graham Parker & The Rumour - “Stupefaction”

December 1, 2018

Graham Parker arose from the UK Pub Rock scene, a back-to-basics sound that was a precursor to Punk.  Along with his band, The Rumour (which included guitarist Brinsley Schwarz, a legend in his own right), he recorded a handful of essential albums in the '70's and has released a string of great records throught his long career.  A notable songwriter with a distinct edge and a wonderfully biting voice, he's influenced many artists that followed.  Here's one song that represents everything I love about Graham Parker.  

 

"Stupefaction" (Graham Parker) Copyright 1980 Street Music Ltd

The Band - “Whispering Pines”

November 15, 2018

When the band relased their first 2 albums in 1968 & 1969, they set off a musical revolution; the psychedelic sounds of the '60's were out and a return to the roots was back in style.  "Whispering Pines" is their most haunting, beautiful ballad, with a lead vocal from Richard Manuel that's so vunerable it makes you ache to hear it.  The Band were at their peak during this time, with every member writing & performing at their best.  Let me know what you think -- write a review, leave a comment, and share with your friends!

"Whispering Pines" (R. Manuel and J.R. Robertson) Copyright 1970 Canaan Music, Inc.