Brian May guitar solos thread

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Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby TheHero » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:54 pm

The best of Brian's solos? Please share in this thread :)

I'll start off with this one that I just discovered today:

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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby TheHero » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:23 pm

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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby Leigh Burne » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:32 am

I've always thought Brian's best solo was in "You Don't Fool Me". Not a particularly great song, but his solo in it absolutely rips.

In fact he had a bit of a habit of doing excellent guitar work in otherwise unspectacular songs - "Back Chat" has a great lead break, and I love his work in "My Baby Does Me" as well.
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby Kes » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:58 am

Agree with 'You Don't Fool Me', the lead break "makes" the song.

Another from MIH, would be 'I Was Born To Love You'.
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby TheHero » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:02 pm

YDFM is truly one of his best indeed.

A bit off topic, sort of.. but this is the guitar strings Brian uses at the moment:

http://www.optima-strings.com/24k_gold_ ... an_may.php

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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby YellowBreezes » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:35 pm

That first solo is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :D
 
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby musicalprostitute » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:56 pm

Leigh Burne wrote:I've always thought Brian's best solo was in "You Don't Fool Me". Not a particularly great song, but his solo in it absolutely rips.



Definitely. He is on fire during that solo - one of my personal favourites. As you state, YDFM is not one of Queen's finest tracks (I mean it really was a skeleton of a song in the first place, so they did the best they could with what they had), but Brian's solo is wonderful.
 
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby Wild/Wind » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:26 pm

I want it all intro solo is great, Brian plays with such h energy, passion and power.
One vision and we are the champions have very good solos
You don't fool me always reminds me keep yourself alive, both great solos
Dragon attack beautiful solo and pendings
Bisuness, cyborg, furia super solos
 
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby TheHero » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:42 pm

And it is that unique sound of the Red Special. They truly made a quite special guitar in the 60s, and to this day, nothing can really compare. It has its own special character, especially that tone. Not to mention the pickup system, which I haven't seen on any other guitar yet. That was what they were after, and they made it, from bits and pieces. Not bad, considering that it features on all Queen albums, all live performances he has done with Queen, and all other projects and solo stuff. For a home-made guitar made totally by hand, in those days, to be of such a high quality, and to even be in tune, is really an achievement on its own.

When you listen to the guitar work on all of Queen's songs, from the first album to the last one, the first thing that strikes me isn't exactly that yeah, this must be a home-made guitar. No, if I didn't know better, I would never have guessed it. That guitar is worthy an award on its own, and I mean that. It should have been awarded long ago, by the music business somehow.. for contribution to guitar world or something like that, or even long and faithful service. Brian would be proud I think. Thank God it hasn't been stolen, lost or damaged after all these years, traveling all over the planet, through airports, on stages, off stages, handed over to stage crew whenever a string broke etc. It must be one of the World's most valuable guitars, because after all, there can be only one!

 
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby sebastian » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:21 pm

TheHero wrote:It must be one of the World's most valuable guitars, because after all, there can be only one!


Yeah, sort of ... from the early nineties onwards, there've been plenty of copies made. I don't mean to diminish its importance but, should anything happen to it, Brian could easily use a replica and carry on. It wouldn't be the same, but it wouldn't be half as serious as if he'd lost it forty years ago.
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby NOLA » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:42 am

Have always loved the guitar solo, after the timpani drum solo by Roger, in the Live Killers version of Brighton Rock even though it was apparently a patchwork of various solos from that tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQKVgeSFbrQ
 
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby NOLA » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:49 am

The first 1.40 minutes of this are fantastic - Brian May & Kerry Ellis 8.3.2016 Praha / Prague : Guitar Solo & A. Dvořák Novosvětská

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m3YwmSIn-g
 
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby NOLA » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:04 am

Have always loved sections of Queen songs where Brian's guitar sounds like other instruments (Good Company being maybe the most extreme example), but in other songs it was just small sections for brief periods - a few examples below

All Dead, All Dead (from 1:50 to 2:19 or was this all done on harmonium? - a guy has a youtube video showing how it was done with 15 multitracked guitars - looks painstaking) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSG_mZaogsc

Lily of the Valley - (from 1:31 to the end of the song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSG_mZaogsc

You Take My Breath Away (from 3:38 to 4:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_wLNqUz7pM

Procession - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRulFyRWFrY

Tie Your Mother Down (the 60 second intro before the song starts) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34ErUwV5Uxk

One Night in Hell (first 40 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwrAOU-J07o
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Re: Brian May guitar solos thread

Postby NOLA » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:09 am

This was pretty good too - part of Brighton Rock from Rock in Rio 1985

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh_Ifw4qluI
 
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