Boston – Hitch A Ride (Tom Scholz)

Solo timing: 2:32-4:11

First time I heard this solo was 2009 when I purchased the album.  I was surprised it was not heavily played on the radio and wondered why I didn’t hear this before.  Right before the solo Brad says, “Carry me away for the last time,” then Tom Scholz hammers out the most epic outro solo of all time. The overdubbed 2nd guitar catapults the solo into the next century while his euphoric notes leave you speechless throughout the entire solo. Sholz’s staccato picking will have you catch “More Than A Feeling” and will leave you wanting to hear it over and over again.  This hidden gem has timing of drums to shred a perfect match.  Usually I’ll listen to the solo on an average of 10-15 times before a review however this one slipped into the 20-30 times range just because it’s that powerful.

Timeless classic.

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Ozzy Osbourne – Hellraiser

Solo timing: 3:11-3:34

Zakk Wylde does it again on this one. Very similar solo to “Desire” in my opinion. Takes you in different directions throughout the solo however it fits perfectly with the song. Beginning starts off soaring into long stretched out notes, gearing you up for the merciless shredding about to take place all within seconds halfway through. Ending focuses on giving you a ride on Zakk’s rollercoaster of solo. Listening to this makes you want to learn guitar or get better if you’re playing already. Perhaps I should trade in my drums sticks?!

-Mark

Ozzy Osbourne – Desire

Solo timing: 3:26-4:01

Desire is from the No More Tears album from Ozzy Osbourne.  I wish this solo was longer as Zakk Wylde makes it seems so effortless and leaving you wanting more.  44 seconds of pure shredding.  It starts with taking you through an uplifting melody along the strings of the axe, taking you back and forth between high and lows of the strings, midway you feel more positive about what’s about to happen then he hits the “high” right at 3:33.  Here I’m visualizing Zakk saying, “Not done yet, gotta finish strong and make every last note count.”  The last 20 seconds he pulls you in every direction possible and you’re left at the end wondering what just happened.

ps.  The image is from the cover of the 1991 “No More Tears” single vinyl disc.  All star line-up pictured!