When it comes to Rock and, in particular, the world of guitar; what comes to mind in the first place are the amazing testimonies of eclecticism of some of the forefathers of the genre. Splits of music with a very high emotional charge, capable of enchanting millions of people, gathering the echoes of entire generations under their protective wing; remaining unchanged before the inexorability of time.
It is appropriate, therefore, to mention some of the major exponents of Rock who, through their own guitar, have contributed to downsizing the genre, completely distorting the world of music. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, among others, but we could go on for a long time, if we chose to dwell on the brightest gems that the modern socio-cultural landscape have ever given birth.
But every self-respecting idyll has a downside and, in the case of music, what the dark side of the guitar reserves; at best it ends up in the oblivion of a shameful oblivion; other times it is brought to the fore by its own shortcomings. In this ranking, compiled by the magazine Guitar World, the ten worst guitar solos that Rock history has ever seen have been collected.
10) Lenny Kravitz – American Woman (1998)
Although Lenny Kravitz is considered a multi-instrumentalist with strong guitar skills, revisiting the 1970 Guess Who classic, American Woman, in Rock Pop style from the 90s, it was a bad choice. Making a song timeless, a sickly radio product, Guitar World considers it one of the songs with the worst guitar phrases ever.
9) Manowar – Sting Of The Bumblebee (1988)
Kings Of Metal, the album from which the song is taken, represents the point of maximum exaltation of the celebratory delusion to which the Manowar’s work is subject. The Flight of the Bumblebee Korsakov immolates himself as a solo, outstanding and, at times, megalomaniacal base on which stands the triumphant rhythmic base of the piece.
8) The Rolling Stones – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (1974)
Taken from a milestone album in the history of Rock, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg it’s a Rock N’Roll interpretation of a song by the Temptations. It is a relatively successful cover, if it were not for a solo with apparently forced atmospheres which is superfluous with every listening.
7) Ted Nugent – Wango Tango (1980)
Basically, what makes it cloying and relatively unpleasant Wango Tango by Ted Nugent is the very strong use of the stereotypes typical of the 80s in its compositional structure. In light of the facts, the solo of Wango Tango it is a manifestation of good technicality, while not demonstrating the typical verve of a song capable of remaining impressed on the listener’s mind.
6) Black Flag – Thirsty And Miserable (1981)
Although it is a milestone in Punk and, despite undergoing the clear inflections of some of the largest Rock groups ever, including Black Sabbath is Motorhead, the solo parts of Thirsty And Miserable are affected by some particularly marked technical gaps that affect the quality of the song due to their long duration.
5) The Beatles – All You Need Is Love (1967)
The work of the Beatles it is considered immense overall, given the massive contribution it has made to the music scene and modern culture. THEThe compositional complex that characterized the Fab Four discography is extraordinary, indisputable and perfect; but when you run into the analysis of individual technical skills, you realize how much, each of the members of the group, had deepened in a rather rudimentary and approximate way the study of their tools. The flair with which the Beatles have scaled down the socio-cultural paradigms of their time has consecrated them to the eternal, while not proving to be free from gaps and burrs of a purely technical matrix.
4) Cream – Falstaff Beer Radio Spot (1967)
Even the giants fall and the Queen proof of the truth of the proverb comes from the Cream, whose work has always been characterized by the eclecticism of the guitars of the mythical Eric Clapton. In 1967, Cream gave voice, lyrics and music to the Falstaff beer radio commercial, building a Jingle in which you can listen to what, apparently, might seem like some of their biggest hits. revisited to weave the praises of the alcoholic hop-based drink. The result was, on the whole, very bad; however relatively comical, given the unimaginable contribution that Cream had on the modern music scene.
3) Carlos Santana – The Game Of Love (2002)
Between the late 90s and early 2000s, the six-string god, Carlos Santana, granted a large number of collaborations to bring his career back into favor, giving himself to the top pop artists of that decade . The move has never been viewed favorably by insiders; this is perhaps why Guitar World has chosen to insert The Game Of Love which, basically, is a good song for its genre of membership on the list.
2) Blue Cheer – Summertime Blues (1968)
Summertime Blues comes from the explosive Blue Cheer debut album, Vincebus Eruptum 1968. The disc represents a masterpiece of Hard Rock which contributed to the affirmation of the genre. Powerful riffs that lash out against fierce highs make it a perfect manifestation of the genre. The solos contained in the song, perhaps too exasperated, make him miss a beat; however, we are faced with a milestone of experimentalism from which, later, the most modern meanings of Hard Rock were derived.
1) Poison – Guitar Solo (1991)
The worst second guitar show Guitar World. The Poisons provide their own personal definition of guitar solo through a composition capable of extending from 6 to 11 minutes, during which time, the guitar of C.C. Deville, crosses different genres. From the extremely exasperated patinated Shred typical of the Eighties, carried up by the six strings of Eddie Van Halen, full of tapping, harmonics and distortion, to a ferocious burst of alternating plectrata notes that explode powerfully on the melodic carpet of a piano who, while trying to distance himself from the delusion of Deville’s virtuosity, remains irremediably subjugated by it.