Remember that around the world version of “Stand by Me” that was posted on YouTube a while back? Here’s the same thing but with “One Love.” My first thought was, “How many covers of ‘One Love’ do I need to here?” But then I watched the whole thing — it’s a good cover.
The idea came suddenly. Manufacture our own CDs, go into chain stores, and leave them in the appropriate bins. Down among the established pop hits and top 40 product, these CDs await those curious few who take them to the counter.
Then what? Witness the confused faces of cashiers and customers alike when the CD does not show up in the inventory. But they’ll most likely make the sale, and the CD known only as THE DROPLIFT PROJECT will go home with yet another customer. Mission accomplished.
Severe copyright restrictions on the use samples in works of audio collage often prevent this type of work from ever reaching the ears of listeners. The members of the Droplift Project feel that these restrictions amount to censorship of an entire artform, and so they have created this art-response to the current relation of artists and lawmakers to the techniques of appropriation, collage, and sampling in music. The artists know that the disc may not be found by the right people, and they know that they will not get paid. But they needed a chance, so they made one.
I know I left out plenty of deserving guitar dudes on this list (there’s a lot of hammered shit out there, y’know). I took care to exclude bozos like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and John McLaughlin because, frankly, their styles seem to have less to do with pure rock-n-roll than that of say, Eddie Van Halen. Anyway, it’s a good bet that some of you will consider some or all of these solos the best of all time.
Here’s the Top 10 (with the worst being number 1):
“Let It Rain” by Derek and the Dominos; Soloist: Eric Clapton
“Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd; Soloist: Gary Rossington, Ed King, Allen Collins
“Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” by Ten Years After; Soloist: Alvin Lee
“Demand” by Phish; Soloist: Trey Anastasio
“Renegade” by Styx; Soloist: Tommy Shaw
“Fuel to the Fire” by Rory Gallagher; Soloist: Rory Gallagher
“Hot Blooded” by Foreigner; Soloist: Mick Jones
“Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton; Soloist: Peter Frampton
“I Like to Rock” by April Wine; Soloist: Brian Greenway