Voodoo Child - Prince's 5 Greatest Guitar Solos
From soul to funk to rock to blues, Prince could make his guitar sing, wail and talk, here are five of his greatest hits...
From blowing everyone's minds at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to his sublime, heart-wrenching work on Purple Rain, Prince's playing has always been the perfect flourish that brought his impeccable song writing to life.
1 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
In 2004, during an all-star jam at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and others were halfway through a take on George Harrison’s classic tune when Prince stepped out of the shadows with his Telecaster and kicked the song into another dimension. It’s pure expression – two minutes of sobs, moans and flights of fancy fretwork. Simply mind-blowing.
There’s always been a hint of Hendrix in Prince’s playing, but the two furiously angular solo breaks on this song almost feel like some kind of gypsy spirit-channelling.
3 Let’s Go Crazy
The sound of a guitarist being swept up and spun by a groove into a dizzy cyclone of shooting sparks and frantic licks.
4 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Lyrical, simple, soulful. Sometimes the best solos are the ones that simply take a hand-off from the vocal and keep on singing.
5 Purple Rain
If the second coming had a soundtrack, the last few minutes here would be it. Prince reaches deep into his purple soul and just pulls out pure soaring, anthemic riffage.
This article originally appeared in Classic Rock #203.