"Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world." - Todd Littleton
"I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see." - Anon
"Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all." - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
"Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals." - Jim Forest
"People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." - Anon
"... Certainly God's love has made fools of us all." - R.E. Slater
"An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst." - R.E. Slater
"Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics." - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
"Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument.
There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is
irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated." - Emil Brunner
"Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh" means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Resurrection Music for an Easter Sunday (Rock's "All Time Greatest Heavy Metal Guitar Solos")







Ok, so I was thinking about discovering the "Greatest All Time Heavy Metal Guitar Solos Ever" and started picking through a few to listen to (I've listed the Top-10 further below) when I came across Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" hit from their 1979 double album, The Wall. And as I was listening I began to think just how this might make really great resurrection music to accompany a Christian believer, journey-bound to heaven, on that fateful day when death comes stealing in to greet us. Then suddenly, the next thing I knew, I was thinking of Jesus and if David Gilmour's rock solo hadn't likewise accompanied Him as He arose from sin's foul grave?! Who did leave Hell's gaping maw as its dark lord, Satan, and his untold fetid minion millions, stared helplessly upwards cruelly witnessing their inglorious, fallen reign, coming to a resounding end on Resurrection Day's first inaugural Easter celebration!

But mind you, not to any angelic strings wafting through the airs as Jesus ascended upwards. But to Gilmour's burning frets set on fire proclaiming Jesus as Lord amidst deafening strains of Hallelujahs as the rock soloist wailed his troubling chords over the turbulent fires of faith and disbelief. Cheering some hearts and bowing others listening to discordant riffs parting a sea of humanity to bring the Creator-God nearest to man through His Son's crucified death risen to bring salvation to all. And crying - 

"Messiah Christ has risen!
He who is First Born from the dead.
Who has conquered the grave.
Who has laid open the way to heaven from hell.
Who has given victory to every blood-washed sinner
Baptised in the holy name of the King of Kings.
Sing 'Hallelujah!' Jesus is Lord of All!"

So then, see if you can't visualize the same with me as you listen to Pink Floyd "Ascension" music, and watch the stadium lights flash and burn, beholding in your mind's eye Jesus ascending to heaven, and us with Him, on that glorious Day of Resurrection.... Then close your eyes and listen again. And this time really hear the heavenly strains of "Hallelujah" breaking across the broken shores of heaven while breathing in the celestrial airs washing across the lungs and soul proclaiming, "Salvation has come to the sons of men by the great goodness of God everlasting...."
skinhead
March 31, 2012



Pink Floyd - Best Guitar Solo Of All Time
Comfortably Numb Guitar Solo





Revelation 19
English Standard Version (ESV)

Rejoicing in Heaven

19 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”[a]


3 Once more they cried out,

“Hallelujah!
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”


4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great.”


The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.


7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said[b] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant[c] with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The Rider on a White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in[d] blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

17 all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave,[e] both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence[f] had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.


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Saturday Top 5:
[Greatest] Rock and Roll Guitar Solos

[All of the guitar solos have been lost since this article's 2008 publication. Consequently, the youtube references have been updated by myself with apologies to the author's original selections. - skinhead]

I love music. And of all music, I like rock and roll most. At the heart of all great rock is the guitar, and the guitar shines today in the top 5 greatest guitar solos. Included in the list are a few songs that had the juice to make honorable mention, but not enough to crack the list.

Honorable Mention:

Hotel California – The Eagles Easy sounds from this southern rock band gave it such a nice feel. I still haven’t figured out what the song is about, though I have read things ranging from Satanism to music history (with references to Steely Dan and many other rock greats in the song). But the solo is just killer. Definitely one of the greatest rock solos ever.


Eagles - Hotel California - Live '76



Reelin’ in the Years- Steely Dan This is the closest to pop of any songs on my list. It actually was the #1 pop tune of 1973. But the guitar solo is totally rock. Steely Dan is jazzy enough for your mom and dad to enjoy, rockin enough for me, and about the most sophisticated rock and roll created. The solo on this track is Jimmy Page’s favorite solo of all time. It’s not every day you can find a guitarist who can come close to replicating it.


Steely Dan - Reelin' In The Years-Whistle Test 1978


A rare Steely Dan performance from old grey whistle test
(the episode broadcasted in 1978; the performance is early 70's).
Jeff Skunk Baxter is on lead guitar.


Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin There are many who say Jimmy Page’s hammering on Stairway was the best solo of all the Led Zep tunes, but this one had more emphasis with the breaks. I gotta whole lotta love for this song and this solo!


LED ZEPPELIN London Live 1970 - Whole Lotta Love / Com Breakdown (Finale)

Led Zeppelin performing Whole Lotta Love during their United Kingdom Tour
in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England.
Recorded live at Royal Albert Hall on January 9th, 1970.


Long Time – Boston Off the self titled album, this was the best of Boston’s killer guitar solos in my opinion, and there were plenty to choose from.


[HD] - Foreplay/Long Time - Boston


One of the greatest songs in the world, (no this isn't just a Tribute).
By one of the greatest bands ever. So there.
Take it. Hard. On the chin. Period.


Europa – Santana This song was the closest of the honorable mention selections to making the top 5. If you think Black Magic Woman contained his best solo work, you are incorrect. You can feel the heat coming off those tubes in his Mesa Boogie. Wikipedia has the parameters for attaining the sound Santana had on Europa, supposedly. He really makes the guitar sing, scream, and then cry.


Europa - Santana (Live in Mexico 1993) HD
Sacred Fire



Do You Feel Like We Do – Peter Frampton This was the best video I could find of this. The sound quality isn’t the best, but it still has the voice box and guitar solo. This tune is energetic, and the solo rocks in a big way that is worthy of mention on my list.


Peter Frampton Do You Feel Like We Do
Midnight Special 1975 FULL


Peter Frampton's performance at Burt Sugarman's Midnight
Special, c.1975. This is the full version, unlike the other ones
floating around with the end missing

The “Top 5″

#5 Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd The smoothest work by a seriously smooth guitar player. Quite a few regard this as the best guitar solo ever laid to vinyl in the Rock and Roll genre. David Gilmour punctuates a song about an apparent injection of something that takes away pain. According to some of the information I found, there was nothing to the drug rumors other than that it was about a child that got sick and got shot up with some medicine to feel better. Of course, the term “acid rock” is actually a description of the effects of acid rain on a sheer mountain face. YEA RIGHT! Any way you slice it, the solo is one of the best ever.


THE BEST - Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb - PULSE - HD



"Comfortably Numb" released on the album "The Wall" in 1979,
was written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters. David's guitar solo
was voted number 4 of all time by Guitar World magazine readers.


#4 Eruption – Van Halen Eddie sets the fretboard on fire with some of the fastest hammering ever recorded. Actually, he was so fast many of the notes were supersonic and undetectable to the human ear. That’s how amazing this solo was! The link is to a live version with a little more than the original recorded version.


Eruption - Van Halen
Rare 1982 Footage



#3 Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits Is it rock and roll? You better believe it! There’s no trumpet playing in this song, and the solo(s) are just as effortlessly smooth and fast as the combination can be. One of my gun range instructors used to say “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast!”. I love the clean bends and flat picking Knopfler brings with his guitar here on this slightly altered live extended version.


Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)


The most eagerly anticipated release from Dire Straits - their seminal live
concert recording  'Alchemy Live' restored to pristine high definition visual clarity,
remixed in PCM Uncompressed Stereo and Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
Available on Limited Deluxe Edition DVD and Hi Def Blu-ray.


#2 Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd It’s technically not a guitar solo when played live since it’s a duel between Allen Collins and Steve Gaines (Ed King originally), but the recorded version was double tracked and recorded by Allen Collins alone (still not exactly a solo). But since the 5 minute guitar piece at the end of the song is one of the most recognizable portions of rock and roll picking in rock’s history, I have to include it. The haunting slide played in the beginning of the tune is by Gary Rossington. That makes it a three part solo.


Lynyrd Skynyrd FreeBird [HQ] (LIVE) 1977
Oakland, July 4, 1977



#1 Little Wing – Stevie Ray Vaughan This is the ultimate in Rock and Roll guitar solo, an extended version of Hendrix’ Little wing with a portion of Third Stone from the Sun at the end. It’s a buffet of all you can eat blues/rock!  It has some serious rock foundation to it, but the soul of this jam session is pure blues. It’s sad that such a talented guy (the greatest guitarist to live) didn’t live longer. To quote Bill, how much music was lost when he died? He had years of creativity, writing, recording, and performing taken away when he died in a helicopter crash at the age of 35. When you watch him play, he makes it look so easy.


Stevie Ray Vaughan- Little Wing Live



There you have another controversial edition of Saturday Top 5. If you think I am wrong, then you are wrong, obviously. I welcome anyone to challenge my list so I can prove to them why I am right.




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