I have to say the Man from Manhattan, may be an odd choice to some of you but it's his best. For a couple of reasons. 1. It sounds like what you would expect a Brian May guitar solo to sound like (if that makes since). 2. it's musically good. 2. I don't know I just like it.
My personal favorites below in no particular order
· Killer Queen
· Death on two legs
· Lazy on a Sunday afternoon
· Bohemian Rhapsody
· Tie your mother down
· Somebody to love
· Good old fashion lover boy
· It’s late
· Dead on time
· Crazy little thing called love
· Need your loving tonight
· Hammer to fall
· Invisible man
· Let me live
TheGreatKingRat wrote: Procession & Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon!
As far as Queen goes Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon is definitely one of my favorites. My god I remember 10 yrs or so ago when I was in like the 9th grade just playing that solo over and over again there was something about it that just amazed me and expanded my musical view of what rock music could be. Speaking of ANATO Good Company is definitely the greatest guitar orchestration ever recorded, even better than Hendrix's composition in my opinion (my opinions go anyway the wind blows so I may change next week) but I always tell people that Good Company has the most ingenious guitar orchestration ever. A tab of a hyperbole maybe but I feel that way. Good old Fashioned Lover boy is up there too along the lines of Lazing ion a Sunday Afternoon but more extravagant (which speaks for a Day at the races as a whole, I just think it's a musically better album than ANATO but the lyrics (again this is debatable I say ANATO have some lazy lyrics too at times) just aren't as good.
Oh yeah let me add, even though it's not really a guitar solo per se but at the end of the Hero, the guitar and drums (at about 2:05) are some of the best music ever created by Queen.
I'd have to say Bo Rhap, but, that could be because it is really my first clear memory of being completely blown away by Brian May's guitar sound. I just could not believe that a guitar could sound like that. Just so expressive and atmospheric!!!
The solo in Long Away just does something to me.
You And I, too.
Death On Two Legs is awesome!
But Hell, aren't just about all of them damn good?!
Anyways, I like the ones with a lot of harmonies. Anyone can write a solo, but not many can write such great ones with harmonics, like Brian. (Not as far as I know, at least.)
I have to say the one in party, especially the way it's mixed on the LP really cuts. I dont get the same feeling on cd or mp3's. The same goes for Invisible Man the drums leading in seems to be heavier on the LP. I love the "post progressive" vibe the solo on Hang on in There has too, speaking of the Miracle sessions. I think Brian was playing great during that era. I believe Roger made the statement that he was playing better than ever in the Mike Reid interview and I would be hard pressed to disagree with him.
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Resurrection is a good one. Well it sounded good in the car just before.
You Don't Fool Me.
Love of My Life (live). When Brian gets it right!
Killer Queen - Quintessential Brian and happy memories.
Backchat has the best Brian solo!