8. Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”
Sometimes we wonder if David Gilmour was put on this earth to make every other guitarist feel mediocre. No matter how long his solo is, it’s never enough. We can argue about his use of special effects and all that but really now, it all boils down to the man, his talent and his fingers.
The riff in “Comfortably Numb” is nothing short of spectacular.
“I banged out five or six solos. From there I just followed my usual procedure, which is to listen back to each solo and make a chart, noting which bits are good. Then, by following the chart, I create one great composite solo by whipping one fader up, then another fader, jumping from phrase to phrase until everything flows together. That’s the way we did it on ‘Comfortably Numb.’” – David Gilmour
Who would have thought that this epic masterpiece was the product of the tension between David and Roger Waters? With two guitar solos, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by David’s greatness. His skill on the guitar remains unrivaled.