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Voodoo Child - Prince's 5 Greatest Guitar Solos

Prince performs live at the LA Forum on February 19, 1985
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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.

2 Peach

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.