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Old 28-07-2005, 15:13   #1
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[niche interest thread! ] Best harmonica solo in a song ever?

Totally contrived thread so I can get my opinion in first. Been some great ones over the years (I'm old enough to remember Adler when his hairline started 3 inches above his eyebrows, for chrissakes!) but my personal favourite is the one in Springsteen's Devils and Dust. Not particularly original, I know (he's sort of used a very similar one before) but it's just how perfectly it's introduced into the song and doesn't outstay it's welcome. Perfect haromica solo IMHO.


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Old 28-07-2005, 15:39   #2
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Stevie Wonder springs to mind, notably his solo on th Eurythmics' There Must Be An Angel.

Also I'm currently quite partial to The Hoax (a sort of Stevie Ray Vaughan ripoff band).. and the vocalist pulls out some rather nice stuff on the harp, even if it is just waffley blues.
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There's a good deal of harmonica action on an album by mid-late indie band 'Marion'.

Tis very good too!
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Springsteen - Ghost of Tom Joad or Promised Land.

Van the Man has a few great ones as well - can't think of the tracks though.
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Off the top of my head (and one that always have left harmonica-playing friends slack-jawed) 'Ridin' On The L&N' on the first Nine Below Zero record, 'Live At The Marquee'.
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Springsteen - Ghost of Tom Joad or Promised Land.

Van the Man has a few great ones as well - can't think of the tracks though.

Bright Side of The Road springs to mind.


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In my opinion, regardless of the virtuosity of the performer, the harmonica is a godawful parody of a musical instrument, with no place anywhere outside the torture chamber.

Therefore I'd like to nominate the multi-talented Alanis Morissette's "solo" in Hand In My Pocket - her repeated two-note parping & squawking says all that needs to be said about the instrument and the sick fiends that sully often perfectly OK music with it.
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I love the harmonica on Janes Addiction's version of Lou Reeds Rock 'N' Roll from there first album.
So much so i bought a Harmonica and tried to learn it. Decided its was to hard to learn and its been in the bottom of a drawer for the last ten years
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Tuesday's Gone cover, by Metallica, has a great harmonica solo in it.
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