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Alive 56%  56%  [ 59 ]
Yellow Ledbetter 33%  33%  [ 35 ]
Can't Decide 0%  0%  [ 1 ]
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Alive vs. Yellow Ledbetter

So Adamdude suggested this one and since I don't have time to do a lengthy write up for a while this seemed like a good choice. I don't even need to post lyrics. Alive first.


The last minute and a half or so of alive is probalby my favorite piece of music of all time. it never fails to transport me to a live show, pumping my fist in the air and screaming yeah with the rest of the arena. It's the best recurring feeling in the world, and hearing the end of Alive always takes me there. There is something so empowering and triumphant about it, like listening to it (and being there when they do it live) is an act of defiance and a celebration of being alive and having conquered whatever personal demons you've had to face. That's the closest I can come to describing it, but it isn't really describable. It's the closest I ever come to having a real religious experience. it helps me tap into something larger than myself. A tough feeling to beat


Yellow Ledbetter's solo is certainly beautiful, but it is the outro part that always moves me. I can picture it being played for the last time at their last show, a final goodbye and farewell to the fans, and that image always gets me. I don't know if that technically counts as the solo though. Either way, there is a certain meloncholy feel to the solo that just makes it so perfect for saying goodbye. it's not desperate like in black or all or none, but there is a sense of finality to it--the closing of a chapter. it's amazing how well it captures that mood

Two well chosen songs by Fishbob, and certainly two of Mike's finest pieces of work. There are plenty of better technical guitar players out there, but for the sheer emotion Mike's best work (which this is) is tough to beat

Between the two of them I'd take Alive. As I said above, that ending is a musical orgasam for me. Every time.


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I'm gonna have to go with the majority and say that YL doesn't even come close.


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I love Ledbetter, but it's pretty impossible to beat Alive, possibly one of the best solos of all time. I wish Mike would do longer solos like this more regularly. I Am Mine had so much potential to be another one of these, it just ends way too early.

I think All or None would have been a great addition to this too, Mike really nails the emotion on all three of those songs.


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I think it's unfair to have to vote between these songs, they represent two very different things.

In any case I voted for Alive just because it's incomparable to any piece of music out there...after hearing it 10 million times I still get the same feelings over and over again. That does not happen with any other song.

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Considering one's a Kiss song and one's a Hendrix song, what does this tell us?

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alive is arguably the most epic thing the band has done. there might be a few other solos that are better, but against that chord progression it rules. :worthy:

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stuzzo wrote:
Considering one's a Kiss song and one's a Hendrix song, what does this tell us?


i was about to post the very same sentence.


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Have to go with Alive here...the orgasm analogy is perfect...

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alive... too classic

another good one would be immortality vs. black - 2 of my faves

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The YL solo is yellow ledbetter. It's a b-side that was lifted to one of PJ's most famous and loved songs by all, almost entirely by it's guitar solo alone.


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i thought this was gonna be alive vs. breath

i voted for yl

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stuzzo wrote:
Considering one's a Kiss song and one's a Hendrix song, what does this tell us?


true or not, never post that again.

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i really loved the alive solo when they playd SNL (the first time). there was so much energy and fun in it. I went with yellow because I think its a bit more complex and feels like more of an integral part of the song, and ultimately is looser and less technical.

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