I started posting my favorite guitar solos last week and something occurred to me. Aside from "guitar player" records--you know, the Joe Bonamassas and Gary Clark Jrs., artists meant to specifically show off the guitar playing--are there any bands in the last 20 years with a lead guitarist taking solos worth mentioning? I can't think of any.
The first two of my posts were Prince and XTC, arguably two artists not known specifically for having songs with guitar solos, though Prince and both Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory of XTC are excellent players. Today's choice is from one of my favorite bands, led by one of my favorite singers and writers, Phil Lynott and featuring two of my favorite guitar players, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. This live version of a song originally found on Thin Lizzy's "Night Life" record, has two solos, both of which have moved me since the very first day I bought the "Live & Dangerous" album in J&R Music World in 1978. The dual guitar attack of Thin Lizzy is a trademark sound, but again, this isn't a lead guitarist with a record. It's a band with lead guitarists.
I'd love to hear some of your suggestions. But please, if you can show some willpower, nothing before 1990. Tell me about some great guitar solos on record since 1990.