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  1. Back in the days of YouTube Downloader I had this as an mp3 and playing it in my car, my friends were amazed how badass this was, and that’s WITHOUT all the visual showmanship you see in the video. Purely audio. It’s one of the greatest solos of all time without a shadow of a doubt.

  2. I absolutely have no time for the music he created but I will always believe Prince is one of the greatest musical talents the human race has ever been blessed with. An icon and a talent rarely paralleled.

  3. Prince’s guitar throw at the end will forever be the most fucking rockstar move ever performed on stage by anyone that’s ever played the instrument. Magical mother fucker. RIP.

  4. This performance sent me into a YouTube guitar playing death spiral and I came out of it in love with blues music and disappointed that I never knew how talented Prince was until after he was gone.

  5. This is one of my very favorite things on the entire damned interwebz. I am so grateful to be alive in a time that can watch performances like this even after some of the performers have passed on. It’s a fucking masterpiece!!!

  6. Its kinda nuts that Prince is basically cut out of frame until his solo 3:30 into the song. In the beginning, you can also see he isn’t even under a spot light since they put him so far to stage right.

  7. Prince did a great solo but my favorite version will always be the one from a concert for George. Eric Clapton played it as he originally had and you can see just how much it meant to him to send his friend off in that way. It’s a really powerful song. The whole concert is.

  8. He was playing extra hard that night because Rolling Stone left him out of the “100 best guitarists” list. I’m sure someone at Rolling Stone magazine feels beyond stupid to this day!

  9. Prince knew every single note of that song by heart, and his solo shows it. He starts into the power chords, following the chord changes, perfectly, and then does the perfect fade out. That solo was an unbridled labor of love.

    Prince was a great guitar player. So much more than most people realize. But he was also just a comprehensive musician, so his solos are a bit formulaic, like a pianist’s solos. I actually think that’s a good thing, personally, but it does fly in the face of the old Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan style (which I also adore, of course.)

  10. I’m so glad you posted this. I’d heard about the guitar solo but never heard/seen it. I knew I was in for a treat based on reputation alone, and I couldn’t help the shit-grin on my face for the whole 6 minutes. Thank ya

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