Negative Creep wrote:
I actually dont see what the big deal is about Highway Star.
I dont either. But I guess it has lots of influence. Surely not Blackmore's 'best' solo though.
my estimation .. it is the direct timeline for its uniqueness and originality, as it becomes the template for the neo-classical style of playing that comes after ... Blackmore had started this sooner but this appears to be the soloing style in this song that takes hold for the legion of guitarist that started to copy and evolve the style .... as the solo follows Vivaldi’s harmonic progressions and further separates rock guitar from the blues and aligns itself closer to classical stylings and the attack from a violin approach of playing ... hence the Bach and Roll of Blackmore in the 60`s evolving to the Bach and Roll to the phrase neo classical .... the whole tune is filled with hints of Haydn, Henry Purcell, Bach and Vivaldi without directly copying and can be seen as having Baroque harmonic progressions as well ........ it is an amazing tune to dissect and look at all the styles intertwined into what is essentially a classical composition disguised as a rock tune ....Take care
I remember you posting an article about this on the old forums. Very interesting read. I believe one of the other classical influenced guitarists mentioned was Randy Rhoads, with one of his signature tunes Mr. Crowley. There are indeed some striking similarities.
Ludwig van Beethoven is actually my favourite classical composer, partly because of Ritchie. (Difficult to Cure from Finyl Vinyl
Beethoven, the Blackmore of his time. (surely not the other way around eh)