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February 24th, 2007, 01:18 AM
I recently came up with the idea of creating a list of rock saxophone solos. I like looking through the various "Top 100" guitar solos and such, but I'd like a list of rock saxophone solos. The saxophone plays a major role in many famous rock songs such as "Money" by Pink Floyd, and "You're Latest Trick" by Dire Straits, just to name a few. Below are the ones I have compiled in the last few hours from the library of music I have.

I prefer rock from the 60's to mid 80's, but feel free to add newer stuff, as long as it's rock.
After compiling a decent size list... the rating will begin :)
I'm hoping to find at least 100 tracks, though I'm not sure if that's possible... I may have to settle for 50.

Deacon Blues - Steely Dan
Money - Pink Floyd
Us and Them - Pink Floyd
Rainy Day, Dream Away - Jimi Hendrix
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) - Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX) - Pink Floyd
Whatever Gets you Thru The Night - John Lennon
Red Sky at Night - David Gilmour
FM - Steely Dan
Your Latest Trick - Dire Straits

February 24th, 2007, 01:20 AM
You can add pretty much every song by Morphine.

February 24th, 2007, 01:25 AM
The Zutons have a lot of sax solos. They're not super-massive or anything, but they're ok.

February 24th, 2007, 01:42 AM
i love the sound of the sax (especially tenor sax). would be interested in hearing more sax solos. they're quite abundant in jazz, not so much in rock.

February 24th, 2007, 03:26 AM
The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a friend

February 24th, 2007, 04:48 AM
I'm looking for more specific track names just like how jimrz did it.

February 24th, 2007, 06:23 AM
You can add pretty much every song by Morphine.

i'm glad to see someone already beat me to it. that guy's great and baritone is easily the best of the sax family (in my less than humble opinion).

"a gentleman is a one who knows how to play the saxophone, but chooses not to." - some guy

February 24th, 2007, 11:56 AM
A band named Quarterflash.

March 2nd, 2008, 06:46 PM
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Keep Coming Back - Richard Marx
Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
Urgent - Foreigner
Turn the Page - Bob Seger
Rio - Duran Duran
Careless Whisper - George Micheal

March 9th, 2008, 04:58 AM
in addtion to others mentioned aboce

She's Gone - Hall and Oats
True - Spandau Ballet
Logical Song - Supertramp
Tequila _ the Champs
Shotgun - Jr. Walker
Feelin' Alright _traffic
Walk On the Wild Side - Lou Reed
Taking it to The Streets _ doobies
Brown Sugar - Stones
Can't You Hear Me knocking -Stones
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Young Americans _ Bowie
Never Tear US Apart - INXS
What You NEed _ INXS
Aja _ Steely Dan
NY State of Mind - Billy Joel
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
Born to Run - Bruce
Jungleland - Bruce
Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work

March 9th, 2008, 05:00 AM
oh and one more....

It Makes No Difference - The Band

September 3rd, 2010, 06:43 PM
King Curtis:Whole Lotta Love / Live at the Fillmore
Jr. Walker: Urget, Foreigner 4
Ian McDonald: 21st Centuty Schizoid Man/ King Crimson I
Bobby Keys: The Letter / Joe Cocker / Mad Dog & Englishman (short but POWERFULL!)
Mike Shapiro: Spooky/ 45 Single (also The Classics IV version)

Special Mention: Chris Wood [with wha-wha] / Glad / Traffic / On The Road (also studio vertion)

More to come

September 3rd, 2010, 06:45 PM
i love the sound of the sax (especially tenor sax). Would be interested in hearing more sax solos. They're quite abundant in jazz, not so much in rock.
not true................

September 3rd, 2010, 07:04 PM
Wesley Mcgoogan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwWn6yYH9A&feature=player_embedded) ( Will you - Hazel O'connor)

Especially when you learn that Wesley had his fingers cut off in a buzz saw accident. He had them successfully sewn back on but has been unable to play since.

September 3rd, 2010, 07:11 PM
Since you put Deacon Blues first , did you know this song was written about this man who played sax with them on some albums, the song name was the name of his dragster.

Pete also was the tonight show bands 1st tenor player for years and is a well known LA studio musician, I have met him, he was nice enough to, in 1981, to get up early after a late night gig in the town I lived in to come play for our music program in the 1st period.

Being a sax player myself, I would say the best solos and songs are in the Jazz realm, listen to John Coltrane.

Pete is actually a personal friend of a friend of mine who is a local Jazz musician, like myself.

September 3rd, 2010, 11:46 PM
Someone has already done a list of gratuitous sax solos of the 80s:


It's pretty funny actually.

The only song to earn an A review is OMD's "If you leave"