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Best saxophone solos in rock and pop

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:38 am
by An Alan Smithee Nation
Saxophones solos are not just for jazz. What are you favourites?

Mine are:

Kevin Ayers Red Green and You Blue Lol Coxhill on soprano sax starts at 2.15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDXppj_fD2c

Hazel O'Connor Will You? from the sadly long forgotten punk pop film Breaking Glass at about 2.17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou96vLl--e4

Pink Floyd Us and Them at about 5.18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDbeqj-1XOo

Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side at 3.35
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6fayQBm9w

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:34 am
by Cannot think of a name
It's sort of a cheat since it's a trio that only features a two string bass and bari sax with drums, but I'm partial to Morphine. Partially because I was convinced a bari sax trio of this nature would be a cool idea but didn't have a bari sax or a bass player and drummer who agreed. Not to say we would have had the song writing for it.

I also like the sax that permeates The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Saddest Thing I Know.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:45 am
by An Alan Smithee Nation
Cannot think of a name wrote:I also like the sax that permeates The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Saddest Thing I Know.


Like it, but I'd call it jazz.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:54 pm
by Minoa
Double - The Captain Of Her Heart

That was the first song that came into my mind, when talking about saxophones in pop music. It also speaks volumes about Swiss elegance with their chocolates and watches.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:55 pm
by The New California Republic
How has nobody mentioned Baker Street yet?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:12 am
by Minoa
The New California Republic wrote:How has nobody mentioned Baker Street yet?

Yes, that was an oversight from me due to other priorities outside the forum: sorry about that.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:56 pm
by Ubekibekibekibekistanstan
Somehow Bruce Springsteen's Jungleland has gone unmentioned. It's over 9½ minutes, with a 2+ minute sax solo. Bob Seger put out some music featuring the saxophone as well.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:30 pm
by Bombadil
Supertramp - The Logical Song

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:43 am
by An Alan Smithee Nation
Steely Dan - Deacon Blue

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:07 pm
by Jetan

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:12 pm
by Anollasia
Pink Floyd - Money

PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:50 pm
by Stiltball
rat trap by the boomtown rats is really good- if short.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:41 am
by Asle Leopolka
Fucking casuals, the lot of you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdaaGlyu7EQ

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:32 pm
by Myfanwyski
it might not be a solo but the sax adds a nice flourish to Thin Lizzy's Dancing in the Moonlight

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:54 am
by The Blaatschapen

PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:25 am
by Elejamie
I Anixi (or more accurately, the version of it performed at Eurovision 1991) and the alternative version of The Jones Girl by the Five Satins. Fortunately, I've been nice enough to link you guys to the solos in question just so you can experience the majesty of these solos right from the get-go.

As for an actually genuinely good sax solo? I'm not sure if they'd count because, much like with Morphine, they've got a sax player in the band and so one's bound to show up, but Madness have got a whole load of good ones. It Must Be Love, Cardiac Arrest, Michael Caine, you just can't go wrong. One Step Beyond maybe but since it's mostly just saxophone + backing instruments (to the point where the opening introduction is pretty much a vocal solo) I'm not sure if that'd count.

For an actual proper solo that'd definitely count, Smooth Operator. 2:04 (althought it starts a little bit earlier, this is where it starts to pick up) to 2:22.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:55 pm
by Stiltball
Nice use of a sax in this Madness hit.

great songwriters - the sax sticks in my mind

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:27 pm
by Kohr

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:37 am
by Nuroblav
Stiltball wrote:Nice use of a sax in this Madness hit.

great songwriters - the sax sticks in my mind

Speaking of Madness, they have a song called Embarrassment which has a great guitar solo.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:08 am
by The Archregimancy
An Alan Smithee Nation wrote:Hazel O'Connor Will You? from the sadly long forgotten punk pop film Breaking Glass at about 2.17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou96vLl--e4


'Long-forgotten'?

Some of us found it utterly inescapable in 1980; the posters were plastered across almost every UK train station, from Fife to Portsmouth.

So no, not forgotten for all of us.


On topic... Brown Sugar, the Rolling Stones.