There is a Guitar World interview from July 1989 with Jake E Lee and it goes into a little section called “JAKE’S TOP FIVE GUITAR SOLOS”. It just lists the songs and that’s it.
With the interview being conducted during the Badlands promotion campaign, I wasn’t surprised at the top 5 at all and the focus on blues.
Red House – Hendrix In The West [Reprise] 1971 – Jimi Hendrix
Artists once upon a time very rarely played the studio cut live. The live show was a chance to jam, be free and have fun. Jimi Hendrix was a huge innovator in that department.
Crossroads – Wheels Of Fire [Polydor] 1968 – Eric Clapton
This is a live version of “Crossroads” in which Clapton sings and goes all pentatonic.
Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin III [Atlantic] – Jimmy Page
I don’t know any guitarist who hasn’t been affected by Jimmy Page. Even the new up and comers will be exposed to a Jimmy Page riff or lick or song. And Page is another innovator when it comes to the live show and jamming.
Mean Town Blues – Johnny Winter and Live [Columbia] 1971 – Johnny Winter
The blues is repetitive, especially these days when everything is available instantly, but it provided a canvas of opportunity once upon a time. Bands built careers on 12 bar blues romps.
Stratus – Spectrum album by Billy Cobham [Atlantic] 1973 – Tommy Bolin
Tommy Bolin was a huge talent that was lost to the music world very early. His understanding of jazz and rock and roll was impressive.
Also check out the bass line on this song.
I still think his best work came with his solo albums and his work with Deep Purple.