Top 10 Songs Containing Backwards GuitarDuring the psychedelic era, musicians started to experiment with tapes by speeding them up, slowing them down, and by playing them backwards. It didn't take long until guitarists began to record tapes of guitars and play them backwards out of experimentation. Backwards guitar would sometimes be used by artists after the psychedelic era. Feel free to add more examples.
The Top Ten
I'm Only Sleeping marks the very first time that backwards guitar was used on a rock song. George recorded two guitar solos, one on top of the other, and played them backwards.
The vocals of the initial seconds surprised me then the guitar blew me away, so lovely.
one of the first and best backwards guitar solos
The song features a backwards guitar solo that (in my opinion) sounds really cool. It wasn't the only Jimi Hendrix song to use backwards guitar; he also used it on the song "Are You Experienced? ".
classic song, tons of great backwards guitar
The song opens with a backwards acoustic guitar solo played by studio guitarist Mike Deasy.
The song ends with a distinctive backwards guitar arpeggio.
During the outro of the song, there is a lengthy backwards guitar solo, which has been double tracked (just like on I'm Only Sleeping).
Interesting, I never knew this song has backward guitars. Honestly, I always recognize the bass before the guitars in this song.
Definitely listen to the isolated guitar track on YouTube. Frusciante kills it.
The song features two guitar breaks, and they're both backwards. John Frusciante said he tried to record both of them on the first or second take.
The song features backwards guitar throughout the whole piece (makes sense, considering this was their most psychedelic sounding song). I believe there's also backwards guitar on Amazing Journey (from Tommy).
This song has quite a bit of backwards guitar, starting in the second verse.
There's quite a lot of backwards guitar in the choruses. The whole thing is surprisingly heavy on studio technology.
That intro is beautiful.
The guitar solo is made of two tracks that are both backwards. I feel guilty for not adding this song the first time.
classic song with a solo I didn't realise was backwards until just now
Although there isn't any backwards guitar on "Carry On", there certainly is backwards guitar on "Pre-Road Downs", courtesy of Stephen Stills.
There's a backwards guitar solo in the middle of the song.
This should really be at the top of the list.
The song ends with a backwards guitar solo played by Ed Robertson. The solo does not appear on the radio edit.
The song ends with a backwards guitar solo played by lead guitarist Nels Cline. Instead of using tape, he uses a delay pedal that delays the signal, reverses it, and then sends the reversed signal through the output.
The song begins with a strummed 12-string guitar played in reverse, sounding like a weird percussion instrument.
She Said She Said doesn't have any backwards guitar in it.
No backwards guitar here. Please don't vote.
The first guitar solo is backwards.
There's a backwards guitar solo about two-thirds of the way through.
There's some backwards guitar each time they sing the "All you know that the girls on the road" section".
There's a backwards guitar solo at the 1:58 mark. Interestingly enough, the song that this portion of the song is based on (but not a direct parody), Carry On by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, doesn't have any backwards guitar at all. I guess he wanted to make it slightly different.
This one has backwards guitar fills in between the verses of the song, and the whole intro is backwards.