Top Industry Insider: Ten Guitar Albums part Three-The Awakening Print
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 18:54
ImageBy John McGlasson
As a follow-up to my last two columns, this is my third Top-Ten list of albums through various periods in my life. Please post your own or comment on mine! Thanks for reading!

I have a friend in Denver named Michael Towns who's an incredible guitar player, and an even better teacher. I've always respected his opinion a great deal as far as who I should be listening to, and what not to waste my time on. Previous to 1991, I'd kinda had a thing against blues players, and maybe I still do to a degree, but there were a few that got to me in a big way, though blues purists would likely say they're not blues players, another column topic for sure! Michael was the first guy to tell me that "pentatonics are where it's at", meaning get away from the Yngwie stuff and open your mind to all these great guitar players out there of various styles. He gave me a bunch of tapes, most of which end up on this list. I owe him so much for enlightening me to the greats I'd probably not have paid attention to otherwise, making me a far better guitar player. Thanks Michael!

Jimi Hendrix-Electric Ladyland
It was inevitable that I'd, like most guitarists at some point, become obsessed for a time with Jimi. As a boy I developed a strong dislike for blues and country guitar, I'm not sure why, but it took me years to realize that my heroes like EVH were vaguely playing blues.

Stevie Ray Vaughn-Texas Flood

SRV was a welcome change after Jimi, the attention to detail, tone and technique were opposite of Jimi in many ways.

Robin Trower-Bridge of Sighs
I think people are wrong to pass off Trower as a Jimi clone. I don't think he's ever tried to downplay his Jimi influence, any more than SRV hid the inspiration he got from Albert King.

Steve Morse Band-The Introduction

After my years of Malmsteen obsession, I was blown away by Steve Morse, who's chops need no "introduction" to this readership I'm sure.

Joe Satriani-Surfin' With the Alien
Most people reading this who are over 30 don't need to be told just how important and influential this album was, and continues to be, for guitarists across the globe. Listening to it now, I only hear shining moments, but the drum machine wasn't so offensive then I guess.

Wes Montgomery-The Incredible Jazz Guitar of...
My first introduction to jazz guitar, Wes is where jazz begins and ends for me, the greatest.

Chris Poland-Return To Metalopolis
As I was phasing away from some of the heavier music, Chris was making music that was exactly what I'd wished I could make, heavy, melodic, powerful, and the dynamic he had with his brother on drums was huge! Chris now fronts OHM, and incredible band.

Robben Ford-Talk To Your Daughter

Robben is one of the few players who's taken blues to new heights. Dismissed completely by blues purists as a jazz player, I believe Robben takes the purity of blues and combines it with the virtuosity of jazz, never allowing one to overtake the other, in fact, I think jazz is just the shine on top of Robben's playing, he's a blues man.

Joe Pass-Virtuoso

As much as I love Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass' technical ability as a solo guitarist was second to none, his personal story is incredible, but thankfully he left us a lot of material to sift through!

Gary Moore-Still Got The Blues
I don't know too many Gary Moore fans these days in the US, though around the world he has a big fanbase. The Blues-playing Gary Moore is second only to the prog/fusion Gary Moore with Coliseum II in my book, he's an amazing player regardless of style. I wore this cassette out when it was new!

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