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Top 50 Guitar Albums: Full List, Readers Poll Revealed
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Posted on 08/19/2010 5:38:47 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde

The top 10

1. Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967)
3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
4. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
5. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987)
6. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)
7. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East (1971)
8. Cream, Disraeli Gears (1967)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968)
10. AC/DC, Back in Black (1980)

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1 posted on 08/19/2010 5:38:49 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde
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To: Mr. Blonde

Top 10 “air guitar” albums is more like it.


2 posted on 08/19/2010 5:40:33 PM PDT by golux
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To: Mr. Blonde

3 posted on 08/19/2010 5:41:52 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Mr. Blonde
And the first one, Shut Up and Play Your Guitar:


4 posted on 08/19/2010 5:44:09 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Mr. Blonde

Moby Grape has to be in there.


5 posted on 08/19/2010 5:45:37 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Mr. Blonde; All

The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run”


6 posted on 08/19/2010 5:46:34 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: Mr. Blonde

No Ventures!??!


7 posted on 08/19/2010 5:50:56 PM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: aruanan

I happened to see Zappa about this time, in Berkley no less. Even had the t-shirt!


8 posted on 08/19/2010 5:51:09 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm just sayin'...)
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To: Mr. Blonde

That’s two stink out loud lists I’ve seen from gibson.com over the past few months...at least they’ve heard of Frank Marino...


9 posted on 08/19/2010 5:51:32 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: LS

Nope. Not in the list.


10 posted on 08/19/2010 5:51:54 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: MrLee; j.argese

Well you two agree at least.


11 posted on 08/19/2010 5:52:20 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde

That’s a pretty good list all in all. Some odd ones in there, and a strong representation of ‘70’s albums.

For the record I own a ‘71 Gibson LesPaul Custom Sunburst,with mother of pearl inlays - possibly the greatest electric guitar make and model on the planet.

I would have liked Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking on that list as my sentimental favorite, as my wife and I drove to New Orleans when we were first together blasting that all along the way...and maybe Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth and, and, and...


12 posted on 08/19/2010 5:52:58 PM PDT by februus
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To: Mr. Blonde

“Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits.


13 posted on 08/19/2010 5:55:34 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: februus

Yeah, only 1 album from the 2000s and only 5 from the last 20 years in all. Not much love for those decades. I would have thought Rage Against the Machine’s first album would have made it.


14 posted on 08/19/2010 5:56:03 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I would agree. Maybe Dire Straits s/t. Knopfler is criminally underrated.


15 posted on 08/19/2010 5:57:01 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde
"15. The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)"

You have got to be kidding me. That band played the same three chords (using the same non-melody) in every song they ever wrote. I'm surprised not to see Brian May of Queen listed. He's a very underappreciated and overlooked ax man. I'd put his work on "Queen II" and "Shear Heart Attack" with any album on that list. I didn't see any B.B. King either.

16 posted on 08/19/2010 5:58:50 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Mr. Blonde; June K.
Well, I certainly wouldn't quibble with any of those Top 10 .. all are excellent 'guitar' albums.

Haven't read the full article yet so can't comment on the next 40, but here's hoping that The Who "Quadrophenia" and "Who's Next" are in there somewhere :)

-- MM

17 posted on 08/19/2010 6:01:20 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr. Blonde

Are we talking “of all time”? Surely Les Paul and Chet Atkins deserve a place at the top, even if they were not best known for their albums.

Just ask any of those guys on that list, Eddie VH, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton...they’ll tell ya.


18 posted on 08/19/2010 6:01:40 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: golux

What no Rory Gallagher or Robin Trower.....


19 posted on 08/19/2010 6:02:07 PM PDT by corbe (mystified)
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To: Mr. Blonde

This list is utter bullsh*t!! Any top guitar albums and Stevie Ray Vaughan is not in the top 10? Tripe! Oh and no Metallica at all?


20 posted on 08/19/2010 6:02:18 PM PDT by Lil Flower (The destruction of America: It's a "big f*ckin deal"~to me!)
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To: circlecity

Amen...I have always thought the first two Queen albums were vastly underrated...


21 posted on 08/19/2010 6:03:12 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: corbe

Trower never gets any love...what a BS list.


22 posted on 08/19/2010 6:04:03 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: bigbob

I think that is the issue with some that are deserving and not on the list. A lot of great chops, but not a full album really.

I’m not really sure about putting a Chuck Berry’s greatest hits on the list either. Seems like cheating.


23 posted on 08/19/2010 6:04:56 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Mark Knophler is one of the top players ever. Gibson list is horsepuckey.


24 posted on 08/19/2010 6:05:40 PM PDT by Lil Flower (The destruction of America: It's a "big f*ckin deal"~to me!)
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To: Mr. Blonde

I saw Van Halen, AC/DC and Guns & Roses.

All of them were excellent shows.

I also saw ‘Van Hagar’, which was pretty good too!


25 posted on 08/19/2010 6:05:45 PM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

26 posted on 08/19/2010 6:05:50 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Mr. Blonde

another list, no jethro Tull. I’m glad they aren’t in the RnRoll HoF. They don’t deserve Ian Anderson and Martin Barre.


27 posted on 08/19/2010 6:06:03 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response)
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To: Lil Flower

It was funny the other day I saw an article that asked if it was fair to hold SRV’s career against Hendrix. Although most of his complaints were about 80’s production.


28 posted on 08/19/2010 6:07:22 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde

And where the hell is Ted Nugent? Stranglehold anyone? Geeze


29 posted on 08/19/2010 6:07:35 PM PDT by Lil Flower (The destruction of America: It's a "big f*ckin deal"~to me!)
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To: Mr. Blonde
Also saw Yngwie Malmsteen.

He played so incredibly fast, and hit notes only a dog could hear.

30 posted on 08/19/2010 6:08:14 PM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Jethro Tull is a band that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Not sure why. Probably people mad about them getting an award at the grammy’s they actually didn’t deserve.


31 posted on 08/19/2010 6:09:14 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Lil Flower

...or Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar work on Rainbow’s ‘Rising’ LP..?


32 posted on 08/19/2010 6:10:10 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Actually if we’re talking full blown guitar ALBUMS you have to include: Ted Nugent “Live Gonzo” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “On your feet or on your knees”, another live one that is just flat out wall to wall guitar. Everyone in Blue Oyster Cult could play lead and at one part in every show all six guys in the band would strap on a Gibson and stand in line trading guitar leads back and forth.


33 posted on 08/19/2010 6:10:47 PM PDT by circlecity
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another list, no jethro Tull

Yah, no Tull :(

Aqualung, Stand Up, and Benefit certainly deserve mention ... if not all at least one of 'em ... I'd vote Benefit

34 posted on 08/19/2010 6:11:00 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr. Blonde; NewRomeTacitus; cripplecreek; creeping death; JeffreyH; RandallFlagg; cschroe; ...

METAL Ping List!


35 posted on 08/19/2010 6:12:13 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Terrible list No Pink Floyd? What the hell. Dark Side of the moon. The Wall- best guitar song of all time. Confortably Numb...


36 posted on 08/19/2010 6:12:56 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Mr. Blonde

This list isn’t complete without Rory Gallagher!

The Captain Beyond album deserves mention also.

Or Peter Banks and Flash...I could go on and on...


37 posted on 08/19/2010 6:13:10 PM PDT by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Mr. Blonde

WHAT??? No Link Wray??? Oh yeah, I forgot - “Nobody played guitars in the 50’s”.

Half of these guys learned their riffs from Link Wray when they were about 13, and most of them will admit it.


38 posted on 08/19/2010 6:14:24 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: Lil Flower

Stevie Ray should be at least a 5 or 4.. He could strum that thing.


39 posted on 08/19/2010 6:15:01 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Id vote Benefit too...probably in my top five favorite albums of all time.


40 posted on 08/19/2010 6:15:52 PM PDT by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Lil Flower

You read my mind. Stranglehold is one bad ass guitar song.


41 posted on 08/19/2010 6:15:57 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Mr. Blonde

Totally bogus list without the Reverend Horton Heat.

Best guitarist of ALL time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYALiTct1_I&feature=related


42 posted on 08/19/2010 6:16:05 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: crazydad

DSOTM is #12 and Wish You Were Here is #49.


43 posted on 08/19/2010 6:16:54 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde
No Chet Atkins? No Ventures? No Flatt and Scruggs? Al Ciola? No Merle Travis? Bets are they've never heard of Steven King. It seems to me that the ones that voted on these albums are limited as to their experience and knowledge.
44 posted on 08/19/2010 6:17:19 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: conservativeharleyguy
"Half of these guys learned their riffs from Link Wray"

LOL, yep, most of rock guitar is just a reworking of something Link, B.B. King, and Chuck Berry had already done before 1960.

45 posted on 08/19/2010 6:18:12 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I don’t think he has an album that really qualifies. Rumble would be on a list of songs.


46 posted on 08/19/2010 6:18:54 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: vetvetdoug

Everyone is limited by their own tastes and what they have been exposed to.


47 posted on 08/19/2010 6:19:54 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: vetvetdoug

Jim Heath (aka Rev. Horton Heat) blows all the old timers away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1rUZcBMEY&feature=related


48 posted on 08/19/2010 6:20:06 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: vetvetdoug

Wow, the first time I’ve ever heard anybody mention Al Caiola.


49 posted on 08/19/2010 6:20:46 PM PDT by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Mr. Blonde

Wow 12 is still to high for such an Inovative album... But that is good.. David Gilmour is one of the best guitar players ever..


50 posted on 08/19/2010 6:21:27 PM PDT by crazydad
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