7 Amazing Guitar Albums You Must Own
(and the reason why you will love them)
If you’re a guitar student, you certainly want to learn from the biggest artists in the story of music. Legends can teach a lot, from techniques to style, in addition to being legends. Also, if love guitar, there are some albums you can’t not have because they built the basis of current music.
Which are the LPs or CDs you must listen to over and over again?
In this article you will find a list of 7 iconic guitar albums you must have in your music collection, with the best tracks and the hidden gems perhaps you didn’t know.
This album is considered a milestone by all guitarists. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar technique is amazing and it features a perfect mastering of tapping and artificial harmonic. Among the tracks, Eruption is one of the most important guitar solo of all time.
Fun fact, Eddie Van Halen played the guitar that he built himself in 1974. It was called Frankenstrat and was a sort of crossover between a Fender and a Gibson.
2) The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd (1973)
This album, besides being important for the texts, which talk about what escapes from rational control, represents the endpoint of Pink Floyd’s musical experiments.
David Gilmour in this album plays a 1969 Fender Stratocaster, which he modified by adding a custom switch. This produces a sound effect that blends all three pickups at once, and you can hear it in the song Speak to me.
3) Abraxas by Carlos Santana (1970)
Santana is certainly one of the best guitarists of contemporary music and in this album invented without knowing the world music genre. All the tracks merge rock with Latin music, creating an unmistakable sound. Samba Pa Ti is the most famous track of the album.
4) Master of Puppets by Metallica (1986)
This is a landmark for all heavy metal lovers. The sound of the guitar is very strong and powerful in all the songs, especially in the title track. Metallica’s leader James Hetfield here plays a Jackson King V, customised with a stickers. Another interesting track is Orion, composed by bass player Clif Burton.
5) Appetite for Destruction by Guns’ N Roses (1987)
This is the debut album of the band, which sold over 30 million copies in all the world and is considered one of the most important ones in rock history. Sweet Child O’Mine is the most famous song of the album and has a beautiful guitar riff played by the band guitarist Slash. Also, you can find another amazing riff in track Out Ta Get Me.
6) The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters (1997)
Foo Fighters grunge-inspired garage rock here takes more defined outlines. Maybe this is not the most famous rock album, but you will love it for its addictive sound. A song to be mentioned is Monkey Wrench.
7) Dookie by Green (1994)
Finally, this is the album the made Green Day emerge in the mainstream and gave new life to punk rock in the ’90s. Billie Joe Armstrong is an excellent guitarist and loves to combine his favorite guitar, a Fernandes Stratocaster, with a variety of amplifiers. Basket Case is the most known track of the album.
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