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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THE MOMENT: DEFINITELY MAYBE
LGA pupil Kyran walks us through Great Guitar UK Guitar Albums kicking off with the supersonic first album by Oasis Definitely Maybe.
Oasis Definitely Maybe
There are moments for every music lover where a certain album or song changes the course of your life, whether it is discovering the Beatles from your grandparents, or the moment after an adolescent heartbreak you hear Morrissey groan “Please, please let me get what I want” and it all begins to make sense.
Whatever your moment is, it is at that point we decide how we will dress, speak and act. There are of course can be more than one. My first ‘moment’ was falling in love with Definitely Maybe.
Specifically the first time I heard Live Forever. I remember watching the music video: The 16 bar drum intro comes in as the camera focused on Liam Gallagher, sat on a chair suspended high on a wall, my imagination was captured. The video ends with Noel Gallagher burying soon to be ex drummer Tony McCarroll in a garden. I had two thoughts; I need to learn how to play guitar and get myself an Adidas Firebird jacket (I still have the one I bought of EBay at the age of 13).
The album is a fantastic bit of work that fully embodies what it means to be youthful, optimistic and truly captures that energy. Definitely Maybe wears its influences very much on its sleeve, the melodic chord structures of every song allude to a songwriter in Noel Gallagher who clearly worshipped at the alter of The Beatles, hints of The Stooges and Sex Pistols guitar sound run through tracks like Bring it on Down and Rock n Roll Star and even tracks like Shakermaker or up in the Sky would not have been out of place on a Kinks album circa the Village Green era or a psychedelic 60’s compilation.
The production behind the album is unique, according to producer Owen Morris; he was the first person to pioneer a method of mixing called “Brick walling”. This method involves the use of a box causing sound compression of the initial track (it causes the hiss at the beginning of Cigarettes and Alcohol) and is then mixed to be on the red line on the mixing desk. Morris is very adamant about the effect this had “ that first year in jukeboxes around the country Oasis came on louder than anyone else”.
The recording of the album was not smooth sailing, twice the album was scraped, the first version was recorded in Mono Valley, Wales and the second attempt saw Noel Gallagher and sound engineer Mark Coyle try to mix and produce the record. The issues surrounding the record were primarily to do with the sound and the initial sessions didn’t capture the energy and sound that make up the Oasis sound. The best example is the early recording of Slide Away (It can be found on YouTube), while beautiful it doesn’t quite carry the energy that the final album mix would.
I could go on and on about this album but finally I want to point at how special the album is lyrically. Live Forever contains my favourite lyric on any song “we’ll see things they’ll never see”. This lyric perfectly summarises a special relationship. Even on a song like ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ which lyrically overall isn’t fantastic, it still includes a fantastic line “These could be the best days of our lives”.
The album will always hold a special place in British music for many people but for many like me, it is “the moment”, whatever your moment or moments, they are incredibly special. Whether you agree with my choice, no doubt you will be able to identify with a similar album that made you fall in love with music.