Geetars had to be the show stopper though. I think I found some cool tracks and laid them out in a pretty cool pattern. You'll find two instrumentals sandwiching this playlist with 4 great geetar jams everyone should know followed by 4 four you may not know as well. Anywaym its a cool listen.
This week we let the music do the talking, Enjoy....
BAND: Ted Nugent
ALBUM: Ted Nugent
GEETRARIST: Ted Nugent
TITLE: Working Man
GEETRARIST: Alex Lifeson
TITLE: Mean Street
BAND: Van Halen
ALBUM: Fair Warning
GEETRARIST: Eddie Van Halen
TITLE: The Rocker
BAND: Think Lizzy
ALBUM: Vagabonds Of The Western World
GEETRARIST: Eric Bell
TITLE: Mutha (Dont Wanna Go To School Today)
GEETRARIST: Nuno Bettencort
BAND: Honeymoon Suite
ALBUM: Clifton Hill
GEETRARIST: Derry Grehan
TITLE: Blue Collar
BAND: Bachman Turner Overdrive
ALBUM: Bachman Turner Overdrive
GEETRARIST: Randy Bachman
TITLE: Cliffs Of Dover
BAND: Eric Johnson
ALBUM: Ah Via Musicom
GEETRARIST: Eric Johnson
My Vitals Stats for SHT # 49
Approval (percentage of songs I liked): 70%
Songs I've Never Heard: 5 (50%)
Songs I Have Heard: 5 (50%)
Best Song I'm Familiar With: Mean Street (Van Halen)
Best Song I'm Not Familiar With: Blue Collar (BTO)
Man, Scott, that is some outstanding guitar work. Although I may not have necessarily liked every song you picked, I think every song really fit this theme well.
I think Mean Street has a tremendous riff, and DLR's vocal performance is terrific.
Of the two instrumentals, I definitely liked the Vai tune better. I'm not much for instrumentals, but this one is very good. The last track, although well played, just doesn't have the same grip for me.
Kudos on the BTO track. I've never heard that song, but I really, really like it. The guitar playing and mood of the song are outstanding. I need to see if it's on the greatest hits CD I have.
Thank you sir! This was a fun series (if you can call it that)
BTO is so forgotten when it comes to guitar work, their rhythms seem to get more attention that the solo efforts. But their early work is phenomenal. Wasnt it you that posted BTO II a while back?
That was me. It's the only studio album I own, and it's a great album.
Starting now, I'm gonna give each track "grades" on a scale from 1-10:
1. I really don't care for instrumental tracks, and I've never been a fan of Vai's playing. His best work was probably with Frank Zappa, or was that Zappa playing? 5/10
2. I'm considering buying the new best of-album, but I'm not sure yet. This track is a bit booring, but the guitars are MUCH better than Vai's playing. Some very good solos. 6/10
3. I was never a fan of Nugent either. I like SOME of his music, and I do own a couple of albums. This track is.....okay, I guess, but a bit booring. 5/10
4. Now here's a RUSH-track, you don't hear that often. It sounds a bit like Black Sabbath. It's not one of their best, but come on: It's RUSH!!! I really like Alex Lifeson, and he appears to be a funny guy, BUT....he is KIND OF the weakest link in the band. He's not bad at all on guitar, but the other two are PERFECT at what they do. I Know it's not Neil Peart on drums here. 7/10
5. 10/10 'nuff said.
6. Thin Lizzy allways had great guitarist in the band, even though I never thought John Sykes was a good choice, but that's another story. This is a good track. 7/10
7. Ahhh, Nuno Bettencort. Now THERE'S a great guitarist. Besides the man himself, EVH, the best guitarist on this list. Extreme would probably had been much bigger, if they had been around a couple of years earlier. I LOVED "Three sides to every story". This track is just kind of okay. 5/10
8. This actually sounds a bit like Extreme, but without Bettencort of course. I kind of like the track. 6/10
9. BTO for me are "Roll on the highway" and "You ain't seen nothing yet" and that's it!! This boore me. 5/10.
10. Good start to this track, but UH-OH.....it's an instrumental. 5/10
Love the ratings scale! Thanks for the cool feedback too, although I must admit that calling the Molly Hatchet track boring was a bit of a shock, your the first to ever do that as far as I know...
As far as the new Greatest Hits II from them, its a bunch of re-records so not the original work, in case that changes your purchasing decision (it did mine)
Scott, I could say "Touché", on your remark about Biff
I must admit, that I HAD expected somthing from you about my Alex Lifeson remark?!
I am, RJhog, and I'm PROUD of it!!
Hold on...Greatest Hits II is not re-recordings. It's songs from their late 90's-onward studio albums. The only song that is a remake is "Fall Of The Peacemakers", the rest is the original stuff. CD 2 is live stuff.
But if you're starting, get the first greatest hits and then this one.