We’re back with Part 2 of Korea Guitar Readers Top Ten Guitar Albums. This week Bill Heffernan, Stuart Grant, Brett Caldwell, Jude Falcon, Dylan Furr and Karl Mischler have submitted their lists. Don’t forget to send in your list to email@example.com. Enjoy these selections. Hopefully you will discover some new music!!
Bill is a native of Ontario, Canada, but currently resides in Osaka, Japan.
1: AC DC– high voltage
2: Guns n Roses -appetite for destruction
3: Green Day– Dookie
4: AC DC -back in black
5: Pearl Jam- 10
6: Pixies-Surfer Rosa
7: Van Halen– Van Halen
8: Metallica– and justice for all
9: Def Leppard– pyromania
10: Mötley Crüe– Dr. Feelgood
Stu is from Scotland but currently lives in Daejeon, South Korea. He plays drums with Like A Fox.
1. Soundgarden – Superunknown
A SG album with strange tunings and great time signatures. Limo Wreck sums up the guitar sound for me
2. John Martyn – Solid Air
Kind of like Bob Dylan, in that he started of with a lot of folk stuff then went on to electric. His earlier stuff is my favourite as it’s a lot more daring on guitar. He was the first guitarist to use a loop effect while playing. His tribute to Nick Drake ‘Solid Air‘ is the stand out track for me.
3. Mastodon – Crack the Skye
Heavy, heavy riffage afoot but balanced with a ridiculous prog story and also Brann Dailor… I listen to this album a lot because of the drums but the more I listen the more I pick up on the guitar tones..it was produced by Brendan O’Brien too. ‘Divinations‘ for the mandolin intro is brilliant
4. Rory Gallagher – Tattoo
I don’t listen to a lot of blues guitar but I grew up listening to this guy so he makes the list. The guy had acidic sweat which stripped his guitar paintwork, that should be a baseline for greatness…your not good enough unless you can destroy your instrument with body odor.
5. Paul Simon – Graceland
Love this album and the guitar sound is just great. So clean
6. Porcupine Tree – Fear of A Blank Planet
I like a really heavy band where the guitar is the lightest or most subtle sound. Similar to Tool or Karnivool
7. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Probably the best guitarist’s guitar album ever. `1983… `is my favourite track
8. The Mars Volta -Amputechture
I watched this band about 10 years ago and it made me want to learn the guitar. The vocals kinda get to you after a while though..
9. Prince – Purple Rain
Because funk. That’s why.
10. Budgie – Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
The song ‘Parents’ has that great guitar tone that so many 70s and 80s guitarists used after them.
Brett plays guitar with Daejeon band The Man Wons. He is from Hamilton, Ontario.
- Tool – Lateralus
This is my desert island album. This album takes time. I’ve been listening to this album for over 10 years, and I’m still discovering it. Adam Jones is a genius in his approach to guitar playing, and his tone is fantastic.
Key Tracks: The Grudge, Lateralus
- Bruce Cockburn – Speechless: The Instrumental
To tell you the truth, this is the only Cockburn album I’ve listened to, and it is beautiful. It’s one of those albums that makes you feel terrible, in that it forces you to realize how limited your playing is.
Key Tracks: The End of All Rivers, Mistress Of Storms
- Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Experience
I listened to this a lot when I first started playing guitar. I remember being a teenager and trying to learn Hendrix songs, and being so proud when I could play some of his stuff.
Key Tracks: Anything
- John Mayer Trio – Try!
This album is a recording of a live performance, where he really shows off his playing. And don’t worry, he doesn’t sing that stupid Body is a Wonderland. Straight blues.
Key Tracks: Out of My Mind, Vultures
- Muse –Absolution
Bellamy is a force to be reckoned with. Such a brilliant musician. This is just a solid album by them. Classic Muse.
Key Tracks: Stockholm Syndrome, Hysteria
- Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
Tom Morello once said, “A good song should make you want to tap your foot and get with your girl, a great song should destroy cops and set fire to the suburbs. I’m only interested in writing great songs.” This album is full of great songs.
Key Tracks: Everything
- Royal Blood – Royal Blood
As a power duo, these guys make other power duos want to add more players. Man is their sound huge! Fantastic rock album.
Key Tracks: Little Monster, Out of the Black
- Silverchair – Frogstomp
This is another album I listened to a lot when I first started playing guitar. These guys were 15 years old when they released this album. I wasn’t doing shit when I was in high school.
Key Tracks: Israel’s Son, Tomorrow
- Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Greatest Hits
When I was a kid, my dad used to play all kinds of SRV as we would ride to hockey practice. I remember thinking, “The weird singer man, is really good on the guitar.” When I finally started playing guitar myself, my father said he’d only teach me blues and none of “that Nirvana crap.” I learned a bunch of Nirvana crap on my own, but I also fell in love with blues because of SRV. Thanks dad.
Key Tracks: Pride and Joy, Texas Flood, Little Wing (Blows away Hendrix)
10. Chevelle – Wonder What’s Next
Tone. Tone. Tone. Oh my god, the tone!
Key Tracks: Family System, The Red
Jude is the drummer with The Man wons and The Bump City Band in Daejeon, South Korea. He’s originally from Louisiana.
Dire Straits – Dire Straits
Metallica – Master of Puppets
U2 – Joshua Tree
The White Stripes – Elephant
Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
Royal Blood – Out Of The Black
Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
Slayer – Raining Blood
Avenged Sevenfold – City Of Evil
Dylan is a guitar virtuoso who was featured on Korea Guitar (Click here to read the interview). Check out his most recent album, Juxtoposition. You can get all the info on his website, http://dylanfurr.webs.com/
Opeth – Ghost of perdition
Guthrie Govan – Erotic cakes
Kamelot – Black halo
Pink Floyd – The wall
Dream Theater – Scenes of memory
Katatonia – The great cold distance
Katatonia – Night is the new day
Muse – Absolution
Muse – Black holes and revelations
Joe Satriani – Is there love in space
Karl is from Ohio but lives in Daejeon, South Korea. He was the lead guitarist in Buzzard Luck and is currently rocking with Fake The future.