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Overlooked Great Guitar Albums

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The folks at Gibson Guitars have compiled a list of what they believe are the 10 Great Overlooked Guitar Albums. In no particular order, they are:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Zuma – “An underrated album that saw Young locked in glorious tandem with Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. The epics ‘Danger Bird’ and ‘Cortez the Killer’ boast astral solos that sound wrung from another dimension, while blurring the lines between lead and rhythm playing.”

David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World – “Sporting thunderous bass lines and ferocious riffage from guitar great Mick Ronson, the album wedded doomsday theatrics to an emphatically British brand of heavy metal. Bowie and Ronson never sounded more menacing.”

The Guess Who: American Woman – “With this guitar-drenched effort, the group gained credibility among their harder-rocking peers. High points include the psychedelic-tinged ‘No Time’ and the classic title track — a muscular rock anthem built on an unforgettable riff worked up by Randy Bachman during a concert jam.”

Montrose: Montrose – “With all due respect to such bands as Steppenwolf and Grand Funk Railroad, Ronnie Montrose forged a hard rock style that, in retrospect, anticipated the six-string pyrotechnics that would come to dominate the metal landscape in the late ’70s and ’80s.”

Mott the Hoople: Mott – “Inspired by some of the strongest material frontman Ian Hunter would ever write, guitarist Mick Ralphs delivered a textbook-worthy showcase of memorable riffs and economical solos. His monumental guitar break on ‘Hymn for the Dudes’ is essential listening for any player seeking to learn how to craft a song-serving solo.”

And rounding out the list are:

•Flash: In the Can
•Wishbone Ash: Argus
•Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
•Television: Marquee Moon
•Lou Reed: The Blue Mask

What’s your favorite ‘guitar’ album?

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