It's pretty easy to hear why Paul Gilbert is considered one of the top guitar shredders around. While guitar players who can go "weedily deedily" really fast are a dime a dozen,Gilbert displays taste,tone,sophistication and above all HUMOR. He understands that,at the heart of it,virtuoso guitar albums are a bit silly. Grab this unabashedly guitar oriented album today or the jokes on you.
1) Paul Gilbert-Fuzz Universe
2) Gov't Mule-Mulennium
This low priced,sprawling three disc set was recorded December 31st 1999,as the Mule ushered in a new millennium. It features blues legend Little Milton sitting in on six tunes and covers include King Crimsons "21st Century Schizoid Man". If you look at modern guitarists and feel like "they just don't make 'em like they used to" do your self a favor and check out Warren Haynes.
3) Los Lobos-Tin Can Trust
So how can you be a Grammy winning band with a hit song and still be ignored by the mainstream? Well Los Lobos has done it by following their artistic heart and by generally being better than anything on the radio. Tin Can Trust,their first album in four years,won't float them back onto the mainstream with it's two Spanish-language tracks and a Grateful Dead cover but fans of the wonderful guitar playing of David Hidalgo and Ceasar Rosas won't much care.
4) Steve Turre-Delicious and Delightful
Guitarist Russell Malone only appears on a scant two tracks here but,as his albums tend to skew a bit too slick,I prefer him in his sideman role. Luckily,despite his misfortune of not being a guitar player,trombonist Turre has much to recommend on his on his own merit. In addition to being one of the best trombone players around he possesses the rare skill of playing the conch shell. The conch shell,played like a horn,changes pitch depending on how far your hand is inserted into the curve of the shell.
5) Hammers of Misfortune-Bastard
So,you're a metal fan who likes to rub it in when your the first of your friends to get into a great band? Jump on this NOW! San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune is already four albums deep into their career and nobody aside from every underground metal critic on the planet seems to have noticed. Virtuoso metal opera with female vocals and prog,NWOBHM,and 70's rock influence doesn't even begin to cover it. They've just signed with Metal Blade records,who will reissue their four albums this week,including Bastard,their first. Expect a new album to arrive is 2011.
6) Juvaliant-Inhuman Nature
Newcomers to the prog metal scene,Austria's Juvaliant stays clear of the dungeons and dragons lyrical theme while still hitting the melodic heaviness and giant choruses on the musical front.
7) Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch-Upside Your Head
If you like your rock on the blues side or your blues on the rock side,Jason Elmore is a guitar-slinger in true Texas style. Think Stevie Ray meets ZZ top with a bit of Sonny Landreth and you've got a start.
After a few EPs, this Australian bands debut album hits all the right black metal strengths without sounding too cliche.
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