In an interview last year with Contemporary Guitars Blog, I was asked to name 5 Desert Island albums. Now, I’ve never been one to get too carried away with making “top 5 lists,” but thought what if I were to do one for electric guitar tracks that continue to have a profound effect on me years after having heard them the first time. So, after some thought, I recently decided on a top 3 list. I know, it’s only 3…..Anyway, here they are:
1. Machine Gun – Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)
What else can be said about this live version of Machine Gun. Just a mindblower. If I could go back in time to see one concert, it would be this one.
2. Where Were You – Jeff Beck
I could go on and on regarding Jeff Beck. This track is pure electric guitar poetry of the highest order. Simply incredible music and one of the more beautiful things I’ve ever heard.
3. Watermelon in Easter Hay – Frank Zappa
FZ was very underrated as a guitarist. Gorgeous music in a slow 9/4 (or 4/4 + 5/4 – however you prefer). This track shows off FZ’s more sensitive side. It’s not even from my favorite Zappa period though. I’m more of an early Mothers person (see my 5 Desert Island albums).
As with these types of lists, it’s always tough leaving stuff out. Here a list of a few Honorable Mentions (I may continue to edit this..)
The Final Peace – Jeff Beck
Power to Love – Jimi Hendrix
Pink Cashmere – Prince
Black Napkins – Frank Zappa
Is It Sweet? – Bill Frisell
and definitely a few more….