All-time favorite electric guitar tracks

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….


One response to “All-time favorite electric guitar tracks

  1. Reblogged this on DJ Splash Kidd's Blog and commented:
    This is a nice summary of three great electric guitar players iva Marco Oppedisano’s WordPress blog; two of which are no longer with us (Hendrix and Zappa) and Jeff Beck who still is! Take the time to really listen and enjoy these wonderful artists!

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