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03 August 2010



Well, I'm not yet a robot, I am not a guitar guy and I am old, but off the top of my head Albert Lee, Redd Volkaert, Bill Kirchen, Chris Duarte, and James Burton all played guitar on records. Somehow, something from each of them belongs on that list. And Brian May, sort of lost in all the hubub was a terrific player on all of Queen's records.

I was very happy to see Buchanan who is all but forgotten, and Danny Gatton, the greatest guitar player I ever saw more than 5 times on the list. But Rory Gallagher is not there. I guess I know why, but when asked in an interview "What's it like to be the world's greatest guitarist?" Eric Clapton replied "Don't know. Ask Rory."


As a guitar guy and as also an old guy, I had issues with a lot of the ephemera on the list. The Edge is certainly a reasonably important figure in contemporary rock and guitar; anybody ever hear of Mick Taylor. I agree about Rory Gallagher. Where's Derek Trucks? Buddy Guy? Chuck Berry was seminal, but a lot of his stuff doesn't work so well anymore. If the idea is that you have to have a signature riff, how'd they omit things like Get Your Ya Yas out -- Satisfaction sounds better to me in the older versions, but the Stones were always a guitar band and frankly, Brian Jones doesn't get the credit he deserves. Oh yeah, the fucking Sex Pistols were not musicians. Again, if we say that they brought in Punk, well, no they didn't and their stuff was crap. Anyone ever hear of the Clash? How about Roger McGuinn?


Yeah, the good old days. Peter Green, too, and Neil Young and Glen Campbell. But I think my list reflects my love of the sound of the telecaster more than just being old and alt-country and blues oriented. The list is Gibson's to do with as they wish. But they should have started here:

You're right about Trucks and his wife is pretty good, too. So are both of Dickinson's kids and speaking of Jim Dickinson, the Funk Brothers and the house bands at Ardent and Atlantic and Stax all had actual guitar players too. and Link Wray and Dick Dale and Duane Eddy and Rosetta Tharpe. And Bonnie Raitt. As for punk, who knows how good those guys were? it wasn't the point, was it? Anyway, still stopping by and enjoying myself.

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