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    Hi,

    I guess I have to say that for me Steve Vai's "Alien Love secrets" has just got to be the best rock guitar instrumental cd I have heard (it's actually an EP)
    but there is nothing really ridiculas on it except "kill the guy with the ball"
    I think is a little over the top for those who think Vai doesn't have any feeling in his playing I suggest "Tender Surrender" and " The boy from Seattle" those songs have melodic feel in droves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolsguitars View Post
    Hi,

    I guess I have to say that for me Steve Vai's "Alien Love secrets" has just got to be the best rock guitar instrumental cd I have heard (it's actually an EP)
    but there is nothing really ridiculas on it except "kill the guy with the ball"
    I think is a little over the top for those who think Vai doesn't have any feeling in his playing I suggest "Tender Surrender" and " The boy from Seattle" those songs have melodic feel in droves.
    any other thoughts ?
    I agree 100%. When i first read the post i was somewhat suprised to see my exact choice. It is simply unbelievable guitar work !!

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    What are the parameters to this discussion? Are we talking guitar only, guitar-based or actually "instrumental"? Is this limited to a handful of shredder solo albums or are things like Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry The VIII" (which include some sterling axe work) included as well? Do Chet Atkins albums (that include rock tunes) count as well?
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    I think Alien Love Secrets is an outstanding instrumental. Don't forget Surfing With the Alien though! Passion and Warfare, ALS and Surfing are a must have for any guitar/instrumental fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    What are the parameters to this discussion? Are we talking guitar only, guitar-based or actually "instrumental"? Is this limited to a handful of shredder solo albums or are things like Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry The VIII" (which include some sterling axe work) included as well? Do Chet Atkins albums (that include rock tunes) count as well?
    Whatever instrumental thing you like.
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    Rock instrumental albums have been around since the 50's, with guys like Sandy Nelson. Then there were the millions of surf music records, and guitar albums by The Ventures and Dick Dale. Of course you have the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and groups like Focus. There are a handful of instrumental Santana records. Hell, even Ronnie Montrose did a fairly remarkable one with "Open Fire".

    Yet to make things easy, the best ever was "Blow By Blow", by Jeff Beck.

    Honorable mention: "Guitar Shop", by the same fellow along with Tony Hymas and Terry Bozio.
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    I love ALS, but to me its just an extension of passion and warfare... which for me is the greatest guitar album ever.

    I have about 100 second places though
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    Let us not forget Yngwie Malmsteen's "Rising Force". That album started the whole neo-classical shred revolution.

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    you really get in a self indulgent mode.

    check out the two liquid tension experiment CD's

    its basically dream theater without vocals... and they go into the studio for a week with no music and just record.
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    Steve Vai - Passion & Warfare.

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    Joe Satriani's Crystal Planet is freaking amazing. I am a bigger Steve Vai fan, however I like Vai's instrumental and vocal albums better than his pure instrumental cd's. (although they are fantastic)

    Crystal Planet just never lets up. His band during that period was so GOOD! And the live show was phenominal.

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    Jeff Beck - Guitar Shop

    Red Sparrowes - Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun

    Explosions in the Sky - Soundtrack for "Friday Night Lights" (there is a Bad Company song and a David Torn tune but the bulk is instrumental stuff by EITS and is terrific).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Metalhead View Post
    you really get in a self indulgent mode.

    check out the two liquid tension experiment CD's

    its basically dream theater without vocals... and they go into the studio for a week with no music and just record.
    LTE kicks ass!

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    i don't qualify it as "best," but this was enjoyable and had a shredding instrumental version of "paint it black" as the video single get some airplay on mtv:



    guy mann dude

    alice cooper and kevin dubrow appear on the album, but definitely not singing full songs by any stretch, if i remember correctly... coop simply says "on the verge" at the end of that track, and i don't recall dubrow's part...
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    Quote Originally Posted by darthadv View Post
    i don't qualify it as "best," but this was enjoyable and had a shredding instrumental version of "paint it black" as the video single get some airplay on mtv:
    The vid didn't show up, bro...so here's one from youtube.

    Guy Mann Dude- Paint It Black (4:20)

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