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    Gibson declares Van Halen “Top Guitar Album of All Time”
    Sunday, 1 August 2010
    Van Halen’s debut album has been selected the Top Guitar Album Of All Time by Gibson.com. The guitar-manufacturer just announced their Top 50 Guitar Albums, as voted on by their editorial and writing staff, an all-star jury of guitarists and readers of the site. Van Halen II also made the list at #23.
    From Gibson.com:
    If you’re a music fan, you’ve probably seen countless lists ranking the best albums in rock and roll history. But what about the albums that highlight rock’s greatest instrument: that six-stringed portable orchestra, the guitar? Here at Gibson, we decided that the time had come to count down the Top 50 Guitar Albums of All Time.

    Below is the full rundown, from 1 to 50. (For an in-depth look at the previous entries click here for #50-41, #40-31, #30-21, #20-11 and #10-1.)

    Special thanks to all of our readers who voted. In addition, we would like to thank Zakk Wylde, Billy Morrison, Jeff Cease and Bart Walsh for taking part, as well as the Gibson.com writing and editorial staff.

    So, without further adieu…

    Gibson.com’s Top 50 Guitar Albums of All Time
    1. Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)
    2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967)
    3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
    4. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
    5. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987)
    6. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)
    7. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East (1971)
    8. Cream, Disraeli Gears (1967)
    9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968)
    10. AC/DC, Back in Black (1980)
    11. Television, Marquee Moon (1977)
    12. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
    13. The Who, Live at Leeds (1970)
    14. Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers (1961)
    15. The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
    16. Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow (1975)
    17. Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
    18. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (1972)
    19. The Who, Who’s Next (1971)
    20. Black Sabbath, Paranoid (1970)
    21. Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman (1981)
    22. The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (1971)
    23. Van Halen, Van Halen II (1979)
    24. Chuck Berry, The Great Twenty-Eight (1982)
    25. The Stooges, Fun House (1970)
    26. AC/DC, Highway to Hell (1979)
    27. The Beatles, Revolver (1966)
    28. Aerosmith, Rocks (1976)
    29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)
    30. Oasis, Definitely Maybe (1994)
    31. Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Sky is Crying (1991)
    32. Lynyrd Skynyrd, One More from the Road (1976)
    33. The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)
    34. The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
    35. Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Live (1978)
    36. John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
    37. Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak (1976)
    38. Def Leppard, High ’n’ Dry (1981)
    39. Roy Buchanan, Roy Buchanan (1972)
    40. The Shadows, Dance with the Shadows (1964)
    41. Deep Purple, Machine Head (1972)
    42. Jeff Beck, Truth (1968)
    43. The White Stripes, Elephant (2003)
    44. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood (1983)
    45. Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry in London (1965)
    46. Danny Gatton, 88 Elmira St. (1991)
    47. The Wildhearts, Earth vs. The Wildhearts (1993)
    48. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti (1975)
    49. Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here (1975)
    50. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
    1. Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)

    Here’s a video of Zakk Wylde’s announcing the Top 10 Guitar Albums.

    23. Van Halen, Van Halen II (1979)

    The task for Van Halen was daunting: follow-up their gargantuan and über-groundbreaking debut album – one so colossal it instantly changed the game. As revolutionary a guitar album as Van Halen was, Van Halen II might be even better. Eddie’s pyrotechnics are more dazzling and varied — and more explosive. Just check out “Spanish Fly,” where he proved he could make mincemeat out of an acoustic guitar, too. Highlights include “Beautiful Girls,” “D.O.A.” and “Somebody Get Me a Doctor.” – Sean Dooley

    Top 50 Guitar Albums By Decade

    The ’70s rule! Well, at least that’s the decade that ruled our Top 50 Guitar Albums list. The “Me Decade” was responsible for more than half of the ranked LPs. The ’60s came in at a distant second place. As for newer artists, only on album from the past 10 years (actually, it ends up being the last 16 years) made the cut. The White Stripes’ 2003 release, Elephant, came in at #43.

    1960s: 11
    1970s: 27
    1980s: 7
    1990s: 4
    2000s: 1
    Votes for the Top 50 Guitar Albums of All Time were included from Michael Wright, Bryan Wawzenek, Andrew Vaughan, Sean Dooley, Arlen Roth, Russell Hall, Ted Drozdowski, Paolo Bassotti, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Bart Walsh (David Lee Roth), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, Circus Diablo), Jeff

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    Cool list, but how Surfing with the Alien & Passion & Warfare aren't on that list is beyond me... But, hey, at least Nevermind isn't listed (for a change)...
    If you have nothing nice to say about Eddie Van Halen, you're at the right website. - Me (A few years ago)

    "People take Van Halen much more seriously than we do" - David Lee Roth (1980's)

    "I don't sit on the end of your bed while you're trying to make a living" - David Lee Roth (1988)

    "For some reason people love to complain about everything. The internet has made it easy for people to do that. Shut the fuck up and get a life, or show me how good you can do it."- Edward Van Halen

    "A lot of people ask me which Van Halen singer was better. You can't compare them. It's like asking which guitarist is better. Nobody is better than anybody. Every player is their own person."-Edward Van Halen

    "I do like Eddie Van Halen as a player. He gets it right quite often." -Paul McCartney

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    I saw the white stripes on there....I don't get that band at all. is that guy really that good? it's cool that there are only 2 peopel I guess but I still don't think he's all that good of a guitar player.

    I dunno....

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    too right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    I saw the white stripes on there....I don't get that band at all. is that guy really that good? it's cool that there are only 2 peopel I guess but I still don't think he's all that good of a guitar player.

    I dunno....
    I guess you either love Jack or you hate him. I think he's awesome. Any live show with him in it, you get blood (his strumming fingers get cut up all the time) sweat and tears every night. I know even if you don't like them, if you were to go to a live show, you'd probably change your mind. I didn't like them a whole lot until I saw them live. SO much more than their singles. Regardless, I'd pick this record over at least the Oasis record on the list.

    This video says it all for me, hilarious



    Oh and AWESOME for VH to be tops on a list for the first time in years!!!
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    That album changed everything in Rock to a new direction.I agree. 1978 was the most fun year of my life for many reasons,and VH was the soundtrack to it.
    EVH 1979: Well, actually it's not much of a vacation, because we run everything ourselves. We design our own album cover, we have to be in the office every day to sign checks - the whole corporation revolves around us. Nothing can be done without our approval. We even have photo approval.

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    YAY!! At least they got it right. In the new issue of RS's top 100 songs er whatever it is...VH isn't even mentioned.....not even Jump!!! Idiots...I've always felt like they hold a grudge against Ed and the boys though.....I hate RS, always have.....

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    Definitely some solid picks there, but I'd have swapped FW for VH2 myself.


    Eric Johnson's "Ah Via Musicom" needs to be up there was well. I mean, shit.....Oasis?
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    I think guitar instrumental work is not really represented due to the limited appeal to the masses. I mean I love Surfing and Ah Via Musicom but if Yngwie's Rising Force isn't on the list, then those two definitely are not. I hate the Swede but that album was a big wow amongst the guitar community and I don't see it on the list.

    Glad to see that VH getting some respect though. I don't really understand the White Stripes or Oasis but at least Oasis were huge in the UK for about 5 years. Help popularize the Brit Pop movement of the 90's. White Stripes? Man that is like eating anchovies on pizza. However different strokes for different folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I don't really understand the White Stripes or Oasis but at least Oasis were huge in the UK for about 5 years. Help popularize the Brit Pop movement of the 90's.
    Oasis to me are/were just poor rip offs of Beatles/Stones/Slade. The reunion will be here in less than 5 years that is guaranteed cos neither of the brothers make any impact when they're apart.

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    No love for the 50's and guys like Scotty Moore and James Burton?

    Chuck Berry is on there for an album done in '65 but Scotty and James can play circles around that guy. I guess what hurt them is they don't really have any defining albums, but to leave the 50's out entirely is horseshit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    I mean, shit.....Oasis?
    ...and it is ahead of ANYTHING Stevie Ray Vaughn!!!

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    if they said anything besides VH 1 it would be silly.
    ...AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, GOD CREATED VAN HALEN

    VAN HALEN IS A LIFESTYLE

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    Them leaving off anything by John Mayer trumps any questionable picks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    ...and it is ahead of ANYTHING Stevie Ray Vaughn!!!

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    I happen to agree. SRV live at the El Mocambo may be the most beautiful combination of guitar, vocal you will every see or hear. He was so much better live. I always respect a power trio as well, no place to hide musically.

    But this is a list, and subject to to biases of those that compiled it. I love Pink Floyd but would never consider any of their work as top guitar of all time. Guitar was the least of their appeal to me, incredibly written songs and lyrics and experimental music.

    And I would put Satriani's Extremist, Flying in a Blue Dream and Surfin' in front of most on this list. And I never have gotten the Jimi Hendrix thing. He was innovative and charismatic for sure, but his music never sounded finished to me (if that makes sense). The same thing I feel with I listen to the Rolling Stones ... the band just doesn't sound tight, like they haven't rehearsed enough. Just one mans opinion.

    I have to agree about Ah Via Musicom too, incredible guitar throughout. All that being said, I think they got it right with VH #1
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