Guitar Nerd Nirvana

A Listmania! list by Lynwood Lord "Lyn" (Santa Monica, CA)
The list author says: "On the 20th anniversary of my first guitar lesson, what better way to celebrate than a list of all-time inspirational/brilliant guitar albums?"
Burning Organ
1.  Burning Organ by Paul Gilbert
The list author says:
  "The most underrated/sorely overlooked guitar music ever: think Steve Miller/Hendrix/classic VH/Beatles in a harmonious stew."
$15.70   Used & New from: $6.44
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Space Ship One
2.  Space Ship One by Paul Gilbert
The list author says:
  "Nearly as good as 'Burning Organ.'"
$17.71   Used & New from: $8.60
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Deviations
3.  Deviations by Dominic Frasca
The list author says:
  "'Forced Entry' is genius."
Used & New from: $33.98
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Guitars & Other Cathedrals
4.  Guitars & Other Cathedrals by Adrian Legg
The list author says:
  "His first major release and best introduction to his work.  'The Irish Girl' and 'Tracy's Big Moment' are favorites.  Live, there is no one more charming."
Used & New from: $2.60
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Gordian Knot
5.  Gordian Knot by Gordian Knot
The list author says:
  "Ice cold oddball meter fun."
Used & New from: $11.89
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Naked City
6.  Naked City by John Zorn
The list author says:
  "Every possibility is here: jazz, metal, pop, soundtrack, white noise, rock, blues, etc., etc."
$12.46   Used & New from: $2.70
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Liquid Tension Experiment 1
7.  Liquid Tension Experiment 1 by Liquid Tension Experiment
The list author says:
  "Petrucci is a great cross between Satch and every metal player you can think of.  His tone is beyond over the top; it's also irresistible."
$17.42   Used & New from: $1.54
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

Origin of Symmetry
8.  Origin of Symmetry by Muse
The list author says:
  "Bellamy's voice, the distortion, the middle portion of this album -- brilliant. (Puh on the Radiohead comparisons!)"
$7.98   Used & New from: $2.86
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Every Step of the Way
9.  Every Step of the Way by Peppino D'Agostino
The list author says:
  "The first track alone is worth it.  I've played it 12,000 times and still can't get it right."
Used & New from: $7.71
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Lj Plays the Beatles
10.  Lj Plays the Beatles by Laurence Juber
The list author says:
  "I prefer this to the actual Beatles versions (sacrilege!). 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Let it Be' are highlights."
$17.77   Used & New from: $9.70
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Kiss My Axe
11.  Kiss My Axe by Al Di Meola
The list author says:
  "You can argue 'Elegant Gypsy' or 'Casino,' but this one has more, well, lushness (and a cuter cover model)."
Used & New from: $0.94
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Fair Warning
12.  Fair Warning by Van Halen
The list author says:
  "Runners-up include VH 1, 5150, and 1984."
$7.93   Used & New from: $1.92
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

Time's Up
13.  Time's Up by Living Colour
The list author says:
  "Vernon Reid is a messy fireball, God love him.  Check out 'Under Cover of Darkness' and 'Information Overload'"
$12.94   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Ohm
14.  Ohm by Ohm
The list author says:
  "Poland's fusion work is very listenable, and the bass/guitar interaction is sublime. (The thrash triumvirate of 'Peace Sells,' 'Master of Puppets,' & 'Reign in Blood' [and 'Among the Living,' if you're feeling gracious] are givens.)"
Used & New from: $34.18
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Pornograffitti
15.  Pornograffitti by Extreme
The list author says:
  "I hesitated to include because the (often cheese) vocals detract a bit.  But all in all, the one 80s/90s player who deserved the EVH junior tag."
$6.61   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

Jurassic Shift
16.  Jurassic Shift by Ozric Tentacles
The list author says:
  "Their best.  Not a lot of guitar to be found, but the grooves are endless."
Used & New from: $23.96
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Aerial View
17.  Aerial View by Gamalon
The list author says:
  "Overlooked fusion band. Nice rhythms, great solos, and the occasional super-monstrous groove (e.g., 'The Lost Ghost')."
Used & New from: $0.66
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Passion & Warfare
18.  Passion & Warfare by Steve Vai
The list author says:
  "His apex.  He's still great fun, but hasn't evolved much from the time this was released."
$20.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Joe's Garage Acts 1-2-3
19.  Joe's Garage Acts 1-2-3 by Frank Zappa
The list author says:
  "My first introduction to Zappa. As with Stevie Ray Vaughn, a compilation makes more sense, but Act I never wears out."
Used & New from: $2.77
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Rumor & Sigh
20.  Rumor & Sigh by Richard Thompson
The list author says:
  "His voice is an acquired taste, but great lyrics, fills, and brilliant songwriting."
$10.34   Used & New from: $0.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Oracle
21.  Oracle by Michael Hedges
The list author says:
  "His last release before his death. 'Sofa No. 1' (a Zappa cover) and 'Aura Muunta' are gorgeous."
$12.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Endless Road
22.  Endless Road by Tommy Emmanuel
The list author says:
  "'Angelina' quickly became one of my all-time favorite guitar pieces. Check out the YouTube Korean tv broadcast -- perfection."
Used & New from: $96.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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The Best of Django Reinhardt
23.  The Best of Django Reinhardt by Django Reinhardt
The list author says:
  "Vital and unmistakable."
$11.78   Used & New from: $2.48
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Riddle
24.  Riddle by Thomas Leeb
The list author says:
  "Buy directly from his site. He's fantastic, a melange of Michael Hedges and other percussive fingerstyle players."
Used & New from: $59.34
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Freak Guitar
25.  Freak Guitar by Mattias Eklundh
The list author says:
  "A kitchen sink of (distorted) guitar sounds and techniques."
$11.45   Used & New from: $1.97
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

particolare#uno
26.  particolare#uno by Stefano Barone
The list author says:
  "'TCLD' alone is worth the price of admission (see YouTube live version). Yes, Michael Hedges is all over his DNA, but this is joyous, thoughtful music."
$15.94   Used & New from: $12.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 12/8/09
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