This is the list of recommended guitar-oriented albums I compiled for The Guitar Collection book in  2014. The list features a lot of my favourites, but I could have gone on for much longer. Of course. Making lists is fun … but I’m sure if I’d done it the following week, or this week, or any other week, it would be different. Although it would always have Revolver.


Howard Alden
Sweet And Lowdown: Music From The Motion Picture (1999)

The Allman Brothers (Dickie Betts)
At Fillmore East (1971)

Joan Armatrading
Show Some Emotion (1977)

Chet Atkins
Finger-Style Guitar (1956)

The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach)
Rubber Factory (2004)

Joan Baez
Volume 2 (1961)

Manuel Barrueco
Sometime Ago (1994)

Jennifer Batten
Tribal Rage: Momentum (1997)

The Beatles (George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Revolver (1966)

Jeff Beck
Blow By Blow (1975)

Vinnie Bell
Whistle Stop (1963)

George Benson
Breezin’ (1976)

Pierre Bensusan
Intuite (2001)

Chuck Berry
Is On Top (1959)

Extreme (Nuno Bettencourt)
Pornograffitti (1990)

Joe Bonamassa
Live From The Royal Albert Hall (2010)

David Bowie (Reeves Gabrels)
1. Outside (1995)

Julian Bream
Plays Granados & Albéniz (1990)

Big Bill Broonzy
Trouble In Mind (2000 compilation)

Jimmy Bryant (& Speedy West)
Two Guitars Country Style (1954)

Tim Buckley
Happy Sad (1969)

Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms (1965)

Cheap Trick (Rick Nielsen)
In Color (1977)

Children Of Bodom (Alexi Laiho)
Follow The Reaper (2008)

Charlie Christian
The Genius Of The Electric Guitar (1987 compilation)

Eric Clapton
Les Paul: John Mayall Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (1966)
Stratocaster: Derek & The Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
335: Cream Goodbye (1968)
Martin: Unplugged (1992)
SG: Cream Disraeli Gears (1967)

The Clash (Mick Jones)
London Calling (1979)

Eddie Cochran
Singin’ To My Baby (1957)

Coldplay (Chris Martin)
Parachutes (2000)

Creed (Mark Tremonti)
Human Clay (1999)

David Crosby
Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

Pantera (Dimebag Darrell)
Cowboys From Hell (1990)

Paco de Lucia
Entre Dos Aquas (1975 or 1981 compilation)

Def Leppard (Phil Collen)
Adrenalize (1992)

Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler)
Brothers In Arms (1985)

Dixie Chicks (David Grissom)
Top Of The World Tour Live (2003)

Jerry Douglas
Traveler (2012)

The Everly Brothers
It’s Everly Time (1960)

Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green)
Then Play On (1969)

Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)

Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps (Cliff Gallup)
Bluejean Bop! (1956)

Hank Garland
Jazz Winds From A New Direction (1961)

Danny Gatton
Redneck Jazz (1978)

Count Basie & His Orchestra (Freddie Green)
April In Paris (1957)

Grant Green
Idle Moments (1964)

Woody Guthrie
Dust Bowl Ballads (1940)

Jim Hall
Concierto (1975)

Michael Hedges
Aerial Boundaries (1984)

Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

The Crickets (Buddy Holly)
The “Chirping” Crickets (1957)

Janis Ian
Between The Lines (1975)

Iron & Wine (Samuel Beam)
Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)

Sharon Isbin (& Carlos Barbossa-Lima)
Rhapsody In Blue & West Side Story (1990)

Bert Jansch
Rosemary Lane (1971)

B.B. King
Live At The Regal (1965)

Freddie King
Let’s Hide Away And Dance Away (1961)

The Kinks (Dave Davies)
Are The Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

Kiss (Paul Stanley)
Love Gun (1977)

Leo Kottke
6- & 12-String Guitar (1969)

Eddie Lang
Jazz Guitar Virtuoso (1989 compilation)

Lead Belly
Where Did You Sleep Last Night (1996 compilation)

Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Albert Lee
Speechless (1986)

Lyle Lovett
Pontiac (1988)

The Wailers (Bob Marley)
Burnin’ (1973)

Dave Matthews Band (Dave Matthews)
The Central Park Concert (2003)

The Byrds (Roger McGuinn)
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

John McLaughlin
Extrapolation (1969)

Megadeth (Dave Mustaine)
Rust In Peace (1990)

Metallica (James Hetfield)
Master Of Puppets (1986)

Pat Metheny
Still Life (Talking) (1990)

Joni Mitchell
Blue (1971)

Wes Montgomery
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of (1960)

Muddy Waters
The Best Of Muddy Waters (1958)

Willie Nelson
Red Headed Stranger (1975)

Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
Nevermind (1991)

Oasis (Noel Gallagher)
(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)

Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads)
Blizzard Of Ozz (1981)

Les Paul
The Legend & The Legacy (1991 compilation)

Carl Perkins
Dance Album Of (1957)

Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, James Burton)
Presley: The Sun Sessions (1976 compilation)
Moore: Elvis Presley (1956)
Burton: On Stage (1970)

Queen (Brian May)
Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

Radiohead (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood)
OK Computer (1997)

Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time (1989)

The Ramones (Johnny Ramone)
Ramones (1976)

Django Reinhardt
Swing De Paris (2003 compilation)

John Renbourn
The Hermit (1976)

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Rodrigo y Gabriela (2006)

The Rolling Stones (Brian Jones, Keith Richards)
Jones: Aftermath (1966)
Richards: Exile On Main St. (1972)

Todd Rundgren
Hermit Of Mink Hollow (1978)

Rush (Alex Lifeson)
Moving Pictures (1981)

Santana (Carlos Santana)
Supernatural (1999)

Joe Satriani
Surfing With The Alien (1987)

Pete Seeger
At Carnegie Hall (1963)

Andrés Segovia
The Art Of (2002 compilation)

Sex Pistols (Steve Jones)
Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The (1977)

The Shadows (Hank Marvin)
Greatest Hits (1963)

Slayer (Kerry King)
Reign In Blood (1986)

Johnny Smith
Moonlight In Vermont (1956)

Son House
Father Of Folk Blues (1965)

Mike Stern
Who Let The Cats Out? (2006)

Ten Years After (Alvin Lee)
Undead (1968)

Rosetta Tharpe
The Gospel Of The Blues (2000 compilation)

Merle Travis
The Merle Travis Guitar (1956)

T Rex (Marc Bolan)
Bolan Boogie (1972 compilation)

U2 (Edge)
The Joshua Tree (1987)

Steve Vai
Passion And Warfare (1990)

Suzanne Vega
Solitude Standing (1987)

T-Bone Walker
The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (1995 compilation)

Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
Van Halen (1978)

The War On Drugs (Adam Granduciel)
Lost In The Dream (2014)

Wilco (Nels Cline)
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

John Williams
Guitar Concertos (1968)

Johnny Winter
Second Winter (1969)

Yes (Steve Howe)
The Yes Album (1971)

Neil Young
After The Gold Rush (1970)

Frank Zappa
Hot Rats (1969)