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Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien - 1987

Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare - 1990

Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom - 1990



And it is now 15-18 years since these diamonds where released.
I was 16 years old back in 1987 and had just began listening to guitar
instrumental music. Of course Satriani and Vai was my biggest heros
then and still are :wink:

But what about you young people today. How do you rate
these "old" guitar albums? Are they seen on as old classic records
or still fresh and some of the best?
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I agree on the above two as I have them myself. I've heard good things about Johnson but never got into his stuff.

As for a third... hmmmm, I'm rather stuck.

I think anyone who's read a bit and listened a bit will appreciate the classicness of these albums no matter what generation they are from. Personally I don't listen to those two as much as I used to, and lately have preferred to listen to instrumental tracks on albums by the likes of Rainbow.
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b2 wrote:
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I was 16 years old back in 1987 and had just began listening to guitar
instrumental music.


This explains why you are so keen on these albums! :wink:

Personally I prefer Satriani's Engines Of Creation over SWtA... Though these two are the only ones I have by the man...
I agree on Vai's P&W (if instrumental is the key here), though again - I like The Ultra Zone (or even his latest one!) better...
As for Eric Johnson's album you mentioned... I borrowed it several years ago from a friend but wasn't impressed enough to buy it, so... (and I think it also contained a couple of songs with vocals, correct me if I'm wrong).

Anyway, I do not qualify as "young" person anymore, so ecxuse me if my top 3 would be a bit different... :lol:

Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
Joel Hoekstra - The Moon Is Falling
Steve Morse - High Tension Wires

Honorable mentions:
Bozzio Levin Stevens - Situation Dangerous
Joe Satriani - Engines Of Creation
Jeff Beck - You Had It Coming
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Yes Eric Johnson does have some vocal songs also on the album.
Hmmm maybe there should only be two then?

Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien - 1987

Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare - 1990
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I'd go with either the Extremist or Crystal Planet over Surfing with the Alien, and I'd go with Fire Garden over P&W (although Fire Garden has vocals on so I guess it doesn't count...wait a minute, so does P&W lol). As for the third, I'd probably go with Ah Via Musicom too :)
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i want to say....can be four albums?

1.-Surfing With The Alien- Joe Satriani 1987
2.-Passion and Warfare - Steve Vai 1990
3.-Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck 1977 (i believe that's the correct date)+
4.-Vertigo - John 5 2004 (Steve Vai said very good things about him!!)
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Of all of Satch's CD's - and I own them all - Live in San Francisco gets my vote for best overall single album listening experience.

Also, Petrucci's new album "Suspended Animation" has really impressed me.
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1. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
2. Jason Becker - Perspective
3. Greg Howe - Parallax

These albums give me goosebumps whenever i listen to them, Some of becker's song even bring tears to my eyes. I'm only 16, i respect all types of music, they are all created for a purpose (even if some music is just to create money, oh well!) and no-one person is better than another at music, its about expression of the human mind and emotions into a stimulus which others can interpret.
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I agree with Gulliver for Steve Morse's "High Tension Wires".

Let's not forget THE HELLECASTERS!
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I definitely agree about Passion & Warfare.

As for Satriani, I'm going to have to go with Crystal Planet over SWTA.

And for the third...

Not sure if this counts, but...

The 7th Song is great!
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Oh yes... 7th Song is very good if you like ballads... and even if you're not big on them... the tracks chosen for that album have some lovely melodies. The way the texture is so layered just makes for a rich listening experience, esp. on tracks like Boston Rain Melody. There is some vocals on one track from Devin Townsend but I'm not sure it's intelligible.
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Picabo wrote:Let's not forget THE HELLECASTERS!
yes, let's not, they're the closest thing country guitar has to G3 (and pretty much the only country i'll listen to, for that matter).

Pic, which would you say of the 3? i'm only familiar with Escape From Hollywood myself.
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My personnal favorite is "Hell III - New Axes To Grind" but most people say their first one is the best.
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steve vai - passion and warfare
steve vai - sex and religion
joe satriani - surfing with the alien
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what about malmsteen's rising force (1984)? I think that's a great album and I personally think that was the start of shred. What do you guys think?

P.S.
My top albums

1.Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare
2.Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
3.Joe Satriani - Crystal Planet
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