The 10 Best Guitar Albums mostly consist of original riffs and impeccable chords. Albums that glorify guitar are a rocker's biggest dream. However, there are some albums where the guitar playing is subtle and consistently genius.
- "Led Zeppelin IV" by Led Zeppelin. In 1971, Led Zeppelin instilled their legacy in rock history with "Led Zeppelin IV". The album released previous to this one was disappointing to most fans because of its mostly folk sound. However, with "Led Zeppelin IV", Led Zeppelin combined folk, Celtic sounds, hard rock, and bits of boogy, and the blues. All of these elements combined to make a feast for the guitar lover's ears.
- "Are You Experienced" by Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix's roots in R&B and blues were geniusly combined with the psychedelic rock sounds. "Are You Experienced" debuted and had the greatest guitar players scratching their heads in amazement. While recording this album, Hendrix practiced "backwards guitar" that created a sound unlike anything anyone had heard since The Beatles.
- "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses. Guns N' Roses came onto the rock scene in the mid '80s during a time that rock needed some tough love. Their heavy guitar riffs, raw and nasty sound reminded everyone what rock was at its core – mean.
- "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath. In 1970, Black Sabbath made it a point to use their stage for political commentary on the Vietnam War. While it was ever-so popular to protest war with sweet and innocent "garden-guitar" sounds, however, Black Sabbath used "Paranoid" to dig deep into the dark emotions that most people were feeling about the war. The intense guitar leads and the subtle, low riffs only aided in the dark sounds of "Paranoid".
- "Master Of Puppets" by Metallica. Thrash metal was eloquently portrayed in this album. Almost like a classical composition, the guitar finely illustrates beautiful melodies and extremely complex arrangements in each chord.
- "Dark Side Of The Moon" by Pink Floyd. Turmoil presented itself to Pink Floyd when their lead vocalist and lyrists went insane. Stepping up to the plate, were the bassist and lead guitarist. Because of their willingness to continue with an exhaustive album, "Dark Side Of The Moon" explored issues in greed, time, and money. However, musically, the band explored expressive emotions through guitar riffs and chords, versus agonizing lyrics.
- "Van Halen" by Van Halen. The fact that metal was simply becoming a boys club in 1978, Van Halen debuted their self-title album and brought the ladies. Their guitar solos were fun, explosive, and simply put – good.
- "Nevermind" by Nirvana. In 1991 a new wave of rock was born with the Nirvanan's album "Nevermind". The low and slow guitar riffs lent themselves to the "who cares" attitude that Nirvana personified so well. The album was so distorted and it becomes a piece questioning life itself.
- "Revolver" by The Beatles. The landscape of rock and roll was changing ever-so slightly. The Beatles dipped into their subconscious, and used their music to deliver something stronger than a message. They delivered a new sound that reflected their growth as artists.
- "Physical Graffiti" by Led Zeppelin. "Physical Graffiti" is one of the most beloved albums by Led Zeppelin and yet, it is one of the most controversial. In this album, the band explored new sounds. These new sounds were exciting, but also were considered to be just filler.
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