Guthrie Govan - both songs from the 2006 Cornford Records album "Erotic Cakes."
1. Waves - opening track, 5 minutes of the most gorgeous phrasing you could imagine. Incredibly tasteful and technically impressive.
2. Ner Ner - just over 8 minutes, encompasses everything that he's about, for me. Varied techniques and killer phrasing.
Jason Becker - both tracks from the 1988 Shrapnel Records album "Perpetual Burn."
1. Altitudes - probably *the* definitive Jason Becker song. Has the famous arpeggio sweep section in it, of course, alongside some very tasteful licks and decadent (but distinctly melodic) shredding.
2. Eleven Blue Egyptians - my personal favorite track off the album. Great melody and phrasing here, but it's also quite a rocking song! A good deal of shredding backed by a catchy reprise.
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Ancient Bumping Secret
Still looking for a pair of representative tunes from each of these guitarists from the list:
B. B. King
Up for grabs to anybody, regardless of whether or not you contributed to the original list.
Ok, I'll take John Sykes
1. Is This Love from Whitesnakes 1987 album. Extremely brilliant example of Johns mastery of songwriting. The solo contains his signature vibrato... Wide and smooth as hell. Melodic, slow and emotional leads like this one, is one of Johns big forces adn he always seem to make them work.
2. Cry For Love from Blue Murders Nothin' But Trouble album. Once again, brilliant songwriting. Song is filled with melodic hooks etc. A slow bluesy rocker that picks up pace in the chorus/bridge and makes it work perfectly. After the break, a KILLER solo by John enters. Melodic, aggressive and close to over the top. Johns signature tone works perfectly for him.
These two songs perfectly sum up Johns style imo
If its okay, I'll take on Dave Mustaine...
1. "Good Mourning/Black Friday" from the album Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
This is one of my favorite songs from arguably one of Megadeth's best albums. The album as a whole is a great example of old school thrash/speed metal (whatever you wanna call it) displaying Dave's creative ability. The song "Good Mourning/Black Friday" is a great example of Dave ability to write multiple guitar parts, with different time sig's and textures, and blend them all together. The "Good Mourning" intro builds into "Black Friday" - a very heavy, fast, yet articulate type of guitar work. The lyrics while dark and morbid (typical for metal music) are excellent IMO. No hidden messages or anything cryptic- very straight forward... "A blood thirsty demon who's walking the street/ I hack up my victims like pieces of meat"... "A merciless butcher who lives underground/I'm out to destroy and I will cut you down!" Just classic.
2. "In My Darkest Hour" from the album So Far, So Good, So What!
This is a very dark "ballad" if you will by Dave. I often wonder what Dave's state of mind was when he wrote this cuz to me it seems to go in many directions. Once again this song builds while incorporating different tempos and directions. The lyrics are very easy to relate to if you're a fan of metal.
3. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" from the album Rust In Peace.
This is another classic from Dave and the Megadeth team that just flat out rocks. Its got all the elements here with a pronounced emphasis on Dave's guitar work. Fast, accurate, and azz kickin'. Solo's are traded at the outtro that seems to build faster and louder and crescendo's into one heavy bomb at the end.
Ill do Nuno Bettencourt:
1. He-man woman hater(Album Pornograffitti): And all around showcase of his rhythm and lead chops with creative playing and great groove. The intro is sick!
2. Politicalamity (Album 3 Sides to every story): GROOOOOOOOVY, great funky playing and shows a more mature song writing style without leaving the amazing chops!
C'mon, guys. Can anyone suggest a couple songs from these other guys? I'm not enough of an expert with their catalogs to point out prime examples. If not, I'll start filling in the blanks with crap songs, and you don't want that.
B. B. King
I'll take Zakk Wylde.
1. No More Tears - Just a killer song with a great riff. His lead break in this one really shows his melodic sense and technical ability.
2. Losin' Your Mind - From the Pride & Glory days. It's a different side of Zakk that's way different than anything he's done with Ozzy. Just good, fun, southern rock.
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I just found this thread --- you guys saved John Mayer for me, right?
"Out of My Mind" - from "Where the Light Is" --- blues song --- shows off all sorts of technique; behind the nut bends, volume swells, and how to rock with no pick. Quintessential Mayer technique and tone.
"I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You" - from "Where the Light Is" --- demonstrates the calm and collected characteristic of Mayer's playing that draws the "Slowhand Jr." comparison. Also showcases his great songwriting.
I'll do Leslie West
Mississippi Queen - The massive tone and vibrato...not to mention the melodic phrasing
Nantucket Sleighride - Cool haunting tune with a Native American styled solo and woman tone that would make Clapton take notice.
I'll even take Warren DeMartini since nobody else has yet. Why, I have no idea.
1. Way Cool Jr. - What a killer riff. IMO, this song took him out of his typical element and he played a little differently, but it's still him. Plus, the song has a killer groove happening.
2. Lay It Down - This song really speaks for itself. Great groove, great riffs, a very well done lead that fits the song perfectly. You can tell there's some playing from the gut there.
Warren is just a monster player and one of the few from the 80's that I still enjoy listening too. It's sad that his six-string counterpart from those days is no longer with us. Robbin was probably one of the best rhythm players of the day.