Re: Top 10 instrumental CD's
I wanna wiegh in on this but keep in mind I'm not counting classical or Jazz since most of the albums I have of those genres are compiliations and not written as an album:
1. Joe Satriani: Surfing With the Alien-sealed the guitar deal in my life at the age of 9. Also, it is the guitar instrumental of guitar instrumentals.
2. Joe Satriani: The Engines Of Creation-showed me that Satch can do anything and sound great while doing it.
3. Paul Gilbert: Get Out Of My Yard-Made Paul Gilbert my second favorite guitarist
4. Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare-I'm not really much of a Vai fan, live he's pretty good, but this album has a lot of ground breaking guitar playing and FTLOG is a rare song that when I listen to it really think about what the title means and I hear that in the playing, the search that all people go through. I feel Steve's emotions in that song. ALthough I don't agree with the ideal the song seems to be based on (I don't know what it really is based on).
5. Phil Keaggy: Beyond Nature: Acoustic Bliss. It's strange but I always loved this stuff so much. I listened to it every night on end for a year or so when I was 12.
6. Joe Satriani: Crystal Planet-This I think could go down as the album that defines Joe Satriani's sound and playing. It's in the middle of his career and is perfectly balanced of old with new.
7. The Liquid Tension Experiment 2-in my opinion LTE is so superior to DT that I rue the day Jordan Rudess joined DT. If he hadn't maybe LTE would still exsist as a working band.
8. Phil Keaggy: The Wind And The Wheat-Acousticand electric perfection, even though it is very mellow. The song "Reunion" is most likely my favorite acoustic song ever.
9. Eric Johnson: Ah Via Musicom-I remembered "the cliffs of dover" from my childhood for years and years without even knowing who played it and what the name of the song was. I think also, after only hearing it once back in the day on old MTV.
10.Kiko Loureiro: No Gravity-I think it's vastly overlooked by many guitarsts as a great album of guitar playing.
*Paul Gilbert: Get Out Of My Yard-I love this too and thought it should get honorable mention.
Honestly, I'm not an expert nor am I very steeped in this type of music aside form what you see here and some others. I do realize it is over whelmingly guitar based too which doesn't speak for much of the instrumental genre but that's waht I know, I obviously can't speak about what I don't know. I haven't heard Jason Becker's and players like that playing and what not. Mainly because I was a teenager when grunge hit and as most teenagers I decided to do that. Then punk for the same reasons and now I finally have come back to what really made me feel alive even before I knew what I was feeling when my Dad put on stuff like Surfin' and so on.