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The best Metallica albums

Metallica is, together with Black Sabbath, the greatest band in the history of Metal. Their emergence in 1983 meant the advent of Thrash Metal, with its fast and cutting riffs, and  a new energy to the genre. But James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich's band knew how to evolve and ended up becoming one of the best-selling bands of all time; breaking...

Nick Cave Top 10 Songs

Nick Cave began his career in 1978 with those sonorous terrorists called The Birthday Party, terrorizing everyone with their noisy and sharp post-punk. Few could have imagined that the singer of that band would transmute into a kind of gothic cross between Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Scott Walker. Cave has continued to improve over...

Denmark Street Delirium

For guitar lovers Denmark Street in central London is something like a Mecca. The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix recorded in its basements; Elton John wrote Your Song on its rooftops, and Bob Marley bought his first guitar here. With its extraordinary musical history and over half-a-dozen guitar shops in one small street; what’s there not to...

The Pretenders’ Top 10 Songs

The focus of The Pretenders, founded in 1978, is squarely on lead singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde, although she has always sought to share credit with the other members of the group. In the original ‘classic’ line-up these included lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon, and drummer Martin Chambers. Together their blend of...

The 10 most iconic and influential riffs of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

Maybe John Lennon was right and hard rock started in 1964 when the Beatles released I Feel Fine over an incredible riff that gave us, before its beginning, one of the first instances of feedback, but the fact is that the two clearest antecedents of the genre and its transition to Heavy came when Hendrix and his Experience and Clapton and his Cream...

Van Morrison 10 Best Songs

George Ivan Morrison has one of the most privileged voices of late 20th century popular music and, more importantly, enough talent to create songs at the same level of such a privileged instrument. From his beginnings as a fierce R&B singer fronting Them to his forays into folk and soul, his career is replete with great songs from which we have...

Guns N Roses The Golden Era

Guns N' Roses emerged in Los Angeles in 1985 when members of Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns decided to form a new band. In spite of these origins, which gave them their name, their definitive formation was formed only by members of the former, the two founders, the singer Axl Rose and the guitarist Izzy Stradlin, in addition to three others who had...

David Bowie 10 best records

David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, left us on 10 January 2016, five years ago now. The singer had just turned 69 two days earlier, and had said goodbye to everyone with one of the best albums of his career, Blackstar. Since then the world has gone into a tailspin and, although his death is not responsible for all the ills that have...

The Clash career through their studio records

The Clash were one of the most important punk bands to emerge in England, but their career became iconic because they were able to shed the restrictions of the genre and open up to other music. Their influence was such that during their short career they were known, among fans and critics, as "the only band that matters". Their composing duo, with...

Top 10 songs of Jeff Beck's career

Jeff Beck is one of the greatest revolutionaries of the electric guitar; of all the great British guitarists of the 60s, Beck was the most original, bold and daring. He was never content with a single style and continued to innovate over the years, always looking for new sounds on the instrument. Few guitarists can match him in terms of influence;...

Great Guitartists

Picasso may have made the guitar the most significant instrument in modern art, but it is guitarists who have often astounded with their enthusiasm and skill in painting. In fact a surprising number of top musicians have said that they feel their real vocation was in art.    On 27 May 2021 Pink Floyd co-founder and guitar legend...

The many sides of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is 80 years old, but who really is Bob Dylan? Of the few things we know for sure is that his real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, that he was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941, that he was one of the greatest icons of the turbulent 1960s, that he converted to Christianity in the late 1970s, and that he is the rock musician most...

The Who’s 10 Best Songs

Pete Townshend turns 76 this May 19th, and from Guitars Exchange we don't want to miss the opportunity to celebrate the occasion by remembering our 10 favorite songs that came from his pen and were recorded by the Who. Of course, in the case of Townshend and the Who, the list could change every day and there would also appear marvels that we have...

Soundgarden’s 10 best songs

Looking California, Feeling Minnesota Seattle-based band Soundgarden were formed in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, and lead guitarist Kim Thayil, with other key members including bassist Ben Shepherd (who replaced Hiro Yamamoto in 1990), and drummer Matt Cameron. Because of the time and place they emerged they will...

New Gibson Signature Models

 Acoustic or electric, Gibson keeps teaming up with big names. There's always a lot of interest and a bit of magic around Signature models, because we all have our heroes and many, deep down, are looking for a bit of their superpowers encased in an instrument that bears their signature.   Gibson (and Epiphone) are certainly...

Bob Marley’s 10 Best Albums

Rarely has a particular style had such a defining figure as reggae with Robert Nesta Marley, or simply Bob Marley. But the fact is that the singer, along with the Wailers, was already there shortly after the genre began, making ska in 1962, evolving to rocksteady in the mid 60's and, finally, being one of those who defined reggae at the end of that...

Joe Bonamassa’s top collaborations

Bonamassa’s BuddiesJoe Bonamassa, born 8 May 1977, famously started playing guitar at four and opened for BB King at the age of 12. Since then he’s racked up more number 1 hits than any other blues artist in history, and become a respected producer, but he has also collaborated with a staggering amount of musicians on stage. The result is a...

Bob Seger’s 10 Top Songs

An Enduring Force Bob Seger, like Bruce Springsteen, has had a long career that has spoken strongly to ordinary working class people in heartland America, but whose work has also resonated much more widely. In the 1960s the singer-songwriter saw some success with Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System, before growing his reputation...

Willie Nelson’s 10 Best Songs

Willie Nelson is the second greatest songwriter in country history, behind only the giant Hank Williams, but he's also a unique performer who managed to breathe new life into the genre from his exile in Austin. The fact that the guy who wrote Crazy more than 60 years ago is still with us, and recording new albums, is a miracle on a par with the...