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best instrumental rock albums emphasizing melody over technique no jazz/fusion !!!

zepwanker

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looking for some new tunes/bands. I've greatly enjoyed:

steve stevens memory crash,
pete thorn guitar nerd,
andy timmons resolution,
steffen shackinger electric guitaristry,
joe satch's latest album unstoppable momentum


In my opinion, these examples all have great guitar playing, not too far out there making it hard to acquire a taste for, and have MELODIES i can remember and stick in the brain...a good recipe for music that is enjoyable, not just impressive.

On the acoustic side:
antoine dufour
hunter van larkins
andy mckee
phil keaggy

Examples of BANDS that fit the same bill to my ear/preferences:
zeppelin, pink floyd, guns n roses, u2 etc....

thanks for any recommendations!
 

pete100ca

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looking for some new tunes/bands. I've greatly enjoyed:

steve stevens memory crash,
pete thorn guitar nerd,
andy timmons resolution,
steffen shackinger electric guitaristry,
joe satch's latest album unstoppable momentum


In my opinion, these examples all have great guitar playing, not too far out there making it hard to acquire a taste for, and have MELODIES i can remember and stick in the brain...a good recipe for music that is enjoyable, not just impressive.

On the acoustic side:
antoine dufour
hunter van larkins
andy mckee
phil keaggy

Examples of BANDS that fit the same bill to my ear/preferences:
zeppelin, pink floyd, guns n roses, u2 etc....

thanks for any recommendations!
Any Dixie Dregs album.
 

mugician

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I really like Explosions in the Sky - the earth is not a cold dead place.
Beat me to it.

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is another of their albums that fits the description.

That said, Explosions in the Sky is definitely not in the same vein as Pink Floyd/Led Zeppelin, so...
 

GtrWiz

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Not fusion or rock, Duke Levine's Country Soul guitar is one of the most melodic and tasteful guitar records I've ever heard.
 

catpeople

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Ohm. I know you said no fusion, but the lead guitarist used to be in Megadeth. It's actually a jazz trio with Cream's attitude, Megadeth's energy, and beautiful melodies. Check them out.
 

CowTipton

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He may be most well known for technique but Paul Gilbert's Fuzz Universe is chock full of great melodies.
 

Average Joe

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This lives in some odd but wonderful place between pop/rock/country/jazz



For non-fusion melodic rock I think Satch is the master. He may not be the fanciest in terms of flash or technique but he's always got a melody in those solos
 

DaveKS

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Combination Head. 1st release all instrumental. But dont ignore later releases because of the few vocal tracks.

Ronnie Montrose (RIP) - Mutatis Mutandis, hard to find but worth every note. PM me if interested.

Very worthy but getting into fusion, Volto. Very hard jazz/rock.

Gamalon- Aerial View fusion but it rocks hard.

It's getting harder to find pure instrumental melodic guitar oriented rock. I love Memory Crash, Andy McKee also.

If you want to get out of pure instrumental stuff...
Unitopia - The Garden 2CD set, not a filler on it. Artificial just as good.
Spocks Beard - Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep - Limited Edition
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
 

Chrome Dinette

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I don't know if it fits the OP's criteria, but this is my favorite instrumental rock record:


Killing Time by Massacre

Fred Frith-Guitar
Bill Laswell-Bass
Fred Maher-Drums

 
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