Is there a better instrumental rock guitar record than P&W?

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  1. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

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    I've listened to tons of rock guitar solo records but keep coming back to Passion and Warfare. Maybe it was because it came out at a very influential time in my youth? Was it the blueprint for modern rock playing?? Curious to hear what others think.
     
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    If it’s not #1, it’s in the top 5.
     
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    Definitely one of the all time best for me.
     
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    Listened to it a hundred times. My other favorite guitar album is Ah Via Musicom, even though it's not entirely instrumental.
     
  5. Dasein

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    It's just way too cooked for my taste.

    1. Blow By Blow
    2. Surfing with...
    3. Ah Via...
    4. Breakfast in the Field
    5. P&W...
     
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    I don't know, but P & W is a wonderful, imaginative album by any measure.
     
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    Definitely paved the way for Satriani, Vai, and co.

    On working with George Martin:

    “It’s a shame we didn’t go back and do more — my biggest regret. It was such exciting times. I couldn’t wait to get to the studio every day. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened since.”

     
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    It's a tossup between this and Surfing with the Alien.
     
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    It blew my mind when I heard it as a kid and it still holds up as a superb record.

    Around the same time I also loved Surfin,' and had started getting into Larry Carlton's self titled album.

    A little later I discovered JB's Blow By Blow and Eric Johnson's Ah Via Musicom.
     
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    Ditto here. I remember being a broke kid and having to make the decision on what tab book to buy.


    Spoiler alert- SWTA
     
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    It's fantastic really. IMHO it's held up far better than the majority of Satriani's stuff and I was a huge Satch fan as a kid. Here's a few other of my favs:

    High Tension Wires - Steve Morse
    Not as "rock" as Vai though it has it's moments, and a bit dated sounding in places but what a talent and this album showcases his unique writing and arrangement style.

    Fuzzy - Oz Noy Not sure if this album is rock, acid jazz, or what. Oz balances his love of weird sounds and effects with tasteful playing and solid melodies genre jumping often within songs.

    Handmade Cities - Plini I absolutely love this album, prog but IMHO doesn't get lost in trying to hard to be technical sacrificing the over all melodic ideas. I can hear the Vai and Satch influences throughout yet it sounds fresh. Love it.
     
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    Blow by Blow / Wired
    Elegant Gypsy / Casino
     
  13. Sam Hill

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    I think Steve Vai is a brilliant musician, so on this subject, I grant him the last word:

    "Danny Gatton comes closer than anyone else to being the best guitar player that ever lived." - Steve Vai

    Gatton's catalog has so much variety, but my nomination is this album, which does contains some roots rock:

    https://dannygatton.bandcamp.com/album/danny-gatton-in-concert-9-9-94
     
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    1- Maximum Security
    2- Not Of This Earth
    3- Mind's Eye
    4- Wired
    5- Instrumental Variations

    P&W isn't in my top 5, probably not even in my top 10.

    It was and is an important record in the evolution of rock guitar, but I'd rather listen to Flex-Able.
     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse?

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    I saw Steve Vai perform Passion & Warfare from start to end in Prague a few years ago. Just unbelievable. :bow
     
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    whoa! that must have been unreal!
     
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    I'm not a fan. Over-hyped upon release, the album has a few fine moments, but falls far short of greatness. The more experimental stuff is unlistenable, and "The Audience Is Listening" is an absolute embarrassment--the worst song I've ever heard by a highly touted guitarist. Also, the song "Liberty" is a note-for-note rip-off of "A Little Help From My Friends." Virtually every Shrapnel album I've ever owned is better, and many--especially those by Greg Howe--are infinitely better. A completely unheralded album such as Chris Poland's Chasing The Sun features better songs and better playing.
     
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    Before I opened the thread, I was thinking to myself, "Without lyrics, how could you even determine if it was a P&W album?"
     
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    Damn, that is a great list! Can't really argue there.
     
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