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Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

The August 2003 issue of Mojo magazine included a small supplementary booklet entitled 'The 100 Greatest Guitar Albums (as voted by the Mojo writers)'. It doesn't seem to have yet been included here at Acclaimed Music & i've still got it. So, without furthur ado, here it is :

Top 20...

1. The Jimmy Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced (1967)
2. The Who – My Generation (1965)
3. Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf (1962)
4. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)
5. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
6. Radiohead – The Bends (1995)
7. Ramones – Ramones (1976)
8. Charlie Christian – Genius Of The Electric Guitar (1939)
9. Snooks Eaglin – New Orleans (1958)
10. Johnny Burnett & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio – The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (1956)
11. The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street (1972)
12. Chuck Berry – Chuck Berry Is On Top (1959)
13. The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man (1965)
14. Richard Thompson – Henry The Human Fly (1972)
15. Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960)
16. Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (1956)
17. Link Wray – Link Wray (1960)
18. Muddy Waters – The Best Of Muddy Waters (1959)
19. Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)
20. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – The Original Sister Of Soul (1938)

... then in chronological order :

Charley Patton – Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues (1929)
Django Reinhardt – Swing De Paris (1934)
Merie Travis – Folk Songs Of The Hills (1946)
Les Paul & Mary Ford – The EP Collection (1951)
T-Bone Walker – The Original Source (1954)
Otis Rush – Good ‘Un’s (1956)
Gene Vincent – Gene Vincent & The Blue Chaps – (1957)
Jimmy Reed – I’m Jimmy Read (1958)
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley (1958)
Elizabeth Cotton – Freight Train & Other North Carolina Folk Songs & Tunes (1958)
Duane Eddy – Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel (1958)
Chet Atkins – Teensville (1960)
Elmore James – Blues After Hours (1961)
Freddy King – Let’s Hide Away & Dance Away (1961)
The Shadows – The Shadows (1961)
Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions (1962)
Grant Green – Feelin’ The Spirit (1962)
Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Surfer’s Choice (1963)
The Kinks – The Kinks (1964)
Ernest Ranglin – Soul D’Ern (1964)
Joao Gillberto – Getz/Gilberto (1964)
BB King – Live At The Regal (1965)
Davy Graham – Folk, Blues & Beyond… (1965)
John Fahey – The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death (1965)
Robbie Basho – The Seal Of The Blue Lotus (1966)
The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
Rick Nelson – Bright Lights & The Country Music (1966)
The Yardbirds – The Yardbirds (aka Roger The Engineer)
Bob Dylan – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (1966)
Robert Johnson – King Of The Delta Blues Singers (1966)
Bert Jansch – Jack Orion (1966)
Nashville West - Nashville West (1967)
Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
The Creation – We Are Paintermen (1967)
Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign (1967)
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Quicksilver Messenger Service (1968)
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)
Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968)
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica (1969)
The Stooges – The Stooges (1969)
King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)
Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On (1969)
Joni Mitchell – Clouds (1969)
Santana – Abraxas (1970)
James Brown – Sex Machine (1970)
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis/Live (1970)
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats (1970)
Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
Miles Davies – A Tribute To Jack Johnson (1971)
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (1971)
Ry Cooper – Into The Purple Valley (1972)
The Wailers – Burnin’ (1973)
The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3 (1973)
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
Ali Farka Toure – Radio Mali (1975)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Zuma (1975)
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
Television – Marquee Moon (1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks… (1977)
Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)
Chic – C’est Chic (1978)
Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box (1979)
U2 – Boy (1980)
AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)
Black Flag – Damaged (1981)
The Gun Club – Fire Of Love (1981)
Orchestra Baobab – Pirates Choice (1982)
Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (1983)
The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
Husker Du – New Day Rising (1985)
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)
Sonic Youth – Evol (1986)
Slayer – Reign In Blood (1987)
Big Black – Songs About Fucking (1987)
Pixies – Surfa Rosa (1988)
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
Slint – Spiderland (1991)
The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

Henrik decided not to include this list, as interesting as it is, at the time it came out in 2003, because MOJO is not a guitar magazine. He could probably explain this better than me, but he tends to include lists that get down to particular levels of specificity (e.g., very genre-specific lists like "greatest dance albums" or "best metal CDs") only when they come from publications that specialize in that area to begin with. If GUITAR WORLD were to do a list of greatest guitar albums, it would probably be eligible.

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

Oh, i see. Seems like a harsh decision though.

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

A harsh decision it seems, but this was a decision I made at a very early stage (back in the 90s) when I had only a few lists. At that time, the inclusion of, say, SPIN's most representable funk songs would have had such an impact that it seemed to be not only a poor representation of SPIN's taste, but a biased representation of funk songs in the Acclaimed Music list.

Today, this reason is much less relevant. But instead the reason is time limitation. The number of all-genre lists that I have to add are more than enough.

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

I just think it's perfectly fair to file this alongside the other Guitar lists. I mean it's pretty similar to 'Guitarist (UK) - 101 Essential Guitar Albums (2000)' (where 'Are You Experienced' is also # 1) just less Classic Rock orientated - a definite good thing, imo.

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

Um, I'm confused what makes an Album a guitar album, and how do you rank it. Is it by how good the guitarist is or the album in general? Sorry if that sounds dumb, I'm just curious.

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

Well, the synopsis from the Supplement Editor (Lois Wilson), on the 1st page, went thus :

'Welcome to MOJO's 100 Greatest Guitar Albums guide, selected by a panel of our most revered writers and packaged in this CD-sized book that'll fit rather snugly at home alongside the albums themselves.

The criteria for inclusion was simple ; each record had to represent a pivotel moment in modern guitar music. It had to be an album that changed the lives of both the people who heard it and the direction of music in general.

The entries have been arranged in chronolgical order, placing the history of guitar playing at your fingertips. We've added a Top 20 compiled from our writers' internal poll that highlights the ongoing appeal of certain key albums among the MOJO team. You'll find that on page 66.

We're also proud that on of the greatest guitar players of all-time has shared his view of his craft with us. Our thanks to Mister Jeff Beck for taking the time to contribute on the facing page. There's also a chance for you to win a guitar signed by the man himself on page 67.

Of course you'll have your own additions to this list. The debate is bound to continue at Mojo4music.com or you can send us your Top 5 at MOJO and, who knows, we might even print them.'

Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

man you left out three of the greatest guitarists of all time I see nothing by stevie ray vaughn nothing by chet atkins, nothing by brad paisley. How can I take this list serious...


Re: Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitar Albums

oops I do se a chet atkins album on there my bad