Guitar World’s ’30 Greatest Shred Albums Of All Time’

Guitar World has compiled a list of ‘The 30 Greatest Shred Albums Of All Time.’ It can be found below.
 
The list is compiled of albums and players from three eras of guitar shredding: the Golden Era, the Modern Era and the Old-School Era.
 
While many of the albums featured on the list were present because of the sheer speed and dexterity displayed by the guitarist, Guitar World noted that shredding isn’t all about how fast someone can scale across the fretboard:
 
“[Shredding] doesn’t necessarily require the use of distortion, electricity or, is some cases, even a pick…shred in about pushing boundaries, exploring the great guitar unknown and, basically, doing really cool stuff that’s never been done before. Of course, a bit of sheer, unadulterated fret-burning speed doesn’t hurt either.”
 
Guitar World’s ‘30 Greatest Shred Albums Of All Time’ is as follows:
 

Golden Era:
 
• Al Di Meola – ‘Elegant Gypsy’ (1977)
• Eddie Van Halen – ‘Van Halen’ (1978)
• Randy Rhoads – ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (Ozzy Osbourne, 1980)
• Stevie Ray Vaughan – ‘Texas Flood’ (1983)
• Yngwie Malmsteen – ‘Rising Force’ (1984)
• Joe Satriani – ‘Surfing with the Alien’ (1987)
• Kirk Hammett – ‘Master of Puppets’ (Metallica, 1986)
• Paul Gilbert – ‘Second Heat’ (Racer X, 1987)
• Steve Vai – ‘Passion and Warfare’ (1990)
• Marty Friedman – ‘Rust in Peace’ (Megadeth, 1990)
 

 
Modern Era:
 
• Dimebag Darrell – ‘Cowboys from Hell’ (Pantera, 1990)
• Trey Anastasio – ‘A Live One’ (Phish, 1995)
• Buckethead – ‘Monsters & Robots’ (1999)
• Brad Paisley – ‘Who Needs Pictures’ (1999)
• Jeff Loomis – ‘Dead Heart in a Dead World’ (Nevermore, 2000)
• Derek Trucks – ‘Joyful Noise’ (Derek Trucks Band, 2002)
• Synyster Gates – ‘City of Evil’ (Avenged Sevenfold, 2005)
• Joe Bonamassa – ‘You & Me’ (2006)
• Chris Broderick – ‘Endgame’ (Megadeth, 2009)
• Alexi Laiho – ‘Are You Dead Yet?’ (Children of Bodom, 2005)
 

 

Old-School Era:
 
• Buddy Guy – ‘A Man and the Blues’ (1968)
• Robert Johnson – ‘King of the Delta Blues Singers’ (1961)
• Freddie King – ‘King of the Blues’ (1995)
• Johnny Winter – ‘Live Johnny Winter And’ (1971)
• Eric Clapton – ‘Wheels of Fire’ (Cream, 1968)
• Jimi Hendrix – ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968)
• Alvin Lee – ‘Undead’ (Ten Years After, 1968)
• Steve Howe – ‘The Yes Album’ (Yes, 1971)
• Clarence White – ‘Live at the Fillmore: February 1969’ (The Byrds, 2000)
• John McLaughlin – ‘The Inner Mounting Flame’ (The Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1971)

 

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