On October 6, 2020, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen died aged 65. He was a musician (guitar), songwriter, producer, and inventor, known for his work with Michael Jackson, Brian May, Sammy Hagar, and LL Cool J, but best known as a founding member, songwriter, and guitarist of band Van Halen. He was voted number one in the “Guitar World” magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
On April 21, 2016, Lonnie McIntosh aka Lonnie Mack, died aged 74. He was singer – songwriter and musician (guitar), regarded as pioneer of blues-rock music, rock guitar melodic soloing and a blue-eyed soul singer. He recorded eleven studio and two live albums, and has recorded with many famous musicians such as James Brown, Freddie King, Dobie Gray, Ronnie Hawkins, Wayne Perkins, Jack Holland, Albert Washington, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and bands such as The Doors, The Sluggers, The Crudup Brothers and The Charmaines. For his work, Lonnie Mack received many recognitions and awards including “International Guitar Hall of Fame induction” (2001), “Southeastern Indiana Musician’s Association Hall of Fame” induction (2001), “Rockabilly Hall of Fame” induction (2005), “The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame” induction (2006). Magazine “Guitar World” ranked his album “The Wham of that Memphis Man” as the most significant “landmark” in the history of rock guitar.
On May 17, 2017, Christopher John Boyle aka Chris Cornell died aged 52. He was musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of Soundgarden, lead vocalist and songwriter of Audioslave, and as founder and frontman of Temple of the Dog. Cornell is widely regarded as one of the crucial artists of the grunge movement. Readers of the “Guitar World” magazine voted him “Rock’s Greatest Singer”; “Hit Parader” ranked him at number 4 in the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists”; “MTV” ranked Cornell at number 12 in the choice of the “22 Greatest Voices in Music”; magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked him at number 9 in the list of the “Best Lead Singers of All Time”. Cornell released fie solo albums.
On April 16, 2017, Allan Holdsworth died aged 70. He was guitarist and composer, known as big innovator in development of the guitar playing. He was one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th Century, cited as influence by many famous guitarists such as Tom Morello, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In his four decades long career he released twelve albums as solo artists, and has recorded and performed with many famous musicians and bands including Igginbottom, Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bruford, U.K., Stanley Clarke, Chad Wackerman, Level 42 and K². According to “Guitar World” magazine he is “as influential as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen”.
On September 18, 1970, “Vertigo” label released “Paranoid”, the second Black Sabath studio album. It was recorded in June 1970, at “Regent Sound Studios” and “Island Studios” in London, and was produced by Rodger Bain. In 1989, Kerrang! magazine listed the album at number 39 on its list of the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 130 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006, “Guitar World” magazine ranked “Paranoid” at number 6 on its list of “The Greatest 100 Guitar Albums of All Time. The album was certified Platinum in Canada by CRIA, and Platinum in the US by the “RIIA:.
- Tony Iommi– guitar, flute
- Geezer Butler– bass guitar
- Ozzy Osbourne– vocals
- Bill Ward– drums, congas
- Tom Allom– engineering, piano
- Brian Humphries – engineering
- Marcus Keef – graphic design, photography
All lyrics by Geezer Butler, except where noted; all music by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne.
- War Pigs
- Planet Caravan
- Iron Man
- Electric Funeral
- Hand of Doom
- Rat Salad
- Fairies Wear Boots – lyrics by Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler
On March 3, 1986, “Elektra” label released “Master of Puppets”, the third Metallica studio album. It was recorded September – December 1985, at “Sweet Silence Studios” in Copenhagen, and was produced by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich and Flemming Rasmussen. The album cover was designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch and painted by Don Brautigam.“Master of Puppets” was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour. In 2003, “Master of Puppets” was certified 6× platinum by the “Recording Industry Association of America”, 6× platinum by “Music Canada” and gold by the “British Phonographic Industry”. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Master of Puppets” at number 167 on its list of the “500 greatest albums of all time”; “Time” included the album in its list of the “100 best albums of all time”; magazine “Guitar World” voted “Master of Puppets” the fourth greatest guitar album of all time.
- James Hetfield– lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Kirk Hammett– lead guitar
- Cliff Burton– bass guitar, backing vocals
- Lars Ulrich – drums
- Peter Mensch– cover concept
- Don Brautigam – cover illustration
- Ross Halfin, Rich Likong, Rob Ellsi – photography
All lyrics written by James Hetfield.
- Battery – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
- Master of Puppets – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett
- The Thing That Should Not Be – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
- Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
- Disposable Heroes – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
- Leper Messiah – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
- Orion – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton
- Damage Inc. – James Hetfield, lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett
On February 25, 1975, “Swan Song” label released “Physical Graffiti”, the sixth studio Led Zeppelin album. It was recorded July – December 1970, January and March 1971, May 1972, January and February 1974, at multiple locations, and was produced by Jimmy Page. The album included unreleased tracks from earlier recording sessions: one outtake from “Led Zeppelin III”, three tracks from “Led Zeppelin IV”, and three tracks from “Houses of the Holy”, including the unused title track. “Physical Graffiti” was certified 16× Platinum in the US by “RIAA”, and 2× Platinum in UK by “BPI”. In 1996, “Mojo” magazine ranked the album at number 47 on its list of “The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made”; in 2000, “Q” magazine ranked the album at number 32 on its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”; in 2001 “Classic Rock” magazine ranked the album at number 5 at its list of “100 Greatest Rock Album Ever”; in 2003, the TV network “VH1” named it the 71st “Greatest album ever”; in 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Physical Graffiti” at number 70 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”; in 2006 “Guitar World” magazine ranked the album at number 9 at its list of “Reader’s Poll: 100 Greatest Guitar Albums”. In 1976, the album won “Grammy Award for Best Recording Package”.
- Robert Plant– lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar
- Jimmy Page– electric, acoustic, lap steel and slide guitar, mandolin
- John Paul Jones– bass guitar, organ, acoustic and electric piano, mellotron, guitar, mandolin, VCS3 synthesiser, Hohner clavinet, Hammond organ, string arrangement
- John Bonham– drums, percussion
- Ian Stewart– piano
- Peter Corriston– artwork, design, cover design
- Mike Doud – artwork, design, cover design
- Elliot Erwitt, P. Fallon, Roy Harper– photography
- Dave Heffernan – illustrations
All tracks by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, except where noted.
- Custard Pie
- The Rover
- In My Time of Dying – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
- Houses of the Holy
- Trampled Under Foot – John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
- Kashmir – John Bonham, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
- In the Light – John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
- Bron-Yr-Aur – Jimmy Page
- Down by the Seaside
- Ten Years Gone
- Night Flight – John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
- The Wanton Song
- Boogie with Stu – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ian Stewart
- Black Country Woman
- Sick Again
On February 14, 1994, “Matador” label released “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”, the second Pavement studio album. It was recorded August – September 1993. at “Random Falls Studios” in New York, and was produced by Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Steve West, Bob Nastanovich and Bryce Goggin. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 210 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time” and at number 10 on the list of “Best Albums of the Nineties”. In 2003, it was ranked number 8 on “Pitchfork Media’s” list “Top 100 Albums of the 1990s”. In July 2014, magazine “Guitar World” ranked “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain” at number 21 in their “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994” list.
- Stephen Malkmus – vocals, guitar
- Scott Kannberg– guitar, backing vocals
- Mark Ibold– bass
- Steve West– drums, percussion
- Bob Nastanovich– percussion
- Bryce Goggin– piano
All tracks by Stephen Malkmus, except where noted.
- Silence Kid
- Elevate Me Later
- Stop Breathin
- Cut Your Hair
- Newark Wilder
- Gold Soundz
- Range Life
- Heaven Is a Truck
- Hit the Plane Down – Scott Kannberg
- Fillmore Jive
On February 10, 1978, “Warner Bros” released the self titled, debut Van Halen studio album. It was recorded August – September 1977, at “Sunset Sound Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Ted Templeman. “Guitar World” magazine readers ranked the album at number 7 on a list of the “Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time”. In 2013, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Van Halen” at number 27 of its list of the “100 Best Debut Albums of All Time”. The album sold more than ten million copies in the US by 1999 and was certified Diamond by the “RIAA”.
- David Lee Roth– lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Eddie Van Halen– guitar, backing vocals
- Alex Van Halen– drums
- Michael Anthony– bass guitar, backing vocals
- Dave Bhang – art direction, design
- Elliot Gilbert – photography
- Jodi Cohen – typesetting
All tracks by Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony, except where noted.
- Runnin’ with the Devil
- You Really Got Me – Ray Davies
- Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love
- I’m the One
- Jamie’s Cryin’
- Atomic Punk
- Feel Your Love Tonight
- Little Dreamer
- Ice Cream Man – John Brim
- On Fire