Owen Bailey

Eric Clapton’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

Even for non-players, Eric Clapton has become synonymous with the electric guitar – here, we pick just 20 examples of Slowhand’s fretwork from his varied career to serve as reminders of his extraordinary talent.

The Genius Of… Super Session by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills

In 1968, two Dylan collaborators and a future Laurel Canyon superstar were at a loose end, so they booked some studio time in LA and improvised a freewheeling blues-jazz blueprint for the supergroup-on-record concept.

Eddie Van Halen’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

He tapped, he tinkered, he thrilled and he turned the guitar world upside down. Here’s our pick of 20 awe-inspiring moments from the career of one of the instrument’s true legends.

The Genius Of… Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter

Deerhunter’s fourth album is a lo-fi meditation on memory and nostalgia with fragile and beautiful songs coalescing out of effects-littered soundscapes.

The Genius Of… The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground

An album that spawned entire genres, influenced countless bands and altered the course of rock ’n’ roll history has taken its deserved place in the hall of fame. But its guitar-fuelled soundscape still sounds just as avant-garde and dangerous over 50 years on from its release.

Peter Green’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

The late Peter Green was unquestionably one of the blues-guitar greats. Yet as his prolific early career progressed from the Bluesbreakers and on to Fleetwood Mac, his prodigious talent revealed itself in many other ways, too.

The Genius Of… You In Reverse by Built To Spill

With great songs and guitar interplay to rival the likes of Marquee Moon, Built To Spill’s collaborative 2006 return to form, You In Reverse, is a hook-laden gift that keeps on giving for guitarists.

The Genius Of… Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band

In 1965, the Original Blues Brothers – harp maestro Junior Wells and livewire showman Buddy Guy – sidestepped broken amps and contract wrangles to bottle the sound of Chicago’s blues clubs on this classic album.

The Genius Of… A Meeting By The River by Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Two strangers, two different musical cultures, two different slide instruments… one Grammy. Ry Cooder and VM Bhatt’s world-music classic, A Meeting By The River, is a lesson in collaboration.

The Genius Of… Blur – Blur

A ‘mid pop life crisis’ and an abrupt change of style gave Graham Coxon free reign to soundscape on one of the most enduring and experimental guitar records of the 90s.
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