mix tape: the legendary Les Paul

Of all the musicians who passed recently, none stand out in my mind more than the legendary Les Paul. He changed the way musicians approached their craft, from the instruments they played to the way the recorded them to the attitudes they portrayed. He was a guitar hero for some, an accomplished engineer and producer for others, and an iconic personality for the rest. His impact will live on long after some other musician’s hype wears off. Not every recording here probably was on a Les Paul guitar but they all were avid Les Paul players and that’s part of what I remember them by, that distinct tone and the impact of Les’ approach and how it influenced each of their playing. I was trying to figure out how to work some Bob Marley and the Wailers into the mix but it just never seemed to fit, so enjoy what did from those who I remember off the top of my head in honor of the one-time Mahwah, NJ genius:

“Guitar Boogie” by Les Paul
“The Rock/Love, Reign O’er Me” by The Who (Pete Townsend)
“Whiteroom” by Cream (Eric Clapton)
“Heartbreaker” by Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)
“Blow by Blow” by Jeff Beck
“Rockin in the Free World” by Niel Young
“Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” by Frank Zappa
“Zero Tolerance for Silence” by Pat Metheny
“Siberian Khatru” by Yes (Steve Howe)
“Temples of Syrinx” by Rush (Alex Lifeson)
“Barracuda” by Heart (Nancy Wilson)
“Never in My Life” by Moutain (Leslie West)
“Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses (Slash)
“Hell is High” by Black Label Society (Zakk Wylde)
“Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent
“Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads)
“Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2 (the Edge)

Can I just ask now? Are you not air guitar-ing all over your pad now? Pahleeze… tell me that’s not so much more emotionally invigorating – the windmills, the jumps, the screaming at the top of your lungs pretending you’re the rock star, the satisfaction of pulling off that next sick solo… ah capricious youth, the feeling that never dies so long as the next song keeps coming along… feel free to add your faves from the Les Paul era

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