KMA2644 Eric Johnson – Ah Via Musicom

Toasty Taranna #8: BMV #8: 3-For-$10 Bin #4: Eric Johnson – Ah Via Musicom

I knew of Johnson’s guitar prowess, of course we all do. The dude freakin’ SHREDS. I bought this for Cliffs Of Dover, of course, that brilliant shiny piece of gorgeousness that it is. Of course, High Landrons, Trademark, and Righteous were singles (and awesome). Honestly, the whole record rules, but you knew that already.

In looking this one up, I learned that Cliffs Of Dover was ranked #17 in the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos by Guitar World magazine, and #34 in Guitarist magazine’s list of 50 Greatest Guitar Tones Of All Time. It also won the 1992 Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Yeah, exactly.

Some songs here were dedicated for other guitar players: Steve’s Boogie is for Steve Henning, Song For George is for 80-year-old George Washington, and East Wes is for (of course) Wes Montgomery. 

But the main thing here is the tone. Johnson is all about the tone, and oh baby, he nails it.


Hit It Or Quit It? Hit! Hit! Hit!

BONUS! This live version of Cliffs Of Dover kicked ass. Also, check out the comments underneath – some are hilarious:

Posted on August 16, 2018, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Only know this dude from guitar mags…


    • Yeah all the guitar geeks love this guy and there’s plenty reason why. He found his tone AND plays the hell out of it. I dunno, the music might not always be for everyone but from a technical standpoint the dude’s brilliant.


  2. I saw him about 30 years ago (and again a few years later somewhere else) at a small club in Hamburg, with, IIRC, Uncle John Turner on drums and a left-handed bassist who played a right-handed bass guitar. There were tables near the stage where people were sitting. At one point the bassist came to one of the tables and asked some girls there to join the band at a party at the hotel. I don’t think that they were interested.


  3. Stop it! I’m on music overload!


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