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: