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#151 – The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever - Various Artists The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

This is every Dad’s favourite compilation from the nineties and noughties. Glove boxes throughout the UK had a copy of this album in it and jukeboxes in dodgy pubs were required by law to have this album also.

As much a part of pre-MP3 music culture as Tubular Bells, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and other coffee table albums, The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever is one of those compilations that seem to be in every collection. It’s not hard to see why. All the traditionally popular bands are here; Queen, Def Leppard, Skynyrd and Blur but there are also bands and songs that are missing – Stiltskin’s Inside and Mountain’s Nantucket Sleighride for example, surely two of the most prolific air guitar riffs ever? Also there are some bands whose inclusion seems to only be to hook the younger generation in, Blur and Robbie Williams for example.

Still as compilations go, this is one of the better more agreeable ones.

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Are you Experienced – Jimi Hendrix [#85]

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 15.22.24 Are you Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix

I am experienced. I am experienced in listening to music.

Short of jumping into your TARDIS and travelling back to Woodstock, you’re unlikely to see Jimi Hendrix perform in these parts. Though if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably end up in Woodstock in Oxfordshire.

Oh how we laugh.

Anyway, this is Jimi’s debut album. Had you been about in the 60’s you’d probably be listening to it on your portable gramophone while older stuffy types look on disapprovingly. It’s got all the overplayed Hendrix songs, Foxy Lady, Are you Experienced and Hey Joe and runs into about an hours worth of playtime.

Personally, with my futuristic ears (they have their own jet pack), I can’t hear what the fuss was all about. It’s some bloke with a guitar. Unremarkable. Run of the mill. Nothing exciting. Nor stimulating.

I suppose back in the time it was ground breaking but probably only because it was harder to get yourself heard in those pre-internet days. Modest musicians would probably say that their skills on guitar are nowhere near as good as Hendrix. But that’s like Mozart saying William Byrd was the better composer.

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