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Guitar Player Presents Rock: Legends of Guitar: The '60s, Vol. 2

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Guitar Player Presents Rock: Legends of Guitar: The '60s, Vol. 2 gathers 18 blistering performances from late-'60s guitar greats, including Jeff Beck's "Beck's Bolero," the Allman Brothers Band's "Trouble No More," and Ronnie Hawkins' "Who Do You Love." Sandy Nelson's "Mr. John Lee, Pt. 1" and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers' "The Supernatural" and "Knockers Step Forward" lend a bluesy flair to the collection, while Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses" showcases Eric Clapton's fusion of blues and psychedelia. Though the album does spotlight classic guitar solos, such as the one on Jerry Garcia's "Love Scene," more often than not it features songs where great playing is integral to the song rather than decoration. Willie Mitchell's "Soul Serenade," Taj Mahal's "Six Days on the Road," and Bobby Gregg and His Friends' "The Jam, Pt. 1" all let other elements in the songs share the spotlight with the guitar, and they're all the better for it. The Wailers' "Frenzy," Travis Wammack's "Scratchy," and Country Joe & the Fish's "Section 43" are some of the other highlights from this album, which mixes a wide array of rock styles and players into a refreshingly diverse tribute that's almost as versatile as the guitar itself.

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