I started mentally composing this post on a very long drive back from France, listening to various play lists on the iPod. 20 albums with great guitar playing which made a big impact on me at the time and still do (in no particular order). They are all old (I can hear wails from the List Hate fraternity about the absence of anything after 1979 or similar) but in truth this is more likely because I’ve always been more interested in the song than the guitar player, though as a nipper, learning guitar, a well applied plectrum always caught my ear more than it does now. It’s not comprehensive – no Zep, no RT, none of the later generation of ace players (the first Van Halen album and “Surfing with the alien” by Joe Satriani would be in the top 30 as representatives of later rock stylings), no Dave Gilmore who I consider one of the finest…no Jeff Beck who probably IS the finest. The first 20 I thought of in a stream of consciousness. I could finesse for ever and there are albums I probably like as much of any of them which don’t feature great picking. Take it as you find it! What did I miss?