Guitar Noise’s Guitar Rock Playlist
Guitar Noises #27: March 2, 2022
I had a regular newsletter planned for this week. But writing honestly requires a certain mood, and to be honest, there’s too much going on right now to be in the right frame of mind. If I don’t enjoy writing a newsletter, I doubt you’ll enjoy reading it.
Without a doubt, it’s been a rough couple of years for most people. This week feels like another low point. I’m hopeful that things will improve soon for our friends all around the world.
Still, I want to give you a little something. So I’ve put together a “mix-tape” for you. This is a playlist of the rock songs that more or less got me interested in guitar.
Back when I was in high school I ordered a Time-Life Music compilation from TV called “Guitar Rock”. Most of these songs are older than I am but I still love hearing them. I’m sure you’ll recognize most, if not all, of the artists and songs. For me there’s still something fun about listening to these songs in this order.
For the record, I like listening to albums, but when you’re listening to songs that are 50 years old a compilation of different artists can be just as good, and these songs are fun to hear on shuffle.
The songs on the original Guitar Rock tapes are listed below, and you can listen to them on my Apple Music playlist.
Before someone asks, “why no Spotify?” it’s because I’m not a Spotify user. There’s no big political stance here, I just don’t like it. Admittedly, I’m a little bothered that Spotify pays artists and songwriters diddly squat while spending millions of dollars on podcasts.
Personally, I don’t listen to podcasts. I listen to music at every possible opportunity. If I’m in a car on the DJ on the radio keeps blabbing I switch stations. I love music and want more of it. I don’t care if it’s light or heavy, clean or dirty, punk or pop - give me more music, please.
Mix tapes and playlists can always be improved upon. Feel free to tell me which artists and songs you’d add to this list. Someone always comes up with something good that I’d forgotten about.
Guitar rock is so much fun. I still smile when I hear these songs. Memories of being in high school, waiting for summer to start and wanting to get my first guitar come rushing back.
Enjoy the playlist.
Guitar Rock playlist
Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company (1975)
Bang A Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex (1971)
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople (1972)
You Really Got Me - The Kinks (1964)
The Bitch Is Back - Elton John (1975)
China Grove - The Doobie Brothers (1973)
We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad (1973)
I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton (1974)
Hot Blooded - Foreigner (1978)
Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer (1973)
Maggie May - Rod Stewart (1971)
Mississippi Queen - Mountain (1970)
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
I Fought The Law - The Bobby Fuller Four (1966)
Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band (1973)
Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton (1976)
Layla - Derek & The Dominos (1970)
I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) - The Moody Blues (1972)
(I Know) I'm Losing You - Rod Stewart (1971)
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple (1972)
After Midnight - Eric Clapton (1970)
Radar Love - Golden Earring (1973)
Smokin' In The Boys Room - Brownsville Station (1973)
I’m Eighteen - Alice Cooper (1971)
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - Joe Cocker (1969)
Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills (1970)
Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band (1969)
American Woman - The Guess Who (1970)
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream (1967)
On The Road Again - Canned Heat (1968)
All Right Now - Free (1970)
Heart Full Of Soul - The Yardbirds (1965)
Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1973)
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh (1973)
Funk #49 - The James Gang (1970)
Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
Once again, here’s a link to the Apple Music Playlist.
OMG! Your list nails the nostalgic essence of the period and elevates long pent-up emotions. By comparison, other lists—and I am an Apple Playlist hoarder—only glance the topic. Those songs are from a tumultuous time in our history—Vietnam, Watergate, etc.—yet they stir such powerfully restorative emotions! Excellent timing. Thank you for the playlist. I’m going to add it now.
Addendum: Maybe add Barry Maguire’s “Eve of Destruction?”
“The Eastern world, it is explodin'
Violence flarin', bullets loadin'”
So sad! Thanks again, Paul!!
Hi Paul greetings from chilli Québec. Great playlist today ... Hendrix appropriately on top ...
I invite you to explicitly spell out those we should be praying for (or whatever we do). Its UKRAINE loud and clear ... the people the country the struggling democracy it represents. And check out the psychedelic Ukrainian version of China Cat Sun Flower on youtube.
Art for Justice. Take a stand.
Keep up the great newsletter. Thanks.