Pantera's Dimebag Darrell Compiles His Ultimate Compilation CD
Not long before his tragic death on December 8, 2004, Guitar World asked Dimebag Darrell to choose the songs that would make up his ultimate compilation CD.
The story, which appeared in the February 2005 issue of Guitar World, was part of the recurring "60 Minutes" feature, where artists were asked to compile a list of "an hour of music that rocks my world."
Although "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was killed in a nightclub shooting during a Damageplan performance on December 8, 2004, his legacy lives on in the millions of Pantera fans who still draw inspiration from his music. Guitar World is happy to give his fans a chance to check out some of the music that inspired Dime.
As you will see, his taste in music was as good as his guitar playing. Check out the photo gallery below. All the comments below the album cover photos are Dime's.
“ERUPTION” Van Halen Van Halen
“I’d just started on guitar when I first heard ‘Eruption.’ This older dude from school used to drive by my house blaring Van Halen. One day he pulled into my driveway and we listened to this album from start to finish. I could not believe what I heard! All the different techniques Eddie brought to the table were unheard of. No matter where I am, when I hear ‘Eruption’ I’ll always tune everything else out. It’s just the greatest guitar solo ever.”
“RAINING BLOOD” Slayer Reign in Blood
“This track was so far out in left field when I first heard it, I didn’t know what was going on. They’re another two-guitar band that work off each other brilliantly. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman rewrote the book on demonic scales. I couldn’t tell you what modes those dudes play in — I call it ‘Slayer mode.’ So many bands try to sound demonic, hardcore and devilish, but nobody does it like Slayer.”
“INTO THE VOID” Black Sabbath Master of Reality
“Tony Iommi was the pioneer of down-tuning the guitar and playing those mean-ass bluesy satanic riffs. To this day and until the end of the world, Sabbath will continue to be ripped off by every metal band. ‘Into the Void’ is so ominous and scary sounding. It’s a classic version of their sound rolled into one song. Kiss and Van Halen are more like party rock and roll bands, whereas Sabbath were the first bonafide metal band.
“WRATHCHILD” Iron Maiden Killers
“This is one of those songs that you want to crank up and rock your balls off to—a heavy metal classic. [Guitarists] Dave Murray and Adrian Smith always trade off beautifully. Steve Harris has always written those fast, punchy bass lines that groove, and the band still puts out great metal to this day.
“DIARY OF A MADMAN” Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
“This song shows a bit of everything Randy Rhoads could do. Randy could mix classical playing with the demonic stuff. The guitar solo on this song sounds like it fell from the heavens! I love how he multitracked his guitar to get a really wide sound. Rhoads was just a little dude who exuded classiness, from the way he played to the way he dressed. There’s no telling where guitar playing would be today if he were still with us.”
“ARMED AND READY” Michael Schenker Michael Schenker Group
“Michael Schenker’s got a knack for writing blistering, let’s-raise-some-hell tunes. That dude burns through scales like no one else, and he’s got the greatest tone. The main thing I’ve always loved about Schenker and incorporated into my playing is how he gently cracks open the wah-wah pedal and finds that sweet spot where the guitar just sings. I often play Schenker songs with my band during rehearsals.”
“ALL FOR YOU” Black Label Society Stronger than Death
“I really respect Zakk Wylde’s guitar playing and his compulsive work ethic. On this particular cut he reminds me a lot of Michael Schenker: Zakk does that technique, also, where he slightly kicks in the wah-wah and makes it scream and cry while playing bad-ass pentatonic licks. You can distinctly hear it on this cut. Zakk’s also a soulful vocalist, but he doesn’t get enough credit for his singing.”
“SINNER” Judas Priest Sin After Sin
“One of Judas Priest’s signature features is Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing’s powerhouse double-guitar leads. Tipton always wrote great lead breaks from way back when, and Downing is an originator of the feedback-drenched whammy-bar stuff, like in the breakdown of this song. When these guys play in unison, it’s magical. I recently saw Priest play ‘Sinner’ at Ozzfest, and it kicked my ass inside out.”
“GETTIN’ BETTA” Pat Travers Band Live! Go for What You Know
“Man, don’t get me started on Pat Travers. That dude writes killer blues rock and roll riffs. Travers introduced elements of disco guitar playing into his sound, with heavy choruses and flanges on his guitar. I remember having this on cassette and driving around in this ’72 Oldsmobile Cutlass fitted with Jenson 6x9 speakers, which sounded insanely distorted and loud. The groove on this song—you gotta love that shit.”
“LOVE, HATE, LOVE” Alice in Chains Facelift
“This tune is brutally deep. Of all the grunge bands to come out of Seattle, Alice in Chains were the greatest. Jerry Cantrell has written some amazing songs, and this is one of them. It would almost be sloppy if another guitarist were playing it, but it doesn’t sound sloppy coming from Cantrell because it’s grunge.”
“100,000 YEARS” Kiss Kiss
“I first heard this song way back when I was playing air guitar. Spittin’ blood, smokin’ guitars, fire everywhere—Kiss is where I started. I like the 6/8 timing of this song, and it has one of my favorite Ace Frehley lead breaks, not to mention one of the heaviest-sounding endings ever! Ace always played the right notes at the right time. When I saw the band live in concert, it changed my life forever.”