5 albums shaping the sound of modern guitar music

TGR360 Future Guitar Album Classics
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Having taken a trip through memory lane to celebrate the greatest guitar albums ever made, journeying through the ‘60s and ‘70s – the big bang moment for rock guitar evolution – and on through the ‘80s to the 21st-century, it’s time to do some horizon planning. 

What albums of the present era will go on to become classics? Which albums present the electric guitar in a new light? That find new modes of expression on acoustic guitar? There are no certainties except the uncertainty that the future of guitar music is not yet written. It is being written, and it will continue to evolve. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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