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Readers Poll Results: The Top 25 Guitar Albums of 1972

Last week, we posted a story about 50 great -- in some cases, classic -- albums from 1972, albums that are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

After noticing that the list included contributions from several legendary guitar players, including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Rory Gallagher, David Gilmour, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Taylor, Steve Howe, Joe Walsh and Buddy Guy, we thought we'd ask you take our weekly poll and help us choose the best guitar album of the bunch.

By "best guitar album," of course, we mean the album that has the most to teach you as a player, the one that broke the most ground in its day, the one that's arguably the most "important."

Below are the results of that readers poll -- well, the top 25 vote-getters, anyway (since we really didn't see the point of including albums by Elton John and Van Morrison).

We don't want to give away anything before you've had a chance to check out the winners gallery below, but let's just say blokes from England and Ireland dominated this poll. Better luck to the rest of the world in '73!

Thanks, as always, for your votes -- and keep on truckin'!

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.