100 Famous Rock Guitar Riffs Offers Concise History of Rock N' Roll

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment

Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Strat all in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.


1 "Mr. Sandman"  Chet Atkins
2 "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
3 "Words of Love"  Buddy Holly
4 "Johnny B Goode"  Chuck Berry
5 "Rumble"  Link Wray

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Music History Monday: May 21

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 21, 2012 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: May 21, 1955 - "Maybellene," the debut single by Chuck Berry is recorded. Cut at Universal Recording Studios in Chicago, Berry bases the tune on the traditional country song "Ida Red." Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess feels the name is "too rural" sounding and suggests changing the title to "Maybellene." The song's then unusual hybrid of country & western and rhythm & blues supported by a big back beat along with its lyrical themes of fast cars and love gone wrong is instantly appealing to black and white audiences alike. Released in July, the single will be a huge hit right out of the gate, spending 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart and peaking at #5 on the Pop Best Sellers chart. "Maybellene" will go on to become one of the most influential songs in the history of rock & roll, inspiring dozens of cover versions with Berry's original recording being inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1988.

On this day in music history: May 21, 1963Recorded Live: The 12-Year Old Genius, the third album by (Little) Stevie Wonder is released. Produced by Berry Gordy, it is recorded at the Regal Theater in Chicago in June of 1962. Following the less than enthusiatic response to the young singer/musicians first two studio albums, Motown Records founder Gordy decides to capture Wonder in all of his excitement live on stage. One of the highlights of the performance is the song "Fingertips." Running at over six and a half minutes, it will be split into two parts for single release when it is issued in tandem with the album. DJ's will prefer Part II of the single, featuring the electrifying call and response between Stevie and the audience along with his virtuoso harmonica playing.  "Fingertips Pt. II" will hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and six weeks on the R&B chart. The "Genius" album will hit #1 on the Top 200 on August 24th, making Wonder (at 13) the youngest artist in history to have a #1 album and single.

The Art of the LP Cover- Halloween 2011, Pt. 1

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 20, 2011 03:00pm | Post a Comment

This weekend, stop by Amoeba Hollywood to pick up some rare Halloween vinyl, CDs & DVDs.
More than a few of these titles will be sitting in the bins waiting for you!

And they're off...Santa Anita opens today

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 26, 2008 08:32am | Post a Comment

john denver windsong lp coverscott merritt gravity is mutual lp coverLuis Perez Meza el caballo blanco lp cover
Antonio Aguilar cantares rancherosBloodstone unreal lp coverLeif Garret & horse
Black Oak Arkansas Race With The Devil lp coverlove and kisses how much, how much i love you lp coverblue oyster cult some enchanted evening lp cover
Alan Tew Orchestra magnificent westerns lp coverdaniel santos lamento borincano lp coverglen campbell a satisfied mind lp cover
We're heading to Vegas today, but if we were staying home we could just hop over to Arcadia and bet on the horses...I bet ya a wooden nickel that you don't know the most valuable record in this gallery...
johnny palamino hard ride lp coverantonio aguilar rancheras de siempre lp coverojitos chinitos lp cover

Modern Rock

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 14, 2008 10:00am | Post a Comment

The early 80's fascination with blossoming computer culture seemed to go hand in hand with an apprehensive take on its possible uses... These themes made for some very interesting makeovers.  Throw in a little Sci-fi and a touch of New Wave and you've got some very "Modern Rock"...

Grace Slick and the Airplane folks had a few records with technological themes...

Peter Frampton attempted his own computer makeover below, the 80's were not his decade...

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