Heaven

Listening to Neil Young‘s best song (and one of the best ballads ever) sung by a great voice and performed by the greatest rock guitar player alive. Better than this? Only to be raped by two amazing swedish girls (and even that…)!

PS – Here is a link for Pedro’s post about this song, with a video of himself playing Heart of Gold.

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Pretty Little Butterfly

Crazy Town The Gift of Game ButterflyIs your memory good? I’m bringing you today the one-hit band called Crazy Town, remember them? They released their first (of only two) album in 1999 and they toured supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers . One year after they released the single “Butterfly“, which samples part of Chili PeppersPretty Little Ditty (by then a 10-year old song, from the album Mother’s Milk, the first with Frusciante). Butterfly was a great hit in the U.S, in Canada, and in most European countries.

I bring you both songs today, as I like them both – Butterfly as a childhood memory (The Gift of Game was actually one of my first CD’s!) and Pretty Little Ditty as a great song from the great Frusciante and Flea 😉

Starting with the oldest (notice Flea at 0:14)

And finishing with the most recent

Runaway

Today I’ll bring you another classic from the 60’s (I am not sure, but I must have brought some before :P).

Del Shannon RunawayI got to know today’s song by listening to a Frusciante’s (my guitar idol, if you remember) cover. By the way, if you like John, this concert is a nice one to listen to! 😉

But well, after getting to know Frusciante‘s cover, I decided to listen to the most known version (I thought it was the original until 20 seconds ago), from a guy called Del Shannon, and it became a hit to me, being a top played and performed song – quite funny to play on the guitar and sing, I think.

Hope you like it too and that you go along singing the “wah-wah-wah-wah” part 😛

You can also check Elvis Presley‘s and Kasabian’s versions, if you will.

Guitar Hero

Once again, my post has a dubious title. I am not going to write about the game, I am going to write about my guitar hero.

More or less from the mid of the last century until today, there has been a proliferation in the use of the guitar (both the old classical or the then recently develop “electric” one), increasing its prominence in the music industry. Or it might have been the other way round – the prominence of the guitar among musicians led to more people playing guitar.

This means that guitar players are usually the most recognized players of rock bands, sometimes even more than the lead singers!

Red Hot Chili PeppersI guess I can say John Frusciante is one of those guitar players. And with legitimacy – Red Hot Chili Peppers have existed and exist again without John, but they are totally not the same. All but one (the first) of the albums in which John participated had sales above 10 million, and still that first one, recorded when John was still 18, had sales 4 times bigger than their previous album (still with Slovak).

By this time you have probably understood that I am really a great fan of Frusciante and that he is my idol as a guitar player. So what I am going to say might be biased, but in my opinion he is the best guitar player of his  generation (here BBC readers agree with me) and one of the best since Hendrix (here there’s some people at Rolling Stones agreeing with me and others not so much)!

I will only bring you one song, I leave the others in playlists. It is not easy to choose one – I love lots of Chili Peppers and John songs. But bringing the choice to one, I decided to show you the most melodic solo I have ever heard and which I consider a masterpiece – the final solo of Don’t Forget Me live at Slane Castle:

Now, if you really feel like listening to the Chili Peppers, here’s a playlist containing many of my favourite Chili Peppers songs.

And one more with solo songs of John Frusciante, the man whose this post is about, after all!

At last, I leave you a video of John teaching how to play Under the Bridge and not only, hoping that this helps the ones learning guitar: