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Air Guitar Anthems

Several Purple related tracks are featured on a new 3CD compilation called Air Guitar Anthems. What distinguishes this particular compilation from the gabazillion of similar ones is that the songs were selected by a distinguished riffmeister Brian May.

Here is what made Dr. May’s cut, from Buddy Holly to The Darkness. (Note: performers are listed as included on the album, not necessarily the original authors):

Queen — Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zeppelin — Whole Lotta Love
The Rolling Stones — Start Me Up
ZZ Top — Gimme All Your Lovin’
T Rex — 20th Century Boy
Meat Loaf — Bat Out Of Hell
Ram Jam — Black Betty
Deep Purple — Smoke On The Water
Bachman-Turner Overdrive — You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Metallica — Stone Cold Crazy
Alice Cooper — Poison
KISS — Crazy Crazy Nights
Motörhead — Ace of Spades
Thin Lizzy — The Boys Are Back In Town
Whitesnake — Here I Go Again ’87
Derek & The Dominoes feat. Duane Allen — Layla
Rainbow — Since You Been Gone
Boston — More Than A Feeling
Dire Straits — Money For Nothing
Journey — Don’t Stop Believing
Status Quo — Down Down
Bryan Adams — Run to You
Free — All Right Now
The Who — I Can’t Explain
The Kinks — You Really Got Me
Muddy Waters — Mannish Boy
Bad Company — Feel Like Makin’ Love
Billy Idol — White Wedding
George Thorogood & The Destroyers — Bad To The Bone
Survivor — Eye of the Tiger
Cream — Sunshine of Your Love
Chuck Berry — Johnny Be Good
Buddy Holly — That’ll Be The Day
Small Faces — All Or Nothing
Sex Pistols — God Save the Queen
The Animals — The House of the Rising Sun
Brian May & Kerry Ellis — Parisienne Walkways
Def Leppard — Pour Some Sugar On Me
The Police — Message In A Bottle
The Darkness — I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Stiltskin — Inside
The Knack — My Sharona
Toto — Hold The Line
Lynyrd Skynyrd — Sweet Home Alabama
Rush — The Spirit of Radio
Mötley Crüe — Girls Girls Girls
Twisted Sister — I Wanna Rock
Mott The Hoople — All The Young Dudes
Joe Walsh — Rocky Mountain Way
Blue Öyster Cult — (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Dio — Holy Diver
Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun
Robert Palmer — Addicted To Love
Shadows — FBI
The Troggs — Wild Thing
Queen — We Will Rock You

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Brian May discusses his selection:

Bonus from THS — Brian May performs cover of Since You Been Gone with Cozy Powell on drums:

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

9 Comments to “Air Guitar Anthems”:

  1. 1
    bburg says:

    Nice vocals, ladies. ?

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Selections are kind of predictable, but rock solid. Yeah, I would have left this off & added that etc, but these were Brian’s choices, not mine or yours. Bless your little rock & roll heart Dr May!. Be happy.

  3. 3
    kraatzy says:

    Very great “Since You been Gone” -Version from Brain May



  4. 4
    tim says:

    Derek & The Dominoes feat. Duane Allen

    Good grief… the greatest slide player ever… at least can they get his name right?

    Allman. Duane Allman.

  5. 5
    Innerspace says:

    It’s a little strange, I must say, that such a thing doesn’t contain a single Jimi Hendrix track. And not a single Van Halen track either. But of course… There could a very boring reason: Copyrights…

  6. 6
    john says:

    boring list nothing new

  7. 7
    Dick Pimple says:

    Ironic really that Cozy is back playing this given this track is one of the main reasons he left Rainbow as he hated it and said he wanted to play heavy rock not lightweight pop drivel (or words to that effect).

  8. 8
    RB says:

    Even with Brian’s input, this is still a case of the usual suspects. Although a firm favourite of his, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ is a dreadful tune, One of May’s best loved Purple tracks is ‘Speed King’, which would have been a better choice than ‘Smoke…’

  9. 9
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I’d love to hear a mash-up of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ with Deep Purple’s ‘Child In Time’.

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