Michael Schenker is a man who has made numerous essential guitar albums with Scorpions, UFO and his own MSG. And now he’s identified what he considers required listening for guitarists. According to Music Radar:

All at once I got hit by these albums and this incredible guitar playing. I got swamped by them, and I loved it.

Schenker cites releases like Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and Climbing by Mountain:

‘Theme For An Imagination Western’ really knocked me out. It’s like spending two days hearing the most beautiful, creative soloing ever. The compositions are very well thought-out. But it’s Leslie West’s playing jumps out at me. His vibrato, his choice of notes, his overall sound – he’s a total master on the guitar.

Read all of Michael’s picks at MR.

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Richard Earl Beach, Jr. and Leslie Weinstein

Here we have Reb Beach—at the time still riding the wave of Winger’s debut album—and icon Leslie West on behalf of German-engineered Kitty Hawk amplifiers. What glowing things does Reb have to say about Kitty Hawk? This comes from the “gear” page of his site:

I never used Kitty Hawk amps in the studio. Live, I would only use their pre-amp for my effects, which no one but me ever heard since my effects cabs were never miked. Kitty Hawk pre-amps were great (only the green one) and I wish I still had mine. Kitty Hawk amps were pieces of crap. We brought six heads on the road and within three days only one worked. The crew called them “Shitty Hawks”.

Oh well. Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician,  February 1989.

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This ad for the DiMarzio MegaDrive pickup dates to Leslie West’s first “comeback” with Mountain, ’85s Go for Your Life. That was the first release since 1974’s Avalanche and would be the only album until Man’s World in 1996. Scanned from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, November 1985.

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