Randy Bachman reveals the 10 albums that changed his life

What’s not to like about Randy Bachman? The Canadian rocker hosts a CBC radio show, “Randy’s Vinyl Tap,” which is pretty darn cool. (Anyone who is jazzed about vinyl records typically is — at least, in our book.)

Randy Bachman publicity photo

Randy Bachman. Publicity photo.

And then there’s that whole rock-star career. As a songwriter and guitarist with The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Drive, he helped to craft classic songs including “Taking Care Of Business,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,”  “These Eyes,” and “American Woman.”

That work had to find inspiration somewhere; Bachman shares 10 records that changed his life here. Can’t get enough of Randy Bachman? Be sure to check out his website for news, tour dates and more fun at http://www.randybachman.com.

Chet Atkins Stringing AlongChet Atkins, Oh By Jingo (Appears on Stringin’ Along With Chet Atkins)

A great gathering of finger-picking songs with great licks. Once I learned this album, playing Elvis songs was easy.

Elvis Presley Elvis LPElvis Presley, Elvis

The “Shake That Shook the World” EP took all his influences of bluegrass, R&B, gospel, doo-wop, rockabilly and country and the new package heralded the arrival called Rock and Roll.

The Beatles Beatlemania With The BeatlesThe Beatles, Beatlemania/With The Beatles

The second shake that shook the world. Another gift basket that repackaged rock n roll, Motown, country and doo-wop for the next generation of teenagers. This album changed everything. Even drummers started singing to be like Ringo.

Gene Vincent And The Blue CapsGene Vincent & The Blue Caps, Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps

Fabulous band with another trend-setting guitarist. Cliff Gallup had licks way beyond Scotty Moore, and we all learned a new way of picking rock and roll guitar from him.

Les Paul and Mary Ford How High The MoonLes Paul and Mary Ford, How High The Moon

As influential as Chet Atkins was, Les Paul was another guitar giant. Meeting him when I was 15 changed my life, and he remembered that meeting 30 years later when I met him in NYC during Van Halen 5150 tour.

The Shadows Out Of The ShadowsThe Shadows, Out of The Shadows

The best instrumental band in the world. It taught me great rhythm guitar, clean lead solo lines and many recording echo and reverb techniques. Meeting the Shadows a few years ago at their 50th Anniversary gig in London was my teenage dream come true.

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin ILed Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I

Another milestone in fusing old blues riffs with heavy drums and ragged guitar riffs with shrieking vocals. This Led Zeppelin is still rocking the world 45 years later.

Jeff Beck TruthJeff Beck, Truth

The “tricky-ness of Jeff Beck’s playing still astounds everyone. Had this band stayed together, Led Zeppelin might not have happened so big.

The Velvet Touch of Lenny BreauLenny Breau, The Velvet Touch Of Lenny Breau Live!

My teenage friend and guitar mentor finally got “discovered” by Chet who took him to Nashville and recorded this album. I defy anyone to play this album note for note! But if you can, good for you and you should be very famous.

The Beach Boys I Get AroundThe Beach Boys, I Get Around

For every UK Beatles LP, the USA response was the Beach Boys. Brian Wilson put a rock beat behind Four Freshman harmonies; Mike Love wrote lyrics about sun, surf, cars and girls; and America was on the rock and roll map through the whole UK Invasion. GM

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