Guitar legend Zak Wylde has named his top five favorite albums of all time and a new episode of AXS TV’s Stranded video series that challenge artists to choose just a handful of records they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island.
The first up from Wylde who released Doom Crew Inc. with Black Label Society earlier this year hosted four new ones Ozzy Osbourne songs and is now part of the new Pantera lineup, is quite a surprise. Or maybe it’s not a surprise at all, given the rocker’s penchant for joking.
Without any explanation, the first record he rattles off is an unspecified yacht rock greatest hits. Yes, it’s probably just fun with it! Who knows?
Wylde moves on and assumes a more serious tone and names Sabotagethe sixth album from the first Ozzy era of Black Sabbath.
“I love them all, but that’s how I feel today,” he says of the 1975 release, “it’s so funny because Ozz always considers the first few records up to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath the last classic Sabbath record and he doesn’t hang up Sabotage in there with that group of records. I always told him that I would put his vocal performance on that record up against any of his peers or anyone for that matter. His performance on that album is absolutely incredible.”
Next is 1974 Greatest hits edition from Elton Johnas Wylde says he has, “Nothing but good memories associated with it, when I was a kid listening to that album all the time.”
He even met the legend one night after he and his wife Barbaranne renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas. Among those present were Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, who are friends with Elton John, and they all went to see him play a residency show. “I had my Elton John book from when I was 8 years old – from 1975 – he actually signed the book that my parents got me,” Wylde recalls.
The fourth album on the list is Directthe 1978 record from Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. The Canadian group has drawn plenty of comparisons Jimi Hendrixanother major influence on Wylde, and of this record he says, “The memories I have with that album are just a captivating experience. To this day, it transports me back in time. It’s just timeless, great guitar playing . “
Ending the episode, Wylde rounds things off with Led Zeppelin‘s The song remains the samewho helped shape Wylde’s playing from an early age — “When I first started playing guitar, I listened to it all the time. Jimmy Page‘s guitar playing on there is just phenomenal. Just his guitar solos in ‘No Quarter’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – the extended solos he does are just mindblowing.”
Watch the full episode below.
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