Well, one obvious choice is of course "Friday Night in San Francisco", with Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, and Paco DeLucia.
One of my favorite LPs used to show off my system!
One of my favorite LPs used to show off my system!
Here are some random thoughts for acoustic music with acoustic guitar...
Almost anything by Martin Simpson. Favorites of mine include:
..Leaves of Life, Shanachie 97008(CD)
..When I was on Horseback, Shanachie 97016 (CD)
..Live, at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, Red House 106 (CD)
..Doc & Merle Watson's Guitar Album
..Alabama Blues, L&R Records
..Usin' Man Blues (slide guitar), Audioquest
Knoa, Opus 3 7801
..Second Contribution, A&M
Jesse Colin Young
..Soul of a City Boy, Capitol
..6 & 12 String Guitar, Takoma
Michael Newman (classical guitar)
..Guitar Pleasures, Sheffield
Alice Artz (classical guitar)
..Virtuoso Guitar Music, Hyperion
..English Guitar Music, Meridian
Norman Blake-Live at McCabe's
Doc & Merle Watson-Pickin' The Blues
Stefan Grossman-Yazoo Basin Boogie
Leo Kottke-One Guitar, No Vocals
Peter Lang-American Stock
Martin Taylor-Gold (Best Of)
The David Grisman Quintet(self-titled)
John Hammond-Got Love If You Want It & Wicked Grin
Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt-A Meeting By the River
Paco de Lucia-Plays Manuel de Falla & Entre Dos Aguas
Alexandre Lagoya & Ida Presti-Baroque Music for Two Guitars
Sergio and Odair Assad-Play Rameau, Scarlatti, & Bach
Benjamin Verdery and Rie Schmidt-Reverie
Paco De Lucia, "Entre Dos Anos" and Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine, "Twin House" both on LP. On CD I would recommend The Steve Greene Trio, "Acoustic Living" which features the sonds of the great acoustic, archtop guitars. Just two guitars and a bass, this was recorded on Neumann U87 and TLM-170 mikes. Thanks to the crew at Sennheiser for recommending this one!
Steve Hackett "Sketches of Satie" is pretty good. Classical acoustic guitar + flute though.
Hackett also has a DVD called Hungarian Horizons that features him playing acoustic guitar with some accompaniment in a live concert that I would recommend.
Chet Atkins put out lots of great acoustic guitar oriented stuff over the years. Check amazon for titles.
Also on a Genesis guitarist note, many of Anthony Phillips "Private Parts and Pieces" series is excellent as well. I've heard mostly vinyl of this series, but they mostly sound terrific. His work on the Genesis album "Trespass" always provides me goosebumps.
Great suggestions above...also listen to these artists...
Fingerstyle greats: Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Donohue, Mike Dowling, Pete Finger, Pete Huttlinger, Leo Kottke, Jack Williams, Rick Foster, John Knowles
Country/bluegrass: Bryan Sutton, Pat Flynn, Chet Atkins, Tony Rice, David Grier, Scott Nygaard
Blues/jazz: Jorma Kaukonen, Martin Taylor, Antonio Forcione, Acoustic Mania, Joe Pass, Paul Geremia, Earl Klugh, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Django Rheinhardt, Robben Ford
Classical: John Williams, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Sharon Isbin, any of the Romeros, Manuel Barrueco, Ricardo Iznaola, Narcisco Yepes
just for starters...have fun
Great suggestions so far. Since you don't suggest a specific style or genre, I'll just do as others do and ad a few names I have yet to read, but are worthy of the list (sorry if I missed them as I haven't read all the responses yet):
Rory Block, When a Woman Gets the Blues
Kelly Joe Phelps (a master - pick anything...I like "Shine-eyed Mr. Zen")
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live at Luther College
Joe Pass, "Way Out West" & "Virtuoso"
Chris Whitley, "Living with the Law"
Marc Ducret, "Detail"
Lots of good ideas here, but if your taste runs to pop and/or rock music, I might add:
Richard Thompson is my favorite acoustic guitar player in the pop/rock sphere, but most of his best records mix acoustic and electric guitar tracks. Beeswing and Vinvent Black Lightning are probably his best known acoustic tracks, but there are many, many more. The box set "Watching The Dark" is a treasure trove and much of it is nicely recorded.
Some of the Dick's Picks live Greatful Dead recordings feature wonderful playing and certainly have their following.
Lindsay Buckingham's last record was mostly acoustic and certainly worth hearing. Marshall Crenshaw's "Greatest Hits-Live Acoustic" is a wonderful record and "Neck and Neck" by Mark Knopler/Chet Atkins is great, too. Both David Lindley and Los Lobos have put out some wonderful acoustic guitar-centric recordings, but again, none of these are "pure" acoustic solo as oft cited above.
"Some of the Dick's Picks live Greatful Dead recordings feature wonderful playing and certainly have their following"
Good point. Garcia was a fine acoustic guitarist. Most re-mastered Dead CDs I've heard sound pretty good. "American Beauty" and "Ripple" specifically, is the classic place to start for someone new to the many acoustic ensemble works by the Dead.
Anything with Antonio Forcione, the "Hendrix of the acoustic guitar". My personal favorite is "Live!" (on the Naim Label: http://www.thenaimlabel.com/)
Something quite special: Wulfin Lieske, "What about this Mr. Tarrega?" (Tacet 65) on which Lieske plays 7 historical guitars made between 1856 and 1958.
Very good stuff also on Stockfisch Records, master engineer Guenter Pauler being an acoustic guitar aficionado himself (check the samples on http://www.stockfisch-records.de/stckff/sf_stockfisch_e.html )
From the great master of classical guitar "Segovia: The Great Master".
In the early 70's I was privileged to attend a once in a lifetime concert. Andre Segovia played for almost two hours in a small recital room to an audience of teachers, students and affinados. It was truly a wonderful concert.
The tracks on this album have been remastered from various studio dates and have very good sound quality. Also the album has an overall acoustic feel of a live recording. Listening to this album is not the same as being at that concert but it comes close.