Too much Christmas? AUDIOJUNKIE investigates

A star-studded Christmas guitar album guaranteed to titillate the ears of guitar enthusiasts, “Merry Axemass – A Guitar Christmas” adeptly mixes carols with out-of-the-box, awe-inspiring instrumental stylings from some of the biggest guitarists of the past two decades. Celebrating the album’s 25th anniversary, well-loved names in the guitar world such as Neal Schon of Journey, Joe Satriani, and Zakk Wyle come together to give a new spin on classic Christmas tunes, serving as a delightful reminder of the exceptional talent that is Jeff Beck.

According to the article published by Manila Bulletin, the album, released in 1997, brings a new twist to traditional carols with each guitarist showcasing their own unique styles. Kenny Wayne Shepherd gives “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” a blues rock edge, while Eric Johnson decorates “The First Noel” with his signature inverted chord voicings. The late great Jeff Beck surprises with a stunning instrumental rendition of “Amazing Grace,” adding to the album’s list of musical gems.

Other notable contributors such as Steve Vai, Brian Setzer, and Richie Sambora bring their own flavor to the mix, making “Merry Axemass – A Guitar Christmas” a must-listen for enthusiasts of guitar playing.

As an early Christmas present for guitar aficionados, the album serves as a reminder that excess is relative, and what better way to indulge than with the gift of beautifully arranged Christmas tunes expertly interpreted by guitar legends.

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