VAN HALEN And THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Top GIBSON Guitar Album Polls

According to The Pulse of Radio, both VAN HALEN and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND came out on top on Gibson.com's two "Top Guitar Album" lists. VAN HALEN's 1978 self-titled debut topped the editors' "Top 50 List", coming in ahead of the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE's 1967 debut "Are You Experienced", and 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV".

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND's groundbreaking 1971 live album "At Fillmore East" topped Gibson.com's "Top 25 Readers' List", edging ahead of DEREK AND THE DOMINOS' sole studio album, 1970's "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" — with third place going to LED ZEPPELIN's 1969 "Led Zeppelin II" collection.

Honorable mention goes to ZEPPELIN who each placed a total of four albums over the two lists with 1969's first and second albums, "Led Zeppelin IV", along with their 1975 studio double set, "Physical Graffitti".

Surprisingly, heavy metal/hard rock albums by the likes of OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA and STEVE VAI, stole the spotlight away from the "big three" — THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, and THE WHO — who were each only represented across the lists with two albums each: THE BEATLES' "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver", from 1965 and 1966; the STONES' 1971 "Sticky Fingers" and 1972 "Exile On Main Street" albums; and THE WHO's 1970 concert recording "Live At Leeds" and 1971 classic, "Who's Next".

Eddie Van Halen admits that he can't pick a favorite album or song from the band's nearly 35-year career. "Well, I tell ya — to me, they're all special," he says. "They're all a bit different, but I love 'em all. You know, they're all a piece of me, so they're all very special."

Gregg Allman believes that elongated and spontaneous jams — like those heard during the ALLMANS' legendary early shows — are the primary reason for keeping his stage chops fresh year-after-year. "There are certain jams that we are kind of known for, and those are really fun, 'cause you can just go and go and go and go forever, and come up with all this new good stuff," he says. "But when it's the same thing over and over and over and over, it's a drag. It really is. And so, I've gotten into jamming a lot more than I used to."

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