This one is quite hard to decide, as there are many great instrumental songs and albums out there. However, I have decided to limit myself to just one song and one album, so here goes.
For the song, I have chosen a nearly 15 minute long song by John Butler Trio called “Foundation”, from his album Three. John Butler (his trio has changed many times since he first entered the music scene, as has his musical style) is an extremely talented Australian guitarist and songwriter. His last few albums have all been huge successes in Australia, with several radio hits and large tours, including touring overseas too. However, his first couple of albums were much more serious, less radio-friendly, with many long drawn out songs which were instead focused on intricate guitar playing.
This mesmerising piece comes from that part of his career – when you listen to it, make sure you listen to the whole song, as the last couple of minutes (from around the 12 minute mark) are the most impressive, but you have to let it build up to that to really appreciate it.
For the album, I have gone with a much newer album – Santana’s latest, Shape Shifter. I only bought this album a couple of weeks ago but have been blown away by just how good it is, and how relaxing it is to listen to. It isn’t entirely instrumental, but the songs that do contain vocals contain only a minimal amount of singing. Many of the songs on this album are songs that he has been working on for up to twenty years, and you can feel that when you listen to this – it’s almost like a return to form for the great guitarist.
The clip is a live video taken a few years ago of the album’s title track, and shows that the songs from this album transfer to the stage just as well (and did so before the release of the album):
What are your favourite instrumental songs and albums?