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Vinnie Paul Abbott of Damageplan

Van Halen, Best of Both Worlds (Rhino, 2004)

I knew the classic stuff with David Lee Roth, but I wasn't familiar with all the stuff they did with Sammy Hagar. Like, "Dreams," I never realized what a great song that was. I love everything about it; it's just a really cool song, vintage Van Halen with Sammy singing, and the guitar work is incredible.

R & B singer Oleta Adams

Aretha Franklin, A Rose Is Still a Rose (Arista, 1998)

I love the fact that Aretha is still contemporary, that she can go with a lot of the new trends and still be Aretha. That is the sign of a wonderful, timeless artist. It doesn't matter what the flavor is; the feeling is still there. Her voice still sounds very youthful, but you know there's a mature woman singing.


Jazz-blues pianist Mose Allison

Nat King Cole, The Complete Early Transcriptions (Vintage Jazz Classics, 1941)

I was very affected by the first King Cole Trio in high school. Nat Cole was a great pianist, and the sound of the trio was unique, but he really had a completely unique singing style, too. He had a smooth, pleasant voice, but he also had great jazz phrasing. . . . He really swung.


Gregg Allman

Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Step (Epic, 1989)

“The House Is Rockin'” is a smoker. A long time ago, someone would say, "Stevie Ray Vaughan" and people would start shaking. I said, "I gotta see this," and sure enough, I saw him at some little club in Austin, and before the song was even over, there was no doubt in my mind the guy's dynamite.

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