RANDY HOLDEN

Hard Rock / Heavy Psych • United States
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Randy Holden might be the Great Lost Guitar Hero of the 1960's. As the string-bender for the Fender IV, the Sons of Adam, the Other Half, (briefly) Blue Cheer, and then as a soloist on the rare Population II album, he navigated the course of California 1960's guitar rock, from surf music and garage-psychedelia to hard rock and near-heavy metal. Whatever the context, you could always count on sustain-laden leads more ferocious than those by almost anyone else in the business. It is that sustain, more than anything else, that makes him something of an American counterpart to Jeff Beck; like Beck, Holden also helped pioneer feedback and other kinds of electric guitar distortion. Holden also liked, and still likes, to play loud. No even a couple of stacks of amplifiers could do the trick for him in the late 1960's; he was looking for something that, quite possibly, was read more...
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RANDY HOLDEN Population II album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Population II
Heavy Psych 1970
RANDY HOLDEN Guitar God album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Guitar God
Hard Rock 1993
RANDY HOLDEN Raptor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raptor
Hard Rock 2007

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