the Buzz for October 27th, 2010


Santana featuring Chris Daughtry — “Photograph”
(from Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time) — Photograph

I was never a Def Leppard fan back in the day — pop fans in the late ’80s were pretty uniformly divided into two categories: George Michael acolytes and hair-metalheads (and I bet you can tell from regularly reading this blog which camp I fell headlong into) — and even though I’ll grudgingly admit that, for what they were, these guys wrote some pretty decent tunes, I don’t think you’ll find five people who would willingly call their guilty pleasure smash “Photograph” one of the great guitar classics of all time. (Certainly not on a par with Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” or Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” at any rate!) Nonetheless, Daughtry gamely steps in for Leppard’s leader Joe Elliott and, lushly enveloped by Santana’s typically deft strumming, owns this one from the opening note.