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Best Instrumental/wankery Albums

List of the best instrumental albums with an emphasis on technical skills rfor people who need their fix of wankery. I have pros and cons for each ralbum.rPlease add any albums in the comments that I am dreadfully missing
1Steve Hackett
Voyage of the Acolyte


(Mostly) instrumental classic prog rock. Yup, there's flutes. Pros: Good mix of beauty and wankery. Cons: Outdated production. Transitions within songs occasionally feel awkward and random.
2Animals As Leaders
The Joy of Motion


Instrumental jazz/djent. Should please you if you like fast playing and weird rhythms. Pros: Fun, good grooves, feels less mechanical than previous releases,. Cons: Djent elements dont feel like they fit in with the mood rest of the album- seem forced.
3Mahavishnu Orchestra
Birds of Fire


This album captures the spirit of fire. Wild, energetic, frantic, and intense. Any drummer who does alot double bass in odd times has Billy Cobham to thank-this is the guy who started it! The frantic energy of the guitar soloing in this album is impossible not to love. Pros: Extrememely soulful and virtuosic soloing and musicianship, energy, odd times, and violin. Cons: May lack enough melody for some. Production is also pretty dated. ps- also check out their album "The Inner Mounting Flame" if you get a chance!
4Jeff Beck
Wired


Old hard rock/fusion album. Definitely feels old, but is nonetheless stunning, and more importantly, jammin'. At times it feels like instrumental Pink Floyd with more intense musicianship-AKA good. Pros: Great soloing, intense drumming, get up-and-dance type grooviness. Cons: May sound too dated for some listeners. I urge everyone to give it a listen though!
5Ozric Tentacles
Waterfall Cities


I love the album cover. So proggy. This album is a mix of proggy odd times and soloing with dancey-spacey-psychadelic synths. There is also some reggae and world music vibes thrown in there. Enjoy! Pros: Psychadelic/trippy, great bassist, and Dat Album Art. Cons: May have too much dance/techno elements for some. Also kind of repetetive.
6Cloudkicker
Beacons


A sputnikmusic classic. Instrumental technical metal with aviation themes. Pros: Free. Also the concept of aviation and the song titles help this album have way more emotional impact than most instrumental albums. Cons: Some of the metal/djenty riffs on this album are kind of samey and blend in with eachother over the course of the album.
7Guthrie Govan
Erotic Cakes


Great album by a world-class guitarist. It best described as instrumental rock/fusion with lots of soloing.The melodies and soloing on this are very catchy, and the band is very skilled. It is also not just dominated by the guitar which is unusual for a guitarist solo-release album. Pros: Catchiness, not dominated by guitar, amazing musicianship/soloing. Cons: -Song structure of melody, solos, melody can get a bit tiresome over full length of album. -Song in 5/4 is called "fives". I hate it when bands do that.
8 Allan Holdsworth Band
Secrets


Super awesome and experimental jazz fusion album that doesn't get enough love on this site. Probably the most out-there album on this list, it mixes jazz, ambient, and proggy influences. Also lots of uncountable odd times for people who are into that. Everyone should give this a listen-it sounds so modern it will boggle your mind that it was made in '89. Pros: Amazing musicians, unexpected guest vocals, ambience, jazziness. Cons: Some listeners may find melodies/chord changes too dissonant.
9Exivious
Liminal


Instrumental Metal/Jazz Fusion album with lots of odd times and unusual chord changes. This album stands a head and shoulders most other instrumental metal albums released nowadays due to more significant jazz influences (dat bass!!!), and a greater understanding of tensions, buildups, and just plain good songwriting.
10Plini
Sweet Nothings


More guitar music with programmed drums. But damn beautiful guitar music at that. Rarely can an artist make instrumental wankery feel so meaningful. Pros: Uplifting/happy vibes and beauty. Cons: programmed drums Pros/potentially cons: Short length, kind of sounds like wii sports at times
11Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key of Life


Ok so this one is only just the song "Contusion". But that song is so out-of-place and proggy/wankey its hilarious. Seriously, check it out. Pros: This is Stevie Wonder? Cons: Only one song, although the rest of the album is pretty good.
12 Scale the Summit
The Collective.


Pretty proggy. Pretty wankey. Fairly metal. Awesome album. Pros: Good mix of clean, chill parts with heavy, post-metaly parts. Cons: Compared to some of these other albums, musicianship is not as good.
13Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells


Yes. This album does have tubular bells in it. Along with about 20 other instruments. Instrumental prog rock with classical and folk influences. It contains the theme for "The Exorcist" Pros: Pretty melodies, lots different instruments. Cons: almost no drums/percussion, is all one long song.
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