This year marks the 30th anniversary of Andy Summers’ solo recording career, and to commemorate the occasion, I’ve come up with what I feel are the guitarist’s definitive musical highlights of the last three decades.
Think of the following as a three-CD, 30-track best-of retrospective, which can be divided into three self-contained 10-track collections.
Disc One: Shining Sea (Shimmering Soundscapes)
Guide * Forgotten Steps * Image and Likeness * XYZ * Red Balloon * Mysterious Barricades * Shining Sea * Imagine You * Journey through Blue Regions * Help from Jupiter
Disc Two: The Somnambulist (Soft Fusion)
Hold Me * Luna * The Golden Wire * Passion of the Shadow * Bacchante * Low Flying Doves * The Somnambulist * Now I’m Free * Harmonograph * If Anything
Disc Three: Ruffled Feathers (Hard Fusion)
Nowhere * Earthly Pleasures * Mexico 1920 * Ruffled Feathers * Meshes of the Afternoon * Shuffle Boil * Tonight at Noon * Above the World * Metal Dog * Elephant Bird
Of these, my absolute Top Ten for a single-CD best-of collection is as follows:
Best of 1987-2017
XYZ * Shining Sea * The Golden Wire * Mexico 1920 * Bacchante * Meshes of the Afternoon * The Somnambulist * Tonight at Noon * Now I'm Free * If Anything