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“I gotta do Eddie, man! Jamie’s Cryin’, Runnin’ With The Devil, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love – what classic tunes. It’s one of those records where every second matters.
“From a guitar-playing standpoint, you could tell that something changed in the water the minute you heard it. Paul Yandell was kind of Chet Atkins’ right-hand guy – a brilliant guitarist in his own right – and he brought the record in and said, ‘You gotta listen to what this guy Eddie Van Halen is doing – it's awesome!’ I listened to it and flipped out. Chet loved it, too. That’s the funny thing about Chet: He listened to and appreciated everything. If it was good, he was a fan.
“It’s full-out stuff, man. Eddie is unbridled on this record. It’s as if he just can’t be contained. I’ve been a fan of his for years. He’s so inspirational and influential. He reminds me of Chet in that sense. Innovators create a buzz that excites you right away, but their impact lasts for years and years. Eddie came up with his own style and did it the way he heard it. I've got a lot of respect for him."