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After listening to Funeral For a Friend (been a while since I'd heard it), I got to thinking how great these classic tunes really are...but that they'd be much less were it not for the instrumentals.

My votes go to:

1. Funeral for a Friend (prelude to Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John)
2. Foreplay (prelude to Long Time - Boston)
3. Won't Get Fooled Again (prelude and ending - The Who)
4. Voice Box thingy on "Do you Feel Like I Do?" (Peter Frampton)
5. Guitar Interlude in "Holiday" (Scorpions)

Brain is locking... I know there are some rock bands that used to do massive instrumental intros to start their concerts back in the 80's (thinking Pink Floyd, among others) but I can't remember what they're called, if anything.

What do you guys think? Any others I'm missing? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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post #2 of 46
How about:

1. Organ intro to the Doors' 'Light My Fire'

2. College favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' end of song jam.

3. The Eagles 'Hotel California'

4. The ending of Chicago's '25 or 6 to 4'

5. Organ intro of Procul Harums' 'Whiter Shade of Pale'

6. The intro to KC and the Sunshine Bands' 'Get Down Tonight'

Thats all I can come up with right now....................
post #3 of 46
I love the intro to 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns N' Roses.

I go into air guitar mode whenever I hear it.

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post #4 of 46
Layla- thing at the end all peaceful with the piano after the blaring guitar and belting at the beginning

Ina Gadda da vidda- Iron Butterfly- Drum solo in the middle.
post #5 of 46
- Fittier, Happier, the piece that separates the two parts of OK Computer. (you can't go wrong with Fred / SimpleText. )

- the very end of I Know, the last track on Fiona Apple's "When the Pawn...". I love the way it finishes off the whole album.

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post #6 of 46
Here are some of my favorites:

- The beginning of U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name"

- The opening synthesizer riff of Van Halen's "Jump"

- The opening piano riff of Van Halen's "Love Comes Walking In"

- The first minute or so instrumental of Depeche Mode's "Behind The Wheel"

- The beginning of U2's "Pride (In The Name of Love)"
post #7 of 46
1. Won't Get Fooled Again (prelude, middle and ending - The Who

2. Castles Made of Sand (beginning and ending guitar) - Jimi Hendrix

3. Lust for Life (killer intro) - Iggy Pop

4. Lobotomy (beginning and ending) - Ramones

5. Walk on the Wild Side (unforgettable intro) - Lou Reed
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post #8 of 46
This is a great thread, I have wanted to know who did Whiter Shade of Pale for like a year and no one I know had any idea ...

Anyway ... I will submit both the original and shortened [still around 10 minutes] versions of Edge of Darkness, Clapton, with a massive orchestra.
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post #9 of 46
ok, i'm on a floyd kick, so here goes

comfortably numb - last two minutes

on the turning away - last two minutes again

sorrow - first minute and a half

coming back to life - first minute and a half

just a few that came to mind.
post #10 of 46
[quote]Originally posted by Bogie:
<strong>This is a great thread, I have wanted to know who did Whiter Shade of Pale for like a year and no one I know had any idea ...

Anyway ... I will submit both the original and shortened [still around 10 minutes] versions of Edge of Darkness, Clapton, with a massive orchestra.</strong><hr></blockquote>
edge of darkness is awesome.

I also nominate Your Time is Gonna Come- Led Zeppelin. organ at beginning
post #11 of 46
Lou Reed, Sweet Jane the live version on Rock N Roll Animal. Excellent guitar wank at the beginning of the song.
post #12 of 46
How about any unusual instrumentals? Here are my favorites:

4. Any Ian Anderson flute solo from classic Jethro Tull. [edit: suggest "Locomotive Breath"]

3. Any harmonica solo from Blues Traveler.

2. Xylophone on Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone".

and the most UNUSUAL of all:

1. The Vacuum solo on Phish's "I didn't know". :o

Any more non-standard instrumentals?

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post #13 of 46
the start to "Come on Eileen"
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post #14 of 46
Back in Black AC/DC Not my kind of band buy the could pound it out.

Start Me Up Rolling Stones (well almost anything they do starts off well)

Almost anything by the Who starts off well.

Anyone seeing a trend there?
post #15 of 46
Wild T & The Spirit - Mean Mama

(or Midnight Blue - same band)

Saw this guy live and he blew my mind. Wonder what the hell happened to them though.... 2 CDs and gone...
post #16 of 46
Ending to a song....the frantic squealing guitars of The Velvet Undergound's "Heroin" which segue into a quiet accustic come-down.
post #17 of 46
Greatest instrumental ending?

Sir Psycho Sexy - Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

No question

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post #18 of 46
[quote]Originally posted by JRC:
<strong>the start to "Come on Eileen"</strong><hr></blockquote>

Have you heard the Save Ferris cover of that?

Better than the original!

Especially if you like ska...
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post #19 of 46
Thread Starter 
Cool...and here I thought this thread was dead and burried.

I forgot to add the ending to Free Bird (good call), and also the intro to For Those About to Rock from AC/DC. [beavis]Yyyyes! Yyyyes! Rock, ROCK![/beavis]

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post #20 of 46
The intro to Jeremy by Pearl Jam defines an era of music for me. I think it's classic (at least it is now, since it's 10 years old. man, I'm getting old
post #21 of 46
how can anybody forget the first 4 of 6 minuts of Bohemian Rhapsody? Yeesh!

And yes, Come on Eileen is awesome... gets ya really psyched up.

An automatically recognized from the start is also Flash from Queen and, yet again from Queen, One Vision. Hmm, Queen has so many songs that start really well.
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post #22 of 46
The opening to Aerosmith's "Dream On."

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post #23 of 46
Joe Cocker's version of "With a little help from my friends"

Alice Cooper "Halo of Flies"
post #24 of 46
Joe Cocker's version of "With a little help from my friends"

Alice Cooper "Halo of Flies"
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post #26 of 46
[quote]Originally posted by torifile:
<strong>The intro to Jeremy by Pearl Jam defines an era of music for me. I think it's classic (at least it is now, since it's 10 years old. man, I'm getting old</strong><hr></blockquote>

sends chills through me every time I hear it

wow. can't believe its 10 year old :eek:
post #27 of 46
Aerosmiths "Walk This Way"
post #28 of 46
Some Fantastic Intros:

Zep - Stairway to Heaven
Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Cure - The Kiss (Intro to the album "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me")
post #29 of 46
Soft Machine - Moon In June (specifically, the one from Top Gear)

Features another blistering organ solo by Mike Ratledge.
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post #30 of 46
Britney Spears 'Ooops..... I did it again'

post #31 of 46
I forgot the BEST EVER INTRO!!!

Jimi Hendrix' "Rainy Day, Dream Away" (Intro to Disc 2 of Electric Ladyland)

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JH:Hey man, take a look out the window 'n' see what's happenin'
MM?:[totally stoned]Hey man, it's rainin'
It's rainin' outside man
JH:Aw, don't worry 'bout that
Everything's gonna be everything
We'll get into somethin' real nice you know
Sit back and groove on a rainy day
MM:Yeah
[Takes the biggest hit in the history of audio recording]
Yeah I see what you mean brother, lay back and groove.

Where's that stoner smiley?
post #32 of 46
The end of the Who's Baba O'Riley is kinda cool.
post #33 of 46
Either the feedback in The Birthday Party's Friend Catcher

or

the feedback in Gang Of FOurs Anthrax


exits:

Captain Beefheart's Candy Korn
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post #34 of 46
I'm torn for "... to a Rock song." Best overall, though, I can tell you for sure.

The harpsichord solo in the Allegro Movement of Bach's brandenburg concerto 5. Makes that solo from Eruption sound like a slow stroll through the park.
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[quote]Originally posted by pfflam:
<strong>Either the feedback in The Birthday Party's Friend Catcher

or

the feedback in Gang Of FOurs Anthrax


exits:

Captain Beefheart's Candy Korn</strong><hr></blockquote>
Don't know about Captain Beefheart, but wow! another Birthday Party fan! Cool.

Before Nick Cave went "mellow evil" he was hell on wheels.

That reminds me of another band I need to get on my iPod quick!
post #36 of 46
Let us not forget the intro to "Voodoo Chile" by the MASTER OF THE STRATOCASTER...long live Jimi!!
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[quote]Originally posted by Robertp:
<strong>Let us not forget the intro to "Voodoo Chile" by the MASTER OF THE STRATOCASTER...long live Jimi!!</strong><hr></blockquote>

Alas, my copy of Electric Ladyland won't play on my Mac. Time to get a new copy? What a waste. I thought CDs were supposed to be archival.
post #38 of 46
Beginning riff of "How Soon is Now?" by The Smiths.

Beginning of "Gimme Shelter" by the Stones.

Beginning riff of "Eighties" by Killing Joke.

Off the top of my head...
post #39 of 46
[quote]Originally posted by scottiB:
<strong>Beginning riff of "How Soon is Now?" by The Smiths.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I actually REALLY DIG the Snake River Conspracy version of How Soon is Now in the old iMac commercial. If you haven't heard it you must.

But there are far better Smiths intros than HSIN, such as the one I mentioned above, "Last Night I Dreamt...". What about the intro to "London" or the intro to "Ask"? Brill.
post #40 of 46
Tonton,

While I agree there are better Smiths opening riffs (Marr is a guitar hero of mine) HSIN's opening is so bloody distinctive and recognizable--like "Layla." That's why I chose it.

Personally, I prefer the opening riff of "This Charming Man."

I saw The Smiths 14 years ago--and Johnny Marr was tremendous. One of the best live shows I've seen.

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