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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #50 on: October 14, 2009, 08:54:17 pm »
Gimme Shelter on Gimme Shelter ,still sends shivers down my spine

Gimme Shelter: on Let it Bleed

+1 to that elsewise though

Gimme Shelter: on Some Girls Wander By Mistake

+1 to that otherwise though ;)

Martin

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #51 on: October 14, 2009, 08:55:31 pm »
Carmina Burana is better on CD though

Except the version I have has been mixed with the brass too loud and lacks ambience  >:(. Dynamics OK though so I s'pose the producer got something right :-\.

The only problem I have with Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi being the opening piece of Carmina Burana is that it makes the rest of it a bit of an anti-climax by comparison; whereas the whole work starts simply and moves to a fantastic climax; if you don't believe me try it from, say, In Trutina or even In Taberna onwards.

RJ

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #52 on: October 14, 2009, 09:01:43 pm »
(in no particular order)

Canadee-i-o - Penguin Eggs (Nic Jones)

Debaser - Doolittle (Pixies)

Romeo had Juliette - New York (Lou Reed)

Know Your Rights - Combat Rock (The Clash)

Block Rockin' Beats - Dig Your Own Hole (Chemical Brothers)

Tangled Up in Blue - Blood On the Tracks (Bob Dylan)

Novocaine for the Soul - Beautiful Freak (Eels)

Blue - Tomorrow the Green Grass (Jayhawks)

Requiem - Killing Joke (Killing Joke)

Flying_Monkey

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #53 on: October 14, 2009, 09:14:56 pm »
(in no particular order)

Canadee-i-o - Penguin Eggs (Nic Jones)

Debaser - Doolittle (Pixies)

Romeo had Juliette - New York (Lou Reed)

Know Your Rights - Combat Rock (The Clash)

Block Rockin' Beats - Dig Your Own Hole (Chemical Brothers)

Tangled Up in Blue - Blood On the Tracks (Bob Dylan)

Novocaine for the Soul - Beautiful Freak (Eels)

Blue - Tomorrow the Green Grass (Jayhawks)

Requiem - Killing Joke (Killing Joke)

An excellent selection....

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #54 on: October 14, 2009, 09:42:19 pm »
Race for the Prize by The Flaming Lips.

+ a million :)

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #55 on: October 14, 2009, 09:42:58 pm »
Also:

Janie Jones - The Clash by The Clash (I cannot believe no-one's mentioned this)
Waiting Room - 13 Songs by Fugazi
Ether - Entertainment! by Gang of Four
Right Here - Tallulah by The Go-Betweens
The Light At the End of The Tunnel is the Light of An Oncoming Train - Cammel Laird Social CLub by Half Man Half Biscuit
Yes - The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers


Pingu

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #56 on: October 14, 2009, 09:48:37 pm »
A great start to one of my favourite albums - Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, Track 1: Tangled Up In Blue.

+1  :thumbsup:

Pingu

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #57 on: October 14, 2009, 09:50:14 pm »
Airbag - OK Computer, Radiohead

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #58 on: October 14, 2009, 09:58:44 pm »
Smells like Teen Spirit - Nevermind (Nirvana)


Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #59 on: October 14, 2009, 10:18:50 pm »
"The Headmaster Ritual" - Meat Is Murder (The Smiths)

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Never tell me the odds.

Jaded

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #60 on: October 14, 2009, 10:21:31 pm »
One of these days. Meddle. Pink Floyd.   If it has been on already, hooray.

Killer. H to He. Van der graaf. Unmissable

Astral Weeks. Astral Weeks. Van the man

Got to go back. No Guru, No Method, No teacher. Van the Man

Kingdom Hall. Wavelength. Van the man

Smack my bitch up. The fat of the land. Prodigy

Dark & long. dubnobasswithmyhead. Underworld

If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #61 on: October 14, 2009, 10:36:09 pm »
Looks like a few of my favourite openers have already been mentioned, so here's couple for the unabashed rockers: :demon:

How Far Jerusalem - On A Storyteller's Night (Magnum)
Still Of The Night - Whitesnake/1987 (Whitesnake)
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Pingu

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #62 on: October 14, 2009, 10:42:08 pm »
Lovely Head - Felt Mountain, Goldfrapp

StuAff

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #63 on: October 14, 2009, 11:04:33 pm »
Quite a few of my faves already mentioned, plus...
Enter Sandman, Metallica, Metallica (aka the Black Album)
Head Like A Hole, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine
From Out of Nowhere, Faith No More, The Real Thing
Feel Good Hit of the Summer, Q.O.T.S.A., Rated R
N.W.O., Ministry, Psalm 69.......

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #64 on: October 14, 2009, 11:20:10 pm »
I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses

Forgot this.
We have a winner  :thumbsup:

Until I think of something else  :-\




Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #65 on: October 14, 2009, 11:21:52 pm »
Lots of rock/pop ones:

"Kuff Dam" from Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile White Out
"

Forgot that too.
And Kuff Dam backwards is ?


tonycollinet

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #66 on: October 14, 2009, 11:43:09 pm »
Telegraph road - Love over Gold, Dire Strats. "all the twiddly bits"
Bat out of hell - Bat out of hell - meatloaf
Take a Bow - Black Holes and Revelations - Muse
Don't leave me this way - Communards - Communards
The Riverboat Song - Moseley Shoals - Ocean Colour Scene
Sunburn - Showbiz - Muse
Uprising - The Resistance - Muse
Sunday Bloody Sunday - War - U2


And I am now listening to "Shine on you crazy diamond" Most excellent.



citoyen

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #67 on: October 15, 2009, 12:27:41 am »
Gimme Shelter: on Let it Bleed

Yeah, the Stones were pretty good at opening tracks...

Sticky Fingers? Brown Sugar.
Exile On Main Street? Rocks Off.
Beggars Banquet? Sympathy For The Devil.

Let It Bleed also has one of the great closing tracks too - You Can't Always Get What You Want. Shame about some of the stuff in between.

d.

citoyen

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #68 on: October 15, 2009, 12:28:46 am »
"The Headmaster Ritual" - Meat Is Murder (The Smiths)

"Belligerent ghouls run Manchester schools..."

Lyrically, the best opening line to an album, definitely.

d.

citoyen

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #69 on: October 15, 2009, 12:29:49 am »
Janie Jones - The Clash by The Clash (I cannot believe no-one's mentioned this)

Now you mention it, I can't believe it either.

d.

Tourist Tony

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #70 on: October 15, 2009, 01:43:01 am »
Mahler, number 1
Sibelius, number 3
Beethoven, 5 or 9

Hawkwind, Assault and Battery off Warrior OtEoT

tiermat

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #71 on: October 15, 2009, 07:53:33 am »
Some of My Favourites:

Big Calm - Morcheeba (from Big Calm), sets the whole tone for the album
Brave Captain - fireHose (from Ragin Full On)
Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine (from Lungs, one of my new favourites)
Razor - Foo Fighters (In Your Honour disc 2)
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bikenerd

Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #72 on: October 15, 2009, 07:57:15 am »
Smells like Teen Spirit - Nevermind (Nirvana)

Good, but I prefer Serve the Servants from "In Utereo".

"Teenage angst has paid off well, now I'm bored and old".

CommuteTooFar

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #73 on: October 15, 2009, 09:47:31 am »
I suspect it to be

Bortkiewicz Piano Concerto No 1 B Flat Major
On late 1950s LP

The case for
2nd Rate composer
2nd Rate conductor [William Strickland]
2nd Rate Pianist [Marjoie Mitchell]
2nd Rate orchestra [NDR Symphony Orchestra]
On a cheap series of great classic lps.
One of the most sort after, overpriced classical recordings

The relatively recent hyperion cd is not quite such fun.

If you hear it you will think it is pastiche of every early hollywood romantic melodrama over the top soundtrack, but it was composed 1917. Brilliant.


clarion

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Re: Best album-opening track ever?
« Reply #74 on: October 15, 2009, 09:54:26 am »
...
Enter Sandman, Metallica, Metallica (aka the Black Album)
.......


That's an opening track?  Definitely up there on the list!

Telegraph road - Love over Gold, Dire Strats. "all the twiddly bits"
...
Don't leave me this way - Communards - Communards
The Riverboat Song - Moseley Shoals - Ocean Colour Scene
...
Sunday Bloody Sunday - War - U2

All excellent tracks, though I have come late to Riverboat Song, having 'redicovered' it on a compilation CD called 'Play It Loud'.  Wonderful.
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