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Old 12-04-13, 01:41 PM
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One of my fave opening tracks of recent years.

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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by CRM114
Let's just name the first song on every great album ever released.

My turn: "Accidents Will Happen", Armed Forces, Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Oh, wah, not everyone agreed with you.

Also, if we're going with Elvis Costello, how can we not mention "No Action" from This Year's Model?
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"Double Dare", BAUHAUS, In the Flat Field
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

To me there is some truth to the fact that any album I like a lot I will think has a great opening track. That's part of what makes it a great album. The few I mentioned though were ones with tracks that I think grab you right away, so there is no need to name the opening track of every album you like.
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by CRM114
Let's just name the first song on every great album ever released.
This is a good point. Almost every great album starts off with a killer track. It might be more interesting to list great albums that have lackluster first tracks. For example: "Siamese Dream". I'd argue the first two tracks on that album are the weakest two tracks on the album.
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by bunkaroo
To me there is some truth to the fact that any album I like a lot I will think has a great opening track. That's part of what makes it a great album. The few I mentioned though were ones with tracks that I think grab you right away, so there is no need to name the opening track of every album you like.
That's what I was talking about. You feel an energy that makes you feel like you are about to take a musical journey. I named "Aces High" and "Invaders" because in both cases they come charging at you and segueway nicely into a slower tempo song; 2 Minutes to Midnight and Children of the Damned. If the albums started with those tracks, or for example, 22 Acacia Avenue, it wouldn't have the same draw for me. Metal Health is a good example in my eyes too. From the opening drum beat you feel the impact. If the album opened with Cum on Feel the Noize, I don't think that is a good opening track. Another example is Seven Seas by TNT. I think that song is a great opening song and great track overall, but the rest of the album is pretty weak. So an album can have a great opening track without being a classic in itself. Maybe someone would be interested in another thread called "Great album closers" For sure, Diary of a Madman and Hallowed Be Thy Name are phenomenal to me. Oh yes, let me add Over the Mountain here also
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

In recent memory, Artificial Nocturne off Metric's Synthetica album comes to mind.
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"Everything In Its Right Place" - Radiohead, Kid A
"Death on Two Legs" - Queen, A Night at the Opera
"More Than a Feeling" - Boston, Boston
"Harm in Change" - Toro Y Moi, Anything in Return
"Don't Sing" - Prefab Sprout, Swoon
"Possession" - Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
"Head Like a Hole" - Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine
"Coyote" - Joni Mitchell, Hejira
"Long Hot Summer" - The Style Council, Introducing the Style Council
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by Apple Gooncha
Genesis -- Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (from Selling England by the Pound)
Yes -- Close to the Edge

Totally biased fanboy response(s):

King Crimson -- Pictures of a City
King Crimson -- Cirkus
King Crimson -- Neal and Jack and Me

I guess, for the fact that it introduced a completely different-sounding era of the band, that "Elephant Talk" could fit okay on this list, too. Oh, and of course:

Yeah 21st Century Schizoid Mad IS indeed one to the best opening tracks - ever. The bridge ALONE defies description with the interplay of Fripp's guitar over Giles Bros drumming and bass running. Still awesome to hear and enjoy. Thanks for posting it.

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21st Century Schizoid Man is completely mind blowing considering what else was going on musically at the time. Perhaps only Zappa was doing anything as challenging. I haven't thought much about it though.
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

The Stooges-1969, Down on the Street, Search and Destroy
Deep Purple-Speed King, Highway Star, Woman From Tokyo


There are so many. Actually I think the only major artist without a great lead off track is Bob Dylan. I think that was deliberate on his part though.

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London Calling.
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Originally Posted by arminius
Actually I think the only major artist without a great lead off track is Bob Dylan. I think that was deliberate on his part though.
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The Times They Are a-Changin'
All I Really Want to Do
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Like a Rolling Stone
Tangled Up in Blue
Hurricane
Love Sick
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Neon Knights
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I can't believe I haven't seen my all-time favorites here yet (maybe I missed them):

1.) Baba O' Riley from "Who's Next"

2.) Middle of the Road from The Pretenders "Learning To Crawl"
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2.) Middle of the Road from The Pretenders "Learning To Crawl"
Love, love, love that song.
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"Just Too Bloody Stupid" - Close Lobsters from "Foxheads Stalk This Land"
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by Hiro11
Love, love, love that song.
I second that emotion I loved the Pretenders first two, but they lost me when they did "Back on the Chain Gang" However, this song kicked some major ass!
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Khan - Space Shanty. For all you prog lovers, check it out if you don't know it.
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Oh, can't forget my favorite song from one of my favorite bands:

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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by CRM114
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The Times They Are a-Changin'
All I Really Want to Do
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Like a Rolling Stone
Tangled Up in Blue
Hurricane
Love Sick
Blowin' in the Wind
Jokerman
If Not for You
Changing of the Guards
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

Originally Posted by Ky-Fi
Oh, can't forget my favorite song from one of my favorite bands:
my favorite Bunnymen album
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Originally Posted by GuessWho
"Welcome to the Jungle" is like an invitation to the rest of the album and an introduction to Guns N Roses themselves.
This is the first thing I thought of, too.
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The Clash with "Safe European Home" off Give 'Em Enough Rope.
Excellent choice. A highly underrated album IMO.
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Re: Best song to open an album (cd)?

"Give Me Love" off of 'Living In The Material World'. Apologies if this was mentioned already. Also 'The Lovely Linda'? No? OK.

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