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Shek
23 May 10,, 13:54
I'm guess I'm stuck on musically themed threads, but what are your favorite instrumental (or mostly instrumental) songs?

My two nominations include John Mellencamp's "I Need a Lover"

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and Traffic's "Glad"

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tankie
23 May 10,, 14:02
Dire straits , sultans of swing , the final countdown ,and parisian walkways ,loved the guitar work

bigross86
23 May 10,, 14:09
What can I say, I love the guitar...

Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover

5:58 is where it really starts getting interesting.
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Joe Satriani - Midnight (Live G3)

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tankie
23 May 10,, 14:54
Right boyz n girlz , google this guy , he is a long standing mate of mine from the north east of England , listen to some sample music and maybe buy a c/d , he is awesome , how he,s not a millionaire i dont know ,i used to watch him every chance i got , his name is

Graham Russell , premier solo guitarist

S2
23 May 10,, 16:11
Allman Bros. from EAT A PEACH or Live at the Fillmore East

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A little more than 34 minutes of rock nirvana to my ears. I'd very much like to be buried with a copy of EAT A PEACH or LIVE AT FILLMORE EAST (with Mountain Jam included).

S2
23 May 10,, 16:27
The Who performing Sparks at the Tanglewood in Boston, July 1970. IMV, the absolute peak of their live performing power. The drumming display provided by Keith Moon is one of the two best I've seen. In particular, him and the rest of the band just LAUNCH at the 2:37 mark into the most ferocious rock I've ever seen on film. True sonic artillery-

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Followed by THE OTHER drum performance from this epic instrumental that awoke an entire nation to Santana-

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Both instrumentals. Both compelling pieces of music reliant upon improvisational skill and inspirational artistry...:cool::biggrin:

bigross86
23 May 10,, 17:05
As long as we're doing Allman Brothers:

Allman Brothers - Jessica

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S2
23 May 10,, 17:26
They've got six instrumentals that stand out for me-Mountain Jam, Jessica, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, Les Brers In A Minor, High Falls and the acoustic gem, Little Martha. Three done without Duane. Four written by Betts.

All superb.

bigross86
23 May 10,, 17:45
Time to get psychedelic:

Electric Light Orchestra - In the Hall of The Mountain King

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There's another version they do with Great Balls of Fire added on, but it's not an instrumental then, is it?

Tarek Morgen
23 May 10,, 19:40
Pachelbel, Canon in D

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highsea
23 May 10,, 23:15
A couple to mind;

Stevie Ray Vaugh- Riviera Paradise
Santana- Europa
Pink Floyd- Any Colour You Like

Blue
24 May 10,, 02:47
Though I find there a definitive line btwn intrumental and mostly instrumental, I'll post the actual instrumental which I have hundreds of favs, so I'll limit my selections to the last century.:))

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Got to see F&T live when I was a kid in '72 or '73. Memorial Hall in Joplin, that was a very big deal for such a small town. Tornado hit Joplin right in the middle of the concert and everyone took cover. It passed and on with the show!

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F&T also played this one at thier concert, couldn't find them doing it on youtube.

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Discovered these guys awhile back. Totally rockin speed metal instrumental! My wife loves them, has two albums.

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Though a late 1800's composition by Russian genius Modest Musorgsky, I include the re-incarnation in my 1900s list because it was just a great service to the original piece.

Here it is as presented in the movie Saturday Night Fever.....

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Here is the original....

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Blue
24 May 10,, 03:13
As much as I LOVE ELO, thier hall of the mountain king didn't compare to Apocalypta. When you can headbang with three celos in the lead to a crowd THAT size, You friggin rock brutha!!

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Here is another concert version(no embedding allowed)

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Genosaurer
24 May 10,, 03:14
Hard to narrow it down to just a few!

Fire On High (Electric Light Orchestra)

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Peaches En Regalia (Frank Zappa)

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One Of These Days (Pink Floyd)

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Blue
24 May 10,, 03:16
I guess if you make it an instrumental it is?

I can't friggin believe that these youngsters are rocking to three guys with cellos!!! I could have a blast at that concert!!

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Blue
24 May 10,, 03:18
Hard to narrow it down to just a few!
I know! I couldn't do it.:redface::))

Blue
24 May 10,, 03:34
Essential rock instrumentals....

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And the OG, Chet Atkins....

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Blue
24 May 10,, 03:48
Two songs top my favorite instrumental list. The Orange blossom special and Foggy mountain breakdown. Here is some of the variations.

First from the king of modern electric guitar.

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Second, from the king of country fiddle..

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And from the last surviving king of bluegrass..

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S2
24 May 10,, 03:52
Spare Chynge from After Bathing At Baxter's

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and Bombay Calling from It's A Beautiful Day's debut album, a riff stolen by Deep Purple and turned into Child Of Time-

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Gun Grape
24 May 10,, 04:52
Sniper already hit on Frankenstein.

Here are a few more of my faves.

All along the watchtower by the Man

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And a little Tull

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TopHatter
24 May 10,, 04:58
Pachelbel, Canon in D

Insanely wonderful piece of music. I never tire of listen to all the various versions of it out there.

Blue
24 May 10,, 05:25
Made more famous by the movie Pulp Fiction, already a fave of mine...

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JAD_333
24 May 10,, 06:20
Wow, some great stuff, guys.

Didn't leave much to add. Here's a couple you might like.

Theme from the movie "Deliverance" and two versions of Santana's "Samba Pa Ti"


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In this version Ottmar Liebert's starts off on classical guitar...Sanata slips in later on electric.

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S2
24 May 10,, 06:50
One of their rare instrumentals, the quirky FLYING from Magical Mystery Tour-

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S2
24 May 10,, 06:55
Three beautiful instrumentals-the first, Earl Gray, is from KILN HOUSE-

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and the equally sublime Sunny Side Of Heaven, from BARE TREES-

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Finally, Albatross-

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S2
24 May 10,, 07:02
From their second album, Pilgrimage, WISHBONE ASH-

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Performed live many, many years later...:cool:

S2
24 May 10,, 07:11
The Woodstock concert ended on this introspective and moody muse by Hendrix. The band wasn't yet comfortable with the chord changes and you can see Hendrix showing his chords to Billy Cox, the bassist, that he might better follow along-

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JAD_333
24 May 10,, 07:28
Insanely wonderful piece of music. I never tire of listen to all the various versions of it out there.

Speaking of hits from the 18th century. This one was featured in the movie Master and Commander. A movement from Concerto Nocturno de Madrid by Boccherini. A good rousing piece that sounds as good today as it must have 200 years ago. It's been slightly modernized for the movie.

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cr9527
24 May 10,, 07:32
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JAD_333
24 May 10,, 07:32
The Woodstock concert ended on this introspective and moody muse by Hendrix. The band wasn't yet comfortable with the chord changes and you can see Hendrix showing his chords to Billy Cox, the bassist, that he might better follow along-

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That might have been hard for Cox seeing as how Hendrix played the guitar upside down. By the way, I was looking for Hendrix' Woodstock version of the Star Spangled Banner...was a bit of a protest back then, but sounds haunting and full of life when you hear it now.

S2
24 May 10,, 07:40
"I was looking for Hendrix' Woodstock version of the Star Spangled Banner...was a bit of a protest back then, but sounds haunting and full of life when you hear it now"

Indeed. A lot of noise surrounded his version back in the day. Blaspheme as I recall.

It's subsequently emerged standing on its own merits. God knows with some of the abortions seen performed at sporting events through the years there was no real reason to pan Jimi's iconoclastic vision of late-sixties America as communicated through his fret-board.

It was grooviness and violence all wrapped in one...:cool:

S2
24 May 10,, 07:42
Jorma Kaukonen's guitar brought us this 1967 gem from Surrealistic Pillow-

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and a long-favored instrumental from Hot Tuna's BURGERS, Water Song-

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Southie
24 May 10,, 14:02
One of my all time favorite instrumentals is Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. It's eerie sounding but very beautiful!

ArmchairGeneral
25 May 10,, 03:18
Speaking of hits from the 18th century. This one was featured in the movie Master and Commander. A movement from Concerto Nocturno de Madrid by Boccherini. A good rousing piece that sounds as good today as it must have 200 years ago. It's been slightly modernized for the movie.

Sweet, I've been meaning to find out what that piece was ever since I saw the movie.

ArmchairGeneral
25 May 10,, 03:22
Also, Frankenstein, Jessica, and Cliffs of Dover seconded. Personally I'm limiting myself to rock/popular music- if I try to list the best instrumentals in classical, jazz, bluegrass, etc...head hurts.

TopHatter
25 May 10,, 04:06
Speaking of hits from the 18th century. This one was featured in the movie Master and Commander. A movement from Concerto Nocturno de Madrid by Boccherini. A good rousing piece that sounds as good today as it must have 200 years ago. It's been slightly modernized for the movie.

I listen to that piece entirely too often for my own good...especially while driving :redface:

TopHatter
25 May 10,, 04:15
I'm going to put forward the last (nearly) 4 minutes of the original "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos.



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YellowFever
25 May 10,, 07:37
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bigross86
25 May 10,, 12:08
I always thought it was the Satch that did that version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".

Bigfella
25 May 10,, 12:39
A couple od Aussie classics.

Bombora was originally recorded by Australian group the Atlantics in 1963. The group has aged a bit since then. The title is an Aboriginal word describing a type of surf.

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Wedding cake island is another fave of mine by a favourite band - Midnight Oil. It betrays some of their own surfie influences.

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Bigfella
25 May 10,, 12:54
We've had a few Allmans Bros. tracks, here is the last thing Duane ever recorded.

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S-2 stole my all time favourite instrumental - Santana's 'Soul Sacrifice' - so here is another beautiful one, written for his son Salvador.

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and something spiritual from the late great Roy Buchanan (it takes a few minutes to get warmed up, but the wait is worthwhile).

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Bigfella
25 May 10,, 13:12
Jeff beck and friends (check out the personnel on this puppy - talk about your supergroups).

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another great performance from woodstock - not quite instrumental, but not many words either:

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and one more. In this case I would argue that the lyrics are more music than lyric - they just work in perfectly with the horns & bass.

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and since someone mentioned the great satch (thanks BR), one of many classics from his best period.

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bigross86
25 May 10,, 13:44
The Satch is definitely one of my all time favorite guitarists.

From back in the day, when GNR knew how to do things properly. This song is definitely one of their best, and the guitar solo came in number 6 on Guitar World's top 100 solos of the 20th century.

Guns and Roses - November Rain

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JAD_333
25 May 10,, 15:43
Somehow we've overlooked one of the best guitarists around, Leo Kottke. He started out, as I've been told, as a studio backup guitarist laying down tracks for recording artists. He's known for his distinctive 12-string guitar picking style and complete mastery of the guitar.

Here he is in his younger days.

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Now a medley, June Bug Train and The Gate. He eventually had to modify his fingerpicking technique because it was too damaging to his hand. That came much later in his career. Here he is old style.

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Stitch
25 May 10,, 17:51
I'm a little more mainstream than you guys; I'm gonna nominate "For The Love Of God" by Steve Vai:

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Dreadnought
25 May 10,, 18:38
I'm guess I'm stuck on musically themed threads, but what are your favorite instrumental (or mostly instrumental) songs?


*IMO, You would need to define what era. Yes many rock bands, Mellencamp, Allman Bros. Clapton, Satriani, Hendrix etc were some awesome instrumentals but not one of them could compare with the likes of say Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey or others in the days of the Big Band Era. I'm pretty sure that any man or women here on the WAB that grew up in a military veteran household or civilian of the era knows exactly what Im talking about. And any soldier that ever attended a dance would as well.;)

bigross86
25 May 10,, 18:47
Funny, we never had official dances when I was in the IDF... Then again, if you'd have seen some of the ladies we had in our HQ unit, maybe that wasn't such a bad thing...

Dreadnought
25 May 10,, 19:06
Funny, we never had official dances when I was in the IDF... Then again, if you'd have seen some of the ladies we had in our HQ unit, maybe that wasn't such a bad thing...

Ive encountered quite a few Israeli women, cant say I have seen a bad looking one yet, especially here in the America's on summer/work visa.:))

bigross86
25 May 10,, 19:15
You've only seen a select few. I'll admit, we do have more than our fair share of pretty ladies, but there are some pretty fugly ones too. The problem is, most of the pretty ones go to the Air Force and Intelligence. We in the Armored Corps were lucky to get one or two pretty ladies in a group of a dozen or more

Blue
25 May 10,, 21:32
I'm a little more mainstream than you guys; I'm gonna nominate "For The Love Of God" by Steve Vai:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDZuNM3HmU4

With you there!! I think anything Steve Vai qualifies. I'm definitely a fan of his. Little known fact, he played both of the guitar parts at the end of the movie Crossroads.

One of the best guitar guys IMO.

bigross86
25 May 10,, 22:22
And guess who taught him? The almighty Satch

Bigfella
26 May 10,, 05:50
I'm a little more mainstream than you guys; I'm gonna nominate "For The Love Of God" by Steve Vai:

mDZuNM3HmU4

Great track.

(you might want to check out how to embed youtube vids - there is a thread on it somewhere. It is easy once you get the hang of it:) )

Stitch
26 May 10,, 06:46
Great track.

(you might want to check out how to embed youtube vids - there is a thread on it somewhere. It is easy once you get the hang of it:) )

Thanks. I "embedded" it at work (or didn't embed it, depending on how you look at it!) where I don't technically have access to Youtube, so it was a "blind" post; I guess it didn't turn out so well!

Albany Rifles
26 May 10,, 19:56
Of course I am not able to do the embedding or anything as sophisitcated as that but:

Hell On The Wabash by any respectable Fife and Drum Corps

Highland Laddie by any respectable Pipe and Drum Band

Soldiers Joy by Mark O'Connor from the soundtrack of Liberty

In the mostly category FREEBIRD!!!!!!