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Was just listening to Sledgehammer and thought Peter Gabriel should have opened "So" with that song as a first track. I guess albums mattered back then and the opening track set the tone so was thinking of the great opening tracks.

 

You used to get the record (or cassette - or a bunch of them from the record club) and open it up and put it on and ....... that first track either got you or not. Remember Hells Bells! 

 

Pink Floyd (or maybe it was Roger Waters) seemed to understand the importance of an introduction (and a conclusion)  and I always loved the opening lines for Animals and DSOTM but in terms of songs I can think of tracks such as Is This It from The Strokes debut or The Concept from Teenage Fanclub.

 

I am sure there are plenty of others that made you sit up and take notice.....

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The list is endless but here's a few that spring to mind:

 

21st Century Schizoid Man - In The Court Of The Crimson King, by King Crimson

Speed King - In Rock, by Deep Purple

Roundabout - Fragile, by Yes

Roadhouse Blues - Morrison Hotel, by The Doors

Transylvania Boogie - Chunga's Revenge, by Frank Zappa

When The Spell Is Broken - Across a Crowded Room, by Richard Thompson

Sunny Came Home - A Few Small Repairs, by Shawn Colvin

A Hard Day's Night - A Hard Day's Night, by The Beatles

Babooshka - Never Forever, by Kate Bush

Hotel Hobbies - Clutching at Straws, by Marillion

Aqualung - Aqualung, by Jethro Tull

Say It Ain't So - Say It Ain't So, by Murray Head

Welcome to the Cruise - Welcome to the Cruise, by Judie Tzuke

 

That's barely a scratch on the scratch of the scratch on the surface of the list, so over to you........

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Maybe I should have suggested a thread about what tracks should have been the opening tracks - ie where an artist missed an opportunity to make a great first impression!

 

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Overkill by Motorhead,great opener and that false ending is killer!!

Edited by Blk plastic

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'India' by the Psychedelic Furs off their self titled debut album.

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Brown Sugar on Sticky Fingers. Not only a great opening song, but a great opening bar. A great opening note!

 

Speaking of great opening bars, there is Beethoven's Fifth.

 

Sorry, I have changed the topic.

 

Regards

Grant

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I Wanna Be Adored (The Stone Roses)

Teen Age Riot (Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation)

Movin' On Up (Primal Scream - Screamadelica)

Cult of Personality (Living Colour - Vivid)

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Shark Fin Blues (The Drones - Wait Long By The River)

Edited by Benny G

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Welcome to Earth -A Sailors Guide to Earth (Sturgill Simpson)

Welcome to the jungle - Appetite for Destruction (Gunners)

Strangers when we meet - Especially for you (Smithereens)

In the air tonight - Face Value (Phil Collins)

Funeral for a friend - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton)

Orleans Stomp - Honeymoon is over (Cruel Sea)

Your Lies - I am Shelby Lynne

Infected - Infected (The The)

Black Dog - Led Zep 4

Folsom Prison Blues

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16 minutes ago, keyse1 said:

Tiny Dancer from Madman Across The Water by Elton John

I have this LP will have to have a listen again.

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Gimme Shelter from Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones.  Two other Stones albums named I see, both with very worthy opening tracks

Rock and Roll Doctor from Feats Don't Fail Me Now by Little Feat

So What from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans et al

Bridge Over Troubled Water from Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

Graceland from Graceland by Paul Simon

Willie The Pimp from Hot Rats by Frank Zappa

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Wired by Jeff Beck

 

And many, many, many more.

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Great thread:

 

I've just been listening to this album, so I'll nominate "war pigs" from Paranoid, Black Sabbath 

 

On the metal theme: "Fast as a Shark" from Restless and Wild, Accept

 

"Rockin' in the Free World" from Freedom, Neil Young

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How about opening track on first albumn.

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11 minutes ago, Batty said:

How about opening track on first albumn.

Down to the waterline - Dire Straits

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