Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Best Rock Instrumentals

    This should be easier than choosing the greatest rock song, since there really aren't nearly as many without vocals.

    I can think of a few that get radio play:

    Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
    Moby Dick - Zeppelin
    Elizabeth Reed, Jessica - Allman Bros
    Eruption - Van Halen (really just a guitar solo)
    Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

    I suppose this could also include songs which originally contained vocals, but have instrumental versions, such as SRV's version of Little Wing.

    Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow, Wired, and There and Back are all excellent, are all instrumental, but you don't hear much of that stuff on the radio. I think Guitar Shop is also vocal free except for some spoken word. Lots of popular bands have instrumentals that just don't get much exposure...I don't think I ever heard ELPs Tarkus on the radio, and bands like Yes and Pink Floyd have several, but where do they rank? And of course there are many bands that have no vocals at all, but how many make it to the pop charts?


     
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    Popcorn-Hot Butter
    Sparks-The Who (From Tommy)
    Hawaii 5-0 theme-The Ventures
    Foreplay-Boston
     
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    Cliffs of Dover certainly is one of the best.

    I like your picks mojo.

    I'll add:
    Beck's Bolero by Jeff Beck
    The Rock by The Who
    Quadrophenia by The Who

     
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    Adding on a couple more:

    Soul Sacrifice-Santana
    Star Spangled Banner -Jimi Hendrix
    Green Onions- Booker T and the M.G.'s
    Rockit-Herbie Hancock
    Hocus Pocus-Focus
    Wipeout-The Surfaris
     
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    Karn Evil 9 (2nd impression) - ELP
     
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    Thought of a couple more

    YYZ - Rush
    Any Colour You Like - Pink Floyd
    Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani

    Frank Zappa and King Crimson have many, but they never get radio play. Genesis also.
     
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    Nice to see the mentions of Cliffs of Dover, great song by Eric Johnson.  A few I would add:

    Samba Pa Ti, Jungle Strut, and Europa-Santana
    Still I'm Sad-Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
    Fire On High-Electric Light Orchestra
    Coast to Coast-Scorpions
    Riviera Paradise-Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Surfing With the Alien, and Satch Boogie-Joe Satriani
     
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    Does Hocus Pocus by Focus count as an instrumental?

    Although it is an Aaron Copeland piece, ELP's version of Fanfare for the Common Man is amazing.

    And the instrumental pieces in Tarkus are amazing as well.
     
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    Does Hocus Pocus by Focus count as an instrumental? Although it is an Aaron Copeland piece, ELP's version of Fanfare for the Common Man is amazing. And the instrumental pieces in Tarkus are amazing as well.
    Posted by jesseyeric


    Good question - is it yodelling? Love that song. Does it need to contain words to be considered an instrumental? Fanfare is great, I forgot about that one. And what about Tequila?
     
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    I think Hocus Pocus qualifies...one of the ones I mentioned, Fire on High by ELO, has a little chorus at the end singing the title but that's it...to me it's still an instrumental.

    Mike Oldfield did some great instrumental stuff.
     
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    Thought of a couple more YYZ - Rush Any Colour You Like - Pink Floyd Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani Frank Zappa and King Crimson have many, but they never get radio play. Genesis also.
    Posted by softwareDevMusician


    Here's a pretty good instumental by Frank Zappa and Steve Vai.It isn't well known but I think it's pretty good.It's called Stevie's spanking:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U9Lqki7Y9k
     
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    One of my favorites was always The Allman Brothers' "Mountain Jam."

    Or are you just  looking for songs that get air-play?
     
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    Orion by Metallica.
     
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    • Soulfinger   by the Bar Kays
    • Grazing in the Grass    by Hugh Masekela
    • Soulful Strut   ? by Young Holt
    • Telstar   by The Tornadoes
    • Honkey Tonk   by Bill Doggett
    • The Lonely Bull   by Herb Alpert
    • Casino Royal    by Herb Alpert
    • Johnny One Note   by ?
    • War of the Sattelites   by the Ventures
    • Perfidia   by the Ventures
    • Peter Gunn Theme Song    written by Henry Mancini 
    • Zorba The Greek   by Herb Alpert
    • Take The "A" Train   by ?
    • Slaughter On (?) Street     by ? The Ventures
    • Theme Song to Law and Order   written by Mike Post
    • A String of Pearls   by ?
    • Tuff   by ?
    • My Funny Valentine   by Herb Alpert 
    • A Taste of Honey   by Herb Alpert
    • The Upset Stomach commercial theme song   by ?
    • Rise   by Herb Alpert
    • Music to Watch Girls By     by the Bob Crewe Generation
    • Tequila   by The Champs 
    • Satin Doll   by?
    • Watermelon Man   by?
    • Walk Don't Run   by ?

          I think most of my info is correct, but I can't guarantee its 100%.
          SoftwareDevMusician, great topic for a thread

     
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    OK, this next one is more of a pop instrumental, but I admit it I really like the song and it sticks in my head.

    The Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills

    And to go off the rock genre again:

    Feels so Good by Chuck Mangione

    How about Elton John's Funeral For A Friend -- that part is an instrumental. The vocals come in on the Love Lies Bleeding.

    One of these Days by Pink Floyd

    And one more from the pop genre:

    Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire by David Foster. That song takes me back to the 1980s an an old girlfriend.
     
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    "In memory of Elizabeth Reed" is my choice. Does anyone know how Dicky Betts came up with that name? I do.
     
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    "Cissy Strut" - The Meters
    "Let's Go Trippin'"- Dick Dale
    "Diamond Head" - The Ventures
     
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    One of the most successful instrumentals was 'Classical Gas' by Mason Williams, who was a writer for the Smothers Brothers.  The song broke into the top ten on the charts in 1968.
     
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    One of the most successful instrumentals was 'Classical Gas' by Mason Williams, who was a writer for the Smothers Brothers.  The song broke into the top ten on the charts in 1968.
    Posted by Hfxsoxnut


    Nice call on Classical Gas. I can't believe I didn't think of it. It's one of my favorite instrumentals.
     
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    WOODPECKER FROM MARS!
    By Faith No More
     
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    White Summer--Jimmy Page
     
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    In Response to Re: Best Rock Instrumentals : Nice call on Classical Gas. I can't believe I didn't think of it. It's one of my favorite instrumentals.
    Posted by royf19


    +1 on all counts.  I particularly enjoyed banging it out on the piano in my teens.
     
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    Careful With That Axe, Eugene - Pink Floyd

    Les Brers in A Minor - Allman Bros.
     
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    Late to the party, but I wanted to add (apologies if I missed them earlier) ...

    "Little Wing," Stevie Ray Vaughan. Just incredible.

    "Rockestra," by Paul McCartney. From an otherwise forgettable album "Back to the Egg."

    "Blue Jay Way," Beatles. Not completely instrumental, but close enough.
     
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    Switch - Def Leppard
     
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