This song might be a little far reaching, but the version I remember could be included in all of Rock and Roll.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens - 1961
The original version was an African tribal song written in 1939. History [bobshannon.com]
I have thought about this topic for 3 days. My nickname does not come by accident, rock and roll has been my lifeblood for over 30 years, playing it, listening to it, begging it to get the hell out of my head at night so I can sleep. My interests range from Buddy Holly to all the greats of the 60's and 70's to Linda Ronstadt and beyond (but comes to a screeching halt at the oxymoron known as "rap music").
So in response to the most beautiful song in all of rock and roll - not my favorite, but most beautiful - much of Pink Floyd's work comes close. Emerson Lake and Palmer took a good stab at it. The revolutionary (at the time) work of Yes comes in at a very close second, but the most beautifully composed and executed song in all of rock and roll is also one of the most overdone ones - in fact, this is the very reason most of you may disagree. It crosses boundaries of neo-jazz, folk, and heavy metal in one succinctly produced song that is poetic, classic, and timeless.
Led Zeppelin's Stairway.
Its gotta be anything by Floyd really. I wish my noisy neighbors would turn the Genesis down and the Floyd up..
Dark Side of the Moon and Momentary Lapse of Reason are my favourites there.
After that you have anything by King Crimson and the theme from Hitchikers Guide by The Eagles ("Journey of the Sourcerer").
"American Pie" sung by the Brady Bunch always cracks me up big time - is that not the perfect match of singers to song?
For dancing around in a stupid fashion I prefer "Yessir, I can boogie" by Bacarat and I like to corrupt young geeks of my acquaintance by making them listen to that. They are never quite the same.
For sheer rhythm its "Industrial Disease" by Dire Straits.
Others at random, Glenn Miller, Ricky Nelson, ELO, Steve Earle and something I arranged myself with a guy called Nick Gray.
|"From the Beginning" by Emerson Lake & Palmer |
Yes, as well as... Knights in White Satin.
I would add Otis Redding and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.
Clearly I'll need to reference this thread when I return, and then build a Beautiful playlist. (I'll get back to you if it's any good ;0)
|(but comes to a screeching halt at the oxymoron known as "rap music"). |
I could not agree more and what makes it even more painful is that it came from the same American black people whom I would credit with having the largest single influence on todays Rock music.
Eminem for example is the case for locking young people up until they are thirty years of age.
I guess Pat Boone and Ricky Nelson are out of the running. (That's OK by me.)
I always like the Beatles, together and separately later. -Larry
|but comes to a screeching halt at the oxymoron known as "rap music" |
|I could not agree more and what makes it even more painful is that it came from the same American black people whom I would credit with having the largest single influence on todays Rock music. |
And I couldn't disagree more. Progressive rock is my first love of music (well, after The Beatles) but my friends got me into rap in the 80s. Now the (c)rap in the charts isn't what I would call classic rap at all. I refer to the albums put out by the sheer genius of acts like Public Enemy, Dr. Dre, with his killer beats, and Ice Cube's early albums. Plus Run DMC for starting it all, though I confess I did not like them at the time.
All these guys back then were amazing. When rock had become stifled, along came a whole new genre, mixing up sounds and influences in incredible ways. Gone was the nonsense that every track had to fade out gently, be as long as possible, be clinically produced to the point of perfection. I always think of Sting here. Rap was the new rock and roll. If you hated it, you were really just being like your parents, who hated Elvis.
Sadly it's all become business-led now. Eminem? Well he's not black for a start, so doesn't connect to Africa or the black struggle for freedom and rights in America. He has put out some truly amazing records ('Stan', 'Lose Yourself' etc) but seems to have now descended into comedy records too much for my liking.
I realise not everyone 'gets' rap. I hated it myself until I heard it properly (by hearing full albums). Then I realised where it was coming from, the excitement of those early albums, the legendary work of artists like Grandmaster Flash...
From that you get into funk - Funkadelic, Parliament, and so on. It's all good. I have a lengthy rock instrumental by Funkadelic called 'Maggot Brain' which I defy any rock-only fan to dislike. It's out and out guitar jamming in the style of Zappa's 'Watermelon In Easter Hay', if you know that. I love stuff like that.
The most beautiful song of R&R must be 'The Boxer' - Simon & Garfunkel.
These days I form opinions on popular music from my radio. It's the only time I don't get to choose what I listen to. Recently it's been filled with 'hip hop' music (at least, that's what I'm told it's called). I used to say I'd rather listen to anything instead of rap, now I've something I'd rather listen to rap instead of.
Written whilst listening to something delicious by Gluck
A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum) is hard to beat as an all time beauty, as is the haunting but less well known Gaucho (Steely Dan). Actually A Whiter Shade of Pale is haunting too.
|Sadly it's all become business-led now. Eminem? Well he's not black for a start, so doesn't connect to Africa or the black struggle for freedom and rights in America. |
Would you believe that I was actually aware that Eminem was not black? However if we are talking <beautiful> then there is no place for rap. AFAIAC there is not even a place for rap as musical genre. Admire it if you will but don't compare it with <real> musicians who write beatiful music and lyrics.
[edited by: lawman at 3:34 pm (utc) on June 27, 2006]
The topic of this thread is "The Most Beautiful Song", not "What style of music I detest". Please stay on topic.
[edited by: lawman at 7:28 pm (utc) on June 27, 2006]
I may have to also include "Alone" by Blues Traveler.. don't listen to it after a relationship break up or else you will cry your self to dehydration.
My 2¢: Wishing You Were Here by Chicago.
Under the Bridge - RHCP's
Floyd's best = Time and Pigs
Save A Prayer - Duran Duran
All That I Bleed - Savatage
Remember The Feeling - Chicago
Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
So Long Dixie - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Valentine's Day - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Haven't We Been Here Before - Styx
Dust In The Wind - Kansas
This is degenerating into endless personal favourites - all a matter of taste. The original category was:
|enchanting, the rhythm blends well, and the vocals are simply awesome |
and the question was (compared to 'The Great Gig in the Sky') "is there another rock tune that fits this category?"
Alan Jackson ...
Way down yonder on the chattahoochee
It gets hotter than a hoochie coochie
We laid rubber on the georgie asphalt
We got a little crazy but we never got caught
(Sorry, couldn't resist) :)
Soon - Yes (Relayer)
The Most Beautiful Girl (?) - Prince
Does anything by Billy Joel count? Then how about I Love You Just The Way You Are (?) or Always A Woman To Me (?).
Shy People - Tangerine Dream
ok, not the best at rocknroll dudes;
"City of RocknRoll" is pretty cool - Im sorry I missed the rock age :o I don't even know who sings it... Its just on my play list!
I think Goodbye Blue Sky is Pink Floyd's most beautiful song.
I was going to mention that one, but then remembered how it's about war. Mind you, so is Us & Them, and that is incredible.
Elton John has done many beautiful songs.
If we are talking about rock songs that are just about so damn good that everytime you hear them the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Songs that can put a tear in your eye.
Then I nominate "The last Goodbye" from "It's Only Rock & Roll" by the Rolling Stones.
"Knights in White Satin" was good but have you heard the song "Poor Man's Moody Blues" (The title is supposed to be ironic) by Barclay James Harvest? It shows you how good KIWS could have been.
Another song that pulls my string is "Another First Kiss" by They Might be Giants from the album "Mink Car". Simple but so effective.
Re Pink Floyd the only song of theirs that has the same effect on me is one from the "real" pink floyd back in the days when Sid was on board and before they got all introspective and put those long boring guitar solos into everything. I am referring to "See Emily Play" IMHO the best thing they have ever done.
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
Great thread! Most beautiful rock and roll songs....
|"The Great Gig in the Sky" |
|Save A Prayer - Duran Duran |
ye, yes, and yes.
My vote for most beautiful song is Riviera Paradise by Stevie Ray Vaughn. Dang, if you haven't heard it you are missing out. In fact, if you don't own the cd 'In Step' you are missing out. It's top 5 for sure. Another absolutely beautiful song is Billy Breathes by Phish. And can I vote for one half of a song? The second part of Layla by Derek And The Dominos (Clapton). It doesn't get much better than that: )
|I may have to also include "Alone" by Blues Traveler.. don't listen to it after a relationship break up or else you will cry your self to dehydration. |
For sure. What a great, great song.
Speaking of Stevie Ray Vaughn, anybody love Bowie?
Bruce Springsteen: Jungleland
The Devils had a homecoming in the Meadowlands last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge
Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants
Together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane
Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids round here look just like shadows always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand down in Jungleland
The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
Man there's an opera out on the Turnpike
There's a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night
The street's alive as secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they vanished unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted explode into rock'n'roll bands
That face off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland
In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing to the records that the D.J. plays
Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
Desperate as the night moves on, just a look and a whisper, and they're gone
Beneath the city two hearts beat
Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked
In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender in the tunnels uptown
The Rat's own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light
Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between flesh and what's fantasy and the poets down here
Don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland
(I grew up in New Jersey)
>>One of my favorite songs is And It Stoned Me
I like the Van Morrison version, but I really dig Jerry Garcia doing it with the Jerry Garcia Band.
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