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The most Beautiful Song
in all of Rock and Roll
grandpa




msg:318762
 8:05 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've been enjoying it lately. So my opinion may be biased.

"The Great Gig in the Sky"
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 1973

I can't think of another tune that even comes close. The keyboard (piano) is enchanting, the rhythm blends well, and the vocals are simply awesome (thank you Claire for working on Sunday). Originally titled, "The Mortality Sequence", were it my song I would have called it "The Great Orgasm". Of course, that might not have got past the censors of the early 70's.

Help me out, is there another rock tune that fits this category?

 

hooter




msg:318763
 8:31 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

After the Gold Rush by Neil Young from album of the same name

jimbeetle




msg:318764
 9:00 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Anything from Crosby, Stills & Nash first album.

tbear




msg:318765
 10:05 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Masquerade - Leon Russell

Brings tears to my eyes.........

Lilliabeth




msg:318766
 10:45 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 1973

Grandpa got me all in the mood to listen to it, but alas, it is at work and I am at home. Am now settling for The Wall.

Another great Pink Floyd song (off the Wish You Were Here album) includes these lyrics that I love:

You're gonna go far, you're gonna fly high,
You're never gonna die, you're gonna make it if you try; they're gonna love you.
Well I've always had a deep respect, and I mean that most sincerely.
The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think.
Oh by the way, which one's Pink?

Old_Honky




msg:318767
 10:51 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Masquerade - Leon Russell

Seconded.

Carney is still one of my favourite albums.

BillyS




msg:318768
 11:13 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

You got it Grandpa!

My two favorite bands of all time...

Steely Dan

Pink Floyd

Liane




msg:318769
 12:18 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hmmm ... never was much of a Pink Flloyd fan grandpa. I tend to like:

Little Green Bag - George Baker (for some reason it just makes me instantly happy!)

Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (she was really somethin' - love her stuff)

Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters (a great "feel good" song)

Mustang Sally - Andrew Strong (again, just makes me feel good)

Macarena - Los del Rio (I love the primal beat!)

Unchained Melody - Gene Pitney (I just love this song by almost any artist who has recorded it. It is "the" love song of all time)

Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood (its just fun!)

Jump in de line - Harry Belafonte (hey, I live in de Caribbean and if anyone knows what Caribbean dancing is like ... you gotta love this song. It tells it like it is!)

Three Little Birds - Bob Marley (Happy music)

You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore (One of the first songs to empower women)

Johhny Be Good - The Coasters (one of the best dance songs ever!)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (I just like it.)

Don't worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin (I used to hate this song ... but I changed my mind and now I love it.

Puttin' on the Ritz - Taco (Just a funny song done with great style!)

Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Orinoco Flow - Enya
Almost anything by Peter Paul & Mary, The Mamas and the Papas, Elvis and many others.

duncan biscuits




msg:318770
 12:19 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Don't know if it qualifies for most beautiful song, but it's kinda wistful like:

Flying Dutchman, by Jethro Tull from the Stormwatch album. Classic, brilliant album.

Lilliabeth




msg:318771
 1:05 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Any Van Morrison fans?

One of my favorite songs is And It Stoned Me

simey




msg:318772
 1:54 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I like 'Us & Them' off the same Floyd album.

lawman




msg:318773
 1:55 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Burning of the Midnight Lamp - Jimi Hendrix

Marcia




msg:318774
 2:45 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Extra special meaning for me is Bob Dylan's: "I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More." :)

And another fave - I can't finish a glass without getting groggy or falling asleep but the best ever rock/blues drinking song ever recorded is "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood.

>>Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood (its just fun!)

Anything by George Thorogood!

digitalghost




msg:318775
 2:56 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Unchained Melody.

The Sky Is Crying.

Pretty Woman.

You Look Wonderful Tonight.

And my favorite, Bryan Adams, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?

May I add 'Maggie May' by Rod Stewart?

grandpa




msg:318776
 3:10 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Masquerade
Thirded

Somewhere in that list I would add Something, or Yesterday, or both :) Janis Joplin has a way of making me feel the music, and that is a beautiful thing.

digitalghost




msg:318777
 3:16 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee...

jatar_k




msg:318778
 5:34 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

hmm, I wouldn't qualify some of these as 'beautiful' as grandpa explained it

maybe

little wing done by SRV
mother - pink floyd
since I've been loving you - led zeppelin

there must be a santana song that fits, can't remember the name off the top of my head

Ove




msg:318779
 6:09 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Cure - The same deep water as you.
Krister Linder - Soft king kong

/Ove

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:318780
 8:27 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Peter Paul and Mary? Enya? Lesley Gore? Harry Belafonte? Los Del Rio? ROCK and ROLL? :)

Rolling Stones
Satisfaction

Rolling Stones
Sympathy for the Devil

Rolling Stones
Honky Tonk Woman

Rolling Stones
Ain't too Proud to Beg

Rolling Stones
It's All Over Now

Rolling Stones
Add just about anything else they did including Angie, Beast of Burden, Wild Horses, etc, etc.

This old Heart of Mine
Isley Brothers

Aretha Franklin
Respect

Deacon Blue
Dignity

Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody

Chris Farlowe
Handbags and Gladrags

Smokey Robinson
Tears of a Clown

Steve Miller Band
The Joker

Spencer Davis Group (Featuring Stevie Winwood)
Gimme Some Lovin.

The Band
The Weight

The Doors
Light My Fire

Tom Petty
Free Fallin'

Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey

Wilson Picket
Midnight Hour

Otis Redding
My Girl

Abba
Dancing Queen (no no no no no no no I'm only joking!)

... and I haven't even started on the Beatles yet ;)

ADDED: I just love these threads. Makes me feel young again!

Iguana




msg:318781
 10:05 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

"Aim, Steady, Fire" by Modern American Science (2006, on their first self-released EP) - just a reminder that great, beautiful music is still being made.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:318782
 11:53 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Talking about new stuff Primal Scream's new single "Country Girl" is one of the best new Rock tracks I have heard for years. Pure, classic rock!

[youtube.com...]

Webwork




msg:318783
 12:22 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think I just read DigitalGhost's "I'm working on getting lucky" playlist. ;)

Grandpa, have you ever listened to "From the Beginning" by Emerson Lake & Palmer?

Lots of nice music listed above. Instant memories and gratification.

I might add, though it's not quite "rock":

"The Lee Shore" Crosby Stills & Nash

All along the lee shore
shells lie scattered in the sand,
winking up like shining eyes at me,
from the sea

From here to Venezuela nothing more to see,
than a hundred thousand islands
flung like jewels upon the sea
for you and me

Of course, there's a certain analogous elegance to the sentiments expressed in:

"Hit me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar :)

Hester




msg:318784
 2:08 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

"The Great Gig in the Sky"
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 1973

Apparently they put the vocals together from numerous takes, using the best bits from each one. They certainly don't make music that good anymore.

For "most beautiful song" I'd have to go with tracks like Angie (Stones), maybe Onward (Yes), Please Don't Ask (Genesis), Here, There & Everywhere (Beatles), Waterfalls (Paul McCartney) etc....

It depends how you define "beautiful". There's an instrumental on Jon Anderson's debut solo album which is the most peaceful piece of music you could wish for.

If you mean a love song about a woman, well the list is endless...

Sarah Atkinson




msg:318785
 2:27 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)


Macarena - Los del Rio (I love the primal beat!)

I hate the US version. we had a lot of spanish influnce in our highschool and We were dancing to the Spanish version I think over a year before the American one came out. But now no one plays the origional one here

john_k




msg:318786
 2:42 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Any Van Morrison fans?
One of my favorite songs is And It Stoned Me

Oh yea. And of course "Moon Dance."

"Dark Side of the Moon" and "Moon Dance" - The first two albums I ever owned were given to me as a Christmas present from my brother.

there must be a santana song that fits, can't remember the name off the top of my head

"Black Magic Woman"
I heard it this weekend and once again wished there was a version available without the vocals.

"Yellow Moon" - Neville Brothers

"Virginia Avenue" - Tom Waits

And many more ... but I am at work, and if I start playing too many of these songs in my head, it will take too long to get my mind back into gear. <note type="mental" value="assess priorities" />

phantombookman




msg:318787
 2:44 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Don't Break My Heart Again - Whitesnake

Not the best, but damn fine and playing here now!

youfoundjake




msg:318788
 2:56 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Rain Song,
both the studio version and the live version
By the Gods themselves,
Led Zepplin

digitalghost




msg:318789
 3:18 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

You busted me Webwork. ;)

I put more emphasis on the 'beautiful' bit than the 'rock n roll' bit. If I had to pick a song that typifies rock n roll it would be Johnny B. Goode. Chuck Berry had a tremendous influence on all of my guitar heroes.

Lilliabeth




msg:318790
 4:27 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

"I'm working on getting lucky" playlist.

Air Supply

tbear




msg:318791
 8:35 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Did someone mention Van Morrison - Did I tell you lately That I Love You ..........Ahhhhhhhhhh...........

Oh, and Black Magic Woman is a Peter Green tune.... What a maestro!

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