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"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?
Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
Age of Aquarius (?)
Come Sail Away With Me (Styx)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (REM?)
Fly by Night (Rush)
Fly Like an Eagle (Steve Miller)
Follow You, Follow Me (Genesis)
I Cant Tell you why (Eagles)
I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
Jet Airliner (Steve Miller)
Just the way you are (Billy Joel)
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin)
Money for Nothing (Dire Straights)
Peg (Steely Dan)
Radar Love (?)
Riders on the Storm (Doors)
Sailing (Christopher Cross)
Waiting for a Girl Like You (Foreigner)
Walking on the Moon (Police)
Oh WOW I found a separate subfolder with Midis from ELP! Gonna be busy tonite!
I could cry when I think about the technologies they have today and how great these songs would sound if they were recorded now and not back in the 70s.
Undoubtedly worse. Much of today's music is overproduced, with the horrid 'thin' digital synths in use today. Compare the work of artists like Vangelis now to what he achieved in the 70s using analogue equipment. People back then had less tracks, so they were more careful with them. I mean, the Beatles started in mono, then went to two or four track stereo! Yet I feel their music would be worse with 64 tracks.
Funny how all those analogue albums like "Dark Side Of The Moon" and others still sound perfect today (at least for me) yet so many 80s or 90s albums suffer from too much treble, or too much bass, or distortion, or too many layers, or cheesy synth sounds etc. (Just listen to Neil Young's "Landing On Water" or David Bowie's "Tonight" if you can bear the 80s production on those.)
Maybe it's a sign I'm getting old, but this is just my 2 cents.
Back to the thread (before Lawman beats me up!):
'Endless Dream' - Yes (one rare example of a digital album with perfect production!)
'We Are Gonna Be Friends'(?) - The White Stripes
'Holes' - or any number of tracks from Mercury Rev
'Hurt' - Johnny Cash
'Airwaves' - Thomas Dolby
'Easter', 'No One Can', 'Dry Land' etc - Marillion
Let me define why I consider these my faves first.
Because the lyrics are and music flow well together (which means I can sing them at the top of my lungs and not find myself gasping for breath)
Because the lyrics are memorable (I can actually make out what they're saying and have memorized them).
Because the lyrics have some meaning (yes, I like moral messages)
Because they remind me of some pretty happy times (I often associate music with places, people, and events)
Crime of the Century - Supertramp
Pigs on the Wing & Sheep - Pink Floyd
Ice Cream Man - Van Headache
Free Will - Rush
Please tell me that you are joking.
Can't argue with Great Gig from Floyd. That was a true masterpiece. Let me throw in two others:
1) 316 from Van Halen. Instrumental and your grandma would even enjoy it (I believe that is part of the criteria).
2) Winds of Change, Y&T. Killer acoustic guitar work with lyrics about discovering your true inner self in the midst of change and depression.
It simplifies the glory of life in just a few sentences....and that is extremely hard to achieve.
I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, but, my favorite of Dark Side is "Us and Them". The tune is kind-of-downbeat.....so are the lyrics.....all-in-all....a winner, if not an upper! Sometimes we have to be sad in the past to be happy in the future?
You quoted me out of context. I said that Air Supply makes a good addition to a romantic playlist.
I didn't quote you out of context. I hoped that you were joking, but obviously you weren't. This was the "Most Beautiful Song in all of ROCK AND ROLL. Not "Lame 80s Tunes".
Nothing good can come from an Air Supply song. I hear they use it to make detainees talk down in Cuba.
Here is another one ... not well known. "Solitude" from Black Sabbath. Give it a listen, you will be impressed with Ozzy - and the lyrics are quite deep.
I do believe that Sabbath would qualify as a rock 'n roll band. :-)
I believe I own every CD Black Sabbath ever recorded!
I also own everything they did on vinyl.
Goodness gracious, it is just music tastes, no need to get hateful. If you are always this rude to women, a romantic playlist isn't gonna help anyway.
I went to see Black Sabbath in 1978, but after the first band played, it was announced that no one could find Ozzy. (He was later discovered passed out in some one else's hotel room, accoring to news reports). The first band was unknown to me beforehand. Their name was Van Halen. I think they played for about three hours, stalling I suppose. The show was rescheduled, but I was unable to go and had to take a refund; I never did get to see Black Sabbath.
"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood.
Isn't that a take on John Lee Hooker's song of the same name? Around the same time there was also "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" by Amos Milburn - a dance floor blues classic.
Most beautiful songs in 'rock'?
Tin Soldier - Small Faces ('67)
Afterglow - Small Faces ('69)
The former would have to be a "desert island disc".
My nominations (some of these are entire albums):
1) Sleeps with the Fishes by Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook (entire album)
2) Red Guitar - David Sylvian (from "Brilliant Trees")
3) Cherry Coloured Funk - Cocteau Twins (from "Heaven or Las Vegas") :: actually most of the Cocteau Twins catalog is worthy of nomination
among modern pop I'd nominate Sigur Ros and The Postal Service
The Corgis - 'Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime'
Would Massive Attack's incredible 'Protection' count? The vocals by Tracey Thorn are amazing. Then of course there's 'Unfinished Sympathy'.
Or how about Madonna's 'Oh Father'? If a song about child abuse can be termed "beautiful".
I would like to support lawman's attempt to keep this topic on track, although it seems incredibly hopeless at this point.
Folks this is a really good concept grandpa threw out here. The most beautiful song in all of rock and roll. This social force rose up out of poverty in the early 50's and fell to abuse, perversion, and commercial formulation somewhere in the 80's and 90's (IMO.) In between there are many nominees for that ONE SONG. But seriously, how can anything George Thorogood did be considered "beautiful," as well as many of the other offerings here? Kick-A rock and roll yes, some of my favorites, yes, but "beautiful?" "The Boxer?" Not even rock and roll! :-)
The most beautiful song in all of rock and roll. Not a favorite songlist . . . one.
Stands by Stairway to Heaven. :-)