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The most Beautiful Song

in all of Rock and Roll

     
8:05 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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?

10:28 am on July 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Queensr˙che - Silent Lucidity

Those two are definitely beautiful rock songs.

11:33 am on July 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Mama, just killed a man,
put a gun against his head,
pulled the trigger, etc...

That's beautiful?

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11:56 am on July 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That's beautiful?

Depends whether it's the music or the lyrics that light your candle :)

1:03 pm on July 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In this instance - neither. As far as this is concerned I'm easy come, easy go, a little high, little low. Any way the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me...

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3:01 pm on July 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Naturally I meant the music. Such a beautiful song.
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easy come, easy go, a little high, little low.

LOL!

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scaramoosh scaramoosh can you do the fandango?

nah, for me Queen doesn't do it. Nice song, but it's so... anthemy. "Under Pressure" would be a better choice.

I'm sticking with the Who

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"The most beautiful" depends on what you think is beautiful......

I've got 'Happpy Birthday - by Stevie Wonder' on. It's beutiful, but then I just listened to 'Lately', just before it, it too is beautiful, made me cry anyway.
One is happy and the other is sad but they are both, kind of, beautiful.

:)

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"Eyes of The World" Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
11:19 pm on July 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Gimme the beat boys and free my soul I wanna get lost in the rock and roll And drift away
5:25 am on July 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"The most beautiful" depends on what you think is beautiful

This is really difficult for rock & roll. I mean for country & western it would be easy. You just can't beat these lines for "beautiful" country:

I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick her up in the rain
But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck
She got runned over by a danged ol train

Country song writing should have faded into history the day that song came out. What else is there to say in a country way?

The problem with picking a "beautiful" rock & roll song is that most rock songs speak to the moment. So "beautiful" depends on where you've been and what mood you're in right now.

Some of the songs by Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, RUSH, and others mentioned in this thread escape the "moment" thing. And they stand alone from the others.

Rock on.

2:26 pm on July 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A lot of you are picking up on the lyrics. This leads me to suspect a lot of songs are admired mostly for the words. But what about instrumentals? I love a great many instrumentals, though not many fall under the category of rock and roll. Often they are one-off tracks on an album by a band with a singer, who isn't likely to miss out on adding some vocals if they can.

Just a thought.

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Foo Fighters - What If I Do? (From Disc 2 of In Your Honour)

Surely one of their finest tracks ever.

7:22 pm on July 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Some of the songs already nominated are in the ballpark, but for me, in terms of sheer beauty of lyrics, vocals, arrangement and production, you can't beat God Only Knows by the Beach Boys, although Caroline, No from the same album, comes close, as does Good Vibrations.

In the Intrumental category, I'll go with Albatross by Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green.

Runner-up: White Bird by It's a Beautiful Day (not exactly rock tho, izzit?)

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Vegetables - The Beach Boys
2:28 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yo joe, most beatiful song

Over the Rainbow
performed by Israel Kamakawewo'ole
(that big Hawaiian brother)

3:41 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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God Only Knows by the Beach Boys

Rock and roll though!?

In the Intrumental category, I'll go with Albatross by Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green.

Great call! I love that song.

4:45 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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

I suppose there are but I agree with you, counting production values(Alan Parsons-what everhappened to him),vocals,instrumentation and theme, Great Gig rules.
In the Ghetto by Elvis comes tomind but...
6:01 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I had a nagging feeling that I've been listening to too much Floyd lately. This is a great compilation of songs gathered here, thanks to everyone so far.

Beautiful and Rock and Roll are two terms that are easily defined, but difficult to pin down. For me, the Rock and Roll era began with the Beatles, although I clearly respect the earlier contributions of Elvis, Chuck Berry, and others. The blues, in general, contributed as much to Rock and Roll as did LSD and morphine. Personally, I draw lines at Rap, Techno and Dance, and Disco!

Beautiful? It's in the eyes (or the ears) of the beholder. I've seen a few tunes here that wouldn't make the cut, to my ear. That makes them none the less beautiful to someone else. Another example of beautiful would be with the Led Zepplin contributions. I love Stairway to Heaven, but Zepplin compiled so many great tunes. To my ear, Since I've been Loving You, has always been just a cut above. Could be because it didn't get as much airplay..?

Anyway, from the contributions to this thread I've compiled my own Most Beautiful Rock, Vol 1. Here's what I included.

The Great Gig in the Sky
Your Song
Hey Jude
Drift Away
Since I've Been Loving You
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Wishing You Were Here
Rivera Paradise
Black Magic Woman
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Unchained Melody
Me and Bobby McGee
This Masquerade

I decided after some experimentation to include only one song from any artist. This keeps my list from sounding like another Pink Floyd album :)

6:43 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I like Lady Elanor by Lindisfarne - weird lyric though.

Learning to fly Pink Floyd - I was lucky enough to see them in the UK in the seventies and in the US in the nineties.

6:57 pm on July 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What a great collection of music shown so far. I agree that it would be very hard to narrow the song most beautiful down to just one. But here are a few of mine that were missed.

Imagine: by John Lennon
One: by U2
Tiny Dancer: by Elton John

11:18 am on July 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We forgot Procol Harum... How about "A Salty Dog" or that live album? Massive music, lyrics, and performance.

And naturally, the Cocteau Twins were aeons ahead of their time: still are.... voice as instrumentation...

6:16 pm on July 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I like Lady Elanor by Lindisfarne - weird lyric though.

I booked Lindisfarne in about 1970 and had a long conversation with the mandolin player who played mandolin on one of the all time greats by Rod Stewart thats not been mentioned so far - Maggie May.
Amazing teenage lyrics along with 'Hot Legs' Ahh....memories.

[edited by: JudgeJeffries at 6:17 pm (utc) on July 13, 2006]

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