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Guitar-Album-Intro me !
December 15, 2008 7:44 AM   Subscribe

Guitar-Album-Intro me !

Looking for guitar intros/solos that starts off an album, stuff like:

Anberlin - (Debut) | off the album "Cities"

Converge - First Light | off the album "You Fail Me"

Requirements : Must be Track #1. No Vocals. Rock / Metal / Prog / Punk preferred... GO!
posted by querty to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
How about "Red" by King Crimson?

Here's a live version from the double trio days.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:55 AM on December 15, 2008

Sum 41: Grab the Devil by the Horns and **** Him Up the ***
Chevelle: Open (which runs right into the second song Point #1, so I don't know how well that will work for you)
posted by theichibun at 8:00 AM on December 15, 2008

Eruption! From the first Van Halen record. The mother of all record-opening guitar solos.
posted by jbickers at 8:07 AM on December 15, 2008

Except Eruption is track #2 on that album. Otherwise it would be perfect. Although you could cheat a little bit and say it's from the first Greatest Hits album, where it is the first track.
posted by theichibun at 8:15 AM on December 15, 2008

Converge - First Light | off the album "You Fail Me"

Great track, great album, I thought a lot of people were too critical of this one because it was so different from Jane Doe. The whole YFM album is a paean to mid-90s noise rock and the Jesus Lizard influence is really, really apparent. You should check out Then Comes Dudley, the lead off track to the Jesus Lizard's album "Goat" if you're not aware of it already, it has a similar extended instrumental lead in with lots of skronky guitar work.
posted by The Straightener at 8:34 AM on December 15, 2008

Check out The Answers's Never Too Late EP. I love that opener.

Also, Van Halen's Fair Warning opens with what might just be the most badass guitar solo intro ever committed to vinyl :)
posted by jtoth at 8:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Except Eruption is track #2 on that album.

Man, this shows just how unreliable (my) memory is. I have vivid, vivid memories of that cut being track 1. Must've been a custom mix tape I had, or something.
posted by jbickers at 9:43 AM on December 15, 2008

"Intro/Sweet Jane" off of Rock And Roll Animal. It doesn't get any better than that.
posted by Sailormom at 10:39 AM on December 15, 2008 [1 favorite]

Surfing with the Alien opens with the eponymous track. Here's a YouTube video of him playing it live and faster, and if you think you have the chops, he shows you how to play it.
posted by plinth at 10:50 AM on December 15, 2008

Megadeth - Into the Lungs of Hell
posted by ignignokt at 11:22 AM on December 15, 2008

Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Track 1 - "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 12:14 PM on December 15, 2008

Oops! The album is actually called Wish You Were Here
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 12:15 PM on December 15, 2008

Maybe it doesn't count in the age of the CD, but Peace - a Theme kicks off side 2 of the King Crimson album In the Wake of Poseidon.
posted by dfan at 12:23 PM on December 15, 2008

Queen - Procession, track 1 of Queen II
posted by regicide is good for you at 1:19 PM on December 15, 2008

No. You're all wrong. Welcome to the Jungle on Guns N Roses' Appetite For Destruction. My boyfriend has even banned me from telling him it's the ultimate opening riff on any album every time it comes on in the car. I say it every effing time.
posted by chronic sublime at 6:40 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]

On further inspection, have I mis-read the question?? Anyway, I still stand by the opening riff part, even if it has lyrics alllll over it. Sorry!
posted by chronic sublime at 6:41 PM on December 17, 2008

Artist: Roger Waters
Album: Amused to Death
Song: The Ballad of Bill Hubbard
Guitarist: Jeff Beck

Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Division Bell
Song: Cluster One
Guitarist: David Gilmour
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 2:20 AM on December 20, 2008

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