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« Reply #50 on: July 29, 2015, 06:15:26 AM »

Good to My Baby backing track. I was listening to the GTMB sessions an hour on loop. Great stuff. I dare say this is the best song on Today, again. 3D

Side One of Today generally gets a raw deal, with all praise heaped on Side Two. Lotsa good stuff on Side One though, not least "GTMB". ;=) 
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« Reply #51 on: July 29, 2015, 06:27:40 AM »

And it's very weird. They sweet-talk Today! telling about its greatness - couldn't this mean they should like both sides equally? But no, they just speak of melancholic 2nd side.
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« Reply #52 on: July 29, 2015, 06:59:10 AM »

I love 60's surf instrumentals in general. A few that haven't been mentioned here that I love:

Mr Moto by The Belairs
Pipeline by the Chantays

and the whole soundtrack to "The Endless Summer" by the Sandals.
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« Reply #53 on: July 29, 2015, 07:32:03 AM »

David Gilmour - Red Sky at Night

Brian Wilson - Half Moon Bay

Genesis - Los Endos

The Beatles - Flying

Van Halen - Eruption

Rush - YYZ

Scorpions - Coast to Coast.   
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« Reply #54 on: July 29, 2015, 11:31:48 AM »

Anything from these albums (with the exception of "Boomerang" on The Children of a Lesser God Soundtrack)

   
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« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2015, 12:51:43 PM »

'Let's Go Away For Awhile', 'Pet Sounds', 'Mrs. O'Leary's Cow', 'Summer Means New Love' and 'Diamond Head' by The Beach Boys. Well, and 'Holidays' if it still counts.

'Sleepwalk' by Santo & Johnny

'Let's Go Trippin' by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones

as well as lots and lots of jazz, like 'So What', 'Blue Train', 'My Favorite Things', 'Take the A Train' and 'West End Blues'

Though I know it doesn't count, my favorite instrumentals are Beach Boys backing tracks, particularly 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'Let Him Run Wild', 'God Only Knows', 'Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)', 'California Girls' and 'I Get Around'.


Ah, how could I forget about the James Bond theme? I'm only a massive, massive James Bond fan. Along with that, I'd also say pretty much the entire Thunderball soundtrack by John Barry. My favorite Bond film and I love the music in it.

Speaking of film scores, damn near any John Williams movie score, especially for me, Superman, E.T., Star Wars, and Empire of the Sun.

Also the complete score to my favorite film, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, by Bernard Herrmann.

The soundtrack thing could be discussed in a seperate thread. I could go on forever about great film scores.
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« Reply #56 on: July 30, 2015, 05:10:00 AM »

Focus........ Remastered version of " Hamburger Concerto "
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« Reply #57 on: July 30, 2015, 05:38:28 AM »

Focus........ Remastered version of " Hamburger Concerto "

A fabulous band in their heyday. I saw them in the Marquee Club in London in '72 and was blown away, particularly by Akkerman. Ye gods! My favourite of theirs has always been the brief "Tommy" on Focus II (Moving Waves)...
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« Reply #58 on: July 30, 2015, 11:48:34 AM »

Ya......BuZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ-Sawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.  [and some kind of a wordless  vocal chant...and a 'd.j.' wrapping it up]

It's like saying Wipeout or Tequila aren't instrumentals.

That's a fascinating subject----where do you draw the line between an instrumental and a song? Many instrumentals include the title, often on several occasions ("Tequila", "Stoked"), others include whole sentences ("Hootsmon" by Lord Rockingham's XI) and still others, chanting or "toasting".

Does, say, "Hot Pastrami" by The Dartells qualify as an instrumental?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50wYkq8DaVQ

Or "Double Barrel" by Dave & Ansell Collins?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_7Kx2FlFQY

A fascinating "grey area"...     
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« Reply #59 on: July 30, 2015, 12:17:21 PM »

And it's very weird. They sweet-talk Today! telling about its greatness - couldn't this mean they should like both sides equally? But no, they just speak of melancholic 2nd side.

I think the upbeat numbers on Side One help make the ballads on Side Two sound go down.  I think it's a great album all the way through. 

BTW, the worst track is on Side Two - Bull Sessions with Big Daddy.  The only thing that keeps Today from being a perfect album. 
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« Reply #60 on: July 30, 2015, 01:13:56 PM »

"Surfboard" by Juan García Esquivel:   https://youtu.be/2NglD0H-cps
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« Reply #61 on: January 10, 2016, 04:08:45 AM »

This is for NOLA BB Fan, who I hope hasn't deserted us entirely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk0EyeuOPjs
 
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« Reply #62 on: January 10, 2016, 06:38:13 AM »

Thank you, kind sir. Still lurking but didn't want to post until I could think clearly.

Wonderful song! The piano at times is shades of Professor Longhair.

Among my favorites:
Cast your fate to the Wind

Blue Rondo a la Turk; Forty Days - Dave Brubeck Quartet

American Garage - Pat Metheny (got me up many a morning back in the early 80s)

Blue Men of the Sahara - Strength in Numbers
Metric Lips - New Grass Revival
Sinister Minister (and many others) - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
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« Reply #63 on: January 10, 2016, 10:39:44 AM »

Most pop instrumentals don't appeal much to me, with a few exceptions here and there over the years. But if we're including other forms--and I've seen jazz examples posted--then I've got a lot of loves. My offering here is one I've shared on this board before in other threads: one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard that fits the category is "Isfahan," a Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn composition highlighted by a melody performed by one of the finest alto saxophonists of all time, Johnny Hodges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbSlk6vY5Dc
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« Reply #64 on: January 11, 2016, 03:05:20 PM »

The backing track of Let Him Run Wild is so sublime and mesmerizing.
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« Reply #65 on: January 11, 2016, 03:17:08 PM »

Most pop instrumentals don't appeal much to me, with a few exceptions here and there over the years. But if we're including other forms--and I've seen jazz examples posted--then I've got a lot of loves. My offering here is one I've shared on this board before in other threads: one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard that fits the category is "Isfahan," a Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn composition highlighted by a melody performed by one of the finest alto saxophonists of all time, Johnny Hodges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbSlk6vY5Dc
If we leave pop this thread is blown wide open.
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« Reply #66 on: January 11, 2016, 03:30:58 PM »

From the Beach Boys, its all about Lets Go Away for Awhile. Thats so much more dynamic and amazing than even something like Holidays or Fire. I used to love Look until I realized it wasnt meant as an instrumental. Somehow that killed the song for me, I just wanted to know what might have been.

The Saturday Night fever stuff is great too.

Third Stone From the Sun is fantastic, especially the little easter eggs.

Even tho I dont listen to it often, Interstellar Overdrive from Pink Floyd is Amazing, as is On the Run from DSOTM.

I like Embryonic Journey on Surrealistic Pillow only because its the perfect "White Rabbit's coming on next! Get hyped!" type track Grin

Theres probably a dozen others Im forgetting.

And if we're counting backing tracks too, the California Girls one is better than anything else ever recorded. Its better as an instrumental than it is with those cheesy chauvinistic lyrics in fact
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« Reply #67 on: January 12, 2016, 05:19:08 AM »

If we're talking Floyd instrumentals, I really like A Saucerful of Secrets, Atom Heart Mother, One of Those Days, Any Colour You Like, and Marooned. 

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« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2016, 03:13:23 PM »

Most pop instrumentals don't appeal much to me, with a few exceptions here and there over the years. But if we're including other forms--and I've seen jazz examples posted--then I've got a lot of loves. My offering here is one I've shared on this board before in other threads: one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard that fits the category is "Isfahan," a Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn composition highlighted by a melody performed by one of the finest alto saxophonists of all time, Johnny Hodges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbSlk6vY5Dc
If we leave pop this thread is blown wide open.

That ship has sailed.
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« Reply #69 on: January 12, 2016, 07:51:18 PM »

I posted this in another thread but Mac Demarco has an entirely instrumental album for free on bandcamp. He's the best:
https://makeoutvideotape.bandcamp.com/album/some-other-ones
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« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2016, 03:39:51 AM »

Among my favorites:
Cast your fate to the Wind

Yes indeed. In this version, I assume:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEwNaIQCduY
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« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2016, 06:31:45 AM »

Yes, that version (although the Sounds Orchestral version is okay).
Am a fan of the 'West Coast sound'.

As this thread apparently is supposed to be pop instrumentals, and most of the ones I listed earlier were different genres, here are a couple of pop favorites:

Soul Sacrifice - Santana
Jessica - Allman Brothers
Walk don't Run - Ventures
Telstar - The Tornados
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« Reply #72 on: January 17, 2016, 12:16:08 AM »

Once those 70s progsters got in on the act if became a whole different ball game...
For me Camel's complete Snow Goose album wins out every time... tho I loves me a bit of Wot Gorilla or Hackett's Soectral Mornings too...
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« Reply #73 on: February 24, 2016, 12:23:51 AM »

Listening to Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant. I found the  former's called "king of Steel guitar" - well, he sure is. The recordings are quite innovative by the 50s standards. Favorite - "Midnight ramble".
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« Reply #74 on: March 09, 2016, 02:10:40 AM »

This has always been a great favourite of mine but even more so on this sad day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ0UrwusWcM
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