Thread: Track One, Side One

allmanfan21 - 3/2/2013 at 07:36 PM

I was just on Planet Rock, and they're asking what people's favorite opening songs on albums are. One I came up with was Kiss - Detroit Rock City. What is everyone else's favorite opening song? Since this is an Allmans site, another great one is Statesboro Blues from the Fillmore album.

chumrock - 3/2/2013 at 08:04 PM

Led Zeppelin I-Good Times Bad Times
Led Zeppelin II-Whole Lotta Love
Led Zeppelin III-Immigrant Song
Led ZeppelinIV-Black Dog

Bluenose - 3/2/2013 at 08:32 PM

Love this question. Asked my iTunes using cousin it when we went to see Tom Petty and he said had no idea as he never listened to albums.


Counting Crows - Round Here

allmanfan21 - 3/2/2013 at 08:34 PM

Eric Clapton - Pretending

steved - 3/2/2013 at 08:47 PM

Easy one for me. Don't Want You No More- The Allman Brothers Band.

toovakynd - 3/2/2013 at 08:48 PM

The Beatles-
Taxman from Revolver
I Saw Her Standing There- Please Please Me(1st British LP)
Drive My Car- Rubber Soul
Back In The USSR-The White Album
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Close to The Edge(OK that's cheating!)

Revival(duh!)-Idlewild South
DWYNM-NMCTB-1st album

Grateful Dead-
Uncle John's Band-Workingman's Dead
Box of Rain-American Beauty

stormyrider - 3/2/2013 at 09:31 PM

Statesboro Blues by a long shot.

after that, in no order
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Box of Rain
Uncle John's Band
Come Together
Movin In (Chicago 2)
Tangled Up in Blue
Thunder Road

[Edited on 3/2/2013 by stormyrider]

Marley - 3/2/2013 at 09:40 PM

This is a great topic. I scrolled around through my iTunes I'll throw out all these instead of trying to make a shorter list:

"Statesboro Blues" - no explanation needed.
"Planet Claire" - B-52s, The B-52s
The Band: "Across the Great Divide" (The Band, even though it starts with the worst lyric on the album) and "Don't Do It" from Rock of Ages
"Rhymin' and Stealin'" - Beastie Boys, License to Ill
The Beatles - "Come Together" from Abbey Road, "Taxman" from Revolver, and "A Hard Day's Night" for that first chord if not for the entire song
"Uncomplicated" - Elvis Costello, Blood and Chocolate
Frank Zappa - "Peaches en Regalia," Hot Rats
Dr. John - "Right Place, Wrong Time" from In the Right Place
Funkadelic - "Maggot Brain" (Maggot Brain)
Gov't Mule - "Grinnin' in Your Face" > "Mother Earth" (Gov't Mule), "Wandering Child" (Life Before Insanity
Grateful Dead - "Box of Rain," American Beauty
Gregg Allman - "Midnight Rider," Laid Back
Howlin' Wolf - "Moanin' at Midnight," Moanin' in the Moonlight
Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze." Is this the most iconic track one ever? It might be.
John Coltrane - "Blue Train," Blue Train. Also "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things" from the albums of those names, "Afro Blue" from the Birdland album, and the first part of "A Love Supreme" if it's not cheating to use a suite. Really dominant in this category.
Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues" from At Folsom Prison. See also Hendrix.
Johnny Jenkins - "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" from Ton-Ton Macoute. If we were doing best closing tracks I'd nominate the original.
Max Roach - "Garvey's Ghost," Percussion Bitter Sweet
Miles Davis - "So What," Kind of Blue
Neil Young - "Cinnamon Girl," Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nevermind. It's not the best song on the album and maybe it seems like a cliche now, but when this thing was new, wow.
Radiohead - "Airbag" from OK Computer, "Pakt Like Sardines" from Amnesiac, "15 Step" from In Rainbows
Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil," Beggars Banquet
Sonny Rollins - "St. Thomas," Saxophone Colossus
Taj Mahal - "Leavin' Trunk," Taj Mahal
Talking Heads - "I Zimbra," Fear of Music, "Born Under Punches" (Remain in Light)
Tom Petty has a bunch. "Refugee," Into the Great Wide Open," "Saving Grace," "Jefferson Jericho Blues," list goes on.
White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army," Elephant

Blooby - 3/2/2013 at 09:42 PM

"So What" from Kind of Blue is my first choice, but for rock music I'd say "Peaches En Regalia" from Zappa's Hot Rats.


*edit - Marley, I swear I didn't see your post. Weird.

[Edited on 3/3/2013 by Blooby]

stormyrider - 3/2/2013 at 10:45 PM

great call on So What, one of the best jazz tunes written.
I wasn't thinking of jazz, but clearly that and the Coltrane tunes Marley mentioned would make my list

Quadrant 4 (Billy Cobham Spectrum) for fusion

JPLHTN - 3/2/2013 at 11:41 PM

The Doobie Brothers, "Natural Thing" from the Captain and Me

Haisija - 3/3/2013 at 12:32 AM

Statesboro Blues
Take The Highway MTB's 1st LP
Caballo Diablo CDB Fire On The Mountan
Birmingham Blues CDB Nightrider
Thats Your Secret Sea Level, Cats ON The Coast
Mail Train Blues Grinderswitch Macon Tracks
Heat of the Sun Strunz and Farah Live
Joyful Noise dTb

Shavian - 3/3/2013 at 01:31 AM

Jackie Wilson Said - Van Morrison (St Dominic's Preview)
Song For Our Ancestors - Steve Miller Band (Sailor)
Do It Again - Steely Dan (Can't Buy A Thrill)
Gimme Shelter - Stones (Let It Bleed)
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - CSN
Break On Through - The Doors (The Doors)
Fire & Water - Free (Fire & Water)
Return Of The Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons (Grievous Angel)
Alone Again Or - Love (Forever Changes)

and so on....

[Edited on 3/3/2013 by Shavian]

JimSheridan - 3/3/2013 at 01:32 AM

Rocks Off kicks off Exile on Main Street in fine fashion.

The Grind is the powerful opener on the Teaser album by Tommy Bolin.

I am partial to Dance With the Moonlit Knight and Dance on a Volcano for Genesis openers.

How about Shapes of Things to kick off Truth by the Jeff Beck Group?

Blooby - 3/3/2013 at 01:43 AM


How about Shapes of Things to kick off Truth by the Jeff Beck Group?

Good one.

Not my favorite tune, but I always liked how "Can't Get Enough" kicks off Bad Company's 1st album.

detterm - 3/3/2013 at 02:13 AM

Tattoo'd Lady kicks off one of the greatest albums of all time.

ruahawk - 3/3/2013 at 03:00 AM

Led Zeppelin...custard pie
Neil Young,my,hey hey(out of the blue)
Crosby,Stills,Nash,& Young...carry on
Traveling Wilburys...handle with care

Allman Brothers....any are a given!

stormyrider - 3/3/2013 at 03:08 AM

great topic - thought of some more

Little Feat
Join the Band> Fat Man in the Bathtub - Waiting for Columbus
RnR Doctor - Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Art Blakey - Moanin'

sker0013 - 3/3/2013 at 05:28 AM

The opener on any of Sabbath's first 5 albums.....

bob1954 - 3/3/2013 at 03:36 PM

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - CSN

This one.

Zambi - 3/3/2013 at 05:01 PM

After DWYNM and Statesboro, I'd throw out ther Runnin' with the Devil off VH1.

I agree with Pretending off EC's Journey Man album and Good Times Bad Times off Zep1. Excellent choices.

sixty8 - 3/3/2013 at 06:32 PM

Rush - '2112'
Guns N Roses - 'Welcome To The Jungle' off Appetite for Destruction
Ozzy Osbourne - 'I Don't Know' off Blizard of Oz
Nirvana - 'Serve the Servants' off In Utero
Derek and the Dominos - 'I Looked Away' off Layla
Traveling Wilburys - 'Handle With Care' off Traveling Wilburys

mainebigdog - 3/3/2013 at 07:25 PM

vh-runnin with the devil
ac/dc-highway to hell
aerosmith-back in the saddle
j geils-houseparty
cream-strange brew
jethro tull-aqualung
jonny cash-folsom prison blues
the who-baba oreilly

drh01 - 3/4/2013 at 03:12 PM

Highway Star - Deep Purple (Machine Head)
Fire On High - ELO (Face The Music)
21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson (Court of the Crimson King)
Glad - Traffic (John Barleycorm Must Die)

KWidgeon - 3/4/2013 at 04:59 PM

Statesboro Blues
Take The Highway MTB's 1st LP
Caballo Diablo CDB Fire On The Mountan
Birmingham Blues CDB Nightrider
Thats Your Secret Sea Level, Cats ON The Coast
Mail Train Blues Grinderswitch Macon Tracks
Heat of the Sun Strunz and Farah Live
Joyful Noise dTb

Wow - great picks! I would add:
I Looked Away, Derek & The Dominoes, Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
Nutbush City Limits, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Live Bullet
What's Your Name, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Street Survivors
There Goes Another Love Song, Outlaws, Outlaws

Rusty - 3/4/2013 at 05:08 PM

Wet Willie - "Drippin' Wet" - "That's Alright, Mama"

Here, the Mobile home boys take an Elvis (via Arthur Cruddup) tune and make it their own. Sets up the rest of the show (album), too!

toovakynd - 3/4/2013 at 05:25 PM

Well, I didn't even think about the jazz about:
Weather Report- Birdland(Heavy Weather)
Jaco Pastorius- Donna Lee(Jaco)
Stanley Clarke- School Days(title cut)
Stanley Clarke- If This Bass Could Only Talk(title cut)-duet for bass and Gregory Hines' tap shoes!
Dave Brubek-Blue Rondo a la Turk(Time Out)

steadyhorse - 3/4/2013 at 09:52 PM

Deep Purple

In Rock - Speed King
Machine Head - Highway Star
Who Do We Think We Are - Woman From Tokyo

detterm - 3/4/2013 at 11:17 PM

Day's Dawning from the Frampton album.
It was the soundtrack album of a car trip to Mexico in 1975 with my pal Zombi.

jfk2112 - 3/4/2013 at 11:52 PM

In the Evening - Led Zeppelin
Weird, eerie drone from violin bow captures your attention, builds suspense and then BOOM! that riff kicks in and you're off.

Scuttle Buttin' - Stevie Ray Vaughan
A flash of notes I've never heard duplicated and I've seen many people try, including scores of guitar players on youtube. No one gets it right. I've stopped trying. I just enjoy the fact that Stevie could. What an energetic way to start an album. it's almost like he was saying "You thought 'Texas Flood' was good, listen to this!"

TanDan - 3/5/2013 at 02:56 AM

Bridge of sighs --- Robin Trower
Flight over Rio ----- Elegant Gypsy

lolasdeb - 3/5/2013 at 11:18 PM

Fun topic! I've seen some of my choices listed for Stones, ABB, Zep, Tull, etc. Here's some more (I'll think of 50 others after I post ) ...

Lou Reed - Rock 'n Roll Animal ... Sweet Jane
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here ... Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Bob - Freewheelin' ... Blowin' in the Wind
Times They Are a Changin' ... title track
Bringing It All Back Home ... Subterranean Homesick Blues
Highway 61 Revisited ... Like a Rolling Stone
Blood on the Tracks ... Tangled Up In Blue
Roger Waters - Radio KAOS ... Radio Waves
Van Morrison - Blowin' Your Mind ... Brown Eyed Girl
His Band and the Street Choir ... Domino
Tupelo Honey ... Wild Night
Patti Smith - Dream of Life ... People Have the Power
The Byrds - Mr. Tamborine Man ... title song
Turn Turn Turn ... title song
Younger than Yesterday ... So You Want to be a Rock & Roll Star
Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw ... Something to Talk About
David Bowie - Hunky Dory ... Changes
Young Americans ... title song
Elton John - Madman Across the Water ... Tiny Dancer
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ... Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
U2 - Boy ... I Will Follow
War ... Sunday Bloody Sunday
Joshua Tree ... Where the Streets Have No Name
All That You Can't Leave Behind ... Beautiful Day
Tom Petty/Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes ... Refugee
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever ... Free Fallin'
Into the Great Wide Open ... Learning to Fly
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Born to Run ... Thunder Road
Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E's in Love
Sly & the Family Stone - Dance to the Music ... title song
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On ... title song
Let's Get It On ... title song

Shavian - 3/5/2013 at 11:24 PM

Listened today to Notorious Byrd Brothers.

It kicks off with Artificial Energy and a big blast of brass! An announcement that here was The Byrds as you haven't heard them before and it was followed by sound effects, phasing, string arrangements and a great bunch of songs.

gotdrumz - 3/5/2013 at 11:35 PM

"Baptized By Fire"

"Surf Nicaragua"

"Where Eagles Dare"

"Back In The Saddle"


"Hair Of The Dog"

Vanistheman - 3/6/2013 at 01:35 AM

Fun topic; many great ones already mentioned. Here are a few I didn't notice yet:

Born in Chicago- PBBB
Purple Haze- Are You Experienced?
A Hard Road- same title (Mayall & Bluesbreakers)
Snatch it back & Hold it -Hoodoo Man blues (J. Wells)
Fair Play- Veedon Fleece (V. Morrison)
Waiting- Santana
Batuka- Santana III
Achilles last stand- Presence
No Time- Canned Wheat (Guess Who)
All I Want- Blue
Free- Billy Breathes (Phish)
Llama- Picture of Nectar (Phish)
Burning down the House- Speaking in Tongues
Once- Ten
Go- VS (PJ)
Them Bones- Dirt (AIC)
Speak To Me/Breathe -Dark Side of the Moon
Blind Man in the Dark- Dos
Sailin' Cross the Devil's Sea- 2nd set

assuming live albums count and therefor one my favorites.....

Jumpin' Jack Flash- Ya Ya's

OriginalGoober - 3/6/2013 at 01:44 AM

Accept, Balls to the Wall

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