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Ok, so after listening to neil young and crazy horse perform cortez the killer on their live album weld through the mcintosh mc240 and the klipsch chorus iis last evening at high volume I have to put that intro up top. Neil at his electric best and crazy horse can do slow time swing like no one else. 

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Smells like teen spirit

enter sandman

Ace of Spades and this

 

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While not THE best.... always loved this one from Kenny Wayne Shepherds younger days (he was about 17 ?)

Now this one might be THE best.... figured I'd post SRVs cover which is a great vid:

 

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11 hours ago, Chris in Santa Cruz, CA said:

Ok, so after listening to neil young and crazy horse perform cortez the killer on their live album weld through the mcintosh mc240 and the klipsch chorus iis last evening at high volume I have to put that intro up top. Neil at his electric best and crazy horse can do slow time swing like no one else. 

I don't smoke enough dope any more to listen to that.... at one point in my young life, 'Zuma' was my favorite album. I still put 'Rust' and 'Stars N Bars' into the mix fairly often. Mrs Steam think of them as country rock.

OTOH maybe I should drag out 'Cortez the Killer' at next open mike night. At the basic level it's not difficult and offers great jam possibilities

-DSK

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On 11/10/2017 at 7:54 PM, valis said:

 

Is this rock?  I don't know anymore: 

 

Don't know if it's Rock (and don't care), but it is one hell of an intro.

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39 minutes ago, MidPack said:

Lots of greats listed, but how has Black Dog - Led Zepp not been mentioned?

That and Kashmir.....was Ramble On mentioned? I stopped Zep songs because so many of them have undeniabley unique intros that you immediately recognize.....

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1 hour ago, Point Break said:

How about Going to California?

 

When I saw them in 1977, they put tall stools across the front of the stage and the whole band sat there playing the acoustic instruments.  It was quite cool.

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8 hours ago, IrieMon said:

While not THE best.... always loved this one from Kenny Wayne Shepherds younger days (he was about 17 ?)

Now this one might be THE best.... figured I'd post SRVs cover which is a great vid:

 

Not good but CRAZY GOOD. SRV was the best ever. What a loss. 

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1 hour ago, BillDBastard said:

This is the best intro of a rock and roll band.

You forgot to use the sarcasm font.

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3 minutes ago, soak_ed said:

You forgot to use the sarcasm font.

I feelle agge olde aurgumentte fomenteng to the surfisse againe; deade vs bosse

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34 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

I feelle agge olde aurgumentte fomenteng to the surfisse againe; deade vs bosse

A pox on both their houses!

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2 hours ago, arcpix said:

Not good but CRAZY GOOD. SRV was the best ever. What a loss. 

Completely agree. Devastating.

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Hell's Bell's - AC DC (the tolling bell is actually Big Ben)

Shotgun - Jr Walker and the All-Stars

Enter Sandman - Metallica

Moby Dick - Zep (whole 4:21 is intro to Bring it Home)

Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crew

Sat. Night Special - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Eminence Front - Who

Love will Find a Way - Yes

Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine

And for the biggest letdown intro: I Need a Lover - John Mellancamp

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4 hours ago, arcpix said:

Not good but CRAZY GOOD. SRV was the best ever. What a loss. 

Just did myself a favor and listened to the whole Montreux concert. Just amazing.

 

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9 hours ago, Steam Flyer said:

I don't smoke enough dope any more to listen to that.... at one point in my young life, 'Zuma' was my favorite album. I still put 'Rust' and 'Stars N Bars' into the mix fairly often. Mrs Steam think of them as country rock.

OTOH maybe I should drag out 'Cortez the Killer' at next open mike night. At the basic level it's not difficult and offers great jam possibilities

-DSK

Do powderfinger Instead. 

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Cant find my way home and low spark of high heeled boys. Steve winwood and traffic.

 

I have to second money for nothing. I just played a 45 rpm mofi vinyl resissue and its very cool. Down tomthe waterline also has an intro.

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22 hours ago, Rangi said:

“And then, one night at The Social Club, Mary didn’t show up......”

She was sucking cock backstage at The Armory In order to get a pass To see some big rock group

 

 

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Not one man over 40 who is reading this thread, doesn't think of an extremely attractive woman of their youth when Barry White and Love Unlimited start their intro. (Awesome thread btw.)

 

 

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This thread has so much good music in it. That J Geils live version blew my mind, I haven't heard it in years, decades. Rapunzel! Was that the same live concert with the "LOVE? LOVE STINKS!" intro?

I'm trying to go through all of it. I remembered another epic opening today ...

 

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On 10/11/2017 at 10:57 PM, jewingiv said:

Surprised that

Sweet Child O'Mine

has not been mentioned yet...

Now that I have tried to play it myself, I have to agree with Slash: that intro is just silly on its own. It is only famous because it is instantly recognisable, and because the rest of the song is so good. Listen to the interludes, and the solo, which are great pieces of guitar music.

For scary intros, can't beat Black Sabbath:

 

Maiden has lots of great intros too : Phantom of the Opera, Where Eagles Dare, the Trooper... This one is more recent:

 

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On 11/12/2017 at 9:21 AM, Steam Flyer said:

I don't smoke enough dope any more to listen to that.... at one point in my young life, 'Zuma' was my favorite album. I still put 'Rust' and 'Stars N Bars' into the mix fairly often. Mrs Steam think of them as country rock.

OTOH maybe I should drag out 'Cortez the Killer' at next open mike night. At the basic level it's not difficult and offers great jam possibilities

-DSK

Ragged Glory has aged very, very well too 

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II remembered the most epic song intro of the 1970s, the intro is longer than half of the song itself, which doesn't even start until 5 minutes in.

Back before the internet, Fundamentalist church preachers used to terrify their congregants that this song was going to turn their children to devil worship, the "Fire on High" was to signify Electric Light Orchestra's hellfire damnation, and they even played the backward masking at the beginning of the song as proof. (It was just Jeff Lynn fucking with them.)

When the good Christian children finally got hold of the actual album to hear for themselves, they then found true faith in Lynn ripping the shit out of that guitar. It was the opening of CBS Sports Spectacular for a few years. Even album rock radio stations cut off the intro and just started at the 5 minute mark or used the single ..

 

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this whole thread is just WOW!

tons of great stuff. thanks folks!

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36 minutes ago, Rum Runner said:

 

I had this one on heavy rotation BITD.

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Couple more:

Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses. 

Train, Train - Blackfoot

Machinehead - Bush

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Almost 150 post later and no Bruce Stinkstien? Not even by the OP??  Or did I miss something...  OK, lets have at it

 

 

 

 

OK... now that is done lets resume to our regular scheduled program

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I think it's pretty hard to have a bad intro to a good rock song, now that I thinks abouts it. In jazz, classical, hell, even RnB sorta, you can mosey around a bit before ya get down to it.

In rock? You burn from the first note. 

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How could we forget Gloria.

G L O R I A, I'm Gonna Shout All Night

Made famous by Chicago's own The Buckingham's.

Written By Van The Man.

Buthchered by Bill Murray at Crossroads and saved by EC.

Every garage band played it.

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I thought we were talking intros..... Not songs......

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4 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

I thought we were talking intros..... Not songs......

Theire is a fulle ellevin secants of intro beforre he singes.

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47 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

I thought we were talking intros..... Not songs......

Yeah, I know. But in terms of recognizable intro, even though it may be only 11 seconds...

OK, I'm dating myself. I used to play that at parties and the ladies loved a guy with a guitar. 

 

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Fine.............

 

 

 

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This sort of thing takes you down a rabbit hole.

 

Try Talking Heads...Born Under Punches....the bass line from Weymouth....

 

 

 

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This may have already been posted but my daughter is learning the bass and just picked up this song. I forgot how great the opening riff was:

 

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On November 11, 2017 at 1:26 AM, Ishmael said:

Faded into obscurity.

Saw Zepplin in '75 at the old Olympia and this is a travesty.  i don't blame Cameron Crowe.  

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15 hours ago, Mrleft8 said:

I thought we were talking intros..... Not songs......

You might as well be herding cats...shit, I knew it was all downhill when somebody mentioned Simon and Garfunkel.  Rock?  Edmund Fitzgerald?  Nobody reads for comprehension.  

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For just a single opening note, it has to be this one.

Echoes.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Snaggletooth said:

Turnitte the fuck up!!              :)

 

you ments dis?

 

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On 11/10/2017 at 8:16 PM, Point Break said:

I LOVE this one................

 

I'd add,"Heard it on The X"

Oingo Boingo, Dead Mans' Party

Deep Purple, Burn

Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, Tijuana Taxi

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Well, nobody did this, so I just had to.  Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix live. So happy to have seen him at the Isle of Wight in 1970.  RIP

 

 

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38 minutes ago, seajay said:

Wow.  You guys are freaking ANCIENT!  :P

Yes, we are.  But we had the bestest music EVER!

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6 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Nobody mentioned AC/DC Shook me All Night Long and Back in Black?   James Gang Funk 49?  REO Speedwagon's siren intro to Ridin' the Storm out? 

I must be confused on the meaning of "intro". To me those, and nearly all rock songs, just start the melody. 

Here's an intro: 

 Scroll to 3:24

 

 

 

 I guess Hendrix did something like that on Voodoo Child, which Stevie Vaughn extended in his cover very well. 

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2 hours ago, seajay said:

Wow.  You guys are freaking ANCIENT!  :P

LMAO! well it does say Best (classic) Rock intro..... maybe next someone will post The Best Sick Drop Ever. ( Dubstep or EDM)..or Best Drummer ever...Neil Peart or Donald Tardy??

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13 hours ago, Mark K said:

I must be confused on the meaning of "intro". To me those, and nearly all rock songs, just start the melody. 

Here's an intro: 

 Scroll to 3:24

 

 

 

 I guess Hendrix did something like that on Voodoo Child, which Stevie Vaughn extended in his cover very well. 

Excellent contribution to the discussion, Mark - I loved that flick.   

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12 hours ago, captpiratedog said:

LMAO! well it does say Best (classic) Rock intro..... maybe next someone will post The Best Sick Drop Ever. ( Dubstep or EDM)..or Best Drummer ever...Neil Peart or Donald Tardy??

Sick Drop?  I must be old, 'cause I have no flippin' clue what that means. 

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10 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Excellent contribution to the discussion, Mark - I loved that flick.   

Thanks. There ain't but two kinds of music..good and bad. 

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10 hours ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Sick Drop?  I must be old, 'cause I have no flippin' clue what that means. 

 A Sick Drop ...In EDM its a musical or effects transition that transforms the feeling of  energy at the start of a  particular song  (sick means good these days) in  Rock music it could seen as a guitar solo into a song ..such as Van Halen 

 

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On 11/17/2017 at 8:51 PM, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Sick Drop?  I must be old, 'cause I have no flippin' clue what that means. 

Here ya go! This is a perfect example of "Fucking The Drop Up"and then NOT gonna get laid!!

 

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On 11/12/2017 at 10:58 PM, J28 said:

Hell's Bell's - AC DC (the tolling bell is actually Big Ben)

Great song.  But, bad info.

As for intros, I've always had a sweet spot for the opening bass riff in here -

 

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