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27th Jul '16 3:18:17 PM Sunburst
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** "Fool's Overture" also takes its sweet time before anyone gets to sing. It opens slowly with a melancholic piano intro that precedes a recording of Winston Churchill's "We shall fight on the beaches speech" accompanied by bell tolls and fanfares, which in turn leads to the main theme. After the theme is duly presented, the song slows down and then, at last, Roger Hodgson starts to sing. All told, the instrumental intro lasts about five and a half minutes.
13th Jul '16 5:55:15 PM Adept
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* The intro to {{Dethklok}}'s "Detharmonic" is an example.

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* The intro to {{Dethklok}}'s Music/{{Dethklok}}'s "Detharmonic" is an example.



* DeltaGoodrem's "Believe Again" features a 42 second symphonic beginning and even longer ending (50 seconds).

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* DeltaGoodrem's Music/DeltaGoodrem's "Believe Again" features a 42 second symphonic beginning and even longer ending (50 seconds).



* {{Kamelot}} takes way over a minute to ''set the scene'' for their song "Seal of Woven Years".

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* {{Kamelot}} Music/{{Kamelot}} takes way over a minute to ''set the scene'' for their song "Seal of Woven Years".
11th Jul '16 10:20:56 PM mlsmithca
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* Most songs by Music/{{Tool}} have this, and they usually put short tracks that lead in to their deepest songs. For example "Eon Blue Apocalypse" leads into "The Patient", "Parabol" leads into "Parabola", "Lost Keys" leads into "Rosetta Stoned" as "[[SpokenWordInMusic instrumental]]", and there's also the live track "Merkaba", the '''NINE-MINUTE''' intro to "Sober" (a five-minute song) that was included on the Salival box set.

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* Most songs by Music/{{Tool}} have this, and they usually put short tracks that lead in to their deepest songs. For example "Eon Blue Apocalypse" leads into "The Patient", "Parabol" leads into "Parabola", "Lost Keys" leads into "Rosetta Stoned" as "[[SpokenWordInMusic instrumental]]", and there's also the live track "Merkaba", the '''NINE-MINUTE''' '''nine minute''' intro to "Sober" (a five-minute song) that was included on the Salival box set.
11th Jul '16 10:19:28 PM mlsmithca
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* Music/{{Santana}}: "Black Magic Woman" from ''Music/{{Abraxas}}'' had a very long opening.

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* Music/{{Santana}}: Music/{{Santana}}'s cover of "Black Magic Woman" from ''Music/{{Abraxas}}'' had a very long opening.[[note]] By contrast, the original by Music/FleetwoodMac opens with a single distorted guitar chord before the vocals begin.[[/note]]



** Don't forget the "Little Guitars Intro." And on the same album, "Intruder" leading to the "(Oh) Pretty Woman" cover.

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** Don't forget the The "Little Guitars Intro." And on the same album, "Intruder" leading to the "(Oh) Pretty Woman" cover.



* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer provide numerous examples of this trope, however the most memorable and awesome is probably the 2 minute instrumental start to the concept suite Tarkus. It's agressive 5/4 epic riff grabs your attention right away.

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* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer provide numerous examples of this trope, however the most memorable and awesome is probably the 2 minute instrumental start to the concept suite Tarkus. It's Its agressive 5/4 epic riff grabs your attention right away.



* Music/EltonJohn's "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"; though as the title suggests, it can be argued that it's actually two songs in one, in which case it isn't clear just ''how'' long the opening to "Love Lies Bleeding" is. (the melody is all over the place until about 5:20; Elton doesn't start singing until 5:50). The trope still holds true for the album as a whole, of course.

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* Music/EltonJohn's "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"; though as the title suggests, it can be argued that it's actually two songs in one, in which case it isn't clear just ''how'' long the opening to "Love Lies Bleeding" is. is (the melody is all over the place until about 5:20; Elton doesn't start singing until 5:50). The trope still holds true for the album as a whole, of course.



* Music/MeatLoaf's "BatOutOfHell" takes about 2 minutes to get to the lyrics, as do quite a few of his other songs.
** The live version of ''Bat Out of Hell'' included on the [=CD=] release is even longer, taking six and a half minutes before the vocals kick in.

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* Music/MeatLoaf's "BatOutOfHell" takes about 2 minutes to get to the lyrics, as do quite a few of his other songs.
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songs. The live version of ''Bat Out of Hell'' included on the [=CD=] release is even longer, taking six and a half minutes before the vocals kick in.



** Several of their songs had intros of more than half a minute, e.g. "Keep Yourself Alive", "Great King Rat", "39", "The Prophet's Song", "Las Palabras de Amor", "Radio Gaga", "I want It All", "Scandal" and "Innuendo"

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** Several of their songs had intros of more than half a minute, e.g. "Keep Yourself Alive", "Great King Rat", "39", "The Prophet's Song", "Las Palabras de Amor", "Radio Gaga", "I want It All", "Scandal" and "Innuendo""Innuendo".



* With Valkyrie Missile on We Don't Need To Whisper, Star of Bethlehem on I-Empire, and Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce on Love, Music/AngelsAndAirwaves hasn't missed a single album even if you restrict it to tracks whose sole purpose is this trope!
* Music/{{Genesis}} and the opening 2 songs of the album Duke. Takes a couple of minutes for Behind The Lines to start the vocals, and a minute or so for Duchess to start.
** Watcher of the Skies has a Mellotron(!) EpicRiff as an instrumental opener. Also, Firth of Fifth has a minute of elaborate piano instrumental before the lyrics start.

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* With Valkyrie Missile "Valkyrie Missile" on We ''We Don't Need To Whisper, Star Whisper'', "Star of Bethlehem Bethlehem" on I-Empire, ''I-Empire'', and Et "Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce Luce" on Love, ''Love'', Music/AngelsAndAirwaves hasn't missed a single album even if you restrict it to tracks whose sole purpose is this trope!
* Music/{{Genesis}} and the opening 2 songs of the album Duke. ''Duke''. Takes a couple of minutes for Behind "Behind The Lines Lines" to start the vocals, and a minute or so for Duchess "Duchess" to start.
** Watcher "Watcher of the Skies Skies" has a Mellotron(!) EpicRiff as an instrumental opener. Also, Firth "Firth of Fifth Fifth" has a minute of elaborate piano instrumental before the lyrics start.



* Orbital has several, including "Are We Here", "The Box" (the 28 minute version ends with [[BookEnds a vocal reprise of the first part]], the album version has a 6-minute lead-in track), and "Nothing Left"(also 2 tracks).

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* Orbital has several, including "Are We Here", "The Box" (the 28 minute version ends with [[BookEnds a vocal reprise of the first part]], the album version has a 6-minute lead-in track), and "Nothing Left"(also Left" (also 2 tracks).



* Miyamoto Shunichi's "Caged Bird" (from {{DNAngel}}) has a near two-minute piano intro, and its gorgeous and utterly [[TearJerker heartbreaking]].
* JethroTull brings us ''Locomotive Breath'', whose opening could easily be another track in and of itself. Strangely, there are some people that associate the instrumental opener to this song with Slipstream, thinking that this part of Locomotive Breath is actually the end portion to Slipstream...

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* Miyamoto Shunichi's "Caged Bird" (from {{DNAngel}}) ''Anime/DNAngel'') has a near two-minute piano intro, and its gorgeous and utterly [[TearJerker heartbreaking]].
* JethroTull Music/JethroTull brings us ''Locomotive Breath'', whose opening could easily be another track in and of itself. Strangely, there are some people that associate the instrumental opener to this song with Slipstream, thinking that this part of Locomotive Breath is actually the end portion to Slipstream...



* This is a recurring aspect of {{Rush}}'s longer songs:

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* This is a recurring aspect of {{Rush}}'s Music/{{Rush}}'s longer songs:



** There is another Epic Overture to Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres, lasting 3 minutes.

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** There is another Epic Overture to Cygnus "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres, Hemispheres", lasting 3 minutes.



* [[Music/BlueOysterCult Blue Oyster Cult's]] "Don't Fear The Reaper" is typically opened in live performances with an extended Buck Dharma guitar solo. Their live album "A Long Day's Night" contains about a thirty-second snippet; in concert the intro can run almost as long as the song itself.

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* [[Music/BlueOysterCult Blue Oyster Cult's]] Music/BlueOysterCult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" is typically opened in live performances with an extended Buck Dharma guitar solo. Their live album "A Long Day's Night" contains about a thirty-second snippet; in concert the intro can run almost as long as the song itself.



* Inverted on "Milliontown" by Frost*. The song is 26 and a half minutes long, but the intro is less than a minute long. However, the lyrics stop near the 18 minute mark, giving us an ending instrumental section close to 9 minutes. And it is ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]]''.

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* Inverted on "Milliontown" by Frost*. The song is 26 and a half minutes long, but the intro is less than a minute long. However, the lyrics stop near the 18 minute mark, giving us an ending instrumental section close to 9 minutes. And it is ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]]''.''awesome''.



* DeltaGoodrem's Believe Again features an 42 second symphonic beginning and even longer ending (50 seconds).
** Extraordinary Day also features a 30 second introduction.

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* DeltaGoodrem's Believe Again "Believe Again" features an a 42 second symphonic beginning and even longer ending (50 seconds).
** Extraordinary Day "Extraordinary Day" also features a 30 second introduction.



* "Bloody Well Right" by {{Supertramp}} starts with a jazzy electric piano solo section, followed with (as the band comes in) a slinky wah-wah guitar solo, then a short saxophone melody.
* "War Pigs" by Music/{{Black Sabbath}} has a fairly lengthy dirge of an intro, featuring an air-raid siren.

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* "Bloody Well Right" by {{Supertramp}} Music/{{Supertramp}} starts with a jazzy electric piano solo section, followed with (as the band comes in) a slinky wah-wah guitar solo, then a short saxophone melody.
* "War Pigs" by Music/{{Black Sabbath}} Music/BlackSabbath has a fairly lengthy dirge of an intro, featuring an air-raid siren.



* Music/{{Thousand Foot Krutch}} has a couple. Already Home starts with an intro of 44 seconds and the Welcome to the Masquerade album starts with an instrumental track called "The Invitation", 59 seconds, that is basically the intro to the title track.

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* Music/{{Thousand Foot Krutch}} Music/ThousandFootKrutch has a couple. Already Home starts with an intro of 44 seconds and the Welcome to the Masquerade album starts with an instrumental track called "The Invitation", 59 seconds, that is basically the intro to the title track.



* The opening track of The Crüxshadows' ''Ethernaut'', "Into the Ether"([[{{Scatting}} which has wordless vocals]]), is this to "Cassandra", which in turn [[SiameseTwinSongs segues to]] "Love and Hatred".
* Psyborg Corp's ''The Mechanical Renaissance'' begins with "Lullaby(Blessed By Plutonium)", which [[SiameseTwinSongs leads into]] "Technocracy". ''The Frozen Shrines of Obsydyana'' does likewise with "Millennia Frost"->"Polaris".

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* The opening track of The Crüxshadows' ''Ethernaut'', "Into the Ether"([[{{Scatting}} Ether" ([[{{Scatting}} which has wordless vocals]]), is this to "Cassandra", which in turn [[SiameseTwinSongs segues to]] "Love and Hatred".
* Psyborg Corp's ''The Mechanical Renaissance'' begins with "Lullaby(Blessed "Lullaby (Blessed By Plutonium)", which [[SiameseTwinSongs leads into]] "Technocracy". ''The Frozen Shrines of Obsydyana'' does likewise with "Millennia Frost"->"Polaris".



* The Passing by Music/LambOfGod.

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* The Passing "The Passing" by Music/LambOfGod.



* "Mannen i den vita hatten" by the famous Swedish band Music/{{Kent}}' has a 1:38 minutes long intro.

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* "Mannen i den vita hatten" by the famous Swedish band Music/{{Kent}}' Music/{{Kent}} has a 1:38 minutes long intro.



* Fluxion by [[{{Music/TheOcean}} The Ocean]] opens with "Nazca", a sludgy, heavy opener.

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* Fluxion ''Fluxion'' by [[{{Music/TheOcean}} The Ocean]] Music/TheOcean opens with "Nazca", a sludgy, heavy opener.
7th Jul '16 9:14:22 AM gewunomox
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** "Tightrope" from ''A New World Record'' is similar to TheWho example above, in that the instrumental is actually the first minute of the track.

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** "Tightrope" from ''A New World Record'' is similar to TheWho Music/TheWho example above, in that the instrumental is actually the first minute of the track.
29th Jun '16 11:19:03 AM igordebraga
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* Music/TheBlackKeys open ''Turn Blue'' with "Weight of Love" - and said track has a Pink Floydian 2 minute intro (that's a third of the song!) before the vocals start, showing right off the bat the band is going [[NewSoundAlbum psychedelic]] and [[CreatorBreakdown depressed]].
26th Jun '16 3:09:14 AM gewunomox
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* During live shows, Music/{{Audioslave}} performed an instrumental version of former band {{Rage Against the Machine}}'s "Bulls On Parade" sans Chris Cornell, who returns afterward to sing "Sleep Now In The Fire". Arguably, "Bulls On Parade" is much better as an instrumental.

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* During live shows, Music/{{Audioslave}} performed an instrumental version of former band {{Rage Against the Machine}}'s Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "Bulls On Parade" sans Chris Cornell, who returns afterward to sing "Sleep Now In The Fire". Arguably, "Bulls On Parade" is much better as an instrumental.
22nd Jun '16 6:20:49 AM gewunomox
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* The eponymous side-long title track of ''Close to The Edge'' by {{Yes}} opens with a gaggle of environmental sound (birds chirping and what sounds like a rushing waterfall) which fades into a two-minute assault of seemingly chaotic guitar racket, occasionaly overlaid with Jon Anderson's high-pitched, wordless chanting. Around the three minute mark a proper melody finally starts to emerge from the chaos, and it is only at the four minute mark that Anderson steps in with probably the most cryptic, mind-boggling WordSaladLyrics he'd ever write this side of ''Tales from Topographic Oceans''.

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* The eponymous side-long title track of ''Close to The Edge'' by {{Yes}} Music/{{Yes}} opens with a gaggle of environmental sound (birds chirping and what sounds like a rushing waterfall) which fades into a two-minute assault of seemingly chaotic guitar racket, occasionaly overlaid with Jon Anderson's high-pitched, wordless chanting. Around the three minute mark a proper melody finally starts to emerge from the chaos, and it is only at the four minute mark that Anderson steps in with probably the most cryptic, mind-boggling WordSaladLyrics he'd ever write this side of ''Tales from Topographic Oceans''.
18th Jun '16 12:20:06 AM Doug86
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* The organ and spoken-word lyrics intro of {{Prince}}'s "Let's Go Crazy".

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* The organ and spoken-word lyrics intro of {{Prince}}'s Music/{{Prince}}'s "Let's Go Crazy".
16th Jun '16 11:49:55 PM gewunomox
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* {{Slayer}}'s "Darkness of Christ" off of ''God Hates Us All''
* The Passing by {{Lamb of God}}.

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* {{Slayer}}'s Music/{{Slayer}}'s "Darkness of Christ" off of ''God Hates Us All''
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* The Passing by {{Lamb of God}}.Music/LambOfGod.



* On their self-titled and only album, and the B-side of ''C-c-can't You See?'', Vicious Pink's "8:15 to Nowhere", also released as a stand-alone single, is a prelude to "Great Balls of Fire"([[JerryLeeLewis yes, that one]]), making them SiameseTwinSongs.

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* On their self-titled and only album, and the B-side of ''C-c-can't You See?'', Vicious Pink's "8:15 to Nowhere", also released as a stand-alone single, is a prelude to "Great Balls of Fire"([[JerryLeeLewis Fire"([[Music/JerryLeeLewis yes, that one]]), making them SiameseTwinSongs.



* "I Ran (So Far Away)" by AFlockOfSeagulls has a 1:34 long opening sequence.

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* "I Ran (So Far Away)" by AFlockOfSeagulls Music/AFlockOfSeagulls has a 1:34 long opening sequence.
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