Created By: CodeMan38 on August 11, 2009

Epic Instrumental Opener

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Mostly a '70s thing, but it's showed up in other decades as well: when a rock song has a long instrumental lead-in.

  • Boston's "Long Time" is preceded by a track called "Foreplay". Interestingly, this is the third track on the album, not the intro.
  • Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" is preceded by an instrumental synth riff that's officially titled "Threshold".
  • Though it's considered to be part of the track itself, the synth riff from The Who's "Baba O'Riley" ought to count, particularly given that it's an opening track.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • August 11, 2009
    You mean like "Eruption" and "Spanish Fly" by Van Halen, leading into "You Really Got Me" and something so badly eclipsed by "Spanish Fly" that nobody remembers what the song is any more?
  • August 11, 2009
    • Electric Light Orchestra loved this one:
      • "Eldorado Overture" from Eldorado, which opens with Jeff Lynne reciting a "voice-of-God" prologue to the song over subdued instruments before the instrumental climbs to its climax.
      • "Prologue" from Time does the same thing, though the buildup leads straight into the next track.
      • "Fire On High," from Face the Music. Also potential Nightmare Fuel (at least for the first minute or so).
      • "Tightrope" from A New World Record is similar to The Who example above, in that the instrumental is actually the first minute of the track.
      • Ditto with "Secret Messages," from the album of the same title.
      • "Ocean Breakup / King of the Universe" does the same yet again.
      • Out of the Blue actually has two:
        • First is "Believe Me Now," which leads into "Steppin' Out."
        • The second one is part of the opening track to the four-song "Concerto for a Rainy Day" suite, starting with "Standin' in the Rain" (again integrated into the first two minutes of the song itself).
  • August 11, 2009
    Evanescence's "Good Enough", from The Open Door, features an instrumental segment on the front of the song. The first 60 seconds have an entirely different composition, with a slower tempo, before jumping to what's more obviously the preamble to the regular song, which goes for around 15 seconds before vocals begin.
  • August 12, 2009
    Lee M
    Many Alan Parsons Project albums open with an instrumental that segues into the first song.
  • August 12, 2009
    @Specialist290: Oh, gah, how did I forget about ELO? They're definitely masters of this trope.
  • August 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    "Zia Intro" is the, well, intro to "Zia" on Thousand Days' Thousand Days.
  • August 12, 2009
    • Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond has about 5+ minutes of music before there are any vocals. Some other Pink Floyd songs do this to a lesser extent.
    • Bush's Comedown has about a minute of music before Gavin Rossdale starts singing.
  • August 12, 2009
    Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)"?