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Best Openers and Closers for Albums:

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[up]Haha, finally someone else sees that issue! TPATP is easily a contender for Nightwish's masterpiece, but its place as opener rather than climax is a frankly ridiculous mess-up as far as album structures go.

I'd have been alright with Meadows as a penultimate track, perhaps even after TPATP as a sort of 'epilude' (those are spots on an album tracklist where ballads like Meadows tend to work best), but having the sole album epic as the first track just throws the whole thing into disarray. It's like opening an album with ''The Odyssey'' or ''Blackwater Park''. The album's already reached its big peak before it's properly started.

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 52 The Gloomer, Wed, 31st Aug '11 2:27:50 PM from Northern Ireland
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The title track on One Step Beyond... by Madness is a pretty good opener. Musically, it's alright, since it's pretty much a three minute saxophone solo. What sells it is Chas Smash yelling, "HEY, YOU! DON'T WATCH THAT, WATCH THIS!" and so on; it makes it a great opener for their whole discography, much less the album.

 53 Evergreen 215, Sat, 10th Sep '11 4:10:22 PM from Unnamed Arctic City
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Hm. I guess I have a couple.

Openers:

Warning- Green Day Battery- Metallica Chamber the Cartridge- Rise Against

There are so many more, but I'm too lazy to think of any of them right now, so I'll just skip to a couple closers.

Call Me- Shinedown Save Me- Avenged Sevenfold Octavarium- Dream Theater

Yes, I like both Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold. Shut up.
God's in his Heaven all's right with the world
Openers - Social Distortion's "Reach For The Sky" and "Dear Lover", Alec Empire's "Kiss of Death", Afghan Whigs' "If I Were Going", Breaking Benjamin's "So Cold", The Cure's "One Hundred Years", Bad Religion's "Incomplete".

Closers - NIN's "Hurt", Cold's "Gone Away", Bad Religion's "Only Entertainment", Eve 6's "Arch Drive Goodbye", Social Distortion's "Still Alive", American Head Charge's "To Be Me".

 55 Dekunobo, Mon, 26th Sep '11 5:03:53 PM from underground bunker
OPENER

CLOSER

edited 26th Sep '11 5:49:29 PM by Dekunobo

 56 Ryuhza, Sun, 9th Sep '12 8:24:02 PM from San Diego, California Relationship Status: I know
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Openers:
________

The Shins, Wincing The Night Away ~ Sleeping Lessons (To me, this is like the perfect start to the album's dream. My only qualm is that the song ends so shortly after it kicks off.)

Sufjan Stevens, Illinois ~ Come On, Feel the Illinoise! (I admit I'm kind of cheating with this one, since it's actually the third track off the album, but to me, the first two are just preludes and this is where the album really starts. I have the same feelings about the last two tracks. The third to last track is really where the album ends. What comes after is an instrumental epilogue.)

Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness ~ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Beautiful piano heavy instrumental opener to one of the greatest mega-albums out there.)

Arcade Fire, The Suburbs ~ The Suburbs (My favorite song on the entire album. The Book Ends reprise ending is one of my favorites.)

Radiohead, The Bends ~ Planet Telex (Not just the beginning of a great album, this song feels like the beginning to Radiohead's unique career, beyond the forgettable Pablo Honey and the daunting shadow of Creep.)


Closers:
________

Modest Mouse, The Lonesome Crowded West ~ Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice On Ice, Alright (Very interesting song lyrically, quite a bit more subdued than the other songs of the album for the first two to three minutes, then the drums and bass kick in and power away through the rest of the song as the singer chants the it's all nice on ice alright! They grow faster and faster until the very end, as they finish with "1, 2, 3" -drums- "...4")

Sufjan Stevens, Illinois ~ The Tallest man, The Broadest Shoulders (Once again, it's not the last song on the album, but it's where the album really builds up to it's apex and concludes. It's even the last song with lyrics, and the last lyrics are "Oh great Illinois". Too great not to mention.)

The Shins, Oh, Inverted World ~ The Past and Pending (This is my favorite song from The Shins. It's one of their longest, and a great finisher to their first album.)

Radiohead, OK Computer ~ The Tourist (Hey man, slow down.)


There's a couple I've missed, and I know I've only covered a small cluster of bands here, but I'm running out of steam, so I figure I'll think of some more later.

edited 9th Sep '12 8:25:40 PM by Ryuhza

 57 JHM, Sun, 9th Sep '12 10:55:10 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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[up] Another fan of "The Tourist", I see. Nice to have you.

Surprisingly, given the nature of the music he produces, Dominick Fernow (alias Prurient) has a remarkable knack for choosing striking album openers and closers. For his best opener, I nominate the crystalline, bizarrely catchy "Many Jewels Surround the Crown" from Bermuda Drain, with "Military Road" (from Pleasure Ground) and the ear-testing "Roman Shower" (Black Vase) as second and third place respectively; for his best closer, "Myth of Love" off of Black Vase wins hands down for just being unbelievably frightening in a very primal way.

edited 9th Sep '12 10:55:44 PM by JHM

Well, I'll be...
Pretty much every album by Mew. Also, every single last song on every Wall of Voodoo album.

edited 14th Sep '12 12:03:36 AM by KlarkKentThe3rd

What kind of a post is this??!~!!
 59 Bananaquit, Fri, 14th Sep '12 1:27:17 PM from The Darién Gap Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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GenesisDuke had pretty amazing opening and closing tracks: “Behind the Lines” and “Duke’s Travels/Duke’s End.” A pretty strong way to sell a New Sound Album, it’s just a shame that each successive album was that much weaker than the one before.

The title track on One Step Beyond... by Madness is a pretty good opener. Musically, it's alright, since it's pretty much a three minute saxophone solo. What sells it is Chas Smash yelling, "HEY, YOU! DON'T WATCH THAT, WATCH THIS!"

This was actually used as something of a Catch Phrase for MTV during their early years. In fact, in reference to it, their Technical Difficulties card used to read, “Hey, you! Don’t go away!”
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 60 Twentington, Fri, 14th Sep '12 2:10:26 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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Big & Rich, Horse of a Different Color. Starts with a thundrous 5-minute "I Am" Song ("Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich") that features Country Rapper Cowboy Troy. Closing it is the wonderfully moving ballad "Live This Life", followed by Big & Rich saying they hope you enjoyed the album.

Comin' to Your City also opened with the delightfully goofy "The Freak Parade" (most of which is just them noodling while singing "Somebody's got to be unafraid to lead the freak parade"), but I think it would've been better if they had closed with the epic "8th of November" and relegated the patriotic mashup "Our America" to a bonus disc or something.
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 61 Mr Mallard, Mon, 17th Sep '12 3:46:11 AM from Australia, mate
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The Darkness' Permission to Land had a great closer named Holding My Own. It was a sad little song... about masturbation. It was surprisingly a great, if not sad, closer to one of the best rock albums of the 00's.
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 62 JHM, Mon, 17th Sep '12 7:10:16 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
[up] If Swans can open an album with an epic choral dirge about autoerotic asphyxiation, then The Darkness can surely close one with a poignant tune about masturbation. It's the way the world works.

Tangentially related: The Fall's Hex Enduction Hour begins and ends brilliantly.
Openers: "Welcome to the Jungle" - Guns N' Roses, Appetite For Destruction

 64 Halberdier 17, Fri, 15th Nov '13 1:38:40 PM from Western Pennsylvania Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I'm a fan of BookEnds for Albums like Rising Force from Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force were the album starts with Black Star the first 40 seconds of Black Star is the same as the song Farewell which closes the album.

 65 porschelemans, Fri, 15th Nov '13 3:13:52 PM from A Giant Hamster Ball Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
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Best openers:

  • Cardiacs - A Little Man and a House (A Little Man and a House and The Whole World Window)
  • The Trudy - Love Ray (Love Ray)
  • Radiohead - Airbag (OK Computer)
  • Deerhoof - This Magnificent Bird Will Rise (Reveille)
  • Radiohead - Planet Telex (The Bends)
  • Cardiacs - Jibber & Twitch (The Seaside)
  • Aphex Twin - Xtal (Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92)
  • Talking Heads - I Zimbra (Fear of Music)
  • Orbital - The Girl With The Sun In Her Head (In Sides)
  • Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Magazine - Definitive Gaze (Real Life)
  • The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize (The Soft Bulletin)
  • The Cure - Plainsong (Disintegration)
  • There's an album by a Tuareg guitar band whose name I honestly can't remember (that fact is annoying me so much right now) with an opening track that kicks off the album pretty much perfectly. Any help?

Best closers:

  • Cardiacs - The Whole World Window (A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window)
  • blur - Optigan 1 (13)
  • Radiohead - The Tourist (OK Computer)
  • Cardiacs - Wireless (Sing To God Part One)
  • The Beatles - Julia (The Beatles Disc 1)
  • Orbital - Halcyon + On + On (The Brown Album)
  • Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 6 - 9 (Wish You Were Here)
  • Cardiacs - The Everso Closely Guarded Line (On Land and in the Sea)
  • Dead Kennedys - Viva Las Vegas (Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables)
  • Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere (Little Creatures)
  • Joy Division - Decades (Closer)

edited 15th Nov '13 3:16:33 PM by porschelemans

Mmm...
 66 Quag 15, Fri, 15th Nov '13 4:36:30 PM from Portugal Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Everyone will become one with me (^し^)
[up]The Tuareg band: are they Tinariwen?

Also, Great list![tup]

My list (which would've included many of those you've mentioned, but it's gonna be shorter):

Best Openings:

  • "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)", Hounds of Love, Kate Bush
  • "Europe Endless", Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk. Alternatively, "Autobahn" from Autobahn or "The Robots" from The Man-Machine
  • "Ether", Entertainment, Gang Of Four
  • "Hunter", Homogenic, Björk
  • "Station To Station", Station To Station, David Bowie
  • "One More Time", Discovery, Daft Punk
  • "Kinky Afro", Pills 'n Thrills and Bellyaches, Happy Mondays
  • "Hallogallo", Neu!, Neu!

Best Closings:
  • "Subterraneans", Low, David Bowie
  • "Sister Ray", White Light, White Heat, Velvet Underground
  • "Alive", Homework, Daft Punk
  • "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", Hot Buttered Soul, Isaac Hayes
  • "Get Out of My House", The Dreaming, Kate Bush
  • "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld (Live Mix Mk 10)", The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, The Orb

And many more.

edited 15th Nov '13 4:49:20 PM by Quag15

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Openers:
  • King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (In The Court Of The Crimson King)
  • Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin III) (All of their albums have really great openers, except for Physical Graffiti, "Custard Pie" is a pretty average song by them.)
  • The Who - Baba O'Riley (Who's Next)
  • Yes - Roundabout (Fragile)
  • Black Sabbath - Neon Knights (Heaven and Hell)
  • Rush - The Spirit of Radio (Permanent Waves)
  • Iron Maiden - Aces High (Powerslave)
  • Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (Appetite for Destruction)
  • Alice in Chains - Them Bones (Dirt)
  • Dream Theater - Pull Me Under (Images & Words)
  • Muse - New Born (Origin of Symmetry)
  • Alter Bridge - Ties That Bind (Blackbird)

Closers:
  • The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver)
  • King Crimson - The Court Of The Crimson King (In The Court Of The Crimson King)
  • The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (Who's Next)
  • Pink Floyd - Brain Damage/Eclipse (The Dark Side of the Moon)
  • Rush - Natural Science (Permanent Waves)
  • Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (The Number of the Beast)
  • Queensrÿche - Eyes of a Stranger (Operation: Mindcrime)
  • Alice in Chains - Would? (Dirt)
  • Dream Theater - Learning to Live (Images & Words)
  • Dream Theater - Space-Dye Vest (Awake)
  • Oasis - Champagne Supernova ((What's the Story) Morning Glory)
  • Dream Theater - Octavarium (Octavarium)
  • Muse - Knights of Cydonia (Black Holes and Revelations)

edited 16th Nov '13 8:17:51 PM by djbj

Openers:

  • GenesisDance On a Volcano (A Trick Of The Tail)
  • MarillionThe Invisible Man (Marbles)
  • MarillionGaza (Sounds That Can't Be Made)
  • Danger Mouse — Theme of Rome (Rome)
  • John Martyn — Solid Air (Solid Air)
  • White ZombieElectric Head Part 1 (The Agony) (Astro-Creep: 2000)
  • The Tea PartyTouch (Triptych)
  • Simple MindsReal Life (Real Life)
  • Rick Wakeman — Arthur (The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table)
  • Anim8 — Sputnik (Anim8)

Closers:
  • Steve Hackett — Shadow of the Hierophant (Voyage of the Acolyte)
  • YesTempus Fugit (Drama)
  • MuseKnights of Cydonia (Black Holes and Revelations)
  • Pink FloydTwo Suns In The Sunset (The Final Cut)
  • Simple MindsDolphins (Black & White 050505)
  • Star One — Starchild (Space Metal)
  • Sting — When The Angels Fall (Soul Cages) Goodnight...
  • The Mars VoltaZed and Two Naughts (Noctourniquet)

 69 Bananaquit, Tue, 19th Nov '13 10:40:06 PM from The Darién Gap Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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I can’t believe I forgot about this. Of course, it totally dies the second the “singer” opens his mouth.
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 70 Gamebreaking, Fri, 13th Dec '13 12:51:13 PM from Inside an Australian. Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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"The Sound of Silence" is a fantastic opener, making it no wonder that it was used several times.

Oh, and definitely "Pancho and Lefty" on Steve Earle's cover album of Townes van Zandt.

edited 13th Dec '13 12:55:29 PM by Gamebreaking

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