Best Openers and Closers for Albums:
- U2- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- U2 - "Where The Streets Have No Name"
- eastern youth - "Yoake no Uta"
- The Cure - "In Between Days"
- Coheed and Cambria -"In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth"
- At The Drive-in - "Arcarsenal"
- Ling Tosite Sigure - "illusion is mine" <—Can only find an AMV for that one
- At The Drive-In - "198d"
- The Cure - "Fight Fight"
- John Frusciante - "Leap Your Bar"
- Coheed and Cambria - "The Black Rainbow"
edited 26th Sep '11 5:49:29 PM by Dekunobo
________ 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.)
________ 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
edited 9th Sep '12 10:55:44 PM by JHM
edited 14th Sep '12 12:03:36 AM by KlarkKentThe3rd
- 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?
- 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
- "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!
- "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
edited 15th Nov '13 4:49:20 PM by Quag15
- 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)
- 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
- Genesis — Dance On a Volcano (A Trick Of The Tail)
- Marillion — The Invisible Man (Marbles)
- Marillion — Gaza (Sounds That Can't Be Made)
- Danger Mouse — Theme of Rome (Rome)
- John Martyn — Solid Air (Solid Air)
- White Zombie — Electric Head Part 1 (The Agony) (Astro-Creep: 2000)
- The Tea Party — Touch (Triptych)
- Simple Minds — Real Life (Real Life)
- Rick Wakeman — Arthur (The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table)
- Anim8 — Sputnik (Anim8)
- Steve Hackett — Shadow of the Hierophant (Voyage of the Acolyte)
- Yes — Tempus Fugit (Drama)
- Muse — Knights of Cydonia (Black Holes and Revelations)
- Pink Floyd — Two Suns In The Sunset (The Final Cut)
- Simple Minds — Dolphins (Black & White 050505)
- Star One — Starchild (Space Metal)
- Sting — When The Angels Fall (Soul Cages) Goodnight...
- The Mars Volta — Zed and Two Naughts (Noctourniquet)
edited 13th Dec '13 12:55:29 PM by Gamebreaking
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