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    Favourite Album-Opening Tracks

    Inspired by a conversation I had earlier today with my Dad. The opening track is often key to the listener's fondness for an album, whether it is a quiet and relaxed introduction or an all-out statement of the band's intent. SO what are some of CW's favourite openers?

    A few favourites of mine to get the ball rolling:

    Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine - Piper At The Gates Of The Dawn

    Television - See No Evil - Marquee Moon (my personal favourite)

    David Bowie - Station To Station - Station To Station

    Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot - Daydream Nation

    Pixies - Bone Machine - Surfer Rosa

    Radiohead - Everything In It's Right Place - Kid A

    Obviously, that's just quick tossed-out examples. There are loads more. Hopefully the good members of CW and their diverse taste can come up with some interesting suggestions!
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    Manic Street Preachers - Yes, The Holy Bible

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    My most favourite one would be Brown Sugar opening Sticky Fingers. What a riff to start of the greatest album of all-time!

    Rocks Off and Gimme Shelter are epic opening tracks as well for the other 2 RS epics.

    Beetlebum(Blur) is a spectacular opener as well, especially with Song 2 right after.

    I love Everything in it's Right Place too.

    Taxman(Revolver) and Back in the USSR(The White Album) are my favourites from the Beatles.

    Breathe isn't as good a song as some others from DSOTM but it sure has incredible lyrics.

    Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, Black Dog and Achilles Last Stand are all classic songs to start off Led Zep albums.
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    Yeah Achilles Last Stand a stand-out one for me.
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    Hard to look past Rock N Roll Star and Welcome to the Jungle. Massive statements of intent.

    Rocks Off a good shout as well, and Burnout from Dookie by Green Day is sweet too.
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    If anything was a massive statement of intent by Oasis, It was Supersonic, IMO.

    I know it doesn't open the album but it was the first single they released and it's an immense song tbh. Still listen to it almost everyday. Basically impossible to get bored of.

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    The Queen is Dead from the album of the same name is an awesome statement of intent. Fuses music hall, a pyrotechnic Marr guitar work out and Moz's "state of the mid 80s" nation address.

    Papa Won't Leave You, Henry from Henry's Dream by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds really boots the door off its hinges & Drive from REM's Automatic For The People sets the sombre tone.
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    Rocks Off - The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
    Hello - Oasis - What`s the story (morning glory)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Hard to look past Rock N Roll Star and Welcome to the Jungle. Massive statements of intent.

    Rocks Off a good shout as well, and Burnout from Dookie by Green Day is sweet too.

    Rock n Roll Star is always the one I think of, especially as track 1 on album 1... Lyrically it is one hell of a statement of intent from a fledgling band, and they followed it through to the max.

    Definately with Teja RE: The Beatles picks too

    My picks;

    Black Crowes - Twice as Hard (Shake Your Money Maker)
    Guns N Roses - Civil War (Use Your Illusion II)
    Manic Street Preachers - Slash n Burn (Generation Terrorists)
    Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nevermind) - Probably the most obvious call in a list of the blatently obvious, but still....
    Pearl Jam - Once (Ten)
    The Pogues - The Sickbed of Culhulainn (Rum, Sodomy & The Lash)
    Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play (Tea for the Tillerman)
    Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning (Velvets/Nico)
    Stevie Wonder - Too High (Innervisions)
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    Forgot Bowie yesterday for some reason

    Station to Station - Station to Station
    Space Oddity - Space Oddity
    Five Years - Ziggy Stardust..

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    There's some great calls there. I'd add to the list:

    Band on the run - huge statement along the lines of 'I'm back in form after 3 years of mediocrity' and the rest of the album was indeed pretty fine.

    'Beyond belief' from Elvis Costello's 'Imperial bedroom'

    'Tangled up in blue' from Dylan's 'Blood on the tracks'

    'I saw her standing there' from Please please me' - we don't need to start our first album with the already-a-hit title track because actually we're about to rewrite the rules about pop stars penning their own tunes and actually putting rather a lot of the good ones on albums without bothering to release them as singles. To prove it, here's one of the 3 greatest pure rock & rolls songs ever recorded by an English artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyonthewall View Post
    Radiohead - Everything In It's Right Place - Kid A
    Plus ten million. Extraordinary track.

    @Ed. Apocalypse Please >>>>>> both as an opener.
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    Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses,Appetite For Destruction
    Women by Def Leppard,Hysteria
    A hard day's night The Beatles,A Hard day's night
    Hey you Pink Floyd,The Wall
    Come together The Beatles,Abbey Road

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