Friday Jukebox: Rock Instrumental Edition


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  1. Avatar zic says:

    These are awesome. (And the soundtrack of my teens, too.)

    Vocal vs. instrumental music uses differing parts of the brain; without words to cling too, we have to use something else; grasp differently. It’s good for ya.

    Led Zeppelin II was the first album I purchased (I was poor, and a late bloomer when it came to purchasing stuff. Still a reluctant consumer.) Water Babies the second.

    And then I met my sweetie, and he played this one for me.

    We’ve been together ever since.Report

  2. Avatar Jeff No-Last-Name says:

    George Thoroughly Good: Manhattan Slide

    Also, when I saw Fleetwood Mac in concert, Mick Fleetwood’s solo on The Chain was awesome.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    In the 90’s, there was a Chapel Hill rock band that was known for its jagged postpunk, sitting at a sonic midpoint between IRS-era REM and Sonic Youth.

    Then they went and released an album that had these two lovely instrumentals nestled in it:

    “Acromegaly”: Shimmering & hypnotic –

    “Bombs Away”: Hauntingly beautiful –

    I repeat, this is not their normal stock in trade – while there are other hidden corners of strange beauty elsewhere in their discography, their more dominant noisier mode often features two intertwining snarling (in both senses of the word) guitars that sounded like they’d been strung with rusty barbed wire, and strangled hoarse vocals (though with great rhythmic sense) fighting through the din.

    But man, are these songs just plain pretty.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    ELP’s version of Copland’s Hoedown, from Rodeo. This album version drags along compared to the tempo they used for live performances. Always wondered how much speed Keith Emerson was on to manage that live tempo.


  5. Avatar Jon Rowe says:

    Liked the inclusion of Eric Johnson. I was going to link to it before I saw you featured it. So instead I add this:


  6. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The Who’s The Ox is undeservedly obscure. Green Onions is deservedly famous.Report

  7. Avatar Glyph says:

    I was going to call Dick Dale a bit of a cheat, since he worked solely (or primarily, if there are any exceptions I am unaware of them) in instrumental rock, and I thought this was more for instrumentals by rock artists that normally incorporate vocals.

    But, I’m glad you did include him, because I went over to wiki to see if he ever used vocals; and I there learned that Dale is of Lebanese descent, and this heritage is the source of the eastern scales he (and therefore, all subsequent surf music) used.

    Which is the sort of really interesting (and in retrospect, should-have-been-obvious) thing that I can’t believe had never really occurred to me before.

    So thanks!

    Here’s another instrumental surf rock tune – “Cecilia Ann”, originally by the Surftones, here covered by Pixies: