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Epic Rock Songs

Post by futuretiger9 » 13 years ago

The epic rock song, i.e. a grandiose song lasting over five minutes which captures the public imagination, seems to be a thing of the past.

Here are some of my favourites:-

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Deep Purple - Child In Time
Genesis - Supper's Ready
Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Queen - March of the Black Queen
Neil Young - Like A Hurricane
Derek and The Dominoes - Layla (Album version)
Bob Dylan - Desolation Row
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

Any more to add to the above list?

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Post by Cheeveer » 13 years ago

Bob Dylan - Like a rolling stone
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - American Girl
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones - Moonlight Mile
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child
Eagles - Hotel California
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Post by PTRACER » 13 years ago

Those you mentioned, plus Stairway To Heaven :thumbsup:
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Post by crazydude1992 » 13 years ago

Deep Purple-Smoke on the water
Judas Priest-Breakin' the law
KISS-Rock and Roll All Nite

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Post by ww1ace » 13 years ago

Light My Fire-The Doors
Does American Pie-Don McLean count also?

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Post by erwin greven » 13 years ago

Alice Cooper - Halo of flies
Supertramp - Fools Overture
Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell (album version)
Rush - 2112
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Post by Warren » 13 years ago

Metallica - "Master of Puppets"
Steve Vai - "For the Love of God"
RUSH -"2112"

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Post by Jesper Hvid » 13 years ago

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Post by Jesper Hvid » 13 years ago

Arguably the greatest rock epic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73dvrir5kig

Got a bit of Black Mountain Woman in the intro, too.
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Post by Warren » 13 years ago

Jesper Hvid wrote:A long-forgotten epic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLpLYxUM2Gc
Talk about blast from the past!
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Post by PTRACER » 13 years ago

Compared to some of the stuff posted so far, this has got to be an epic as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldfkBwFyXgs
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 13 years ago

PTRACER wrote:Compared to some of the stuff posted so far, this has got to be an epic as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldfkBwFyXgs
Middle of the Road, yeah, hehe...wish they are, when I'm coming round in my car...

Hehehe, well, I know what you're saying, but technically:

"Last night I heard my mother singing a song" would in itself qualify as an epic, however idiotic, in the sense that it is narrative, as opposed to lyrical.

But I agree, the true Epic needs something more. Bo Rhap is so much more than an epic, its completely, well, bizarre, really. Unique rock song.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 13 years ago

Possibly on of the earliest of its kind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHMCfEhdX1E

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Post by PTfan54 » 13 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dQWzdUVMbI

I'm not sure if this counts as epic, but I'll throw it in here anyway. Even if its not epic, its still a damn good song.
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Post by aerogi » 13 years ago

Manowar's Achilles, Agony & Ecstasy In Eight Parts is quite epic too, a 28 minute long song! A really incredible song!

THen there are the classics like Child in time, no matter how many times I hear it, it keeps on interesting me! Bohemian rhapsody is another one. Stairway too heaven, 14 years by G'nR is also a nice long song.

Aerosmith doesn't really have 'epic' album songs, but they do have a killer 8 minute long live version of 'rats in the cellar', with fast parts, bluesy parts, screaming parts, etc sadly they don't often play that song. I've seen them 8 times now, but I've never seen that particular song live. But one day I will... :tongue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlmAanUx13E

'long and epic' songs are still made, but mostly by non mainstream bands I think. Furthermore I think these songs simply don't stand a chance anymore. If Child in time would not exist, and some band would come up with it, I wonder if it would even make the charts. The last 'long' song that really was a big hit I think was November rain by Guns 'n Roses in the early 90s.

Therion for example has often longer epic symphonic metallesque songs on their albums. Even Turisas has a couple of long epic like songs (stories).
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