What are the Best Opening Album Tracks?

Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:21 pm
June 1, 2010
What's the best opening track ever? We asked and listeners responded with roughly 800 picks, posted on our blog and via Twitter.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we gathered a crew to play the best songs that kick off albums. These are often game-changers, from Frank Sinatra to Gang of Four. Join host Bob Boilen as he chats with Tom Moon, author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, and Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein as they look at what an opening track can mean.

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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:37 pm
My vote is Variations on a Theme which morphs into Smiling Phases.

Blood, Sweat and Tears, the album by the same name:

Side one

1. "Variations on a Theme By Erik Satie" (1st and 2nd Movements) – 2:35
* Adapted from "Trois Gymnopédies"; arr. by Dick Halligan
* Recorded October 9, 1968
Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:42 pm
What an intriguing choice Butrflynet! Quite mellow to groovy segue! Very Happy
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:47 pm
Holst, "The Planets" opening "Mars, bringer of war"
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 09:07 pm
Bob Boilen at the end of the podcast is requesting for the Best Closing Album tracks as a counterpoint to their Best Opening Album Tracks podcast:

You gave us absolutely hundreds of suggestions for the best opening tracks ever. Then Carrie Brownstein, Tom Moon and I got together, played some popular ones and came up with a few of our own on our latest episode of All Songs Considered.

We couldn't end a show with a best opening track, so we decided to mine some new ground: What's the best closing track ever?

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