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The Greatest Lead-Off Song On A Double Album (Studio)


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Initial post: Mar 5, 2013 3:43:05 PM PST
I love "Custard Pie", love "Back In The USSR", but I think my vote goes to...

Rocks Off - Exile On Main St

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 3:50:13 PM PST
K. Carter says:
Custard Pie was the first one I thought of. Also:

Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 4:01:38 PM PST
Rocks Off - Exile On Main St

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 4:02:17 PM PST
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I Am The Sea/The Real Me: Quadrophenia
Introduction: Chicago Transit Authority

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 4:04:30 PM PST
eastrich2015 says:
Ace Of Spades off No Remorse by Motorhead.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 4:13:18 PM PST
B L T says:
"Astronomy Domine" - "Ummagumma"

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 4:17:14 PM PST
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Barry Smith says:
"The Ties That Bind" Bruce Springsteen THE RIVER

"Statesboro Blues" Allman Bros Band At Fillmore East (I know it's a live album but indeed the song starts the album with incredible kick!)

"White Room" Cream WHEELS OF FIRE

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 5:42:30 PM PST
S. Finefrock says:
S.A. I agree, Rocks Off is pretty tough to beat.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 6:15:40 PM PST
onsenkuma says:
Jeff,
Some fine choices already.

THE CLASH: 'London Calling'
MOTHERS OF INVENTION: 'Hungry Freaks Daddy' (Freak Out!)
HUSKER DU: 'These Important Years' (Warehouse: Songs and Stories)
SONIC YOUTH: 'Teenage Riot' (Daydream Nation)

Here's something a little left field: 'Over and Over' from Fleetwood Macs's 'Tusk' made it clear up front: this album was going to be something OTHER than the 'Rumours II' Warners (and most of the fans) wanted. Sure enough, the album polarized their 'new' audience (the old audience for the pre- '75 Mac wasn't listening anyway).

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 7:45:24 PM PST
Severin says:
Title track to "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" by Genesis.
'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' from Dylan's "Blonde On Blonde".
'Back In the U.S.S.R.' on "The Beatles".

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 8:26:47 PM PST
In The Flesh?-Pink Floyd from The Wall
Custard Pie-Led Zeppelin

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 8:38:32 PM PST
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"Paperhouse" from "Tago Mago" by Can, and the title track to "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness" by The Smashing Pumpkins are probably my favorite lead-off cuts to a double album. But I love almost every one that's been mentioned here--"USSR", "Hungry Freaks Daddy", "Rocks Off", "Custard Pie", "London Calling", "I Am The Sea/The Real Me", "Over And Over"...all great stuff. I guess if you're gonna release a mammoth epic double, you certainly don't want to start it off on the wrong foot now, do you?

"Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" is another good one, off of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Oh, and "Song Of Love" off of "Manassas". Oh, and "I'd Have You Anytime" off of "All Things Must Pass". Then there's "Facelift" off of The Soft Machine's "Third"..."Wear Your Love Like Heaven" off of "A Gift From A Flower To A Garden"...

Actually, I think my favorite of all of these is still "Paperhouse".

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 8:47:45 PM PST
Severin says:
'The Revealing Science of God - Dance of the Dawn' from Yes' "Tales From Topographic Oceans". A 2-disc set with only 4 songs on it.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 8:53:13 PM PST
Severin says:
'I Looked Away' from the classic Derek & the Dominos album "Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs".

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 9:36:41 PM PST
J. Coco says:
"1999" by Prince, my second-favorite album of all-time, although my favorite track on the album is "Automatic". The cd however is a single disc.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 10:03:04 PM PST
J. Coco says:
Another favorite that hasn't already been mentioned is "Turn To Stone" from The Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue". This is my favorite ELO song.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 4:36:27 AM PST
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Johnny Bee says:
Rocks Off - Exile On Main Street (now realise it's already been mentioned).

Sets the tone for this wonderfully sloppy and sleazy Stones album.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 4:57:51 AM PST
I've seen some excellent choices here. I'll do a top 5. Funny though, my all time fave double album which is Blonde On Blonde doesn't get in though. I like Rainy Day Woman but there are better album openers for these double sets.
1) Funeral For A Friend-Elton John
2) Back In The USSR-The Beatles
2) I'd Have You Anytime-George Harrison
4) Overture (from Tommy)-The Who
5) Astronomy Domine-Pink Floyd

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 6:14:11 AM PST
mac says:
"...And the Gods Made Love" followed by "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" really put your head into a different place and really set the stage for what was about to happen over the course of listening to all four sides. It is the most influential opening on a double record for me.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 7:21:59 AM PST
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zlh67 says:
I'll second "Overture" from "Tommy" and add "In The Flesh?" from the Wall. "Flesh" in particular really pulls the listener in imo, giving a glimpse of what's to become of the central character before the story has officially begun, advising that "if you want to find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise". And then the rest of the album is just that: a journey through the life of "Pink" to get at what's behind the disguise.

Along different lines, the title track to "Sign o' the Times" was a great opener for the album of the same name by Prince, even if the tone it set is never quite followed up on in the rest of the album.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 7:30:16 AM PST
D. Mok says:
"Metal Machine Music, Part 1"

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 7:44:16 AM PST
J. Coco says:
I don't know if this counts because it's a soundtrack and contains some songs that were previously released, but...
"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 7:57:04 AM PST
mac says:
"Frownland" from Trout Mask is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 8:06:33 AM PST
Music Lover says:
my top 5:

1. Custard Pie-Zeppelin
2. Funeral for A Friend/Love lies bleeding-Elton
3. Rocks Off-The Stones
4. The Lamb-Genesis
5. Movin In=Chicago

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 9:10:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2013 9:10:41 AM PST
How about to lead off a triple LP?
"The Magnificent Seven" was a memorable warning shot of what was in store in The Clash's sprawling but never boring epic "Sandinista!"
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