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Initial post: Apr 29, 2008 4:57:56 AM PDT
I'm not talking about music *sad* enough to make you cry, but music incredibly *beautiful* enough to do that.
Here's one of mine:
The second half of the Allman Brothers' "Mountain Jam."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 5:23:57 AM PDT
K. Carter says:
I'm not even a really religious person, but there is a version of "How Great Thou Art" on "Sounds of Wood & Steel, Vol. 1" that is just amazing. This was a CD put out by Taylor Guitars on Windham Hill. This version is an instrumental performed by Vince Gill and Amy Grant and is so achingly beautiful....Vince is a tremendous guitarist....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 6:04:09 AM PDT
Right you are about Vince.
And it's funny-- I'm also not a religious person, but part of what kills me about the conclusion of "Mountain Jam" is the religious feeling and soul in Duane Allman's rendering of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Vicarious faith, or something!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 6:31:06 AM PDT
K. Carter says:
I haven't listened to Mountain Jam in years.....I'm gonna go put it on right now...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 8:06:20 AM PDT
Mr Thax says:
Checkout Ronnie Lane's solo work from the mid 70s. I was turned-on to his music in 74 by an older Brother and to this day he is a all time favorite of mine. Lovely music. Listen to "Debris"or"Anniversary" on Youtube and tell me what you think.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 8:44:41 AM PDT
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doodah man says:
"Ripple", Grateful Dead. Something about that song...maybe from the association with the movie "Mask"...

"Spiritual High (State of Independence)" parts 2 & 3 from Moodswings, featuring Chrissie Hynde. I was just listening to this now, and her vocals give me chills. Definitely beautiful enough to bring tears.
I saw her do "Smelly Cat" on TV the other night, she brings something special to that song. Sorry Phoebe, but she does.

Also, Third Day's "Love Song" moves me quite a bit in its simplicity.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 9:05:32 AM PDT
"Let it Grow" by Eric Clapton

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 9:05:40 AM PDT
squinky3 says:
Although it is pretty obvious, it surprises me that no one has thought to mention it yet: most anything off "Pet Sounds", as well as countless other gems from the amazing mind of Brian Wilson. Also, plenty of Beatles songs, for example, George's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. How about Bobby Whitlock's second half of Derek & The Dominoes 'Layla'? That is certainly beautiful enough, and it has made me cry on several occasions. There are so many songs and albums to choose from, my list could go on forever! How about certain songs on "Odessey & Oracle" by The Zombies? To get out of "classic" rock for a second, check out some of the songs and guitar solos by Tom Verlaine on Television's "Marquee Moon" and "Adventure" albums. Achingly beautiful! Or, for those who can't get past Morrissey's voice, try focusing on some of the amazing soundscapes Johnny Marr has put together on The Smiths' records. Incredible! Anybody agree? Disagree?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 9:22:43 AM PDT
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Here's another one that gets me:
"Abbey Road" from "Once there was a way..." through "And in the end..." Hats off to Sir Paul.
And, from somewhere possibly just outside the outskirts of "rock":
"Golden Lady" by Stevie Wonder. Its positioning on "Innervisions" -- after three increasingly tense political message songs -- greatly amplifies its ecstatic effect. The beauty of it always gets me blubbering like an infant!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 9:30:04 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 11:12:52 AM PDT
You said it, Wolly Mammoth! "Golden Slumbers" gets my top vote. I would put "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes at #2.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 2:12:06 PM PDT
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1. "Silver Springs" by Fleetwood Mac (the beautiful original 1975 studio recording, not the flat and soul-less "live" version years later on "The Dance").

2. "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan

3. "Celluloid Heroes" and "Don't Forget to Dance" by the Kinks

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 4:30:49 PM PDT
mewtwo says:
I dunno know why, but "Your Guardian Angel" by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus makes me cry nearly every time I listen to it.

This one is a bit sad, but "Where the Moss Slowly Grows" by Tiger Army makes me cry. It's about suicide, and what Nick 13 feels he could have done to stop his friend from doing it...
It reminds me of a personal experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 5:07:08 PM PDT
DKPete says:
Squinky3-I absolutely agree with a lot of the stuff on Pet Sounds-for instance, the middle section in Caroline No-another one for me is when the the harmonized guitar solo comes in during McCartney's (okay, and Wings) Warm and Beautiful from the Speed of Sound album. And then, believe it or nuts, know that song , All My Only Dreams by the Oneders (I don't think the name change had come as of that point)? The middle part of a very "lost" top twenty hit caled I Will Always Think About You by a group called The New Colony Six. I think I'm on a roll here. The verse parts on Tom Jones' What's New Pussycat-it's those chords and melody- nothing to do with the subject matter...Sunday Will Never Be The Same by Spanky and our Gang ( I need a tissue already!)-anyway, seriously, this just shows you how magical the power of music really is; and I don't mean lyrics. To sit and wonder: what exactly is it about a combination of notes complemented by a set of chord changes that can litereally bring a person to tears. While the subject matter of this thread appears like simple list making on the surface, it is really quite a fascinating-not to say mind boggling-concept. And ironically, for me, most of these songs are from hit singles that just came and went as opposed to the "real" progressive stuff from the seventies which I really spent most of my time and money on. One more:Then You Can Tell me Goodbye by The Casinos.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 5:48:38 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
Tiny Tears by Tindersticks
is an incredibly beautiful song and arrangement

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 6:41:11 PM PDT
Father and Son by Cat Stevens always leaves me emotional.
The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin has such a beautiful mellotron sound on it
Also:
Ripples - Genesis
Something - Beatles
For No One - Beatles
Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

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take403 says:
Riviera Paradise- Stevie Ray Vaughn (the perfect instrumental on his last Double Trouble album)
It Won't Be Long- The Beatles (one of the most exquisite coda's ever)
Watching The Wheels- John Lennon
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times- The Beach Boys
It Doesn't Have To Be That Way- Jim Croce
The Rain Song- Led Zeppelin
Feel Flows- The Beach Boys (it's kind of sad if you're watching Almost Famous because the movie is over)
All I Want Is You- U2
Out Of Tears- The Rolling Stones

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 7:02:32 PM PDT
Stevie Ray's take on "Little Wing" gets me misty every time. Probably more than it would if he was still alive.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 10:48:05 PM PDT
eriko says:
i don't know if anyone here is familiar with post-rock, but if you listen to Explosions in the Sky-"it's natural to be afraid"
you'll feel the emotion that can make you do exactly what this topic is about. the album is All of a sudden I miss everyone

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 11:18:31 PM PDT
Poppy Rocky says:
eriko - Have to agree about All of a Sudden... I don't know if tearful is where it leaves me, more of a stunned and heightened emotional state.

Did I just say that? lol... well, it's hard to explain, but it is really powerful stuff. The Birth and Death of the Day, too. In fact, the first three tracks in succession is what really packs the punch.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 10:10:45 AM PDT
Early Hot Tuna songs written by Jorma Kaukonen-

Water Song
Seachild
In The Kingdom
Watch The North Wind Rise
Serpent Of Dreams
Killing Time In The Crystal City
Bar Room Crystal Ball

exquisite grace & beauty.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 11:16:18 AM PDT
(I know your name isn't Debbie, but) Debbie, I totally agree with you about the New Colony Six song, it's very poignant as is their other 'big' hit Things I'd Like To Say. Beautimous. And Spanky too, I'd Like to Get To Know You.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 3:14:48 PM PDT
DKPete says:
Hey Mark-wow, I thought that i was the only one who had even heard of that Colony Six Song and I was going to include I'd Like To Get To Know You but my mind was running so fast with song titles that I forgot. Again, what is it about these melodies that gives one these emotions-for me, seriously one of life's greatest mysteries.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 3:34:17 PM PDT
Since I'm full-blooded man (and lets face it---men don't cry!), I'm not accustomed to shedding tears when listening to music....however, some of Marillion's music comes close, especially songs from "Brave" and "Afraid of Sunlight"......very moving, emotive and sublime music on those two....check them out!
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