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    Instrumental songs that you love and can't possibly imagine having vocals?

    Can you name one or more instrumental songs that you love and can't possibly imagine having vocals?
    I'll start by naming 3 songs that I absolutely adore and vocals would just ruin it for me:
    1. Jeff Beck - Cause We've Ended As Lovers
    2. Jeff Beck - Nadia
    3. Al DiMeola - Race with the Devil on a Spanish Highway



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    There are bands which play mostly or only instrumental stuff, like Planet X, Kenso, LTE and many others. I like what they do/did.

    Out of those that use vocals, Magellan and some Trent Gardner's side projects come to mind. One of them is Explorers Club with its 20 minute instrumental track "Gigantiphicus" at the end of the second album.

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    Genesis - The Brazilian
    Tycho - Awake
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    Quote Originally Posted by selmer View Post
    There are bands which play mostly or only instrumental stuff, like Planet X, Kenso, LTE and many others. I like what they do/did.

    Out of those that use vocals, Magellan and some Trent Gardner's side projects come to mind. One of them is Explorers Club with its 20 minute instrumental track "Gigantiphicus" at the end of the second album.
    aha! true like for example Brand X and Liquid Tension Experiment, but these two when you listen you know it's explosive great stuff and not made for vocals at all.
    What I meant are tracks that could be restructured to having a vocalist. Not clever tight moozik, it needs to have tunes and rhythms, instrumentals that easily substitute's any vocalist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flightwave View Post
    Genesis - The Brazilian
    Tycho - Awake
    Passport - Ataraxia
    xxx only know one, the obvious one ofcourse xxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonia_Mota View Post
    xxx only know one, the obvious one ofcourse xxxx
    Yeah Tycho is pretty obvious


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    Thijs Van Leer, from Focus, often talks about following Debussy's example of writing "songs without words". One of those was Sylvia, which he says was originally written for a girl singer he was in love with, and she turned it down. In the interview I saw, he even sang the lyrics of the song, and its obvious from the way the melody twists and turn, as if emphasizing different aspects of the lyrics, that it was originally composed to be sung... although its great as an instrumental, of course.

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    After the Ordeal (1973) by Genesis







    Red (1974) by King Crimson









    Hitopadeza by Smak (1978)







    Great thread!

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    Rush - YYZ
    Genesis - Unquiet Slumber/In that Quiet Earth
    ELP - When the Apple Blossoms Bloom...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonia_Mota View Post
    1. Jeff Beck - Cause We've Ended As Lovers
    The original recording of this song did of course have lyrics:

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    Los Endos (1976) by Genesis











    The Sailor's Tale (1971) by King Crimson











    Sava (1986) by Smak


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    Frank Zappa-Peaches en regalia

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    Focus- Sylvia

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    Quote Originally Posted by emperorken View Post
    Focus- Sylvia
    I was going to mention that one also but there is yodelling on it(just like with "hocus pocus").

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    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
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    Jean-Luc Ponty's Stay With Me, Mirage, Renaissance, Cosmic Messenger and a bunch of others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post
    Frank Zappa-Peaches en regalia
    I wouldn't be surprised if Zappa at some point had thoughts to put lyrics to it. I would have never imagined songs like Holiday in Berlin, or the tracks from Sleep Dirt with vocals.

    I also vote for Sylvia. Brilliant song.

    And another no one has mentioned yet is Pilgrimage by Wishbone Ash.

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    Frankenstein By Edgar Winter. Lyrics would certainly ruin this classic.
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    A lot of vocals have killed great music.

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