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    Rush - The Spirit of Radio
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    All great picks......

    Awaken was the 1st to come to my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adinfinitum View Post
    Rush - Xanadu (Now THATintro sets the scene/mood)
    In what way? That song is hardly anything but a bunch of successive intros!?

    I like it, but there's not too much 'substance' other than those surface-structural ideas.
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    Rush: The Fountain Of Lamneth
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    Rush: The Camera Eye

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    Limiting myself to two per act ...

    Chicago - "Sing a Mean Tune Kid"
    Chicago - "Ballet for a Girl in Buchanan"
    The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
    The Who - "Pinball Wizard" (if that counts)
    Genesis - "Return of the Giant Hogweed"
    Genesis - "The Knife"
    King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man" (one of the most explosive introductions to a band ever)
    King Crimson - "Easy Money"
    Gentle Giant - "Proclamation"
    Gentle Giant - "Free Hand"
    Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"
    Jethro Tull - "Black Sunday"
    Kansas - "Carry On My Whatever Son"
    Kansas - "Cherokee Anthem"
    Magma - MDK
    Pink Floyd - "Have A Cigar"
    Pink Floyd - "In the Flesh"
    PFM - "Ouverture" (from _Dracula_)
    PFM - "La Rivoluzione"
    Peter Gabriel - "Intruder"
    Peter Gabriel - "Down the Dolce Vita"
    Utopia - "Overture/Communion with the Sun"
    Utopia - "Windows"
    Rush - "Spirit of Radio"
    Yes - "Leave It"
    Yes - "Roundabout"
    Electric Light Orchestra - "Ma Ma Belle"
    ELO - "10538 Overture" <H'mmm. Seem to like overtures.>
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    and, yeah, okay,
    Led Zeppelin - "Rock'n'Roll"
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    Led Zeppelin - "Immigrant Song"
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    SMOKE ON DA WATER!
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    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    Smoke on the Water - Not an intro, just a guitar riff - probably the greatest riff ever, but not really an intro (at least how I define it)

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    Some of my favorite Prog intros;
    Pink Floyd-"Echoes", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
    King Crimson-"Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part 1)", "Starless", "The Great Deceiver"
    Yes-"Siberian Khatru", "Starship Trooper", "Close To The Edge", "Sound Chaser"
    The Mars Volta-"Cassandra Gemini", "Day Of The Baphomets", "Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus"
    Rush-"La Villa Strangiato"
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer-"Trilogy", "The Barbarian", "Toccata"
    Robert Fripp-"Breathless"
    Bruford-"5G", "The Sahara Of Snow"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adinfinitum View Post
    Smoke on the Water - Not an intro, just a guitar riff [...] but not really an intro (at least how I define it)
    Yes.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    If I had to pick just one... FAR from being among my favorite tracks, but the intro is pure magic to me (I wish the whole song were like this) Genesis - Eleventh Earl of Mar

    There are a whole host of others from a myriad of artists, but that one jumped out at the question just a little further than the rest of the crowd...

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    OMG..................just remembered another favorite...................

    A YES song from 90125 called CHANGES !
    [NO -- not the David Bowie song.]

    Changes was originally (brought in as a demo and) written by Trevor Rabin; the fantastic intro was added later after being written by Alan White.

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    A few more recent entries:

    Spock's Beard-At the End of the Day
    Transatlantic-Stranger in your Soul
    Porcupine Tree-Blackest Eyes
    Echolyn-Island
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    Not mentioned yet:

    King Crimson's "Prince Rupert Awakes" from Lizard
    Strawbs' "Grave New World" - just love that Mellotron brass blast
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    The early Yes was great at crafting arresting intros/overtures for their cover versions, too: "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed," "Every Little Thing," "Something's Coming," "America"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    I'll just state the obvious, before putting some thought on it: Firth of Fifth

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    Don't think Firth of Fifth works well at all - which is probably why the band got rid of it in short order when they played it live.

    It was an example of Tony Banks' vanity getting the better of what was best for the song.

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    Speak to Me--Pink Floyd. How many bass speakers were laid low by this opening?
    Lou Reed--Sweet Jane
    Bowie--Future Legend
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    Anglagard's piano intro on Jordrok (IMO) ushered in a new era of progressive rock.

    Sticking with the Swedes, Anekdoten's Karelia is great stuff.

    PFM's Introduzione, which IMO is incomplete without Impressioni di Settembre following, is a thing of sheer beauty.

    From a dark standpoint, Univers Zero's La Faulx's drone intro with the... incantations (?) is about as spooky as you can get.

    Do complete songs (if part of a suite, I suppose) count as intros? Pallas' March to Atlantis serves as a nice lead-in to the Atlantis track. Of course, they/the record company/Eddie Offord decided to not put them back-to-back so I guess it doesn't matter.

    and yet:

    Tough to beat Watcher of the Skies though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Facelift View Post
    Don't think Firth of Fifth works well at all - which is probably why the band got rid of it in short order when they played it live.

    It was an example of Tony Banks' vanity getting the better of what was best for the song.
    ISTR reading that they weren't happy with how it sounded on an electric piano so they abandoned it live, which could be due to Banks' vanity. I could give or take the intro, personally. YMMV.

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    Genesis - Calling all Stations
    Nightwinds - We Were Young
    Big Picture - Shine On
    Multi Story - East / West
    Peter Gabriel - Moribund the Burgermeister

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    Xanadu was the first thing I thought of, but someone else already mentioned.

    From Rush I also like Limelight and Spirit of Radio

    From Genesis maybe Behind the Lines and Dance on a Volcano.

    Best proggy intro to a non-prog song: 1984 --> Jump (Van Halen)

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    ^^^ when I saw 1984, I assumed you were gonna say 1984 pt 1, by Anthony Phillips, which was a good reminder for me that that (1984 pt. 1, by Anthony Phillips) indeed has a killer intro. (not to be confused with Prelude '84, which is not so killer)

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    I don't think this really fits OPs poll, but
    "Can you tell me where my country lies .. "
    is just the greatest opening.
    Quote Originally Posted by Facelift View Post
    Xanadu was the first thing I thought of, but someone else already mentioned.

    From Rush I also like Limelight and Spirit of Radio

    From Genesis maybe Behind the Lines and Dance on a Volcano.

    Best proggy intro to a non-prog song: 1984 --> Jump (Van Halen)
    1984 is a great opening piece of the album, and as an intro to Jump.

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    Kansas - The Spider into Portrait

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