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    Chicago Transit Authority - "Introduction"
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    Quote Originally Posted by proggy_jazzer View Post
    'Carry on Wayward Son' from Leftoverture. Not the best track on the album, but so full of hooks and energy it really sets the tone.
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    Some I've always liked:

    Steve Hackett - Ace of Wands
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Black Sabbath - War Pigs
    Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
    Shylock - Ile De Fievre
    SFF - Tao
    Ultravox - Astradyne
    Judas Priest - Victim of Changes
    Soft Machine - Teeth
    National Health - Tenemos Roads
    Alice in Chains - Them Bones
    Locanda Delle Fate - A volte un istante di quiete
    Mastodon - Blood and Thunder
    Slayer - Angel of Death
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    City Nights from Holdsworth’s Secrets album. A Gary Husband tune that really kicks off one the most perfect albums I’ve heard.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerking View Post
    How about not just opening tracks but opening tracks on debut albums:
    Nice Nice Very Nice - Ambrosia
    Introduction - Chicago
    Phasors on Stun - FM
    Ace of Wands - Hackett
    Of a Lifetime - Journey
    Schizoid Man - KC
    The Light - Spocks Beard

    And not a debut album but a great opening track:
    Inca Roads - Zappa
    Yeah, that's pretty impressive for debut albums! I think Schizoid Man has to be the most famous. I remember Phasers On Stun as a radio staple in the 70s in Canada.
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    Excellent opening tracks on debut albums:

    Kansas: "Can I Tell You"
    Starcastle: "Lady of the Lake"
    GTR: "When the Heart Rules the Mind"

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    There are a ton of good answer for this questions, but here are a few that come to mind...

    I'd say most Rush albums has great openers.
    "Dance of a Volcano" - Genesis
    "Paradigm Shift" - LTE
    "Jordrok" - Anglagard
    "Mean Street" - Van Halen
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    Um. Roundabout?
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    Speed King - Deep Purple In Rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halmyre View Post
    Speed King - Deep Purple In Rock.

    "We hope you like our new direction"
    The British and *NOT* the US version.
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    Amen and amen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progtastic View Post
    Yes had a few:

    The Yes Album - Yours is no Disgrace
    Fragile - Roundabout
    Totally agree with YIND, not so sure I may not have preferred Fragile with HOTS opening.

    Food for thought...if CDs were around in 1974, perhaps some 3 song albums may have been programmed differently:
    1) Relayer....Soundchaser—->Gates——>To Be Over
    2) CTTE.......Siberian——>CTTE———>AYAI

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    Death On Two Legs- Queen
    Tightrope- ELO
    Machine Messiah- Yes
    The Song Remains The Same- Led Zeppelin
    Aqualung- Jethro Tull

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    Queen: Keep Yourself Alive (best album 1, side 1, song 1 ever)
    Queen: Procession/Father To Son
    Queen: Brighton Rock
    Queen: Death On Two Legs
    Queen: Tie Your Mother Down
    Kiss: Strutter
    Kiss: Got To Choose
    Kiss: Room Service
    Kiss: I Stole Your Love
    Kiss: I Was Made For Loving You
    Kiss: Is That You?
    Kiss: Creatures Of The Night
    Cheap Trick: Hello There
    Cheap Trick: Surrender
    Cheap Trick: Dream Police
    Thin Lizzy: Mama Nature Said
    Thin Lizzy: Do Anything You Want To
    Thin Lizzy: We Will Be Strong
    Thin Lizzy: Thunder & Lightning
    The Rolling Stones: Yesterday's Papers
    The Rolling Stones: Sympathy For The Devil
    The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
    The Rolling Stones: Start Me Up
    Deep Purple: ...And The Address
    Deep Purple: Speed King (including the "chaos" intro that the idiots at Warners cut from the Stateside release)
    Deep Purple: Highway Star
    Deep Purple: Burn
    Uriah Heep: Gypsy
    Uriah Heep: High Priestess (on the US release of Salisbury)
    Uriah Heep: Bird Of Prey (on the UK release of Salisbury)
    Uriah Heep: Look At Yourself
    Uriah Heep: The Wizard
    Uriah Heep: Sunrise
    Blue Oyster Cult: Transmaniacon MC
    Rainbow: Tarot Woman
    Rainbow: Kill The King
    Rainbow: All Night Long
    Rainbow: I Surrender
    Rainbow: Death Alley Driver
    Dokken: Without Warning
    Quiet Riot: Metal Health (Bang Your Head)
    Slade: Cum On Feel The Noize (yeah, it was a non-album single, but it's the first song on Side A of the Sladest best of, so it counts, I think)
    Slade: Run Runaway (well, it is on the US version of the album)
    Magma: Hortz Fur Dëhn Štekëhn Ẁešt (snicker)
    Magma: Köhntarkösz
    Magma: The Last Seven Minutes
    Magma: Retrovision
    The Beatles: Taxman
    The Beatles: Come Together
    The Byrds: Lover Of The Bayou
    The Who: Armenia City In The Skies
    The Who: Baba O'Riley
    The Who: Slip Kid
    The Who: New Song
    Tangerine Dream: Phaedra
    Tangerine Dream: Rubycon Part One
    Tangerine Dream: Ricochet Part One
    Tangerine Dream: Cherokee Lane
    Tangerine Dream: Cold Bent Sidewalk
    Electric Light Orchestra: Turn To Stone
    Electric Light Orchestra: Prologue/Twilight
    Electric Light Orchestra: Secret Messages
    The Police: Next To You
    The Police: Message In A Bottle
    The Police: Don't Stand So Close To Me
    The Police: Spirits In THe Material World
    The Police: Synchronicity I
    The Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop
    The Ramones: Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio?
    The Ramones: Little Bit O' Soul
    Journey: Any Way You Want It
    Journey: Don't Stop Believin'
    Journey: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Saturday Night Special
    The Monkees: Salesman
    The Monkees: Opening Ceremony/Porpoise Song

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    UK - In the Dead of Night, and I'm sure many others...
    I think Alaska/Time to Kill would have been a great album opener. That's what they used on tour. I guess they wanted their "hit" to be the album opener, though.

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    In the original demo order - Discipline was the opening track. That should have stayed the same.

    Opened Moles Club and the subsequent gigs with it...

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    Amen and amen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boceephus View Post
    City Nights from Holdsworth’s Secrets album. A Gary Husband tune that really kicks off one the most perfect albums I’ve heard.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerking View Post
    Phasors on Stun - FM
    Of a Lifetime - Journey
    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Deep Purple: ...And The Address
    One of the most stunning ones, really!!!
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    Floyd: Speak to me/Breathe
    Yes: Roundabout
    The Who: Baba O'Riley
    And a quirky one, as it is the only song on that side, Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells, Part 1.
    I am also partial to Jerusalem, by ELP as an opener. It's almost like a prayer to start off the album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acedoc View Post
    Floyd: Speak to me/Breathe
    Yes: Roundabout
    The Who: Baba O'Riley
    And a quirky one, as it is the only song on that side, Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells, Part 1.
    I am also partial to Jerusalem, by ELP as an opener. It's almost like a prayer to start off the album.
    Good selection there as an opener. When you think about what follows on Brain Salad Surgery, "Jerusalem" is the benediction that comes at the beginning of the affair, as opposed to the ending "blessing". Got to like the way they arranged that opening cut.

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    Genesis - Down and Out from And Then There Were Three

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    Every Zep opener.
    Yes - Yours Is No Disgrace, Roundabout, Machine Messiah.
    Rush Tom Sawyer
    Genesis - Eleventh Earl of Mar, Dance on a Volcano, Dancing with a Moonlit Knight, The Musical Box, Watcher of The Skies, Looking For Someone.
    ELP The Endless Enigma, Barbarian, Jerusalem

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    One of my favs is Behind the Lines from Duke

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