Thursday, 8 November 2012

Top Ten Albums That Start With An Instrumental*

* (but aren't completely instrumental albums)

Putting an instrumental at the very beginning of your album must always be a fairly bold move to make, a) because most groups/artists are characterised by the sound of their lead vocal as well as the music and b) there's a risk that your listener might get bored while still waiting for someone to open their mouth 2 minutes in. Hence album instrumentals, if any, are usually tucked away usually towards the end of an album or just not included as considered too 'risky'.
Not so in the case of these little gems, where the instrumental-as-openers are so strong they don't need a voice to make them interesting and in most cases they even enhance the listening pleasure, acting as a kind of overture to the album proper.
Listen on then punters to this set of gems... individual tracks have a play button thing to link to youtube sound and vision, or you should even see a little player at the bottom of the page which will include the whole lot.
So microphones to one side, air guitars/synths/drum-kits at the ready and off we go....

1. Ultravox - Vienna  (Astradyne)

2. Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake)

3. Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle (Airlane)

4. St. Etienne - Tiger Bay (Urban Clearway)

5. OMD - Junk Culture (Junk Culture)

6. David Bowie - Low (Speed of Life)

7. Air - Moon Safari (La Femme d'Argent)

8. Japan - Oil On Canvas (Oil On Canvas)

9. John Foxx And The Maths - The Shape Of Things (Spirus)

10. Kraftwerk - Radio Activity (Geiger Counter)

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