Old 29th July 2003, 03:13   #1
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"Epic" songs

I know I talk about this song constantly, but it really is one of the most amazing bands and one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard.

Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons.

If you haven't heard it, you should try it at least once. It's progressive metal, so it has a very diverse blend of jazz, metal, rock, classical, blues... everything. It also has no set chorus or verses; it's just one big story, like an epic poem. The whole piece is over 20 minutes long.


What other "epic songs" do you know of, where there is no repeated chorus and no set verses, just a song that tells a story from beginning to end without repeating lyrics?
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Old 29th July 2003, 04:34   #2
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November Rain....I don't know why, but it seems like an Epic song to me....it's over eight minutes, and it paints a pretty damn good picture in my head whenever I hear it...
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Old 29th July 2003, 04:40   #3
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From your description I think you mean more like a ballad?

Anyway, one song I know that is "epic" in a way is called Hypnotic Vampire by Heatseeker.

here's the guy's site
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Old 29th July 2003, 04:56   #4
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No, actually that's why I made the distinction... ballads repeat a tune over and over. These are songs where the tune is different as you move through the piece, so each "verse" is like an entirely new song.
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Old 29th July 2003, 04:58   #5
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oh, so more like a kind of rock opera squeezed into one song?

Well this isn't squeezed into one song (spans two CDs actually), but War of the Worlds By Jeff Wayne is pretty cool.
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Old 29th July 2003, 09:43   #6
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Joe O'Donnell - Gaodhal's Vision

Epic style concept album telling the story of the founding of the Celtic nation in Ireland. Orchestral/Jazz/Rock, notable mainly for the use of electric fiddle and a guest appearence by Rory Gallagher.

Shame you can't cut and paste from the album sleeve or I'd give you more detail
There are a few audio samples at http://www.guernsey.net/~music/joe-odonnell/audio.htm but they are almost worthless.

If I can find Dream Theatre I'd be interested in taking a listen.

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Old 29th July 2003, 12:35   #7
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Ozric Tentacles - Waterfall Cities. Soothing, joyous and fantastic.

Eno - Ambient Music for Airports. I love this album, its so long.
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Old 29th July 2003, 12:55   #8
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'The stars are projectors' by Modest mouse, repeats lyrics quite a bit but it keeps shifting around and I'd still say it's "epic", really great song anyway.
And pretty much anything by Opeth.
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Old 29th July 2003, 13:03   #9
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Yes need to change!
also why not mix jazz with pop?
jpop?
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Old 29th July 2003, 13:39   #10
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Rush - 2112
The The - GIANT
Rush - Xanadu
Mercury Rev - Frittering
Rush - Cygnus X-1
Magnum - Don't Wake the Lion
Rush - Hemispheres
Underworld - Dirty Epic
Rush - Caress of Steel
Saint Etienne - Western Wind
Rush - Natural Science
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Old 29th July 2003, 18:39   #11
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Old 29th July 2003, 22:36   #12
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Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Iron Maiden. Tells a story


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Old 29th July 2003, 23:16   #13
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Otherworld - Strange Neighborhood (Very good song!)

Boston - Long Time

Pink Floyd - Confortably Numb

Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall

Malaguena~ (my favorite spanish song)
Does anyone know who wrote this song?

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Old 30th July 2003, 01:11   #14
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But of course, the classic 4 movement symphony!

Schubert's #2 and the classic Beethoven #9 Are my current car CD's.

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Old 30th July 2003, 01:45   #15
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The Doors- The End (its not really a "story", its very random and gets very, very chaotic towards the end. Great song, though)

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Old 30th July 2003, 05:01   #16
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Are we forgetting Stairway to Heaven?

best rock song ever

Artist Track
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Old 30th July 2003, 05:05   #17
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Rush - 2112


weird al yankovich - albuquerque

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Old 30th July 2003, 18:05   #18
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you mean like most decent hip-hop?

People Under the Stairs - July 3rd

also The Avalanches - G-Mix (goes for 45 minutes, tells through the misic the story of the groups musical influences)


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Old 30th July 2003, 21:44   #19
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Most decent hip-hop still has verses or a chorus that repeats, though.

I think everyone is misunderstanding my question, but that's okay, it's interesting to see how many "story songs" there are too
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I understood, thanks . Mariner doesn't repeat, as far as I remember.

Neither does good old Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. That's a true magnum opus of rock.


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Old 31st July 2003, 16:37   #21
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Quote:
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Most decent hip-hop still has verses or a chorus that repeats, though.
my statement was obviously too general. we must listen to very different hip-hop


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Old 6th August 2003, 16:40   #22
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Ride - Leave Them All Behind.
The The - Uncertain Smile (Dance Mix)

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The late 60's to early 80's were full of epic concept albums.

Probably, "Tales From Topographic Oceans" by Yes, epitomised the entire era (Dbl LP - 4 trax), especially "Ritual" (Nous Somme Du Soleil)

Other classic epic trax:
Genesis - Supper's Ready (Foxtrot LP)
Camel - The Snow Goose LP
The Enid - Something Wicked This Way Comes LP
Tangerine Dream - 1974 to 1980-ish era
Roy Harper & Jimmy Page - Nineteen Forty Eight-ish (Whatever Happened to Jugula+ LP)
Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways
Tim Blake - New Jerusalem
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn / Crises (title track)
anything King Crimson
anything ELP
probably a fair few Wishbone Ash, Uriah Heep, and early Metallica tunes too.

More obscure stuff:
Greenslade
Gentle Giant
Spooky Tooth
Spiral Realms (and other ex Hawkwind member "offshoots")


Also gotta agree with some of the aforementioned:
Rush . . . especially "2112" & "Hemispheres"
Ozrics are the kings of epic instrumentals (used to be Tange-D)
Eno's entire "Ambient" series
X-man - too many top epic classical works to mention...
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Old 7th August 2003, 15:42   #24
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weird al yankovich - albuquerque
weird al yankovic

a lot of people say 'yankovich' and it's wrong, just wanted to get that out

"It's like saying give a man a Les Paul guitar and he becomes Eric Clapton, and of course that's not true, give a man an amplifier and a synthesizer and he doesn't become...whoever; he doesn't become us." - Roger Waters
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Malaguena~ (my favorite spanish song)
Does anyone know who wrote this song?
Malaguena was composed by Ernesto Lecuona

http://www.spaceagepop.com/lecusong.htm

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Old 17th August 2003, 15:34   #26
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a lot of people say 'yankovich' and it's wrong, just wanted to get that out
i stand corrected...

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Old 19th August 2003, 10:31   #27
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The late 60's to early 80's were full of epic concept albums.
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn / Crises (title track)
I am a huge fan and they are all epics... the music is a world that you can create when you hear the tracks

good choice DJ Egg!!!!
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Old 19th August 2003, 20:50   #28
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The Eagles... Hotel California! Epic!

Robbie Williams - Angels too.
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Old 20th August 2003, 05:17   #29
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Like a few have mentioned...2112 by Rush.

I came for the hatred.
I stayed for the ballbag.
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Old 3rd September 2003, 18:43   #30
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How could I have forgotten this, "The Gift" by the Velvet Underground, just had a reminder of this while sorting through a long lost pile of CD's...

Read lyrics here...

http://carol.wins.uva.nl/~jellekok/l...te_heat.html#2
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Tool - Reflection (It still does things to me)
Tool - Triad (There are no words)
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Bush - Warm Machine
ICP - Fuck The World
Eminem - Remember Me
NEW school shit
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Old 4th September 2003, 02:49   #33
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Shiite, forgot the attachment: (all songs in my pl that are >= 7 minutes)
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Old 8th September 2003, 18:15   #34
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I would like to add two present day bands.

Symphony X

Check out their 20 minute song "The Divine Wings of Tragedy",
or from their most recent album "The Accolade II" and the 24 minute epic "The Oddyssey".

Here's a link to their full song "The Accoloade II":

http://www.insideoutmusic.com/audiovideo.php

Scroll down to AUDIO (Full Clips) and look for Symphony X.

This comes highly recommended for Rush freaks!

Also the prog rock band Spocks Beard is fantastic.
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Old 9th September 2003, 21:49   #35
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Old 15th September 2003, 08:47   #36
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Bowery Electric - Slow Thrills.
Aptly titled.

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Yoko Kanno's "Space Lion" from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack comes immediately to my mind. Best listened to when you know the context it was used in.
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Siouxsie & the Banshees - Switch (6:52)
The B52's - Rock Lobster (6:48)

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lyle lovett-simple song no chorus no repeats only reget it's too short it's only like 2min 30 sec

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Is that an "inverse epic then" spaceplayradio?

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