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    Epic songs

    What are some songs you all consider to be "epic"?

    A few of mine:

    November Rain - GNR
    The End - The Doors
    Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
    Achilles Last Stand - Zeppelin
    The Odyssey - Symphony X

    I'll also add Hendrix performing The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock, even though that's just a few minutes long.
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    Re: Epic songs

    And no birds sing - Keats

    The ditch is nearer - Lowell

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    Re: Epic songs

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    Re: Epic songs

    A few classics:

    Hey Jude
    We Don't Get Fooled Again/Baba O'Reilly
    Ramblin' Man

    And one you don't hear nearly enough these days:

    And no birds sing - Keats

    The ditch is nearer - Lowell

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    Re: Epic songs

    Expand on what makes a Song "Epic." I think all the ones listed are, but there are a lot of great song that might not be considered Epic I suppose. I'll throw out a safe one and say Bohemian Rhapsody.
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    Re: Epic songs

    Here is one that isn't as much a classic

    Bruce Springsteen "The Ghost of Tom Joad" The live version with Tom Morello.
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    Re: Epic songs

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Baba O'Reilly


    Joe Pera agrees.

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    Re: Epic songs

    Chambers Brothers - Time has come today.

    I agree with Achilles Last Stand. My favorite Zeppelin song.

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    Re: Epic songs

    Springsteen- Thunder Road and Born to Run.

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    Re: Epic songs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    Springsteen- Thunder Road and Born to Run.
    Springsteen is not epic. Springsteen is a great performer and an soulful empathic man, but that is different from epic.
    Wagner, Mahler, Beethoven, Sibelius, Bruckner are epic.
    If I had to pick one piece - Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss.
    Close second: 3rd movement of Beethoven’s string quartet in A minor, Op. 132 - titled “Holy song of thanks to the godhead from a convalescent, in the Lydian mode”. He wrote this masterpiece without ever hearing the notes. He was deaf. It is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in1770.
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    Re: Epic songs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    Springsteen- Thunder Road and Born to Run.
    If I’m going to pick an epic Springsteen song, it would be Jungleland. Not just an epic song, but an epic story.

    Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg, Bruce’s keyboardist and drummer, also played keyboard and drums on Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell. They said that Jim Steinman who wrote Bat Out of Hell, loved Jungleland and it was partial inspiration for the sound of the album, one of the reasons why he had them on the album.
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    Re: Epic songs

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    If I’m going to pick an epic Springsteen song, it would be Jungleland. Not just an epic song, but an epic story.

    Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg, Bruce’s keyboardist and drummer, also played keyboard and drums on Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell. They said that Jim Steinman who wrote Bat Out of Hell, loved Jungleland and it was partial inspiration for the sound of the album, one of the reasons why he had them on the album.
    Jungleland is the perfect epic. You begin with a story featuring distinct characters, move them forward with dense lyrics and dramatic music, don't be afraid to go long, and build to a crescendo, which the song does both vocally and instrumentally. Springsteen's anguished scream at the end tears the listener to pieces.
    And no birds sing - Keats

    The ditch is nearer - Lowell

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    Re: Epic songs

    I grew up on ska punk and indie rock, so these sorts of “best of” topics are always interesting. Classic rock definitely seems to be the prioritized genre, with maybe blues and jazz placed just behind, but the only bands I went back to enjoy are more college/art rock stuff like R.E.M. and Talking Heads. I have a soft spot for cheesy classic rock like Van Halen and B-52s. I also consume most of my music on headphones as a solitary activity and the last time I experienced new music as part of a community or society was ‘90s grunge and alt-rock like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, etc.

    This is all to say that the most epic songs for me are outside of the main genres for epic songs. About Today by the National feels like an epic song. The Glow Pt 2 by the Microphones is an all-time epic song. Phil Elvrum’s new Mount Eerie album ‘Microphones in 2020’ is a 45 minute song that is pretty epic. But it feels like part of the definition of ‘epic’ is it needs to be a huge song that is prominent in its era’s zeitgeist and that most strangers could recall easily...can a smaller indie song that never captivated a bar of strangers in every town of the country be epic?

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    Re: Epic songs

    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    Springsteen is not epic. Springsteen is a great performer and an soulful empathic man, but that is different from epic.
    Wagner, Mahler, Beethoven, Sibelius, Bruckner are epic.
    If I had to pick one piece - Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss.
    Close second: 3rd movement of Beethoven’s string quartet in A minor, Op. 132 - titled “Holy song of thanks to the godhead from a convalescent, in the Lydian mode”. He wrote this masterpiece without ever hearing the notes. He was deaf. It is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in1770.
    Beethoven's 9th Symphony ranks up there with me as somewhat epic.
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