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  • Outta Space by Billy Preston is one that I seriously dig.
  • I couldn't pick one favorite, but I'll go with Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group.
  • Hi, PC..I love "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas..I'm not sure if that is responsive to your question! :)
  • Albatross by Fleetwood Mac is very beautiful.
  • "The Star Spangled Banner" by Jimi Hendrix
  • Fully instrumental: George Winston's "Woods" Partial Instrumental: Moby's "Porcelain"
  • MacDonald's lament by Darryl Way's Wolf!
  • AC/DC had an obscure instumental on the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack called D.T., that was pretty cool. Mark Knoffler did some incredible work on a lot of things with his guitar but especially some of his work on the Princess Bride soundtrack. Beyond that, the classic oldies rock and roll song Green Onions by Booker T and the MG's back in the early 60's still gets my vote for the best instrumental pop song. Also, even though they are not pop/rock, Strunz and Farah have some incredible instrumental stuff if you like great guitar work with unique percussion mixes.
  • Best instrumental: ” Your Hand in Mine “ by Explosions In The Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36U4ez7AzKA
  • I like "Grazing in the Grass." (And yes, I know there was a vocalise version as well.)
  • Sleeper's Wake - Bach
  • Booker T And the MG's - Green Onions.
  • The Nutcracker Suite.
  • Electric Light Orchestra's "Fire On High" - http://www.last.fm/music/Electric+Light+Orchestra/_/Fire+on+High I believe the radio released version was edited to start after the moody orchestral intro heard here on the album version. Some think this was the Best Rock instrumental ever released. There are some words in the introduction that were recorded backwards, however, and when they are played backwards, someone says: "The music is reversible, but time is not! Turn back, turn back, turn back." From the ELO album "Face The Music" (1975). You Tube video - <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/14Hy6rDahuQ&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/14Hy6rDahuQ&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>
  • In the early 70's as synths were just beginning to be used in pop music, one tune that seemed to stick in everyones mind was "Popcorn" by the band Hot Butter (1972) <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ul5jGfaVGyw&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ul5jGfaVGyw&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>
  • For Radio Airplay, who hasn't heard and loved the Allman Brothers "Jessica"...? http://www.last.fm/music/The+Allman+Brothers+Band/_/Jessica For a great Allman Brothers instrumental that received very limited airplay due to it's length there was the phenomenal "High Falls" from their album "win, lose, or draw".
  • Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin
  • Wow, this could be a long list, there are so many, but you asked for my favorite, which will vary from time to time, but at this moment......"Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson....maybe "la ville strangiato" by Rush" maybe "love lies bleeding" or "Frankenstein", s*%), maybe Maynard Ferguson's "Shaft"...I dont know..... Now my brain hurts...............
  • This one used to be played every night just before midnight by one of the radio stations up here - Al DiMeola - Dark Eyed Tango
  • &quot;Tequila" By The Champs
  • David Arkenstone - Across the Great Oceans
  • &quot;foggy mountain breakdown" earl scruggs and friends

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