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your favourite opening guitar lick/riff/whatevs

It can be a solo, or part of the song, but it must kick things off.

"And Your Bird Can Sing" - The Beatles

"Elizabeth" - Bubble Puppy

"I've Just seen a Face" - Bealtes

"Heart of the Sunrise" - Yes (here - it's rhythm guitar, blending in with everything else, but still rips)

Nothing made this 5-year-old back in '69 bounce off the walls more than this opening:
"Up Around the Bend" - CCR

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For the classic, meat-and-potatoes HEAVY opening, it's gotta be:
"Symptom of the Universe" - Black Sabbath
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When Doves Cry.

Can't You Hear Me Knocking.

Watching The Detectives.

And though you'll never see me at a Billy Joel concert anytime soon, I love the opening riff of Big Shot. I feel like that's one of his "least-Joel-like" songs...sounds like it could have been done by a different group, but for his voice.

I almost feel like Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry could have done a really badass version of that song. Something along the lines of Grey Lagoons.

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Way too many to list, but let me start with...


HELLS BELLS.

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Crazy On You by Heart. Could post that link in the "female guitar players" thread, too.
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Also: Adrian Belew's guitar synthesizer "horns" opening Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al.
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Day Tripper by the Beatles
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Okay, here's my list of favorites:

Brown Sugar

Adrian Belew's guitar synthesizer "horns" throughout Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al

Statesboro Blues (Duane Allman Brothers Band live)

Out On A Limb (Johnny Winter)

Killing Floor (Jimi Hendrix at Monterey)

Roll Over Beethoven (Beatles)

Touch Me (Doors; the opening is layered with organ, harpsichord, drums, and bass, but it's primarily a guitar riff)

Walk Away (James Gang)

Boney Moronie (Johnny Winter live)

Elephant Talk (King Crimson; Tony Levine playing a Chapman Stick which I'm counting as a guitar)

Be With Me (The Butts Band)

Magic Fingers (Frank Zappa)
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The groovy beginning of "Drive My Car" (Beatles) makes me wanna go out and by a cheap Corvair convertible.
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IMO, the answer to most questions like this is always: Gimme Shelter.
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Some that come almost immediately to mind:


Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin - "A Love Supreme" (written by John Coltrane)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC54xtX-Pa4


Cream - "Steppin' Out"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOWVg0AoHWE


Ten Years After - "I'm Going Home"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfuPcOtgJ1o


Johnny Winter - "Be Careful with the Fool"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUoQzZUu5i8


Led Zeppelin - "Jennings Farm Blues"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTLoi2Uxtqg
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Mississippi Queen

Kickstart my heart

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Bohemian Rhapsody, because its opening guitar riff is nothing at all, the song just starts from nothing.

Also Sprach Zarathustra (the famous orchestra bit from 2001 A Space Odyssey), because huge. (Even though it's so overused, I don't care)

The C minor organ passacaglia by Bach, because that ominous 15-second bass riff goes non-stop for 8 minutes to build something incredible. (Plus it helps when the bass you're playing is 32 feet tall)
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The intro to "Limelight" by Alex Lifeson (with Neil Peart jumping in near the end) - clean and catchy, and not terribly technically-challenging, especially for a guitarist like Lifeson, but it always grabbed me.

Boston's "Foreplay" (intro to "Long Time").

Triumph's "Rock Out, Roll On" - love the way the two guitar lines commingle. Their instrumentals too ("Petite Etude," "Midsummer's Daydream," "A Minor Prelude"); Rik Emmett is clearly classically-trained. Very much an underrated band.

The Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane" - good old hard-driving rock 'n' roll.

Clapton's "Same Old Blues" - rhythm and flow interspersed with a cool lick. And, of course, "Layla."

Those are what I can come up with off the top of my head.
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The intro to "Limelight" by Alex Lifeson (with Neil Peart jumping in near the end) - clean and catchy, and not terribly technically-challenging, especially for a guitarist like Lifeson, but it always grabbed me.
Heh - I was gonna post:

Alex's effects-phased trills? arpeggios? triplets? at the beginning of Rush's "Spirit of the Radio".
One could argue that it just sounds like an exercise.
Well, ok - a cool one, then!

NOT "Pictures of Matchstick Men"

Nothing technical - just pure, raw, darned catchiness: "Crusier's Creek" - The Fall. (possibly the greatest drunk video ever made - enjoy) (R.I.P. annoying Mr. Smith)
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Heartbreaker, LZ 2, that guitar sound is just so ...perfect.

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When Doves Cry.

Can't You Hear Me Knocking.

Watching The Detectives.

And though you'll never see me at a Billy Joel concert anytime soon, I love the opening riff of Big Shot. I feel like that's one of his "least-Joel-like" songs...sounds like it could have been done by a different group, but for his voice.[/URL]
I heard an interview where Joel said he sang this song as he imagined Mick Jagger would sing it to Bianca.
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Also Sprach Zarathustra (the famous orchestra bit from 2001 A Space Odyssey), because huge. (Even though it's so overused, I don't care)

The C minor organ passacaglia by Bach, because that ominous 15-second bass riff goes non-stop for 8 minutes to build something incredible. (Plus it helps when the bass you're playing is 32 feet tall)
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The first song that came to mind when I read this thread title was Layla (already mentioned by Johnny Ace).

The second, for reasons I'm not sure about, is Neil Young's Winterlong. Maybe it's because I listened to Decade about a million times in college.
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I didn't think I was a big Clapton fan, but the second I read the title of this thread, I heard the opening to Layla. Man, just seven notes, but it was echoing in my brain. Then it morphed into the opening to Sunshine Of Your Love.

Then I started reading, and remembered Day Tripper, and how my 5th grade brain was blown when I first heard it. And how the Beatles kept changing how we kids thought about music.
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It can be a solo, or part of the song, but it must kick things off.

"And Your Bird Can Sing" - The Beatles
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"Up Around the Bend" - CCR
Some excellent examples (throughout the thread, but I particularly agree with the two quoted above).

One of the first things I thought of was the opening guitar riff to Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing"—except that when I checked the song, I realized it doesn't actually kick things off. In fact, it doesn't even start until at least 0:30 into the song.

But the opening riff to "You Really Got Me" certainly qualifies.

I guess an "opening guitar" part can range from a single chord (as in "A Hard Day's Night") to an extended introduction (as in "Don't, This Way" by the 77s).
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Muddy Waters, "Mannish Boy".
" Purple Haze"
The Who, "Slip Kid".
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Otis Rush - Three Times a Fool
My favorite Otis Rush tune. I don't know if it's the recording technology or his tone or technique (probably a combination of all), but I love how his playing on this version of this song has a real violin-like quality to it.
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Alex's effects-phased trills? arpeggios? triplets? at the beginning of Rush's "Spirit of the Radio".
One could argue that it just sounds like an exercise.
Well, ok - a cool one, then!
A series of pull offs with a triplet thrown in. Then sped up to some sort of quantum level speed. It's ridiculous. But it's also what I would have chosen. Technically brilliant, instantly recognizable and sells the song immediately.

Others?

Layla, by Clapton
Born on the Bayou, by CCR
Smells Like Teen Spirit, by Nirvana
Walk this Way, by Aerosmith
Pride, by U2 (I once read a reviewer describe this as Edge re-enacting creation)

One of the most interesting things about these riffs - and many of the others listed - is despite them being top notch and absolutely amazing is how simple they are. Other than Alex Lifeson showing off, the others are all fairly easy to play and in a simple position. Keep it simple, stupid, is an amazingly good piece of advice.

I once heard Carlos Santana give a piece of advice for aspiring lead guitarists. He said something along the lines of 'when you work on a solo for the first time, just use one string. High E, B, whatever. But you can do a great solo on just one string. Do that.'

Solid advice that I have, in the past, taken to heart.
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. . . Nothing technical - just pure, raw, darned catchiness: "Crusier's Creek" - The Fall. (possibly the greatest drunk video ever made - enjoy) (R.I.P. annoying Mr. Smith)
Oh yeah! And... Deadbeat Descendant.
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Guitar ???
I misinterpreted the "whatevs" part.
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Two of my favorites:

Steve Howe, Pennants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UgBp4GSRY

Drive-By Truckers, Zip City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffI303l9SLY
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I like Zeppelinesque stuff apparently. https://youtu.be/e_fN18rO0dM
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The beginning of Cold Shot, especially the Stevie Ray Vaughan version usually makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. It always makes me feel like I wish I had tuned in a few seconds before I did; like I tuned in right after the best lick in a great building intro. Even when I start it myself I feel like I am coming into something great that is already going on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAPo0EMfdLw
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The opening riff of Sweet Child of Mine.
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Some excellent examples (throughout the thread, but I particularly agree with the two quoted above).
::hat nod::

If I can indulge in a couple strange King Crimson kick-offs:

The most gradual guitar build-up - starting from tinkling notes, to a shimmering crescendo half a minute later - kicks off The Night Watch

Ok - only TWO UGLY NOTES. Sue me. But something, damned.......je ne sais quoi (as Major would offer) about that
BAH bah bah
BAH bah bah
BAH bah
BAH bah
BAH bah bah
BAH bah bah
BAH bah

rhythm that just....makes me puff with Mephistophelian grandeur at the beginning of Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II .
Unfortunately, one of the great shames of the internet is that there's no studio recording of this found anywhere. The studio one does full justice to that opening.

"Vroom" - Thrak
Actually - another downer - this is so poorly synced that this has to be the studio version lamely thrown over live footage. I wouldn't even look at the visuals, here.

(hey - I'm trying to work with what measely pickens there are for a half-decent recording of something)

Along with the sax, the opening of "Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man" is another heavy classic. (Well, after the train whistley-things, anyway)

Speaking of Fripp, though, his greatest guitar opening is "NY3" from his Exposure album
Heh - and just for shits and giggles, I like how buddy breaks down the NY3 riff here .
Heh - and here's hesher's attempt.

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"I'm a Man" by Chicago. Bass beat sets the tone.
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The opening Plwang of Hard Day's Night.

The almost orchestral crank up to the opening of Another Girl Another Planet.
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Not sure that this is necessarily the right answer, but it did flash into my mind on reading the question.

Phish - Lifeboy
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I am a solid fan of Johnny B. Goode's opening lick, since it kinda transformed popular music. And Can't You Hear Me Knocking because it is the greasiest tone and badass-est opening lick around.

I love well-done guitar riff openings - nothing special, just starting things off: Feel Your Love Tonight by Van Halen is just a great riff. Same with Sin City by AC/DC. Meat and potatoes riffs, love 'em.
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The beginning of Cold Shot, especially the Stevie Ray Vaughan version usually makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. It always makes me feel like I wish I had tuned in a few seconds before I did; like I tuned in right after the best lick in a great building intro. Even when I start it myself I feel like I am coming into something great that is already going on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAPo0EMfdLw
This, sooo this.

Oh, and also Gary Moore Still Got The Blues and Parisian Wakway. How could this thread go so long without Gary Moore getting a nod??
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Oh, and I use Oh Well, by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac to check out the low end response on Acoustic guitars
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Pride and Joy, and Voodoo Child, both by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Long Cool Woman, The Hollies, just because it's a classic rock song intro of guitar, bass and drums.
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For the classic, meat-and-potatoes HEAVY opening, it's gotta be:
"Symptom of the Universe" - Black Sabbath
I fully concur. And how about, in "Megalomania", at the start of the second part as the cowbell is ending, the raw purity of that riff.
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How is it that nobody has mentioned CHINA GROVE yet?
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No AC/DC yet? are you all deranged?

Thunderstruck
Back in Black
You shook me all night long
Whole lotta Rosie
Highway to Hell

I mean, I could go on.....
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See my post.
Ah! yes, you snuck it in there. My faith in the dope is restored.

Still............... just the one?
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Ah! yes, you snuck it in there. My faith in the dope is restored.

Still............... just the one?
See post #5.

(As I've said before, there really ought to be a name for this phenomenon a la Gaudere's Law, that when somebody breaks into a thread with a post starting "I can't believe nobody's mentioned XXX," that XXX has, indeed, already been mentioned, and probably multiple times. ETA: Although Alpha Twit appears to be in the clear in this regard. So perhaps rephrase it to there being a "high probability" that XXX has been mentioned.)

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