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What Are Your Favorite Instrumental Tunes?

The subject of instrumentals came up in another thread, so I thought it might be fun to see what instrumental tunes everyone enjoys. Instrumentals cover a wide range of genres when you start to think about it; classical (of course), movie soundtracks, pop, jazz, big band oldies, blues, country, rock, and many instrumental versions of your favorite song titles, too.

 

So what instrumental music do you like? What are your favorite tunes or instrumental versions of your favorite songs? Multiple tunes and multiple genres are okay. And, if you have favorite on youtube, feel free to post the link so that we can listen, too!

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Alexandro Querevalú; Dancing On The Floor

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Giorgio Moroder - Tears (1972)

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Local Hero (the soundtrack)

Theme of Local Hero:  Going Home  

 

Mark Knopfler

 

I also like the other soundtracks that he wrote for Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Princess Bride. These are all on the compilation album, Screenplaying.  Love it!

 

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Sure is slow to start. After 2 1/2 minutes, I almost didn't make it to the good part.

(Local Hero (the soundtrack)

Theme of Local Hero:  Going Home  

Mark Knopfler)

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the guy is a killer player. Anything he does is great.
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1.) "Take Five"-The Dave Brubeck Quartet

2.) "Meeting of the Spirits"-The Mahavishnu Orchestra

3.) "Birdland"-Weather Report

4.) "Fanfare for the Common Man"-Emerson, Lake & Palmer

5.) Leo Kottke-"Medley": Crow River Waltz, Jesu-Joy of Man's Desiring, Jack Fig

6.) "My Favorite Things"-John Coltrane

7.) "Race with the Devil on Spanish Highway"-Al Di Meola

8.) "Day in the Life" (Tribute to George Harrison)-Jeff Beck Group w/Tal Wilkenfeld

 

**I could think of many more, but these are a few of my favorites**

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How about the classic from the summer of '63 - Stranger on the Shore by Acker Bilk ?Beautiful clarinet instrumental!

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In addition to posts mentioning "Classical Gas" (IMO, the G.O.A.T.), here's my top selections:

 

Jethro Tull: "Bouree" (link goes to live version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u0XXpVGUwk

Dave Brubeck: "Take Five"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHdU5sHigYQ

Electric Light Orchestra: "Fire On High"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Ndi2HUheg

Vince Guaraldi: "Linus & Lucy"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM

Frank Zappa: "King Kong"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1ZapVqxcug

 

 

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Dream of the Blue Turtles (Sting)

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Herb Alpert; A Taste Of Honey

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                             Rebel Rouser                   Duane Eddy

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How about "Hideaway"-Eric Clapton, on Derek and the Dominoes. Full of classic pentatonic scale blues guitar lines?
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                          One Mint Julep                   Ray Charles

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Booker T & MGs; Time Is Tight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMCH1lV8jUo

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Love that one and Green Onions too.
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ASOLUTELY!
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Arthur Ferrante & Louis Teicher; Midnight Cowboy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHAw1NevuyI

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Average White Band; Pick Up The Pieces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t4OfCYoVj0

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Electric Sandwich - China (full version) 1972

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

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OMG!!!!! unoit!!!!
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Safaris; Wipeout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5D07c0dJuQ

 

This one isn't the Safaris. But, it's just as good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQeC_6bOFqs

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THE SHADOWS - Apache (1969)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoN6AKPGkBo

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Young-Holt Unlimited; Soulful Strut

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Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin; Tequila Dreams

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