Vocals? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Vocals!
Are these The Top Ten Classic Rock Instrumentals? Just maybe...
...and like you, we're pretty tired of the 24/7 never-endin' yappin' and complainin', so we felt a list of the best vocal-less classics would help ease the pain somehow. In other words, keep your mouths to yourself. Now, in alphabetical order:
"Beck's Bolero" by Jeff Beck ("Truth" LP, 1968) - With Jeff, there's like about a thousand titles we could name, but this chunk of vintage psychedelia oozes danger the best.
"Bouree" by Jethro Tull ("Stand Up", 1969) - Adapted from a Johann Sebastian Bach piece, and a killer reminder of how tight the original line-up of Tull really was.
"Cliffs Of Dover" by Eric Johnson ("Ah Via Musicom", 1990) - The one that put him on the map earned the guitar wiz a well deserved Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
"Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group ("They Only Come Out At Night", 1973) - An extremely rare achievement for an instrumental, this bits-slabbed-together classic went to Number One in May of '73, and it's been on the radio every day ever since.
"Glad" by Traffic ("John Barleycorn Must Die", 1970) - Also kinda rare: making an instrumental the opening track to your stripped-down comeback album, one of the band's best from start to finish.
"Jessica" by The Allman Brothers Band ("Brothers And Sisters", 1973) - These guys wore their instrumental prowess like an ultimate badge of honor. The uplifting and breezy charm of this one can't be denied.
"Outta Space" by Billy Preston ("I Wrote A Simple Song", 1971) - So good that the only reason it stalled at No. 2 on the singles chart was that the No. 1 spot belonged to "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers. Wotta week it must have been...
"Soul Sacrifice" by Santana (Self-titled debut, 1969) - Carlos & Co. just about stole the show at Woodstock with this rather erotic work-out.
"Walk, Don't Run" by The Ventures (LP title track, 1960) - We would be hunted down and killed if this was left off the list. One of the most influential instrumentals ever recorded.
"Whammer Jammer" by The J. Geils Band ("Live Full House", 1972) - ...and here's why he was known as Magic Dick. Plus there's the Woofa-Goofa's best intro ever (yes, better than the one on "Musta Got Lost").
We know we left some titles off, so why doncha tell us what they are? These lists can turn your brain into scrambled eggs...