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#1138433 - 03/29/06 02:09 AM What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
mixedup Offline
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 10
Hi,

I'm trying to choose some good Piano centric Rock/Classic Rock songs. By this I mean songs that have a key/fundamental piano part in them, for example:

- Feel (Robbie williams)
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton)
- Brick (Ben Folds)
- Daydream believer (The Monkees)

What do you recommend?

Cheers

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#1138434 - 03/29/06 09:11 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
hv Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 1233
Loc: Cape Cod
How about...

- Scenes from an Italian Resturant (Billy Joel)
- China Grove (Doobie Brothers)

Howard

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#1138435 - 03/29/06 09:20 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
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Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Anything by Tori Amos or Vienna Teng, though they might be considered more adult alternative than classic rock.

You can't leave out "Layla," of course.

"And I moved" by Pete Townshend has gorgeous rippling keyboard arpeggios throughout, but it's rather a downer of a song and not well known.

"Crime of the Century" by Supertramp.
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#1138436 - 03/29/06 09:45 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Hobie Offline
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Registered: 10/11/05
Posts: 475
Loc: Rocky Mountains
Came sail away - STYX
Freebird - Lynryd Skynrd
Home At Last - Steely Dan
Boogie on Reggae Woman - Stevie W
Clocks - Coldplay
Bad Leroy Brown - J Croce
I don't like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
Thunder Road/Growing up- Bruce Springsteen
Great Balls of Fire - J.L. Lewis
In the Midnight Hour - W. Pickett
Werewolf in London - Warren Zevon
C'est La Vie - Chuck Berry

Just a few that popped into my head. Hope this helps!
Hobie
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#1138437 - 03/29/06 11:12 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
I've always loved the keyboard introduction to Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right".

Hobie, I didn't remember a piano in "Mondays", but I just listened to the song and the pianoing in it is great!

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#1138438 - 03/29/06 04:23 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
MikeMcf31 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/02
Posts: 194
Loc: Northern NJ
Jungleland or Backstreets - Bruce Springsteen

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#1138439 - 03/29/06 08:24 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
CC2 and Chopin lover Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 1981
That's Just The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
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#1138440 - 03/31/06 04:05 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
markb Offline
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Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 2593
Loc: Maryland
Moondance -- Van Morrison
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#1138441 - 03/31/06 07:09 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

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#1138442 - 03/31/06 08:06 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Spin Doctor Offline
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Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 262
Loc: Maryland, USA
Uncle Remus - Frank Zappa
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#1138443 - 03/31/06 08:34 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Opus45 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/05
Posts: 920
Loc: North Carolina
Stairway to Heaven[/b] !!
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#1138444 - 04/01/06 06:11 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
zoso Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 102
Loc: O'fallon Il
All the way from memphis-mott the hoople
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#1138445 - 04/02/06 03:07 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Piano123 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/03
Posts: 46
Loc: San Francisco
http://www.lovinspoonful.com/mp3.shtml

Summer in the City by Lovin spoonful, intro 2nd reprise of theme and fadeout.

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#1138446 - 04/02/06 01:27 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Bob331 Offline
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Registered: 06/11/04
Posts: 135
Loc: NY
A favorite of mine is "Jessica," by the Allman Brothers.

I believe that the pianist was Chuck Leavell, who now plays for the Rolling Stones.

Bob

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#1138447 - 04/03/06 12:39 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
pianojazz Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 359
Loc: dearborn, mi
If you're willing to broaden your requirement a bit from piano to keyboard I would add these songs with absolute "signature" keyboard licks....
Light My Fire - Doors
Riders On The Storm - Doors
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harim
Good Lovin' - Rascles
I've Seen All Good People - Yes
Gimme Some Lovin' - Stevie Winwood/ Spencer Davis
Your Song - Elton John
Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong, The Letter, With A Little Help From My Friends, Feelin All Right - Joe Cocker
Hey Jude, Lady Madonna, Let It Be, A Day In The Life, Get Back - Beatles
Willie Go Round In Circles - Billy Preston
96 Tears - Question Mark & the Mysterions
These Eyes - Guess Who
Oh-yea como va, Black Magic Woman, etc. - Santana
These come to mind - but there's got to be thousands more - Deep Purple, Rush, Queen...
This is going to be a huge list.
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#1138448 - 04/08/06 03:56 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
tm3 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 409
Loc: North Carolina
desperado -- eagles

levon -- elton john

green onions -- booker t

roadhouse blues -- doors

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#1138449 - 04/08/06 04:02 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
paul milando Offline
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Registered: 02/02/06
Posts: 265
Loc: westfield Indiana
Color my world by Chicago
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#1138450 - 04/08/06 04:41 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
p250 Offline
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Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 62
Loc: New Orleans
"Open Arms", Journey

translates well to solo piano

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#1138451 - 04/09/06 04:32 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
tolovemoon Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 152
Loc: South Carolina
Pink FLoyd - Dark Side of The Moon
Trilogy is very good too, Wish You Were Here, and Shine On Your Crazy Diamond..
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#1138452 - 04/09/06 04:47 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
In terms of modern rock songs, Coldplay and Muse are the two which spring to my mind immediately. I'm not a Coldplay fan at all, but I think Muse are absolutely fantastic!

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#1138453 - 04/09/06 05:04 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
tenuki Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/06
Posts: 669
Loc: Seattle, Wa
Tom Waites continues to be my personal piano idol. ;\)

favorite Waites quote:

""Your hands are like dogs, going to the same places they've been. You have to be careful when playing is no longer in the mind but in the fingers, going to happy places. You have to break them of their habits or you don't explore, you only play what is confident and pleasing. I'm learning to break those habits by playing instruments I know absolutely nothing about, like a bassoon or a waterphone."
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#1138454 - 04/11/06 10:25 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Les Koltvedt Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 3195
Loc: Canton, MI
The Load Out by Jackson Brown

..."Now, roll them cases out and lift them amps
Haul them trusses down and get 'em up them ramps
'Cause when it comes to moving me
You know you guys are the champs
But when that last guitar's been packed away
You know that I still want to play
So just make sure you've got it all set to go
Before you come for my piano"...
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#1138455 - 02/03/07 06:35 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
lungfish Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 43
Loc: nyc
excuse the rehashing of a really old thread
but can anyone on here play "Martha My Dear"?
highly impressive song and a great sounding one at that.

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#1138456 - 02/03/07 08:49 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
rintincop Offline
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Registered: 05/11/04
Posts: 1564
Imagine - Lennon
I Am The Walrus - Lennon
A Natural Woman - Carol King
Hey Jude - McCartney
Let It Be - McCartney
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#1138457 - 02/04/07 10:42 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
twosharps Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/22/06
Posts: 103
Loc: Searcy, AR, USA
My list comprises more than just Piano but E-piano and other keyed instruments as well:
Running on empty - Jackson Browne
Say you love me - Fleetwood Mac
Babe - Styx
Nutrocker - Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (their version rocks!)
And they're all in love - The Who (I believe Nicky Hopkins played the piano in that tune - off of the Who by numbers album)
Breakfast in America - Supertramp (the whole album. Very nice playing on the keys throughout!)
Easy - The Commodores
And that's just the tip of the iceberg

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#1138458 - 02/05/07 06:37 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
sizzzzlerz Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/04/06
Posts: 9
Loc: Bay Area, California
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Let It Be - Beatles
Levon - Elton John
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkle
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#1138459 - 02/16/07 08:11 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
ShootCraps Offline
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Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 132
Loc: Virginia Beach, VA
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen.
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#1138460 - 02/17/07 12:38 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
lungfish Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 43
Loc: nyc
Nightswimming by REM

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#1138461 - 02/20/07 10:38 PM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
Minami Layla Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4
 Quote:
Originally posted by lungfish:
excuse the rehashing of a really old thread
but can anyone on here play "Martha My Dear"?
highly impressive song and a great sounding one at that. [/b]
I've got a Beatles Keyboard Book that has that so yeah I can play that one.

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#1138462 - 02/22/07 10:26 AM Re: What are the best Piano centric Rock/ClassicRock Songs???
lungfish Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 43
Loc: nyc
nice, i'd love to learn it.
still haven't tried yet but i will one day.

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