Epic songs?

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What "epic" songs (longer than eight minutes) do you like?

I think that Iron Maiden are masters of epic songs.
My favourites are For The Greater Good Of God (Excelent lyrics and great music) and The Rime Of The Acient Mariner (Classic one). And of course Steve Vai: Fire Garden Suite.

What's your choice? :headbang
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Big Bad Bill
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Fire Garden Suite!

Dream Theater's 'Scenes from a Memory'. There are no gaps and its all about the same story so I suppose it counts!
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Dream Theater - Metropolis
Dream Theater - Octavarium
Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Pink Floyd - Echoes
Porcupine Tree - Voyage 34

+1 on scenes from a memory
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Fire Garden Suite, Bledsoe Bluvd (actually all songs from the 2nd Sound Theories CD), Ghost Love Score by Nightwish and alot more...
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  • Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    Rush - Hemispheres
    Rush - 2112
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Whispering a Prayer: 8:45.
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The king of all Epic songs i believe is Jim Steinman

Meatloaf- I would do anything for love (but i wont do that)- 12 min

His best is a song in the 80s from STREETS OF FIRE called tonight is what it means to be young...

don't bother looking it up- you most likely wont like it
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Epic Albums - Dream Theather (don't need to say the name) :wink:
" " - Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage and the Thing Fish of course :lol:

Frank Zappa - The Return Of The Son Of Shut Up And Play Guitar
" " - Stevie Spanking (video from hell version)
" " - Greggery Peccary
" " - Billy The Mountain
" " - And lot's and lot's more :guitar

Shadow Gallery - The Queen Of The City Of Ice
" " - Colours
" " - Lights

Iron Maiden - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner :headbang

Manowar - Aquiles, Agony and ...... whatever :mrgreen:

Just to name a few, I love Epics :mrgreen:

:mrgreen: Seraphim :mrgreen:
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Iron Maiden - The Nomad
Dream Theater - Home
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Here's a few I like. I think they're all longer than 8 min but I could be wrong.

"Stargazer" by Rainbow
"Underture" by the Who
"Jungleland" by Bruce Springsteen (My personal favorite might be "Kitty's Back" but it clocks in under 8 minutes...feels like an epic though!)
"Terrapin Station" by the Grateful Dead (preferably a live version)
"Dark Star" by the Grateful Dead (Live/Dead version)
Actually I could go on about the Dead, mindful that each performance (of which I heard many in the 80s) was most definitely not epic. But some performances were, and many of their segued tunes came to feel that way. "Help on the Way/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower" is an example (and an interesting guitar tune is "Slipknot.")
"Machine Gun" by Jimi Hendrix (ever play this on one of those downloadable jukeboxes in a crowded hipster bar? Enjoy the looks on their faces!)
someone mentioned "Shine On Crazy Diamond" - indeed how great is this!
"Yours Is No Disgrace" by Yes
The first time I heard Zappa's "Billy the Mountain" was on the last ZPZ tour...wacky, impossible, weird, and, I suppose epic too. I'm more partial however to other tunes such as
"Inca roads." "Andy" feels more epic to me and has no extended guitar solo either, same with "Strictly Genteel" but neither one reaches 8min.
"Aja" by Steely Dan clocks in at 7:57. But a former drummer roommate told me it was an epic drum tune. Indeed it is.
In terms of Steve Vai, I guess the one that comes to mind right now is "Rescue Me or Bury Me."
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Tom wrote:"Strictly Genteel" but neither one reaches 8min.
Yes, the sound of this song is very epic indeed!!! Played a lot of time as a last song during the '81 and '82 tour :headbang

:mrgreen: Seraphim :mrgreen:
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Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
Allman Brothers - Whipping Post and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
Transatlantic - All of the Above
Pink Floyd - Echoes
Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick
Yes - the whole 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' album

Rush's '2112' and 'Hemispheres' also (which have already been mentioned above)
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Estranged - Guns N Roses (epic move, slash coming outta water to do a solo)
Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater ( i'm imagining ninjas when i hear this song)
Amazing - Aerosmith
Dry Country - Bon Jovi (kinda like amazing by aerosmith, maybe its not that long but its epic to me)
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (the live version.. has longer solo,& the drum breaks were amazing)
Dread & the Fugitive Mind - Megadeth (yeah, maybe its not that long but marty friedman does an epic solo on that one IMO, every note in that solo fits perfectly)
Always Somewhere - Scorpions (hehe, IMHO this one is an epic rock song)
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Fredrik Thordendal - Sol Niger Within
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Mastodon: "The Last Baron"
Gojira: "Flying Whales" (well, it's 7:44 but close enough to 8 minutes)...

Mikey :)
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