Old 26th April 2006, 10:09   #1
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Songs with strings

So, what are everyone's favourite songs involving strings? I'm not necessarily talking about sad/slow songs, if you know a kickass rock track with strings, I'll take it.

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Old 26th April 2006, 12:44   #2
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Old 26th April 2006, 14:28   #3
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Hybrid - Finished Symphony
Hybrid - If I Survive
Hybrid - Higher Than A Skyscraper
Hybrid - Kid 2000
Karsh Kale - Milan
Karsh Kale - Epic
Infected Mushroom - Scorpion Frog
Infected Mushroom - Converting Vegetarians
Shpongle - Around the World in a Tea Daze


That's what I can think of off the top of my head. I'll add more later.
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Old 26th April 2006, 16:34   #4
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My favorite song of all has very a distinctive guitar lick. Pink Floyd ~ Dogs (Animals, 1977, track 2).

The impatient guitar rhythm that the song opens with is haunting and memorable, and prevalent through much of the song.

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Old 26th April 2006, 16:39   #5
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Old 26th April 2006, 16:45   #6
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I wouldn't go so far as to say classical strings, but by god it certainly uses strings.

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Old 26th April 2006, 17:25   #7
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Sounds like the ideal track for a BBQ then. If the neighbours complain, invite Motorhead over for a few.

Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is The New Loud (2001)


Aptly named title, a couple of acoustic guitars sound more-or-less like an orchestra.

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Old 26th April 2006, 17:26   #8
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a lot of trans siberian orchestra songs have strings in them. i especially like the way they did canon in d

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Old 26th April 2006, 22:40   #9
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I like a lot of the Beatles stuff that George Martin added strings to, but most people probably know them already.

Us by Regina Spektor has a fantastic string arrangement. You can hear it on her Myspace page. Fidelity, the song that plays by default on her page, has what sounds like string instuments being plucked rather than being played with a bow, but I can't say if they are real strings or synth-generated.
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Old 27th April 2006, 00:45   #10
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Van the Man used a lot of strings back in the days of the 'Caledonia Soul Orchestra'.
'Astral Weeks' has some cracking tracks, Cypress Avenue, Madame George ...

[edit] 'Too Late To Stop Now' would be another good one

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Old 27th April 2006, 05:24   #11
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Are myspace links blocked here, or did I just do something weird with my link above? :/
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Old 27th April 2006, 06:30   #12
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I like a lot of the Beatles stuff that George Martin added strings to, but most people probably know them already.
Martin was one of the major influences on Britpop, anything from The Verve to Menswe@r was string-laden. But then, it's natural for us Brits to hire 4 string quartets, just for the sake of overdoing it.

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Old 27th April 2006, 13:09   #13
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Are myspace links blocked here, or did I just do something weird with my link above? :/
Seems you or someone else put two spaces between url= and http.

(makes no difference to me, I've site-blocked myspace.com)
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Old 27th April 2006, 17:19   #14
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Seems you or someone else put two spaces between url= and http.
Fixed link to Regina Spektor's page. To re-iteratefor 'seer, the song Us has a nice string section, and Fidelity has what sounds like string instruments being plucked but I don't know if it's synth or real strings.
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Old 27th April 2006, 17:59   #15
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I like the strings in "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas
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Old 27th April 2006, 19:50   #16
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Who doesn't like the Arcade Fire?? I've heard they blow the roof off live, it's easy to see why.
I saw them in Princes St. Gardens (outdoors) last year, and they were absolutely amazing. I bought the album the next day.

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Old 27th April 2006, 20:53   #17
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I like the strings in "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas
Me too. It's one of the best acoustic guitar riffs ever conceived, in my opinion.

Another I like is Led Zeppelin's Over The Hills And Far Away (Houses Of The Holy, 1973, track 3). Took me a while to learn it on guitar, but it's a very nice (and addictive) acoustic riff.

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I saw them in Princes St. Gardens (outdoors) last year, and they were absolutely amazing. I bought the album the next day.
I bet the studio production doesn't do half the justice to the live performance.

Which is why I'm acquiring some bootlegs...

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I bet the studio production doesn't do half the justice to the live performance.
They do lose a lot of energy on the CD, right enough. You don't get just how crazy they all are.

When I saw them, there was two guys hitting each other with drumsticks, one with a motorbike helmet on, to beat the rhythm, and things like that...

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Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
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Old 2nd May 2006, 10:51   #21
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Many suggestions here, thanks.

If I may add some myself, for others, I like Mogwai's use of strings on songs like "Take Me Somewhere Nice" or "Golden Porsche".

And Craig Armstrong's two solo albums are loaded with beautiful strings arrangements (esp the tracks Weather Storm and Laura's Theme).
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Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
That track has everything (sigh). I like the rolling glockenspiel, hard to tell if it's sampled or the real deal. I'd get the sleeve note out but that would mean touching an old-fashioned CD (and getting dust on my shirt).

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