AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time (dealine: June 30, 2019)

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AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time (dealine: June 30, 2019)

Postby panam » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:02 pm

I think there wasn't an instrumental songs survey before so..

Welcome to the top instrumental songs of all time!! Thread List!!

Rules:

- The song list requires a minimum of 25 and has a maximum of 200
- Any instrumental or semi-instrumental (or a maximum of 10% of the length of the song contains human voice in any form) song that last at least 30 seconds.
- No pieces of classical music, except for pieces that were recorded by their composers (The survey is meant to pop music, but I consider some borderline cases as Philip Glass or Eudovico Divenire).
- Any piece of TV show, movies or videogames soundtracks as long as their performers are identified. For classical music that is also a soundtrack applies the previous rule.
- If you want to include a live version, specify what it is. Otherwise, the studio recorded version will be considered (if there is a studio recorded version)
- If you're not sure something is eligible, ask

Deadline: June 30, 2019
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:33 pm

Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand - Sir Duke (1976)

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby acroamor » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:23 pm

Great idea for a poll! Can't wait to see what all people come up with.


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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby fasbjd » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:47 pm

Are you hoping to avoid Jazz as well? What about Fusion?

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Postby Hymie » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:46 pm

MY BALLOT

1 - Green Onions - Booker T. & MG's
2 - In The Mood - Glenn Miller
3 - Third Man Theme - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
4 - Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
5 - Last Night - Mar-Keys
6 - Raunchy - Bill Justis
7 - Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (part 2) - Huey "Piano" Smith
8 - Leap Frog - Chuck Alaimo Quartet
9 - Walkin' With Mr. Lee - Lee Allen
10 - A Taste Of Honey - Herb Alpert & TJB
11 - 40 Miles Of Bad Road - Duane Eddy
12 - Jam Up - Tommy Ridgley
13 - Tijuana Taxi - Herb Alpert & TJB
14 - Hideaway - Freddy King
15 - The Hucklebuck - Paul Williams
16 - Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert & TJB
17 - Wild Weekend - Rockin' Rebels
18 - Walk Don't Run - Ventures
19 - Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
20 - Manhattan Spiritual - Reg Owen
21 - Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
22 - Tune Up - Jr. Walker & All-Stars
23 - Slow Walk - Sil Austin
24 - Right Now, Right Now - Alan Freed
25 - So What - Bill Black's Combo
26 - Cole Slaw - Frank Culley
27 - Whipped Cream - Herb Alpert & TJB
28 - All Night Long - Joe Houston
29 - Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
30 - The Frog Hop - Hal Singer
31 - Roller Coaster - Little Walter
32 - Hand Clappin' - Red Prysock
33 - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag - Pigbag
34 - Honkin' At Midnight - Frank Motley
35 - Hot Rod - Hal Singer
36 - Rock And Roll Part 2 - Gary Glitter
37 - Preachin' - Julian Dash
38 - Big Heavy - Cozy Eggleston
39 - Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller
40 - Bayou Drive - Clifton Chenier
41 - White Silver Sands - Bill Black's Combo
42 - A Frosty Night - Pee Wee Crayton
43 - Swanee River Hop - Fats Domino
44 - Rock 'N Roll - Red Prysock
45 - Rockin' With The Duke - Good Buddy (Buddy Lucas)
46 - Driving Home (part 2) - Paul Gayten
47 - The Big Wheel - Clifton Chenier
48 - In A Mellotone - Duke Ellington
49 - Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller
50 - A String of Pearls - Glenn Miller
51 - Take The "A" Train - Dule Ellington
52 - After Hours - Erskine Hawkins
53 - Star Dust - Artie Shaw
54 - One O'Clock Jump - Harry James
55 - Topsy (part 2) - Cozy Cole
56 - Tequila - Champs
57 - Wipe Out - Surfaris
58 - 7-11 - Gone All Stars

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Postby Pierre » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:43 pm

You forgot to mention a deadline, and whether soundtrack composers were considered classical music composers or not ;)

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Postby Pierre » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:08 pm

StevieFan13 wrote:


Video game music? OK :music-rockon:


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Postby panam » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:14 am

Pierre wrote:You forgot to mention a deadline, and whether soundtrack composers were considered classical music composers or not ;)


Answered in the first post.

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Postby bonnielaurel » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:38 pm

This is a huge amount of music. All of these would be eligible:

*Jazz legends: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Glenn Miller...
*Film and TV themes: Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Charlie Chaplin, Max Steiner, Henry Mancini...
*Instrumental pop of the 50s ad 60s: Duane Eddy, The Shadows, The Ventures, Dick Dale, Booker T., Bert Kaempfert...
*Pop and rock bands with instrumental tracks: Fleetwood Mac (Albatross), Santana (Samba Pa Ti), ABBA (Arrival), Toto (Child's Anthem), Simple Minds (Theme for Great Cities), The Corrs (Toss the Feathers)...
*Big bands, symphonic bands etc.: Buddy Rich, Love Unlimited Orchestra, James Last, Herb Alpert, Mike Oldfield, Mezzoforte...
*Synthesizer: Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Art of Noise, Harold Faltermeyer, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock...
*Electronica: Jaga Jazzist, Nicolas Jaar, Arca, Nils Frahm...
*Post-rock: Mogwai, Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You Black Emperor!...
*Nu jazz: Go Go Penguin, Portico Quartet...
*World Music: Astor Piazzolla, Paco de Lucía, Giora Feidman, Toumani Diabaté, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar...

The deadline is a long time away, so it's possible to make a big list.

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Postby Elder » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:11 pm

A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgement, Maggot Brain, Warszawa, Windowlicker are eligible?
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Postby Pierre » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:45 pm

Oh, and what about instrumental hip-hop featuring vocal samples? Like Grandmaster Flash's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" or Run-D.M.C.'s "Jay's Game"?

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Postby fasbjd » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:58 pm

1. So What – Miles Davis
2. Da Funk – Daft Punk
3. Opening – Phil Glass
4. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down – Miles Davis
5. Rocker – Alter Ego
6. Haitian Fight Song – Charles Mingus
7. Got Glint? – The Chemical Brothers
8. Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd
9. Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs
10. Volunteered Slavery (Live Montreux ‘72) – Roland Kirk
11. Asturias (Leyenda) – Andres Segovia
12. Surkit – Reel by Real
13. Acid – Ray Barretto
14. Take Five – Dave Brubeck Quartet
15. Moanin’ – Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers
16. Pipeline – The Chantays
17. Actium – Aphex Twin
18. The Other One (Live 5/2/72) – Grateful Dead
19. Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi – Yann Tiersen
20. Pithecanthropus Erectus – Charles Mingus
21. A Night in Tunisia – Charlie Parker
22. Chronology – Ornette Coleman
23. Phantom Pt.II – Justice
24. Alabama – John Coltrane
25. Hong Kong Manbo – Tito Puente and His Orchestra
26. Blue 7 – Sonny Rollins
27. Unrecorded – M83
28. Work Song – Cannonball Adderley Quintet
29. New Studio Blues – Link Wray
30. Green Chimneys – Thelonious Monk
31. Re Run Home – Kamasi Washington
32. Poney Part 1 – Vitalic
33. Prelude – Miles Davis
34. Law Years – Ornette Coleman
35. Autumn Leaves – Cannonball Adderley
36. Mogwai Fear Satan – Mogwai
37. Plutonian Nights – Sun Ra and His Solar-Myth Arkestra
38. The 16th Hour – Deadmau5
39. Journey From the Death of a Friend – Terry Riley
40. The Entertainer – Scott Joplin
41. Machine Gun – The Commodores
42. The Emperor – Donald Byrd
43. Keep Hope Alive – Crystal Method
44. Miserlou – Dick Dale
45. Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
46. Right Off – Miles Davis
47. Welcome to the Party – Har-you Percussion Group
48. Chameleon – Herbie Hancock
49. Canon – Charles Mingus
50. Renunciation – Ananda Shankar
51. High Rise – Orbital
52. Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
53. In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk
54. Drawn Out Like an Ache – Lorn
55. Electirc Counterpoint III. Fast – Steve Reich
56. Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
57. Discipline – King Crimson
58. Lament I – Bird’s Lament – Moondog
59. Dolorean Dynamite – Todd Terje
60. Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Flatt & Scruggs
61. Golden Arrow – DARKSIDE
62. The Human Abstract – David Axelrod
63. Entre Dos Aguas – Paco de Lucia
64. You Know, You Know – Mahavishnu Orchestra
65. Contact – Daft Punk
66. Tippi-Toes – The Meters
67. Rumble – Link Wray
68. Resolution (Part 2) – John Coltrane
69. Dahle Disco – 120 Days
70. Generique – Miles Davis
71. On the Sunny Side of the Ocean – John Fahey
72. Metamorphosis One – Phillip Glass
73. The Lion and the Wolff – Lee Morgan
74. Diamond – Klint
75. Equinox – John Coltrane
76. Uncle Harry’s Last Freak-out (First Version) – The Pink Fairies
77. Cherokee – Clifford Brown
78. Footprints – Wayne Shorter
79. In White Rooms – Booka Shade
80. Last Night – The Mar-Keys
81. Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part One – King Crimson
82. Adnan’s – Orbital
83. Trainspotting – Primal Scream
84. Paradiso – Kronono No1
85. Hora Decubitus – Charles Mingus
86. Destroying Angels – Bohren & Der Club of Gore
87. Hallogallo – Neu!
88. My Father My King – Mogwai
89. Sirius – The Alan Parsons Project
90. A New Career In A New Town – David Bowie

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Postby Listyguy » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:44 pm

Pierre wrote:Oh, and what about instrumental hip-hop featuring vocal samples? Like Grandmaster Flash's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" or Run-D.M.C.'s "Jay's Game"?

Ditto for most of DJ Shadow's music

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Postby panam » Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:44 am

Pierre wrote:Oh, and what about instrumental hip-hop featuring vocal samples? Like Grandmaster Flash's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" or Run-D.M.C.'s "Jay's Game"?


Maximum 10% of song could be with sung or spoken vocals.

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Postby Pierre » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:38 am

panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Oh, and what about instrumental hip-hop featuring vocal samples? Like Grandmaster Flash's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" or Run-D.M.C.'s "Jay's Game"?


Maximum 10% of song could be with sung or spoken vocals.


Wow, you're applying that criterion a bit too straight in that case. But, hey, that's your survey.

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Postby Fred » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:55 pm

Ditties:

1. Percy Faith – First Light (James Holden remix)
2. Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
3. Jimmy Smith – St. Louis Blues
4. Dungen – Fredag
5. Michel Legrand – Arrivee de Camionneurs
6. Maurice Jarre – Main title from ‘Lawrence of Arabia’
7. The Who – Overture
8. David Axelrod – The Human Abstract
9. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
10. Focus – Sylvia
11. Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper & Stephen Stills – Albert’s Shuffle
12. Dick Dale and The Del-Tones – Misirlou
13. Van der Graaf Generator – Theme One
14. McCoy Tyner – Fly With The Wind
15. Wendy Carlos – Music From ’A Clockwork Orange’
16. Donny Hathaway – I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry, (part 1 & 2)
17. Freddie Hubbard – Midnite Soul
18. Kvartetten Som Sprängde – Gånglåt Från Valhallavägen
19. Percy ‘Thrills’ Thrillington – Monkberry Moon Delight
20. Stan Tracey – Starless And Bible Black
21. Extrawelt – Soopertrack
22. Bill Evans – B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)
23. Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
24. Zero 7 – Truth & Rights
25. Frank Zappa – Blessed Relief
26. Coleman Hawkins – Body And Soul
27. Django Reinhardt - Nuages
28. John Coltrane – Psalm
29. Beach Boys – Let’s Go Away For Awhile
30. Medeski, Martin And Wood – Bubblehouse
31. A Certain Ratio – Mickey Way
32. Ennio Morricone – Once Upon A Time In The West
33. Matthew Bellamy – ‘The International’ End Titles
34. Roy Buchanan – Peter Gunn
35. Ry Cooder – The Long Riders
36. Aphex Twin – Pacman (edit)
37. Django Reinhardt – Limehouse Blues
38. Charles Mingus – The Shoes Of The Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
39. Mark Knopfler – Going Home
40. Cannonball Adderley – Jannine
41. John Ottman – ‘The Usual Suspects’ Main Theme
42. Van Halen – Eruption
43. Buddy Rich – Kilimanjaro Cookout
44. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
45. Air – Dead Bodies
46. Gary Burton – Las Vegas Tango
47. World Saxophone Quartet – The Holy Men
48. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley mix)
49. Orbital – The Girl With The Sun In Her Head
50. Archie Shepp – Damn If I Know (The Stroller)
51. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Amparo
52. Bill Evans – Peace Piece
53. Elliott Smith – Between The Bars (orchestral version)
54. Can – Bel Air
55. Brecker Brothers – Insie Out (live)
56. Herbie Hancock – Chameleon
57. Freddie Hubbard – Theme For Kareem
58. Frank Zappa – Cletus Awreetus Awrightus
59. Jackie McLean – Love And Hate
60. Vince Guaraldi – Linus And Lucy With The Band
61. Chuck Mangione Quartet – Land Of Make Believe
62. Wes Montgomery – Bumpin’ On Sunset
63. Frank Zappa – Cruisin’ For Burgers (In New York version)
64. Wayne Shorter – JuJu
65. Deodato – Super Strut
66. Andrew Hill – Yellow Violet
67. John Powell – Hollywood Blvd ['Hancock' finale]
68. Sidney Bechet – Weary Blues
69. John Abercrombie – Timeless
70. Trentemöller – Into The Trees (Serenetti Part 3)
71. Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden remix)
72. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Wave
73. Jan Garbarek – Where The Rivers Meet
74. George Gershwin & Columbia Jazz Band – Rhapsody In Blue
75. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Riviera Paradise
76. Grover Washington – Mister Magic
77. Camel – Lunar Sea
78. Miles Davis – Blue In Green
79. Charlie Haden – Silence
80. Coloseum – Valentyne Suite
81. Popol Vuh – Hosianna Mantra
82. Arthur Blythe – Autumn In New York
83. Mingus Big Band – Gunslinging Bird
84. Orbital – The Box
85. Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset
86. Frank Zappa – Watermelon In Easter Hay
87. Henry Threadgill – Little Pocket Size Demons
88. Eumir Deodato – O Sonho de Judy
89. David Murray – Morning Song
90. Yusef Lateef – Like It Is
91. Stan Kenton – The World We Knew
92. Charles Mingus – Duet Solo Dancers
93. Nino Rota – ‘Godfather’ Love Theme
94. Russell Gunn – Variations (On A Conspiration Theory)
95. Grant Gree – Round Midnight
96. Jan Johansson – Berg-Kirstis Polka
97. Archie Shepp – Hipnosis (Eddy and Dus mix)
98. Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
99. Yo La Tengo – Pass The Hatchett I Think I’m Goodkind
100. David Murray – Ming
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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:52 pm

I’ll try a full list soonish. Does The Great Gig in the Sky count? I know Nocturne qualifies based on the rules but I don’t know about the other.
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Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:04 pm

OK, here's what I've got, if I understand the criteria correctly:
1 | Benny Goodman | Sing, Sing, Sing
2 | Glenn Miller | In the Mood
3 | Secret Garden | Nocturne
4 | Dick Dale | Misirlou
5 | George Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue
6 | DJ Shadow | Midnight in a Perfect World
7 | The Meters | Cissy Strut
8 | Brendon Graham | Riverdance
9 | Miles Davis | So What
10 | Santana | Soul Survivor
11 | Rush | YYZ
12 | "Weird Al" Yankovic | Fun Zone
13 | Vince Guaraldi Trio | Linus and Lucy
14 | John Williams | Jurassic Park Theme
15 | Duane Eddy | Ramrod
16 | Walter Murphy | A Fifth of Beethoven
17 | Incredible Bongo Band | Apache
18 | Herbie Hancock | Rockit
19 | John Coltrane | Acknowledgment
20 | Michael Giacchino | The Incredibles Theme
21 | Booker T and the MG's | Green Onions
22 | John Williams | Hedwig's Theme
23 | The Tornadoes | Telstar
24 | Madness | One Step Beyond (I think it counts)
25 | Rico | Rico Special
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Postby Hymie » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:01 pm

Stevie, I think the minimum list you can have is 25 songs.

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Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:20 pm

Hymie wrote:Stevie, I think the minimum list you can have is 25 songs.

Five more coming up.
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Postby Neil » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:24 pm

Ok, I have questions about eligibility of a handful of songs.
Appreciate any feedback.

Theme from Shaft / Isaac Hayes
Ready, Steady, Go / Paul Oakenfold
French Kiss / Lil Louis & the World
Little Fluffy Clouds / The Orb
Theme from S'Express / S'Express

Is the 10% spoken/sung word rule a hard rule? I am having issues gauging the % of spoken/sung words.

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Postby panam » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:51 am

Neil wrote:Ok, I have questions about eligibility of a handful of songs.
Appreciate any feedback.

Theme from Shaft / Isaac Hayes
Ready, Steady, Go / Paul Oakenfold
French Kiss / Lil Louis & the World
Little Fluffy Clouds / The Orb
Theme from S'Express / S'Express

Is the 10% spoken/sung word rule a hard rule? I am having issues gauging the % of spoken/sung words.


Slightly exceed 10% (eligible)
Theme from Shaft / Isaac Hayes
Ready, Steady, Go / Paul Oakenfold

Not eligible (including moaning)
French Kiss / Lil Louis & the World
Little Fluffy Clouds / The Orb
Theme from S'Express / S'Express

When songs surpassed slightly 10% could be included, but other songs are closer to 20%. The rule doesn't try to be hard, because sometimes it's difficult to measure the percentages.

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Postby Live in Phoenix » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:03 am

John Williams | Hedwig's Theme

For a moment I thought, "Oh my God, did John Williams do something for Hedwig and the Angry Inch?"

I'll probably shoot for 200 songs. I've already noticed that most major rock artists have maybe 1 instrumental to their name, and the tune is totally unremarkable. Tempted to time the vocals on Grateful Dead's "Dark Star."

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Postby Pierre » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:32 pm

Live in Phoenix wrote:I've already noticed that most major rock artists have maybe 1 instrumental to their name, and the tune is totally unremarkable.


Hmm, this depends. The Beach Boys have several instrumentals, and there are a couple which are really gorgeous. I like all four main instrumental tracks from the Who (those from the rock operas), and "Out of the Blue" from George Harrison. "YYZ" from Rush is pretty cool, too. There's also "Orion" from Metallica. And, of course, "Interstellar Overdrive" from Pink Floyd.

But I see what you mean. Oasis' instrumentals from Morning Glory aren't their most memorable compositions, or that one from the first Rolling Stones album I totally forgot. And if I can't think of another off the top of my head, there's probably a reason.

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Red Ant » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:42 pm

Here's my input - the odd number is due to selecting the instrumental tracks from my overall list. The overall list rankings are shown at the end of each line - the likes of Funeral For a Friend ranks lower when divorced from Love Lies Bleeding.

1. The Allman Brothers Band | Jessica (86)
2. Focus | Hocus Pocus (132)
3. Santana | Samba Pa Ti (148)
4. Focus | Sylvia (205)
5. Fleetwood Mac | Oh Well (241)
6. Mark Knopfler | Going Home (Theme From The Local Hero) (693)
7. Booker T. & The MG's | Green Onions (714)
8. Fleetwood Mac | Albatross (799)
9. The Shadows | Apache (962)
10. Santana | Oye Como Va (1148)
11. The Bar-Kays | Soul Finger (1217)
12. Booker T. & The MG's | Time Is Tight (1465)
13. Weather Report | Birdland (1555)
14. The Shadows | Wonderful Land (1574)
15. The Nice | America (1862)
16. Led Zeppelin | White Summer (2119)
17. Mason Williams | Classical Gas (2339)
18. Jr. Walker & The All Stars | Walk In The Night (2569)
19. The Tornados | Telstar (2627)
20. Dave Brubeck | Take Five (2974)
21. Jan Hammer | Crockett's Theme (2977)
22. Isaac Hayes | Theme From Shaft (2991)
23. B. Bumble & The Stingers | Nut Rocker (3299)
24. Emerson Lake & Palmer | Fanfare For The Common Man (3335)
25. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble | Little Wing (3406)
26. The Shadows | Foot Tapper (3624)
27. Led Zeppelin | Black Mountain Side (3627)
28. Emerson Lake & Palmer | Hoedown (3656)
29. Van Halen | Eruption (3670)
30. Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell | Dueling Banjos (3717)
31. Vangelis | Chariots Of Fire (3802)
32. Santana | Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile) (3946)
33. Joe Satriani | Surfin With the Alien (4234)
34. Harold Faltermeyer | Axel F (4342)
35. Duane Eddy | Peter Gunn (4882)
36. Dick Dale and the Del-Tones | Miserlou (4997)
37. Emerson Lake & Palmer | Karn Evil 9 (5020)
38. The Surfaris | Wipe Out (5045)
39. Focus | House of the King (5459)
40. Santana | Soul Sacrifice (5494)
41. Link Wray | Rumble (5635)
42. Kenny G | Songbird (5685)
43. Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony | The Hustle (5872)
44. Jet Harris & Tony Meehan | Diamonds (5918)
45. Elton John | Funeral For A Friend (115)
46. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers | Steppin' Out (6371)
47. Joe Satriani | Summer Song (6591)
48. The Shadows | F.B.I. (6595)
49. The Who | Quadrophenia (6600)
50. Percy Faith | Theme From A Summer Place (6638)
51. The Who | Overture (6757)
52. The Shadows | Geronimo (6796)
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55. Joe Satriani | Satch Boogie (7512)
55. Jethro Tull | Bouree (7793)
57. Mike Post | Theme From Hill St Blues (7800)
58. Mike Post | The Rockford Files (7850)

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby acroamor » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:44 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j99IMC3zLBY

Really unsure where this fits in the "10%" rule - feels like just slightly over 10%? But the song as an entire piece feels very much like an instrumental and would place very highly on my list if allowed.

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Postby panam » Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:09 pm

acroamor wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j99IMC3zLBY

Really unsure where this fits in the "10%" rule - feels like just slightly over 10%? But the song as an entire piece feels very much like an instrumental and would place very highly on my list if allowed.


Another limit case. The distorted vocal part greatly exceeds 10%, while the clean vocal part is in the admitted margin. According to Wikipedia, this song is instrumental, so considering that it is a reference source, the song could be included in the survey.

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Postby panam » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:36 pm

Elder wrote:A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgement, Maggot Brain, Warszawa, Windowlicker are eligible?



A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgement, Maggot Brain, Less than 20%: Eligible. Warszawa exceeds a little bit but not excessive. Eligible. Windowlicker is another song with a distorted vocal exceeding 10%, and no main source consider it as instrumental. Not eligible.

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Postby fasbjd » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:04 pm

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Elder wrote:A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgement, Maggot Brain, Warszawa, Windowlicker are eligible?



A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgement, Maggot Brain, Less than 20%: Eligible. Warszawa exceeds a little bit but not excessive. Eligible. Windowlicker is another song with a distorted vocal exceeding 10%, and no main source consider it as instrumental. Not eligible.



In that case, slight adjustment in my list - Acknowledgement added at 13, Warszawa at 82.

1. So What – Miles Davis
2. Da Funk – Daft Punk
3. Opening – Phil Glass
4. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down – Miles Davis
5. Rocker – Alter Ego
6. Haitian Fight Song – Charles Mingus
7. Got Glint? – The Chemical Brothers
8. Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd
9. Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs
10. Volunteered Slavery (Live Montreux ‘72) – Roland Kirk
11. Asturias (Leyenda) – Andres Segovia
12. Surkit – Reel by Real
13. Acknowledgement - John Coltrane
14. Acid – Ray Barretto
15. Take Five – Dave Brubeck Quartet
16. Moanin’ – Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers
17. Pipeline – The Chantays
18. Actium – Aphex Twin
19. The Other One (Live 5/2/72) – Grateful Dead
20. Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi – Yann Tiersen
21. Pithecanthropus Erectus – Charles Mingus
22. A Night in Tunisia – Charlie Parker
23. Chronology – Ornette Coleman
24. Phantom Pt.II – Justice
25. Alabama – John Coltrane
26. Hong Kong Manbo – Tito Puente and His Orchestra
27. Blue 7 – Sonny Rollins
28. Unrecorded – M83
29. Work Song – Cannonball Adderley Quintet
30. New Studio Blues – Link Wray
31. Green Chimneys – Thelonious Monk
32. Re Run Home – Kamasi Washington
33. Poney Part 1 – Vitalic
34. Prelude – Miles Davis
35. Law Years – Ornette Coleman
36. Autumn Leaves – Cannonball Adderley
37. Mogwai Fear Satan – Mogwai
38. Plutonian Nights – Sun Ra and His Solar-Myth Arkestra
39. The 16th Hour – Deadmau5
40. Journey From the Death of a Friend – Terry Riley
41. The Entertainer – Scott Joplin
42. Machine Gun – The Commodores
43. The Emperor – Donald Byrd
44. Keep Hope Alive – Crystal Method
45. Miserlou – Dick Dale
46. Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
47. Right Off – Miles Davis
48. Welcome to the Party – Har-you Percussion Group
49. Chameleon – Herbie Hancock
50. Canon – Charles Mingus
51. Renunciation – Ananda Shankar
52. High Rise – Orbital
53. Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
54. In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk
55. Drawn Out Like an Ache – Lorn
56. Electirc Counterpoint III. Fast – Steve Reich
57. Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
58. Discipline – King Crimson
59. Lament I – Bird’s Lament – Moondog
60. Dolorean Dynamite – Todd Terje
61. Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Flatt & Scruggs
62. Golden Arrow – DARKSIDE
63. The Human Abstract – David Axelrod
64. Entre Dos Aguas – Paco de Lucia
65. You Know, You Know – Mahavishnu Orchestra
66. Contact – Daft Punk
67. Tippi-Toes – The Meters
68. Rumble – Link Wray
69. Resolution (Part 2) – John Coltrane
70. Dahle Disco – 120 Days
71. Generique – Miles Davis
72. On the Sunny Side of the Ocean – John Fahey
73. Metamorphosis One – Phillip Glass
74. The Lion and the Wolff – Lee Morgan
75. Diamond – Klint
76. Equinox – John Coltrane
77. Uncle Harry’s Last Freak-out (First Version) – The Pink Fairies
78. Cherokee – Clifford Brown
79. Footprints – Wayne Shorter
80. In White Rooms – Booka Shade
81. Last Night – The Mar-Keys
82. Warszawa - David Bowie
83. Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part One – King Crimson
84. Adnan’s – Orbital
85. Trainspotting – Primal Scream
86. Paradiso – Kronono No1
87. Hora Decubitus – Charles Mingus
88. Destroying Angels – Bohren & Der Club of Gore
89. Hallogallo – Neu!
90. My Father My King – Mogwai
91. Sirius – The Alan Parsons Project
92. A New Career In A New Town – David Bowie

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Pierre » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:07 pm

Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.

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Postby panam » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:17 am

Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.

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Postby Pierre » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:02 pm

panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


Can't be helped I guess. OK, I hope that's one last question: what about all the chatting on live recordings (introductory stuff or noisy audiences)?

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Postby bonnielaurel » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:48 pm

panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


For Louis Armstrong I would suggest Muskrat Ramble, completely instrumental.

I'm currently working on a big chronological list. This is really a huge topic that takes a lot of listening time if you want to do it seriously.

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Postby Live in Phoenix » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:36 pm

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


Can't be helped I guess. OK, I hope that's one last question: what about all the chatting on live recordings (introductory stuff or noisy audiences)?

I assume that is extra-musical, not in service of the song, irrelevant. "Here's my biggest record, though they're all the same size." "On guitar, Freddy McSweaty..."

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Neil » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:42 pm

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


Can't be helped I guess. OK, I hope that's one last question: what about all the chatting on live recordings (introductory stuff or noisy audiences)?


Damn, guess I have to remove this one from my list as well. :(

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Pierre » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:38 pm

bonnielaurel wrote:
panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


For Louis Armstrong I would suggest Muskrat Ramble, completely instrumental.

I'm currently working on a big chronological list. This is really a huge topic that takes a lot of listening time if you want to do it seriously.


Thanks for the suggestion! I'm keeping that one. And yeah, I agree it's time-consuming. Doing it seriously means to me digging into film and video game soundtracks too, and the latter are often very hard to find, therefore it means more time lost.

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Postby panam » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:35 pm

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:Is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" (1928) eligible? It features Armstrong's scatting a bit, but very little.


Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


Can't be helped I guess. OK, I hope that's one last question: what about all the chatting on live recordings (introductory stuff or noisy audiences)?


Interesting question, are you thinking in a song in particular?

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Postby Pierre » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:11 am

panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:
Nice song but more than 15%. Not eligible.


Can't be helped I guess. OK, I hope that's one last question: what about all the chatting on live recordings (introductory stuff or noisy audiences)?


Interesting question, are you thinking in a song in particular?


What for, do you plan to decide on a case-by-case basis? I plan to listen to a lot of jazz live albums and probably some DJ sets for this poll, and I don't want to ask for your approval all the time, it would be as annoying for me as it would be for you. Take a ruling, whether live recordings are allowed or not. My personal opinion is like that of Live in Phoenix, the voices on these recordings are not part of the "diegesis" of the song, just a by-product of the recording circumstances.

Want an extreme case? Here's one:



Here you've got a spoken intro, a repeat of the song's title at the end, very noisy crowd, and furthermore its nature as a live recording is debated because it was actually recorded in studio with a small invited audience. Still, it's a classic and the song itself is PURELY INSTRUMENTAL.

And this applies to anything else. "Jazz at Massey Hall" has introduction speeches and a rather noisy audience. You've got the Newport 1956 one from Duke Ellington ("Paul Gonsalves, ladies and gentlemen!") where he had to do riot prevention. Case-by-case is just impossible.

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Postby bonnielaurel » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:33 pm

I think spoken introductions and audience noise shouldn't be a problem, because they aren't part of the composition.

Bert Kaempfert's Living It Up and A Swingin' Safari have too much choir in them to qualify. Fortunately his Afrikaan Beat is completely instrumental.

One of the most famous "instrumentals" of all time is also doubtful: Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells - Pt. I. It has a choir with Mike Oldfield's overdubbed voices after fourteen minutes, a spoken voice announcing the instruments in the last five minutes and a girls' choir towards the very end. Some other Mike Oldfield works are completely instrumental: In Dulce Jubilo and Taurus 3.

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby panam » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:24 am

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:
Can't be helped I guess. OK, I hope that's one last question: what about all the chatting on live recordings (introductory stuff or noisy audiences)?


Interesting question, are you thinking in a song in particular?


What for, do you plan to decide on a case-by-case basis? I plan to listen to a lot of jazz live albums and probably some DJ sets for this poll, and I don't want to ask for your approval all the time, it would be as annoying for me as it would be for you. Take a ruling, whether live recordings are allowed or not. My personal opinion is like that of Live in Phoenix, the voices on these recordings are not part of the "diegesis" of the song, just a by-product of the recording circumstances.

Want an extreme case? Here's one:



Here you've got a spoken intro, a repeat of the song's title at the end, very noisy crowd, and furthermore its nature as a live recording is debated because it was actually recorded in studio with a small invited audience. Still, it's a classic and the song itself is PURELY INSTRUMENTAL.

And this applies to anything else. "Jazz at Massey Hall" has introduction speeches and a rather noisy audience. You've got the Newport 1956 one from Duke Ellington ("Paul Gonsalves, ladies and gentlemen!") where he had to do riot prevention. Case-by-case is just impossible.


No problem with noisey audiences during the song at all but if the introduction speech lasts more than 10% of all the recording I think it couldn't be eligible.

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Postby Pierre » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:21 am

panam wrote:No problem with noisey audiences during the song at all but if the introduction speech lasts more than 10% of all the recording I think it couldn't be eligible.


Sorry but I disagree with that. These dialogs in those cases are not part of the song, they're just interactions between the artists and their audience that happen to be recorded on the same track, but they're not part of the song itself. That's a bad idea.

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Postby panam » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:21 am

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:No problem with noisey audiences during the song at all but if the introduction speech lasts more than 10% of all the recording I think it couldn't be eligible.


Sorry but I disagree with that. These dialogs in those cases are not part of the song, they're just interactions between the artists and their audience that happen to be recorded on the same track, but they're not part of the song itself. That's a bad idea.


That's why I said it's not problem if last 10% or less. In the record you show, the music is sounding during the speech and I know it mustn't be thought in the original composition but from the listener experience listening instrumental recording music and live music bring different feelings. Sorry if you think it's a bad idea but I think some of these songs could fix better in a list of live music.

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Postby Pierre » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:19 pm

panam wrote:from the listener experience listening instrumental recording music and live music bring different feelings.


I disagree with that notion, and I find it dubious. If you won't change your mind, then I'm backing out from this poll.

To be more precise, I don't understand why you absolutely want to make a distinction between instrumental studio music and live music. To me, instrumental music encompasses both studio and live instrumental music. The way you formulate it makes it look like you actually want to avoid live music in your poll, which is simply something I have to disagree with.

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Postby Hymie » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:16 pm

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:from the listener experience listening instrumental recording music and live music bring different feelings.


I disagree with that notion, and I find it dubious. If you won't change your mind, then I'm backing out from this poll.

To be more precise, I don't understand why you absolutely want to make a distinction between instrumental studio music and live music. To me, instrumental music encompasses both studio and live instrumental music. The way you formulate it makes it look like you actually want to avoid live music in your poll, which is simply something I have to disagree with.


I'm not gonna back out, but I agree that an instrumental is an instrumental. Whether or not it was recorded live is not relevant.

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Postby panam » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:15 pm

Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:from the listener experience listening instrumental recording music and live music bring different feelings.


I disagree with that notion, and I find it dubious. If you won't change your mind, then I'm backing out from this poll.

To be more precise, I don't understand why you absolutely want to make a distinction between instrumental studio music and live music. To me, instrumental music encompasses both studio and live instrumental music. The way you formulate it makes it look like you actually want to avoid live music in your poll, which is simply something I have to disagree with.


I've never said that I don't want live music, I'm saying that needs to respect the same rules of recorded music.

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Pierre » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:10 am

panam wrote:
Pierre wrote:
panam wrote:from the listener experience listening instrumental recording music and live music bring different feelings.


I disagree with that notion, and I find it dubious. If you won't change your mind, then I'm backing out from this poll.

To be more precise, I don't understand why you absolutely want to make a distinction between instrumental studio music and live music. To me, instrumental music encompasses both studio and live instrumental music. The way you formulate it makes it look like you actually want to avoid live music in your poll, which is simply something I have to disagree with.


I've never said that I don't want live music, I'm saying that needs to respect the same rules of recorded music.


That's what it sounded like, and unsurprisingly, I'll insist that even though I'm OK with the fact that the 10% rule must apply to the vocal stuff that is written specifically for the song, there must be an exception for all those live vocal interactions which are external to the song itself, because they are not relevant. Otherwise it's going to be too annoying.

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Postby Henrik » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:36 am

Friends, how about this...? Not always, but for most of these live recordings you are debating, I suppose the song was also recorded by the same artist without vocal interactions in the studio. That would make the ”song” eligible, wouldn’t it? Pierre, would it be necessary for you to specify the live recordings?
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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Pierre » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:47 am

Henrik wrote:Friends, how about this...? Not always, but for most of these live recordings you are debating, I suppose the song was also recorded by the same artist without vocal interactions in the studio. That would make the ”song” eligible, wouldn’t it? Pierre, would it be necessary for you to specify the live recordings?


Actually, I planned to include all the different versions of the same song as separate entries in my list... :| For instance, Thelonious Monk spent a lot of his career re-recording the same songs, and you have to add to that the live records. As such, it would have been necessary to specify the exact recordings.

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby panam » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:57 pm

Pierre wrote:
Henrik wrote:Friends, how about this...? Not always, but for most of these live recordings you are debating, I suppose the song was also recorded by the same artist without vocal interactions in the studio. That would make the ”song” eligible, wouldn’t it? Pierre, would it be necessary for you to specify the live recordings?


Actually, I planned to include all the different versions of the same song as separate entries in my list... :| For instance, Thelonious Monk spent a lot of his career re-recording the same songs, and you have to add to that the live records. As such, it would have been necessary to specify the exact recordings.


That's cool.

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Re: AMF Survey - Top Instrumental Songs of All Time

Postby Zombeels » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:42 pm

1. µ-Ziq - Phiesope
2. Small Faces - Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall
3. Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
4. Steve Miller Band - Babes In The Wood
5. Donkeys - West Coast Raga
6. Mason Williams - Classical Gas
7. Human Beinz - April 15th
8. Hot Tuna - Water Song
9. Ratatatat - Loud Pipes
10. Hot Butter - Popcorn
11. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Cast Your Fate To The Wind
12. Booker T And The MG's - Green Onions
13. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Linus And Lucy
14. Small Faces - Collibosher
15. Jethro Tull - Bouree
16. Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
17. Roger Daltrey - Escape Part Two
18. Earthless - Flower Travelin' Man
19. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - A Tast Of Honey
20. Fleetwood Mac - Earl Grey
21. Wishbone Ash - A Rose Is A Rose
22. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Maple Leaf Rag
23. Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook
24. Focus - Le Clochard
25. Bibio - Mind Bokeh
26. Jjuujjuu - G 4 A G


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