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Old Nov 10, 2008, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Songs with good horn sections

I was a band geek in high school. I played the trombone and the drums. My sister also plays the trombone, and sometimes we'll hear songs on the radio and say something like "Dude, we should have played that for a concert!" or "Wouldn't that have made a good pep band song?"

So I want to know some of your favorite songs that have horn sections. Here are some of mine:

"Step Aside", Sleater-Kinney
"Bend Me Shape Me", American Breed
"What Is Life?", George Harrison
"Penny Lane", the Beatles
The entire "Cowboy Bebop" soundtrack. All of it.

My sister likes "Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond and pretty much anything by KC and the Sunshine Band.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:46 AM   #2
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Wah Wah, especially the long version from the Bangla Desh concert
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 04:06 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Chicago

If you want horns listen to Chicago! They have a huge horn section. The current lineup has three woodwinds, three trumpets, one trombone and then a lone keyboard player! I just love their stuff and it's hard to pick just one song but for a big horn section my personal favorite is Question 67 & 68.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 04:13 AM   #4
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I love songs that are all trumpety and exciting!
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They have a huge horn section. The current lineup has three woodwinds,
so have these guys



OK I am running away now

Btw - Got To Get You In To My Life
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The song "No Reply at All" by Genesis (from Abacab) has a good horn section.
I love this song, however most Genesis fans would probably say otherwise:

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Genesis aside, I forgot to mention that I a lot of Phil Collins' solo songs feature horn sections.

Songs like "Sussudio" or "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven", "Easy Lover" for example...
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"Got To Get You Into My Life" was on my mind as well.
And I don't mind "No Reply At All" by Genesis, it's one of the better tracks on ABACAB, and a good song imo.
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I love the wacky horns in Good Morning, Good Morning.

Apart from the boys there is always One Step Beyond by Madness. So many more Madness songs as well. The Waterboys made good use of horns too.
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How about "So Very Hard to Go" by the Tower of Power?

OMGosh, I almost forgot "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it IS" by Chicago, the intro is the best!

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Apart from the boys there is always One Step Beyond by Madness. So many more Madness songs as well.
Oh yes Madness is magic
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 08:47 AM   #13
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My favorite horns from across the pond (the other way, that is) are the songs of Pizzicato Five. Konishi Yasuharu is an absolute master at incorporating horns.
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Oh! I just thought of a couple more. If flutes count, anyway, and I'll say they do. Luscious Jackson's "Strongman" has a cool flute part. Several songs on Jill Cunniff's "City Beach" album have good flute and sax parts, especially "NYC Boy" and "Happy Warriors".
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Definitively love "For No One" by The Beatles.
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Good horn arrangements can be found on Blood, Sweat and Tears songs too. They did a pretty good version of Got To Get You Into My Life.
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Forever Young by Alphaville. A friend of mine in high school learned to play the trumpet part.
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Run Of The Mill

and Jim Horn (George would say "that IS his real name) a great horn player
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I'm not sure if this should be a new thread or if it fits here. I'm talking sax, or sax solos. Several come to mind in Beatles songs.

Lady Madonna, Photograph, Power To The People and Living In The Material World, Savoy Truffle, This Song and Whatever Gets You Thru The Night to mention a few.

Non-Beatles: Dancing In The Moonlight by Thin Lizzy
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