The Friday Mixtape: 7/22/11 (Shut Up and Play! – My favorite instrumentals)

“Firesuite” by Doves, from Lost Souls (2000)

“Contusion” by Stevie Wonder, from Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

“Anthem for the Earnest” by the Bad Plus, from Suspicious Activity? (2005)

“Fractured Mirror” by Ace Frehley, from Ace Frehley (1978)

“Ironside” by Quincy Jones, from Smackwater Jack (1971)

“Sunday Afternoon in the Park” by Van Halen, from Fair Warning (1981)

“Orchid” by Black Sabbath, from Master of Reality (1971)

“I Will Never Love Again” by Mark Knopfler, from The Princess Bride (1987)

“The Over the Hill Gang” by Sam Spence, from Autumn Thunder: 40 Years of NFL Films Music (2004)

“Long, Long Weary Day” by Tomahawk, from Anonymous (2007)

“Dirty Dozen” by London Elektricity, from Pull the Plug (1999)

“Station” by Russian Circles, from Station (2008)

“Meeting of the Spirits” by Mahavishnu Orchestra, from The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)

“Escape From the Island” by Kiss, from Music From “The Elder” (1981)

“Never Enough Neck Pt. 2″ by the Fucking Champs, from V (2002)

“Running on Three” by Brand X, from Unorthodox Behaviour (1976)

“La Villa Strangiato” by Rush, from Hemispheres (1978)

“Peaches en Regalia” by Frank Zappa, from Hot Rats (1969)

“Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra)” by Iron Maiden, from Powerslave (1984)

“Scuttle Buttin'” by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, from Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984)

“Up Above the Rock” by Ray Bryant, from Up Above the Rock (1968)

“Bron-Yr-Aur” by Led Zeppelin, from Physical Graffiti (1975)

“The Call of Ktulu” by Metallica, from Ride the Lightning (1984)

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  • drcastrato

    inner mounting flame is such a bad-ass record

  • drcastrato

    great mix.

  • JT

    great listing (and you started off with Doves- most under-rated band!!!)….

    Im also a fan of the Brazilian by Genesis

  • Chris Holmes

    Yeah I like that song too. I guess I forget about it most times because I’m not a fan of the Invisible Touch album.

  • Curt Shannon

    Great stuff here; a good mix of genres and styles. Glad to see “Peaches en Regalia” here, though I might have chosen “Transylvania Boogie” instead.  There are some good Santana pieces worthy of consideration too; “Europa” comes to mind. Thanks for posting.

  • Old_Davy


    Would have been nice to see some Dixie Dregs on here too, but I’m not complainin’. Great mix, I love instrumental rock.