Don't Want You No More - Allman Bros. The first song on the first album. Imagine that.
Not an instrumental per se, but most of "Red Dust" from the album 'In the Reins' (Calexico with Iron and Wine, 2005) consists of a Tex-Mex infused interlude. Note: the album cover appearing at the linked video is of 'The Creek Drank the Cradle', Iron and Wine's seminal LP, instead of 'In the Reins', a collaborative project.
Also, one of my favorite space-rock bands, Ozric Tentacles, mostly does instrumental music. Here's 'Oolite Grove', from their album 'Curious Corn'.
There's even a whole genre of instrumental rock out there: it's called postmodern rock (post-rock for short). With the exceptions of the bands Sigur Ros , The Album Leaf, and Mogwai, almost all of it entirely lacks vocals. Popular bands include the above-mentioned, Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Stereolab, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Neurosis. Some, including ISIS, Pelican, Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, and SUNN 0))) combine this with heavy metal (ISIS uses very harsh vocals; SUNN 0))) -- which I don't listen to -- is insanely loud and draws inspiration from death metal and drone doom).
Brand X "Morocan Roll"
Ooh! Here's an instrumental I forgot about:
Pelican: "Spaceship Broken, Parts Needed
It's post-metal; that is, postmodern rock X heavy metal
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And this is pretty much the opposite of an instrumental, but as an antidote to all the loudness and distortion in that last post, have some Sigur Rós:
And here's something from their frontman, Jonsí:
If you can get past the strange album art and the fact that he (it's a he) has a ridiculously high-pitched singing voice, he's one of the more important post-rock and ambient artists of this decade. He's the frontman for Sigur Rós, and his (and their) stuff has recently been used in nature documentaries (cf. "Planet Earth" and "Life") and recently in movies ("We Bought A Zoo") and commercials (Ford's "Go Do" promotion). Their single "Hopípolla" actually charted in England.
Snowy Wood - Mayall with Mick Taylor off Crusade.
I suppose this could count as an instrumental: the vocals are used purely for timbre, not for meaning, and the 'lyrics' are in Vonlenska, a constructed language. Have some more Sigur Rós:
Olsen Olsen, live from Reykjavik
For some reason, I've been gravitating towards 'ethereal, stark, and heartwarming' for my instrumental stuff. If you're wondering, this is seriously one of my favorite bands.
A lot of YouTube posts have the commercial recording as background to a home-made video or series of images. The song is used without permission, of course, but it's not a bootleg recording in the sense that I was referring to.
The Supernatural - John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (featuring Peter Green)
Peter Green's lead guitar - the fountain from which Carlos Santana drank and was inspired. That is one great sounding Les Paul.
Hard to believe that was recorded in 1967 - 45 years ago.
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