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    Posted: March 20 2011 at 15:31
The sound of Wetton's bass and the melotron at the end of 'Starless' - always stuns me......
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Like unto the pinprick in Comfortably Numb as mentioned in the first post, in the song The Sound of Muzak by Porcupine Tree, there's a little 'ding!' as of a small bell being struck after the first chorus. It's the only time you hear it.

Also, I know this doesn't quite count as 'subtle' because it's a huge part of the song, but I love the rumbling thunder in Tool's song 10,000 Days.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AreYouHuman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2014 at 19:18
Hard to believe this thread ran out of steam; IMO, prog and subtlety should go hand in hand.

Plenty from PF mentioned already; here’s a couple more:

Grantchester Meadows already came up, but there are subtler moments in the sound-effects montage during the bridge, with the running stream, the kids hollering, and the goose (swan?) trumpeting and taking off with its wingtips beating the water. I’ve always wondered if the latter is the same archival recording used in the original version of the Beatles’ Across the Universe (from Past Masters 2).

At the beginning of the Excerpts from the Six Wives of Henry VIII from Yessongs, the tune that Jon sings a cappella at the beginning is the opening notes of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 10 2014 at 15:29
So many from Genesis and Peter Gabriel
The downward sliding bass synth in "Back in N.Y.C." after Gabe sings "...so I burned it to ash."
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mirror Image Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 10 2014 at 17:37
The end of Gilmour's guitar solo on The Post War Dream from The Final Cut. The way Gilmour lingers on those last couple of notes. Absolutely heart-wrenching.
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The snare drum in the Swans' "Screen Shot" is tuned so perfectly to fit the arrangement, such that it contributes notes to the melody rather than just a rhythm. The whole album has details like that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 10 2014 at 21:07
My all-time favorite is after "Christmas Song" ends, a few seconds go by and Ian Anderson says, "Hey Santa, pass us that bottle, will you?"
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AreYouHuman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 19 2014 at 22:19
^ I always thought that line was “Hey, censor…”

Hoelderlin – Sun Rays. There’s a great chord change at the very end that always give me chills.

KC’s Larks’ Tongues has plenty: in the title track (Part 1) there’s the twittering at the beginning of the quiet violin/autoharp section, the “talking” in the coda and the percussion parts at the very end. And, of course, all the percussion and allsorts, too numerous to list, in Easy Money.
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Some ELP ones

The opening of the Trilogy album there is a barely audible heartbeat
Toccata - lots of little percussive and keyboard sounds in the background ( you need headphones to hear them properly)
From The Beginning - the fade on the synth solo at the end is delightful
Fanfare For The Common Man - on the album you hear a brief moment of talking at the end . The 'liveness' of it comes through.
Are You Ready Eddy - 'Ham or cheese?'
Take A Pebble - the water effects in the middle bit






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Post Options Post Options   Quote ProgMetaller2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 01:21
^^ How about the money sounds on Money and The Big Money
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2014 at 13:25
"the note" (as we used to call it) that Steve Hackett seems to hold forever while "Every Day" rocks on (from 5:18 to 5:44)
before sliding down to the song's conclusion.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2014 at 13:28
The demented "la-la-la, la la-la"s Peter Gabriel does at the end of "Mother of Violence" (while, on stage, he would life his head from his chest with his eyes rolled up into his head--only the whites showing. Creepy beyond creepy! Still gives me chills and goose bumps!)

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The instrumental after the third verse of "The Court Of The Crimson King". The way the band weaves around each other is just ear candy.
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The opening treated "tympanic rumbling" on Renaissance's "Can You Hear Me?" Still the song I would use to open my prog radio show.
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The "click" as Todd turns off the mic after the vocal section of "Utopia Theme"--segueing into a searing/stunning guitar solo!
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The ascending mellotron swells at the end of "Gates of Delirium"--after Steve has finished his lap steel guitar solo and the guitars have stopped.
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The "echo space" around Wakeman's opening piano notes on Yes' "Awaken."

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The use of string quartet instruments deep in the background mix almost throughout Pure Reason Revolution's The Dark Third." You almost have to be listening with headphones to catch them, but they awe me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2014 at 13:42
John McLaughlin's incredible modified acoustic guitar strumming accompaniment to Shankar's first violin solo on Shakti's "Face to Face."

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The end of Frank Zappa's "Eat That Question". It almost sound like one of those old cartoons where some toys come to life and start a marching band.

Also, the high pitched voices on We're Only In It For The Money. For some reason, it reminds me of one of those claymation Christmas specials.
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