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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Jun 22, 2019.
Yeah, if you go back to the prog rock era, it wasn’t at all uncommon for bands to fill an entire album side with a single song. Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis – they all did it on a regular basis.
A couple of my favorites from that era:
Renaissance : Can You Hear Me? – 13:45
Todd Rundgren : Utopia – 14:18, and The Ikon - 30:48
(The Ikon being notable mostly for testing the limits of how much you physically squeeze onto a single vinyl album side)
A little more recently:
Sonic Youth: The Diamond Sea – 19:35
And just this year, Rod and Gabby tackled Pink Floyd:
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Echoes – 18:58
I don’t know that we needed an acoustic remake of Echoes, but what the hell, they do a nice job with it …
And kudos to Calebaaron666 for the Sister Ray shout out, luv the Velvets. I thought of including Nico's version of The End on here, but was surprised to find it's only 9 minutes long. It just seems much longer! LoL!
Rodrigo y Gabriela have some serious talent!
Growing with Genesis and Pink Floyd, long songs are common to me too. When we started a band in high school, we were writing long suites à la Genesis. I had written one about Cain and Abel! I hope all cassettes are definitely lost.
But my favorite by far is Desolation Row from Highway 61 Revisited. It scores 11 and something but you wish it would never stop.
I used to play it slowly to my first born to have him sleeping, instead of telling stories.
BTW, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands was the beginning of the end of that first band. Upon buying the album, I wanted to impress the co-leader and directly put the spin on side 4. He was not impressed at all, stating "but that's ALWAYS the same thing over and over again!" Nothing was no longer the same between us. And shortly after, I got me the first The Clash album and that was the final end of that band (in the meantime, he had had a crush for Child in Time from Live in Japan).
HUGE Nico fan here too! Her work with VU is great, as well as Chelsea Girls, but her proper solo albums recorded after that is where she really shines as far as I’m concerned. The Marble Index is incredible!
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Yes - Close to the Edge
Brian Eno - 1/1
Count of Tuscany by Dream Theater. It gets a little cheesy with the lyrics during the hard rocking part, but arrangement and music are fantastic. I ESPECIALLY love the the transition into the resolution in the last 1/4 of the song. The intro is quite beautiful as well.
And speaking of Epic Dream Theater trax... Illumination Theory is another amazeballz track.
Mars Volta is excessive, but this was perfect IMHO (12:29)
Lou's Street Hassle was given tribute by Spacemen 3, also long-song players (11:00)
GY!BE's Mladic (20:00) is massive, the whole album is one big song if you ask me (Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! ). It was a toss up between this and We Drift Like Worried Fire. I remember when I got this album I played it full blast on winter solstice 2012 waiting for something to happen. Only the album came to an end
Reading over some of the songs mentioned, there are a lot listed that don't meet the OP's 10-minute mark criteria.
There are tons of tunes in the 5 to 9 minute range, which are of course, longer than the average radio play length, but still shorter than 10 minutes in length.
...and can't forget Shakti's Joy, wow...(14:24)
I make no apology for posting this: Todmobile & Jon Anderson.
Yeah! Elvin Bishop and that curly headed guy...(13:11)
OMG I can't believe no one listed this gem yet!
I almost did, but had already posted a bunch, I figured somebody would get around to it. Thanks.
I think it might be Alvin Lee and Ten Years After at Woodstock.
I really liked it when he picked up a watermelon and carried it offstage on his shoulder.
Lou’s Street Hassle is amazing.
Fun fact, that’s Springsteen doing the uncredited spoken word performance before the final act of the song.
I'm still naïve. Care to educate me?