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Hola amigos! My mom (dkmh) was supposed to host this week, but her plans changed, so I get the opportunity to host again! This week's theme is Long Songs. I chose tunes that were at least 7 minutes long. All of these are some of my favorite songs EVER!

1. Heroes and Villains Parts 1 and 2 by the Beach Boys (7:29)
In my opinion, Heroes and Villains is one of the best records the Beach Boys ever made. The lyrics, music, and vocals are super creative and complex. There are so many parts to Heroes and Villains, and we get the chance to hear most of them in this version.


2. Isn't It A Pity by George Harrison (7:10)
Possibly one of the saddest songs ever written, this George Harrison solo epic is also one of the most beautiful songs of all time. The lyrics are so emotionally moving and the music complements them perfectly. George really makes the guitar weep (he seems to have a habit of doing that).


3. The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin (7:32)
I'm not sure if this is my favorite Zep song, but it's definitely in the top 5. The alternate tuning makes for some very cool chords and a unique sound. The already awesome Rain Song is made even better when the orchestra is thrown in.


4. Shine on You Crazy Diamond Parts 1-5 (13:32)
Once again, Pink Floyd presents us with a sonic masterpiece. It's so easy to get lost in this song due to both its length and dreamlike instrumentation. This is certainly one to listen to in the dark with headphones. It's really more of an experience than a song.


I hope you all will enjoy these tunes as much as I do. Let the voting begin!!!

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This is way too tough.  I'm going to be giving songs I love some really lousy votes here.  I can't decide yet.  They could all be first...or last.  I need more time.

Meanwhile here are some lengthy tunes...

18:15 worth here...



This one clocks in at a relatively short 17.07...



20:39 long enough for ya?



Good things actually DO come in SMALL packages...like 1:05...



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Gold - EASY choice, as Shine On You Crazy Diamond is my favorite song of all time.  Floyd had some epics, but this one is my favorite.  

Silver - George Harrison - Great song.  

Bronze - Led Zeppelin - Kudos for not selecting their obvious long song choice about that escalator to Valhalla.  

Tin - The Beach Boys - I much prefer the single H&V that appears on Smiley Smile. 
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Here's some more long ones.

Pink Floyd's Echoes (23:36)



Genesis - Supper's Ready (23:06)



Uriah Heep - Salisbury (16:29)

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GOLD for George Harrison. Not in my top 10 Harrison songs, but still good enough to beat this competition.

(Hi-yo) SILVER to the Beach Boys. To me, this version is "pieces parts" all mashed together...a musical chicken nugget. Unfortunately, a snack, not a meal.

BRONZE for Pink Floyd, years after what I would consider their creative peak (Atom Heart Mother & Meddle). Oh, it's NOT about Syd...[rolleyes]

Leaving the coveted LED for the Zeppelin. I hate Robert Plant's vocals.

Several long songs:

Speaking of Atom Heart Mother, here's the Atom Heart Mother Suite (23:34):


From "Tommy", The Who - Underture (10:09)


Studio version now verboten on YouTube - here's live King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (7:05). Greg Lake on vocals.


McDonald & Giles (ex-members of the original King Crimson) from their sole LP: Birdman (21:39). Ian McDonald ended up in Foreigner.


Here's Earth Opera (with Peter Rowan & David Grisman), and The Great American Eagle Tragedy (10:35)

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Jenny,

Why not:

This was Floyd for me:

I guess you could have gone:


Go long.  I'll vote later in the week - Fridayish.

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Jenny,

Why not:

This was Floyd for me:

I guess you could have gone:


Go long.  I'll vote later in the week - Fridayish.

Stairway is too overplayed. I like those Floyd songs as well. I'm looking forward to your votes Al!

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Excellent topic. (Please don't take that the wrong way.)

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- No contest.

Silver -- Pink Floyd -- I kind of lost interest after the singing started, but very good up until then.

Bronze -- Led Zeppelin -- This one's good too, partly because Robert Plant uses his indoor voice.

Pewter -- George Harrison -- Not bad but, yes, George, you've convinced me, it is a pity.


More time consumption:

Joan Baez, "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (filling in on YouTube for Bob) (11:18)


Creedence C. Revival, "Ramble Tamble" (wake up) (7:11)


Gem Club, "Polly" (7:19)


Neil Young, "Like a Hurricane" (any excuse) (8:17)


Sufjan Stevens, "Djohariah" (17:03)


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Jenny, You've some great selections here!  I did the same theme in Season one, though the songs were different.  

So, tell me ... when Darren saw your contestants, did he say, "Oh, NOOOOOO"?  

He said that he usually worked out while listening to the songs, so he got quite a long workout!  

I'll go with:

GOLD:  George Harrison/Isn't It A Pity.  What you said about it is true.  Absolutely beautiful, but sad.

SILVER:  Beach Boys/Heroes and Villains.  I like the shorter version much better.  If it had been the other,  I would've given it the gold.  It's an incredible song, but never liked how it ended.

BRONZE:  Led Zeppelin/Rain Song.  Very tranquil and fits it's title as a good rainy day song.

TIN/PEWTER:  Pink Floyd/Shine On You Crazy Diamond. 

My final answer.

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Yes...I agree...Stairway to Heaven has been played almost to death.  Hearing it about once every 4 years is enough for me now.  So?  I won't be listening to it here Al.  And YES...Page stole the guitar intro from the Spirit song Taurus.  [go in about 47 seconds]  They had just recently finished opening on tour with Led Zep previous to the 'new' recording being done.  Judges are fools when it comes to music...and lyrics.

No I don't agree with ***t*** about Robert Plant as a singer.  Almost 50 years later and he still outshines almost ALL of the Crazy Rockers.  He is one of the top 2 or 3 Rockin' voices EVER.  Eric Burdon and Freddie Mercury would be the other 2.  This does not, in any way, include crooners, Pop or Rock 'n' Roll singers.  So here we go.  Remember that I  [love]  LOVE  [love] all of these songs.  Now I have to pick them apart and be critical.

Pink Floyd wins it all this week.  They hit the mood squarely between the eye balls and then they built on it with a performance which leaves the other 3 contenders here behind as the tallying begins.  Thankfully all 4 of these entrants serve to cleanse the soul after that horrifying quartet of 'dollops' we had to 'experience' last week.  I still feel dirty.  Another shower is still necessary, along with these 4 entrants, in order to get the job totally done.

I am going to HAVE to tie the remaining 3 contenders for second...ie:  at 2 points each.  Why?  None of them are good enough to topple the tribute to the 'Crazy Diamond' yet none deserves to finish as far back as 3rd...let alone last.  In no specific order then... ... ...

The Boys.  Here we have the recipe AND the ingredients for 1 outstanding song.  But the various items sitting before us need to be cleaned, cut, peeled, sauteed, mixed and then baked to perfection.  It's all there.  It just has to be properly readied for consumption.  To throw this array of delectable ingredients away would be a total disservice to art.  I, for one, won't do it.  Why would I?  Would you do it to Good Vibrations?  Of course not.

That George fella.  'Isn't It a Pity' was the song so nice they put it on 'All Things MUST Pass' twice!!!  The flip side wasn't as good as this one.  This is Georgie's 'Hey Jude'.  And therein lies the ever-so-slight problem.   Fade it out around 4:15.  It's probably why it ceased getting airplay on oldies stations.  In fact by a year or so after it scaled the charts with George's Sweet Lord...it had lost it's equal billing.  What a shame.  The forever fade...That's why it's tied for 2nd here...and now.

Fred Zeppelin.  It's a very nice, laid back, dreamy kind of mood piece.  Robert holds back...as he should have...so as not to overpower Jimmy's attempt at making it pretty much all about Jimmy.  Unfortunately...because it is pretty much all about Jimmy...the slight wasting of time means that the song never really kicks into gear, thus making it impossible to find its groove and sail through the uprights in order to win this week's game.  A tie for 2nd will have to suffice.

4 GOODIES GGH!!!!

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Here's my order:

1. Pink Floyd

2. Beach Boys

3. George Harrison

4. Led Zepellin

and here are two more long songs!



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So, tell me ... when Darren saw your contestants, did he say, "Oh, NOOOOOO"?  

He said that he usually worked out while listening to the songs, so he got quite a long workout!  


Haha, Cindy. I was thinking the same thing and wondered if you'd remember. 

One of those things we don't forget, I guess. Like you being wooed by the bearded poet when you were in Grade Nine.

You ditched a winner there!

Nah, different routine these days. Also lazier. 

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Page stole the guitar intro from the Spirit song Taurus. 


Likely, Lee, but did Randy California get the idea from the intro to 'Summer Rain' by Johnny Rivers? 'Summer Rain' was released in November '67, the same month that 'Taurus' was recorded. 'Taurus' was produced by Lou Adler, Rivers' previous producer. 

The truth is out there. 




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As one might imagine, this is my very favorite long song:
"Metal Machine Music" by Lou Reed (61:37). Enjoy.


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I think the FIRST "long song":

Is it a song?  And is it long enough?

FIRST long single (live here)?

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Here's another long LZ song, 




Speaking of Stairway, don't ask me how I did it, because I'm really not sure.  But, I managed to go several years without hearing it.  And when I heard it for the first time in forever, it sounded fresh and amazing again.  
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