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John E

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Here's a 9 minute track from Michael Chapman's classic album "Fully Qualified Survivor". The album feature some distinctive guitar work by Mick Ronson (who joined David Bowie, soon after) and string arrangements by Paul Buckmaster, who died today: 

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Thanks, GGH. Now, this is a battle that rock music fans can sink their teeth into! All four are notable songs and artists.

As for other long songs and artists, there are certainly plenty, many of which have already been named or posted. But I'm surprised that none of the classic Doors long songs have been posted yet, so here are perhaps the two best-known long-form Doors classics, "The End" from the Doors' self-named debut album, The Doors, and "When the Music's Over" from their second album, Strange Days:





Back later in the week with my votes, and perhaps some additional long-form classics if not already mentioned by others. 

(Sorry, Darren, none of them likely made it to Top 40 pop radio, at least in their long form).
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Tom,

Following up with you:


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GOLD BBs

SILVER Harrison

BRONZE (PINK) Floyd.    

TIN (LED) Zeppelin.  Um... solder 


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With all this talk of long songs and lyrics and with the submission of Bluebird my Egg was reminded of this classic....


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(Sorry, Darren, none of them likely made it to Top 40 pop radio, at least in their long form).


I'm not surprised, Tom. Even their albums didn't chart here, according to Wiki.  

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Brian has been doing snippets of River Deep Mountain High here and there during the Pet Sounds Tour.  This is a possible teaser for the Rock and Roll album.

The song was also done by the first incarnation of Deep Purple in an extended version that included a 2001 A Space Odyssey intro. 

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Having had the "opportunity" to listen to the top 40 music stations this week (in a car with no other option), I've come to appreciate the value of a good musical instrument all over again.  I keep hearing ringtones and the sound the washing machine makes when it has an uneven load.

An overload of good old-fashioned instruments and untouched voices.  Fly My Pretties "Turnaround" and "Dr Plum".





MGMT "Siberian Breaks" and "Metanoia".  (Just a hint of Beach Boy-ness in these guys.)







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Time to interrupt this ongoing fixation on length with more rewarding small packages.





and maybe the shortest recorded song EVER...



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Lisa G/TS

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GOLD -- Beach Boys, Heroes & Villains -- Intricate enough to hold my interest start to finish. 

SILVER -- George Harrison, Isn't It A Pity -- Thoughtful enough to hold my interest. 

BRONZE -- Led Zep, Rain Song -- Lazy and meandering enough, fitting for those rainy days when you can't find the energy for anything. 

TIN -- Pink Floyd, Shine On You Crazy Diamond -- There are times I have the attention span of a hummingbird. Unfortunately, these l-o-o-n-g  d-r-a-a-w-n  out openings don't do a thing for me. To each his (or her) own...

Generally good choices, Jenn, for a music marathon week! 
Even a shorter song can seem long if there's not much in the way of lyrics. An example is this spoof of George Harrison's cover version of "(I've Got My Mind) Set On You":

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIIvJkSLSfw

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Some good old George bits from the past - listen to the man:


Roll to about 2 mins in:

And around we go:


Oh and ONE last Georgian display - an iso-track of the lead guitar from I Want to Hold Your Hand with the pull offs - but I REALLY like the arpeggiated lines in the bridge section:

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Here t'was.

GOLD - Pink Floyd.  I may have heard this too many times, and it may at times evoke some unfortunate memories of the nineties (don't try this at home, folks!), but it's a brilliant song.  Hard to believe it's still so easily possible to "feel" it as an experience all these years later, just as Jenny described.  Incredible.

SILVER - TBB.  I admire this one for its technical genius and complexity.  It's so complicated with new sounds cropping up in it all the time, leaving me fumbling to work it all out.  Just one and a half wee gripes; ever since learning of the "old west" theme, I've never been able to move it back out of that smoky saloon with the swingy half doors. I still haven't made my mind up about that whistle, either.

BRONZE - George Harrison.  Way too good a song to see in third place.  I dig the whole "All Things Must Pass" album, and it's a double whammy this week because that must be one of the longest albums of all time.   



TIN - Led Zeppelin.  Wiki says that this song was inspired by the very same Mr G. Harrison of above, who supposedly challenged Led Zep to write a ballad.  I really like the way it all comes together and has such beautiful instrumental blending, except the lyrics and vocal, which didn't have to be there and plain old got in the way in this instance - and I never say that!  

Back to the sounds that are within this modern music extravaganza I am currently being subjected to;

Light switches flicking on and off
A number of obsolete cellphone notification sounds
A xylophone - this crops up even more than the washing-machine-with-uneven-load sound.
The microwave beeping
That pop thing you do with your mouth and finger in an effort to be clever or funny
Bongos
Incoherent backing singers
A knitting machine

Actually, today I tuned into some static and that was much better. 


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Thanks, Jenny.

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Whilst we're talking George, here is one of his that really grew on me. When Somewhere in England came out, this was possibly my least favourite track. George back to singing religious songs, I thought. But I now love it, and it's my fave on that album. I think it's one of his very best songs. The melody and that guitar are almost hypnotic. He sings it so earnestly, but he's not preaching to us. It's George's best devotional.




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Okay Jenny since you have given us a very RICH week of music this is a tough one but at the same time, easy one for me to vote and here's why:

Gold:  To Heroes and Villains - almost any version of this EXCEPT the flat Smiley Smile version (bunt).  I posted this as THE version that I accept as the BEST after The Smile Sessions -


Brian had crossed over into complete and utter brilliance but it was taking it's toll.  This is a GREAT Beach Boys' song ^ top to bottom. For your "go long" week, I support the Parts 1 and 2 or whatever.  It's perfection (in sections).

Silver to George and like others (Bonnie) a wholehearted agreement about the importance of this album and the timing of it.  Yes, it was looooooong.  But we got to see how George had so much to release and simply couldn't within the structure of the Beatles.  Then he unveiled it to the world - and it was great!

(cough cough ^)



Darren, Macca will tell a GREAT story about this song for the Aussie shows upcoming - stay tuned:

The playing and recording of IIAP is incredible - top to bottom.

Bronze: To the Zeps.  Also perfection throughout. Stairway may have gotten top prize from me if it was in even against H&V (the particular version) .  LZ was genius at work throughout their career and whatever style they chose.  The entire band!!!!
(It's not completed yet) >





Tin - you hit it perfectly, maybe more of an experience but it is wonderful, never-the-less.  I LOVED the early PF things but my challenge was getting into the structure of it.  Definitely a in the dark and headphones song and "experience". 

http://www.youtube.com/whttps://atch?v=LC_3tZkMA4k


Composition and musical brilliance throughout this week - but I had to go "no ties" this week as I actually listened to each - top to bottom.  Did I say that enough????


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Speaking of George, I've been listening to this cool song a lot lately, from the album Extra Texture:

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