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Tom Tobben

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Here's another of my favorite long-form Led Zep songs. Shades of Ravel's "Bolero", here's "Kashmir" from their excellent Physical Graffiti album:



Enjoying an excellent week of substantial extended form music that reaches beyond the narrower confines of traditional pop/rock hit radio!
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Larry Franz

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse have eight songs over seven minutes long on their 1991 live album, Weld. Two of them are "Love and Only Love" and "Rockin' in the Free World".

(9:17)

(8:40)

Reprise:
(14:00)

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Tom Tobben

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Another of my favorite long-form classics, Gypsy’s “Dead and Gone”:

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No week of long songs should be without the Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away" (9:11).



Plus "Magic Bus" (7:35) from Live at Leeds.




Neil Young & Crazy Horse, "Arc (A Compilation Composition)" (35:48)



Philip Glass, "Vessels" from Koyaanisqatsi (8:13)



Brian Wilson, "Rio Grande" (8:11)

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Still countering 'authority'...Here's the shortest song IN THE WORLD...



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Lee, here's an even shorter song...

The Who - Miracle Cure (0:12)

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Yes *t* but as you well know...anything from Tommy was, and is,...OUT of this world.
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You're all forgetting this classic from John Lennon's Mind Games. 

The 'Nutopian International Anthem'. 

Harder to whistle than 'The Star-Spangled Banner'. 



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Larry Franz

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John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat, "Boogie Chillen No. 2" (11:33) (the record label shown is for the 1948 original)


The Rolling Stones, "Sing This All Together (See What Happens)" (8:33)


Lindsey Buckingham, "D. W. Suite" (just short of 7 minutes but it's in remembrance of Dennis)


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My votes

Gold : BBs
Silver: George
Bronze: Led Zep
Tin : Pink Floyd

Think this is over 8 minutes long :

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Tom Tobben

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This week's battle songs are all so wonderful and creative, it's really difficult for me to rank them. Great artists exploring the depth and breadth of their musical inclinations, and not just a formulaic radio hit. In some other weeks, any of these could have been my gold selection. Here goes:

Gold -- "The Rain Song", Led Zeppelin. Such a lovely, tender, extended form love song from the Zep, and such a fascinating contrast to many of their better-known, wonderfully energetic early blues rock songs, with Page's powerful shredding away, Plant's impassioned howling, Jones' powerful thumping bass, and Bonzo's furiously pounding away on his drum kit. This week's battle was a great excuse to give this old understated classic another close listen and to appreciate all the nuanced detail woven into this song. With all its varied musical textures, it's like a fine impressionist painting where all the subtle parts come together to paint a glorious whole once you step back and let them overtake you. 

Silver -- "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond", Pink Floyd. These guys are the masters of ethereal, long-form songs that create a distinct sonic experience unlike any other band. While their masterful Wish You Were Here album may not have received the same attention as some of their more famous albums (e.g., Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall), it is one of my favorites, in part because of this fascinating song.

GGH couldn't have described the impact of this song better, when she wrote "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." It's certainly no jarring "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" voyage; instead, it gently carries you away on a blissful 13 1/2 minute journey into the vast ethereal synapses of your mind.

Bronze -- "Heroes & Villains", Beach Boys. I've always been a fan of this creative sonic delight, dating back to 1967 when it was the follow-up to the masterful "Good Vibrations". Brian was on a creative high during that period, and he was more than willing to shift away from his old formulaic hits to create something truly new in its time. And while I really liked the original Smiley Smile single version of this song, I found it even more fascinating and creative, musically and lyrically, once we began to hear some of the expanded and alternative parts of the song as parts of the abandoned SMiLE project sessions began to leak out and were shared with us on various Beach Boys session tapes, and finally, most notably, on the extensive SMiLE Sessions box set a few years ago. 

Tin -- "Isn't It A Pity", George Harrison. This excellent song definitely does not belong as my tin pick this week, because it too is excellent. After being relegated to a distant #3 songwriter position behind Lennon and McCartney in the Beatles, George burst forth with an amazing first post-Beatles album with All Things Must Pass, which contained so many fine songs like this one. And his lyrics on this song are stellar. Isn't it a pity that he didn't get to share in more of the songwriting spotlight during his Beatles years, and which only began to shine through on some of the Beatles later albums.


While we're on the subject of George Harrison's solo music, as a few others have done, here's one of my favorite minor hits by George, from his 1979 album simply titled George Harrison:



There are so many other excellent long-form songs that have not been mentioned this week. But here's one from Harry Chapin's excellent 1972 album, Sniper and Other Love Songs, that unfortunately has proven to be uncannily prescient in today's violently turbulent society in the US. As Wikipedia describes of the song's final lyrics: "The sniper's last words – 'I was, I am, and now I will be' – lend insight into the psychology of the sniper, who has been on a lifelong quest for self actualization."

Tragically, this sort of mass tragedy, which used to be such a rarity back when the song was written, keeps repeating itself over and over in our contemporary, dysfunctional, armed-to-the-teeth society. And all the "thoughts and prayers" platitudes from politicians will not bring back any of the innocent victims nor prevent such future tragedies, which seem to be occurring in our modern society with increasing frequency. A powerful song with such poignant lyrics:



Thank you, GGH, for an excellent battle this week!
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Larry Franz

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Yes, it's been a good week.

Sonic Youth, "Total Trash" (7:33) and "Teenage Riot" (a few seconds short)






Yo La Tengo, "I Heard You Looking" (7:02) and "The Fireside" (11:26)






The Roches, "Can We Go Home Now" (8:38)



Yes, we can go home now.

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So proud of my Egglet. She started her musical journey two Christmasses ago when Santa brought her an iPod. Her passion for music is intoxicating for her years. Her grandfather who was a symphony conductor would be so proud! As a musician myself she blows me away with her knowledge and prowess on the guitar...rock on GGH!

On to the voting......

There are songs that I both love to hear and to play. Voting was tough this week for this reason but....

GOLD. The mighty Led Zeppelin

SILVER. Dream masters Pink Floyd

BRONZE. The all American Beach Boys

TIN. The quiet Beatle, George Harrison

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GGH,
As someone with a short attention span whose mind tends to wander, here's my best:
Gold-Led Zeppelin - Rain Song
Silver-The Beach Boys - H&V, Part 2
Bronze - Pink Floyd - Shine OnYou Crazy Diamond
Tin - George Harrison - Isn't It a Pity - it sure is Pity to vote George last.
Sometimes more just isn't better, but all of these selection have merit.
Good week!

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Tom Tobben -- Thanks for Harry Chapin's "Sniper".  Chilling indeed, but worth the listen. 

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...all the "thoughts and prayers" platitudes from politicians will not bring back any of the innocent victims nor prevent such future tragedies...


Ya got that right, brother! [thumb]
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