Tuesday, June 26, 2007

All You Need Is Love

Jimmy over at Sticky Doorknobs is contemplating and listing some of us Boomer's favorite long rock anthems of yesterday - songs that seldom got radio airplay due to their length.

I added a few suggestions in his comments section:

What about Don McLean's American Pie 8:28 ?


Close to the Edge - 18:50 (Yes)

Southern Man -13:45 (CSNY)

Nights in White Satin - 7:38 (Moody Blues)

Ina Gadda Di Vida- 17:03 (Iron Butterfly)

I know there's scads I can't remember. (And given we have about 200 albums, I should be able to come up with at least a dozen more.)

Jimmy has a great starter list - any additions?

Speaking of music, did anyone catch Larry King's interview with Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia? Larry King is a pain to watch, but I stuck it out to watch Paul and Ringo finally get comfortable enough with each other to skewer King. The two old friends were awkward at first, but suddenly I sensed a coming together, if you pardon the pun. I don't think King ever realized he was fodder for their unique camaraderie. It was like the missing snippet from "A Hard Day's Night". At one point, Paul is bragging on Ringo's drumming talent, then Ringo comments on Paul's "most melodic bass in music".

"What does that mean?" asks King.

"Melodic" replied the Ringo we all love.

Kman and I were falling off the bed laughing. It was delicious.

One very touching part, Paul speaks of George's last days and how he cherishes a special personal visit they had while George was in the hospital, talking and holding hands like they were long lost brothers. And brothers they were.

Beatles Forever.


Jeff said...

Miss Pattie, I'd like to add almost everything by Harry Chapin ..... also, Meatloaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and Kansas' "Cheyenne Anthem"

Marti said...

Miss Pattie,

I give you an anthem from our time that in light of the present state of our world, applies just as much now as it did then: Harold Melvin's "Wake Up Everybody". Length 7 min. 30 sec.

"Change the world, just you and me, can't do it alone...need some help ya'll..."


Anonymous said...

Help, I'm a Rock!

lyrics here

My broadband is down or I'd look for a video. Just reading the lyrics doesn't do it justice.

- bill

DarkoV said...

"Colonial Mentality" form Fela Kuti's Original Suffer Head comes in at 12:42

"Who Do you Love, Parts 1 & 2" from Quicksilver Messenger Services's Happy Trails clocks in at over 15 minutes.

Duke Ellington's "Crescendo in Blue" with tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves' 27-chorus solo on Ellngton at Newport 1956 comes in at a bit over 9 minutes but seems much longer (a good thing).

lara said...

pink floyd had some long ones, Free bird, now that was a long song!!!! love ya mom-- Lara

Eleanor said...

I'm with Jeff: "Taxi," by Harry Chapin.

How about "Come sail away" by Styx?

"Whole Lotta Love," I think that is also LZ. Very, very long.

"One way out" - Alman Brothers, and
a lot of CCR.

What about the Grateful Dead? Some of those got a little long, especially live.

Basically, I think you got most of them. At least all the ones that we used to use for the last dance, because they went on forever.

Cowtown Pattie said...

Great choices one and all!

DarkoV - sometimes I wonder about you...LOL. But you always broaden my horizons!

"Whole Lotta Love" - yes, that definitely a loud long 'un.

joared said...

Well, if you can include Ellington in the music you're talking about here, then what about Chuck Mangione with a '73 recording of "Land of Make Believe" with vocal by Esther Satterfield that runs 12:26.

"Children of Sanchez Overture" with vocal by Don Potter is 14:07.

Lyrics on both these tunes are unique.