List me some very long songs.
October 21, 2011 8:55 AM Subscribe
Help me find very long songs. Preferably 30 minutes or more.
posted by Devils Rancher to media & arts (74 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I discovered recently that I kind of enjoy extremely long songs, and want to expand my horizons. It seems like the "song" as a unit of music has been artificially constrained by the capacity of one side of a vinyl LP, so most of what I have in my collection is right around the 30-minute mark, at the very longest.
Examples: In my iTunes collection right now, I've got a 29-minute version of Dazed and Confused, a 31-minute version of Meditations by Mingus, and a pretty fair number of songs of the mid-20-minute variety by Miles Davis (I have the majority of his electric-period stuff already, and will be gathering up the rest, soon) and Yes. I also have the Allman Bros. At the Fillmore East, which has the Platonic ideal of the long rock song, with Whipping Post clocking in at 23:05.
The recent post about the 6-hour song by The Flaming Lips got me thinking about this, but it doesn't appear to be commercially available as a single track anywhere.
For the sake of clarity, let's leave classical symphonies off of this list. Other than that, I'm open to all genres -- ambient stuff that can just go in the background forever fits the bill just fine, but also for the sake of clarity, let's skip DJ "mixes" that are a bunch of individual songs cobbled together.
I'd like to be able to actually acquire these, so let's leave out theoretical art pieces, like the folks who are currently recording a multi-year-long song.