Help me locate some l-o-n-g tracks on's mp3 store
May 8, 2010 1:03 PM   Subscribe

Got a $5 credit from's mp3 department. What are some l-o-n-g cuts (or albums comprised of lengthy tunes) that will give me some serious bang for my buck? I'm particularly partial to lengthy ambient/drone classics like Terry Riley's In C, Manuel Göttsching's E2-E4, Brian Eno's Music for Airports and other extended outings.
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posted by lester's sock puppet at 1:13 PM on May 8, 2010

Almost all of the tracks on Godspeed You! Black Emperor's four albumsare between 10 and 30 minutes long. Their first (and probably best) album, F# A# (∞) has three tracks and is 63 minutes long in total.
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:25 PM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

... and, of course, the only two tracks on the Amazon MP3 store by GYBE are under eight minutes. Oh well.
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:30 PM on May 8, 2010

Klaus Schulze - Sense (live) 51:01, $0.99

(I love this question)

posted by box at 1:48 PM on May 8, 2010

John Cage and David Tudor: Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music
Four tracks, about 22 minutes each, John Cage tells 90 stories per track. Not exactly a drone, but I find his voice pretty mesmerizing.
posted by clockwork at 2:13 PM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Cecil Taylor - B Ee Ba Nganga Ban'a Ee! 48:21, $0.89 (not ambient/drone, though)
posted by box at 2:13 PM on May 8, 2010

You could get nearly two hours' worth of Acid Mothers Temple for $1.98.
posted by misteraitch at 2:41 PM on May 8, 2010

Alice's Restaurant
Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

Both are cheaper by the song than by the album.
posted by caddis at 2:48 PM on May 8, 2010

If you like airports, Eno's "Thursday Afternoon" is just the ticket. "Three Ragas" by Ravi Shankar is three long tracks, the first nearly thirty minutes. I doubt that the digitized version of it is the same, but "The Rainbow" on the first release of Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden" was actually three long tracks together at 23 fantastic minutes.
The 6ths have a really long track "Oahu"- not my cup of tea, but it is long.
Maceo Parker has a sixteen-minute jam of "Shake Everything You Got" on his "Live from Planet Groove"; the drum solo is kind of overlong and weak, but some of his sax riffs are, as always, sublime.
posted by Red Loop at 3:29 PM on May 8, 2010

If you want to branch out a bit into some darker, infinite space ambient goodness, there's nothing better than Lustmord's The Place Where the Black Stars Hang. Unfortunately, as I far I can tell its not available on Amazon as an mp3 download, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
posted by googly at 4:41 PM on May 8, 2010

Stars of the Lid
posted by sad_otter at 4:53 PM on May 8, 2010

John cage's Indeterminacy is a fantastic album. If getting that is an option, by all means do it.
posted by wittgenstein at 5:19 PM on May 8, 2010

Also, Glenn Branca
posted by sad_otter at 7:10 PM on May 8, 2010

Vangelis' Heaven and Hell. Whole album is two long tracks (22:05, 21:21), including a piece sang beautifully by Jon Anderson. Both tracks are sold at $0.99!
posted by jgwong at 9:29 PM on May 8, 2010

Elaine Radigue
posted by zeraus at 10:04 AM on May 10, 2010

explosions in the sky
posted by at the crossroads at 7:22 PM on May 10, 2010

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