Last year, I made a listing of my 5 favorite longest songs and posted it here where I’ve got The La’s until Pink Floyd. If that day I did it spontaneously by randomly recalling any unusual long duration songs that came up in mind, now I have made the listing on purpose by collecting the long song I happened to listen (or listen again) these days and not on the previous list. Starting from the ‘shortest’ of 6 minute duration until the longest 23 minute song! Here they are.
“I talk to the wind” – King Crimson (6:06)
The song starts with the sound of the flute’s and a little cymbal’s playing. Soon the baritone vocal of Judy Dyble follows and will drag you to that low ambiance.
“Said the straight man…
to the late man…
Where have you been?”
The song always brings me to that mood of contemplation. The mood is low and tranquil. And, it floats my mind to somewhere else thinking until I realize that this sixteen-minute song stops or the next song is already playing, even before I know it.
This one is from “In the Court of the Crimson King” album that was produced around 1969. The album is actually one from the only two albums of KC that I listened to (the other one is Red) since years ago.
If you need a lullaby or just a song to play in rainy days, you may try this one out.
“Doesn’t the moon look good tonight?” – Mink Mussel Creek (7:30)
The song is my favorite one from “Mink Mussel Manticore” album, which is Mink Mussel Creek*’s debut in 2014 after active since 2007 and no longer played as a group (am I right?). It stars with ethnic touch from the percussion that is beat repeatedly in harmony, and then the lonely guitar picking, to be soon traced with Nick Allbrook’s hopeless vocal. Until after the first minute, Nick is screaming, the guitar starts to get coarser, and the chorus is played in full band, then it goes like how it starts again, and on and on. And, since the minute 3 or 4, the song gets louder and more experimental. You’ll find it so ‘jammy’ and original. Don’t mind the duration, you’ll like the song if you like experiment, underground or psychedelic music.
* Mink Mussel Creek is actually another band of Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala and POND’s Nick Allbrook. In the band, Kevin beats drum, while Nick sings and plays guitar.
“When the feeling’s in the core” – Tame Impala (7:41)
Looking at “Currents”, if you’re new to Tame Impala, you might be surprised for how their initial music mostly sounds like. Not that I don’t like their ‘current’ music (I always love their music), but if one asks me what’s my favorite song of Tame Impala, I will always answer it with any song from their early-earlier albums. And, to me, “When the feeling’s in the core” is my most favorite one (in spite the fact that it’s only one of their b-sides).
The song was produced almost ten years ago in Kevin’s early 20s. After The Dee Dee Dums era, perhaps? When Kevin still played drums while singing (Gosh!). This nearly eight-minute song always reminds me of 70s progressive rock scene like Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and many others. You’ll easily notice it even since the very first start of the song. In this song, I love the drum. I love the guitar riff. I love how Kevin sang. I love its tempo. I love everything about this song. I really don’t care about the duration when it comes listening to this song.
Listening to the song sometimes makes me feel bad for (I know that) it is almost utopia if someday Tame Impala will produce another one of this kind. What do you think?
“The Cinema Show” – Genesis (10:41)
The song was told to be the inspiration from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land”. It is from one of the most-talked Genesis album, “Selling England by the Pound”. I love the entire album, and the song is one of my favorite tracks from the album.
Initiated with the beautiful section of 12-string guitar sound, the song features Peter Gabriel’s and Phil Collins’ vocal harmonies. The first 2 minutes of the song is melancholia. And, the mood is changed immediately and followed with the flute sound and Rutherford’s festal keyboard, then another vocal harmonies. Until, another solo keyboard and guitar rhythm is to conclude the rest five or four minutes of the song.
If you’re interested to try on the song, better try on the whole album. Progressive rock fans must love it, I bet.
“Supper’s ready” – Genesis (23:05)
Another one from Genesis to be my favorite song with the longest duration: “Supper’s ready.”
To be frank, I’m so unfortunate for just being moved to listen to this one, which was one of Genesis’ undisputed best tracks in Peter Gabriel era. And, thank to Dimas for ‘slipping’ it secretly into my music player so I accidentally listened to it until I really really like it.
As I included in the caption, it is twenty effing three minute duration song! Listening to the song is like listening to an album (at least a half of it). The song comprises seven different sections. But, every section’s fragments keep reappearing in other section(s) that make the seven sections as one full track. And that made it progressive, am I right?
I have started to like it at the second attempt of finishing listening to the entire track. I paid attention to almost every detail of the song. Every single section is always another new and wonderful experience for me. And, like any other progressive music, the song gives you numbers of change in every element, the lyric, the music instrument, the mood, and everything. What so amazed me is that all those elements were put together in a very smooth phase and flow.
Try this one. 23 minutes is nothing for a good song. The song is worth the effort. Trust me. 😀