LIST: Album Closers

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LIST: Album Closers

Postby worpswede » Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:00 pm

I still believe that album sequencing is becoming a lost art form. There were times that the last song on an album could leave you wanting more or perfectly tie together the entire record. Sometimes, the last song was just the best track on the whole thing. Whatever the case: name your favorite album closers of all time.

THE BEATLES-"A Day In The Life" (Sgt. Pepper)
THE ROLLING STONES-"Salt Of The Earth" (Beggar's Banquet)
BOB DYLAN-"Desolation Row" (Highway 61 Revisted)
NIRVANA-"Something In The Way" (Nevermind)
SONIC YOUTH-"Expressway To Yr. Skull" (Evol*)

Your turn...


* the badass vinyl version had a lock groove on it

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Postby johnhl » Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:14 pm

Replacements-"Here Comes a Regular" and "Answering Machine"
Neil Young-"Ambulance Blues"
Bob Dylan-"Highlands"
Pretenders-"Mystery Achievement"
Kinks-"Arthur"
Lucinda Williams-"Jackson"

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Postby Baltimucho » Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:32 pm

Beatles Abbey Road -- "The End" plus "Her Majesty"
Echo and the Bunnymen -- "All My Life"
Pavement -- "...And Carrot Rope"
U2 Unforgettable Fire -- "MLK" (Also like "40" from War.)
Peter Gabriel -- "Biko"

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Postby steve-o » Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:54 pm

Awesome, this is the exact same thread that popped up on another board I post on. There were some really good suggestions there as well, so I'm taking a few of those:

My two personal favorite album closers of all time: Radiohead "Street Spirit" (The Bends) and Depeche Mode: "Everything Counts" (101)

Others:
My Bloody Valentine: "Soon" (Loveless)
Grandaddy; "Final Push to the Sum" (Sumday)
The Clash: "Train in Vain" (London Calling)
Death Cab For Cutie: "Scientist Studies" (We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes)
Moby: "My Weakness" (Play)
Portishead :"Glory Box" (Dummy)

On my version of Elvis Costello's This Years Model it closes with "Radio, Radio," which is a hell of a strong closer. And almost any Pink Floyd album had an amazing closer, especially "Eclipse" (Dark Side of The Moon).

And I agree, having a good closer can mean the difference between an okay album and a absolutely phenomenal one.

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Postby SlangKing » Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:58 pm

At a great height of album closers over all others sits:
Rolling Stones- "Moonlight Mile" on Sticky Fingers

Then comes:

The Fall- "The N.W.R.A." on Grotesque (After the Gramme)
The Beatles- "Tomorrow Never Knows" on Revolver
Talking Heads- "Drugs" on Fear of Music
Pavement- "Filmore Jive" on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
The Kinks- "Waterloo Sunset" on Something Else
David Bowie- "Rock'n'Roll Suicide" on Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...


Thinking about Pavement- I actually dig all of their album closers quite a bit. Even on Malkmus' solo albums, he always finishes really strong.

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Postby johnhl » Wed Jun 22, 2005 1:02 pm

steve-o wrote:And I agree, having a good closer can mean the difference between an okay album and a absolutely phenomenal one.


Exactly! It's one of the things that seems to plague every White Stripes album.

And I can't believe I forgot "Won't Get Fooled Again".

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Postby LionIndex » Wed Jun 22, 2005 1:54 pm

"When the Levee Breaks", Led Zeppelin, IV
"Soul Survivor", Stones, Exile
"Call the Doctor", Spacemen 3, Perfect Prescription

If "A Perfect Teenhood" was the last track on Madonna by the Trail o' Dead, it'd be here. But they wussed out.

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Postby worpswede » Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:03 pm

LionIndex wrote:""Call the Doctor", Spacemen 3, Perfect Prescription

Nicely done! They also had a few others like "Billy Whiz" and "Lord Can You Hear Me" which meshed well with the acid comedown.
Some good ones to the thread so far. Continue...

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:02 pm

Pretenders - '2000 Miles'
Modest Mouse - 'The Good Times Are Killing Me'
Replacements - 'Treatment Bound'
Devo - 'Planet Earth'
Bob Dylan - almost every closer on his best albums is brilliant (Buckets Of Rain, Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, 115th Dream, Desolation Row, I Shall Be Free, etc.)
Ugly Casanova - 'So Long To The Holidays'

And the winner?

Ac/DC - 'Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution'

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Postby Greenwood The Sock Monkey » Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:14 pm

Mixmaster Shecky wrote:Bob Dylan - Desolation Row
AC/DC - 'Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution'


Heh, you beat me to them. I completely agree w/ Shecky!

I personally think the last track on the album is critical, it's almost as important as the first two tracks. It doesn't feel right when the last track is just some tacked-on filler, or doesn't resolve what came before. The last track should make you want to leave the disc on repeat and go back to the beginning. Of course, in the world of "2 singles and a bunch of filler" long-players you usually just get drek at the end.

Most of these are really obvious but hopefully they help back up the assertion that a record NEEDS a strong closer to be great:

Beatles - Revolver - Tomorrow Never Knows
Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun - Smog Moon
Radiohead - OK Computer - The Tourist
Wilco - YHF - Reservations
Pink Floyd - Meddle - Echoes
REM - Out Of Time - Me In Honey
Massive Attack - Blue Lines - Hymn Of The Big Wheel
The Who - Quadrophenia - Love Reign O'er Me
Ben Folds Five - Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner - Lullabye
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book - I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Cake - Pressure Chief - Tougher Than It Is
Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory - Champagne Supernova
Eels - Daisies Of The Galaxy - Mr. E's Beautiful Blues
The Clash - London Calling - Train In Vain
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed - You Can't Always Get What You Want


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