Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Alice Beats The Butterfly

As the subject has morphed from ridiculously obvious to redundant to repetitious to interminably long songs, let me just state for the record:

In their originally released versions, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" (18+ minutes) was longer than Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (17+ minutes), man.

(I'm trying to revitalize the unnecessarily excessive use of the word "man", man.)


Blogger Beth said...

Man ... that's groovy, man. And, man, I was, like, alive and all when those records came out, man.

5:12 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger mat said...

Man, you know I love the Zep, but for long songs, "The Song Remains the Same" album had some doozies. "Dazed and Confused" (26:53)compared to 6:26 from the studio. "Whole Lotta Love" 14:24/5:34, "No Quarter" 12:30/6:59, "Moby Dick" 12:47/4:21. And how about "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" the 2 parts ring in at 13:32 and 12:29 for a combined total of 26:01! Holy cow, man!

5:39 PM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous glassmeow said...

What 'bout "Nights in White Satin"? That seemed to go on forever!

7:42 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Beth: Thanks for supporting my new cause, man.

Mat: Now, we've opened up the "over-indulgent live versions" can of worms. Many were guilty of this phenomenon in the '70s. But, you've nailed the worst offenders straight away: Led Zeppelin. Every song was filled with drum solos or playing a guitar with a violin bow!

Glassmeow: The worst part about that song (and it sucked in general) was the 'poetry' reading at the end. Horrible drivel. I even remember something like "senior citizens wish they were young." U-G-L-Y!!!

7:48 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Old Lady said...

Yes, but you weren't doing the drugs we were! Oops did I say that!

Inna Godda Davida Baby, don't you know that I love you!!!!

I kinda miss those movements.

7:50 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

I like "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (originally meant to be "In The Garden Of Eden", but the singer was too wasted to enunciate, or so the legend goes).

But, they could've trimmed about 5 minutes off the drum solo. Most of it was just a flooding bass drum anyway.


7:56 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger KLee said...

I have a fave singer (of whom very few in the US have heard) called Fish. No, not Phish. They were multiple people. "Fish" is just the stage name of this guy who used to front a UK band from the 80s called Marillion. Marillion were defined as "progressive rock" and got HUGE airplay in the UK and Europe. So much so that they played LiveAid and sold out Wembley Arena on their own. Even toured with Queen. Anyway, my rambling aside, they had an early song, "Grendel" which clocks in at 19 minutes. Depending on the live versions, it can be a mite longer or shorter. If you're interested, I can find you a link to listen to it. It's wild. God knows what drugs Fish was on when he wrote it. Needless to say, it doesn't make his playlists these days.

11:33 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Link....yes! Gimme gimme gimme.

I'd be interested to hear it, certainly.


5:13 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

OK, if we're going down that road then we must consider my favorite long song. Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick". It was one song that took up the entire album.

When I was 13, I snuck out of my window, hitchhiked 120 miles to see Tull and then, luckily, ran into some guys I knew and caught a ride home. In bed by 3am and the parents none the wiser. They played the entire song in concert. It was great.

I also caught the Stones in '76 when they played a great version of Gimme Shelter for 30 minutes.

So the long songs can be good as long as the mental facilities are "relaxed".

9:22 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger KLee said...

Okay, here's the link:

Click on "Grendel" to hear a Real Player clip. If you want to search around Fish's site for more contemporary music, you can hear stuff from his latest release here:

Check out "Moving Targets" and "Numbers" as two excellent songs.

If you are even more interested, I'll be glad to make you a CD. I love converting people. :) Send me an email, and let me know what you think!

11:07 AM, July 20, 2006  

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