Saturday, September 03, 2016

There's An Old Saying In Music: 'Know When To End A Song'

In the spirit of that old saying, we played a couple of favorite albums (really loud) last night that have arguably the greatest endings in rock. (This is the kind of stuff aging hippies do to exorcise a horrible week in which the world seemed to go a little crazier.) 
Anyhow, my second-best coda nominee is the screaming end of "Who Do You Love?", Quicksilver Messenger Service’s 25:30 live romp from their Happy Trails album based on the famous Bo Diddley song with the unforgettable bump buddy bump bump — bump bump beat. 
The hands-down best coda is the symphonic end of "Mountain Jam," the Allman Brothers 37:43 live at the Fillmore East journey from the Eat a Peach album based on Donovan's "There Is a Mountain" (with a taste of "Third Stone From the Sun" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" thrown in). The kettledrums always make the hair on my neck stand up. Bww-wow! 
(Incidentally, the classic rock fantasy artwork above is from the marvelous Eat a Peach vinyl album gatefold by W. David Powell and Floury Holmes.)

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