THE RULES: No jazz or classical music included. There are WAAAY too many great songs in those genres that clock in past 10 minutes. So, I picked my favorite rock songs that were 10 minutes+ in their original studio versions (no live versions - that's cheating!). And before you begin to bitch ... I don't consider In-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly) a great song. That's also the reason The End (The Doors) and Dark Star (The Grateful Dead) are not on the list. Freebird is only 9:08 long.
In alphabetical order:
- Achilles Last Stand – Led Zeppelin (10:25) Guitar chaos from a hugely underrated Led Zep LP, Presence.
- Alice’s Restaurant Massacree – Arlo Guthrie (18:34) A song so good it was made into a great movie.
- Desolation Row – Bob Dylan (11:25) Classic Dylan. As good as it gets.
- Echoes – Pink Floyd (23:30) Probably my favorite Floyd song. I love the sound effects of the submarine pulse mixed in the background, and a great David Gilmore guitar solo.
- Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys - Traffic (11:44) Veeery cool groove.
- Maggot Brain – Funkadelic ( 10:21) Maybe the best recorded rock guitar solo done in one take – Eddie Hazel is the most unknown great rock guitarist.
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1) – Pink Floyd (13:30) This is a no brainer.
- Supper’s Ready – Genesis (22:50) I heard this for the first time when I was 15 and I’d never heard anything this cool, this weird and this apocalyptic. And I still haven’t. It was based on an event when Peter Gabriel’s wife was put into a trance and Peter was so freaked out by the experience he wrote this song. Through the years my interpretation of the song has changed as I matured. My most recent interpretation is: a spiritual journey of two lovers who lose their way in life and wander aimlessly for the rest of their days but are ultimately reunited in the “New Jerusalem” (heaven).
- Telegraph Road – Dire Straits (14:21) Contains the great lyric line: “run all the red lights down Memory Lane.”
- 2112 – Rush (20:33) Rush’s first flexing of their musical muscles.