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longest song.

#1 Post by u2 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:59 am

whats the longest song ever?

For me its Gates of delirium by Yes on the relayer album. 21 :54

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#2 Post by Zebula77 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 4:15 am

Well, Transatlantic have a few songs around thirty minutes, but I'm sure there are longer songs out there.

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#3 Post by Simon » Wed Aug 25, 2004 4:42 am

Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence by Dream Theater is 42 minutes long. It is a continuous eight part piece of music. When you get to this length and complexity you are stretching the boundaries of what constitutes a song, but I guess because it is one continuous piece of music and it has singing on it, it must constitute a song! I dunno anything longer.

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#4 Post by domwint79 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:21 am

Goldie's Mother Pt 1 is over 60 minutes long.

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#5 Post by u2 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:38 am

domwint79 wrote:Goldie's Mother Pt 1 is over 60 minutes long.
thast scary.

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#6 Post by ultrazone_seeker » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:59 am

Mike Oldfield's "Amarok" - forget exactly how long, but over an hour and it's the one track on the cd.

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#7 Post by ultrazone_seeker » Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:00 am

u2 wrote:
domwint79 wrote:Goldie's Mother Pt 1 is over 60 minutes long.
thast scary.
tell me about it, and that's only part 1. ( :shock: ?!?!?!?!?)

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#8 Post by Psychlone » Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:59 am

Longest song I have is the Allman Bros' "Mountain Jam"-- 33 minutes and change. Not so much by these other guys' standards, but I gotta take what I can get! Close second: "An Index of Metals" by Fripp/Eno at 28-odd.

Aren't there some really odd classical works that take days to perform? I know I've heard of some things like that.

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#10 Post by domwint79 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:07 am

Can't remember when he released the album 'Mother' but it came on 2 CDs. The first was Mother Pt 1 which took up a whole CD, 67 minutes or something, then the second CD was like a regular album with standard-length tracks.

Part 1 was pretty strange though, and hard to listen to. The intro was about 10 minutes long, very ethereal and spacey before any drums or semblance of a beat kicks in.

Worth getting the album just for Temper Temper though, classic, angry drum and bass. Video was cool too, just Goldie breaking stuff with baseball bats. If you ;ike that sort of thing.

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Re: longest song.

#11 Post by brainpolice » Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:37 am

u2 wrote:whats the longest song ever?

For me its Gates of delirium by Yes on the relayer album. 21 :54
You're dead on. I've always LOVED that song. I would sit and just zone out to that epic masterpience (the live version). Another one about as long is Pink Floyd's Echoes.

"Aren't there some really odd classical works that take days to perform? I know I've heard of some things like that."

Ever hear of John Cage? He wrote a piece thats at such a slow tempo, you couldnt play it in your lifetime. It starts on a quarter note rest which would last at least a year. Yes, Cage was part of a radical movement in music around the turn of the century. Part of this movement was the advocation of silence in music, in a big way. Once he performed in some big hall, and his piece was him sitting at the piano for a minute.
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#12 Post by The Extremist » Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:39 am

Well, from what i heard, Hangar 18 is actually a 45 minute long song, full recorded and mixed, but then cut for the album to keep Rust In Peace as intesne as it is.

But after the song, it breaks into massive Duels between Dave and Marty.

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#13 Post by spcastlemagic » Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:52 am

Well, Handel's Messiah is some three hours in length... if we keep it in rock, I am sure some jamband has gone on for even longer.

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Re: longest song.

#14 Post by ultrazone_seeker » Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:43 pm

brainpolice wrote:Ever hear of John Cage? He wrote a piece thats at such a slow tempo, you couldnt play it in your lifetime. It starts on a quarter note rest which would last at least a year. Yes, Cage was part of a radical movement in music around the turn of the century. Part of this movement was the advocation of silence in music, in a big way. Once he performed in some big hall, and his piece was him sitting at the piano for a minute.
i think you're talking about "4:33", which, as the title suggests, went for exactly 4 minutes 33 seconds. the "music" was any sound coming from the audience (or so i was told...).
:roll: out of the story from above... this is really stupid imo...
The performance follows a legal case in which composer Mike Batt was forced to pay a six-figure sum to Cage's publishers, who accused him of plagiarising a silent piece of music.

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#15 Post by u2 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:02 pm

The Extremist wrote:Well, from what i heard, Hangar 18 is actually a 45 minute long song, full recorded and mixed, but then cut for the album to keep Rust In Peace as intesne as it is.

But after the song, it breaks into massive Duels between Dave and Marty.
interesting stuff...will look him up someday.

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