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Old 05-31-2019, 07:28 PM
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What's the longest single album track you know?


Well, I could have asked for the longest track ever released, and maybe we can settle that too in this thread, but I suspect some obscure band has sometime released a one-track 80 minutes CD just to break the record, so I put my question that way in the title.

The longest I know are "Mountain Jam" from the deluxe version of the Allman Brothers' "Live At The Fillmore East", clocking in at 33:39 minutes, and Motorpsycho's "Un Chien D'Espace" (30:46) from "Roadwork, Vol. 5: Field Notes, Europe 2017 (The Fantastic Expedition of Järmyr, Ryan, Sæther & Lo)" as well as their "A K9 Suite" (30:46 too, don't know if this was intentional) from "Roadwork, Vol. 1: Heavy Metall iz a poze, hardt rock iz a laifsteil" (have I told you how I love the titles of their live Roadwork albums? Vol. 4 is called "Intrepid Skronk").

These are all live tracks first released on CD and wouldn't even have fitted on an LP side (at least without serious losses in sound quality), so it would be also interesting which ultra-long tracks were released on LP. I only want to exclude classical symphonies, that's too obvious.

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Got that beat. Amarok by Mike Oldfield is a single 60 minute track. Broken in two for the LP, but all together for the CD.
And a great album also.
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From the vinyl era, Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick is one track 43:46 long over two album sides. But it's also a sort-of joke.

The longest I know on one vinyl album side is Dazed and Confused from The Song Remains the Same. It is 26:53 and the pressing suffers for it. That's too long for vinyl, but they did it anyway. I've never heard a vinyl version that didn't have distortion right from the first play. The CD is much better.

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From the vinyl era, Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick is one track 43:46 long over two album sides. But it's also a sort-of joke.

The longest I know on one vinyl album side is Dazed and Confused from The Song Remains the Same. It is 26:53 and the pressing suffers for it. That's too long for vinyl, but they did it anyway. I've never heard a vinyl version that didn't have distortion right from the first play. The CD is much better.
You're right, I also have the LP and always wondered about the quite lousy sound quality (I think the whole LP sounds bad and isn't a good document of their stage qualities. "How The West Was One" is much much better.). Have to check the run times of the other 3 sides...
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Got that beat. Amarok by Mike Oldfield is a single 60 minute track. Broken in two for the LP, but all together for the CD.
And a great album also.
This is the first thing I thought of too.
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Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play" clocks in at 45:07 over two sides, beating out "Thick As A Brick."

Personally, I don't count either one of them, because they are separate songs all blended together into one long take. By my standards, "Mountain Jam" is the clear leader as it is one song.

How would the OP classify say Beethoven's 9th Symphony? It covers 3 sides on vinyl and is one composition after all. von Karajan's take with the Berlin Philharmonic clocks in at 65:37.

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Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play" clocks in at 45:07 over two sides, beating out "Thick As A Brick."

Personally, I don't count either one of them, because they are separate songs all blended together into one long take. By my standards, "Mountain Jam" is the clear leader as it is one song.

How would the OP classify say Beethoven's 9th Symphony? It covers 3 sides on vinyl and is one composition after all.
Sorry, I excluded classical symphonies.
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LCD Soundsystem's "45:33" was originally released as a 45:58 single. It was broken up into 6 parts when the album 45:33 was released.

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Karn Evil 9 by ELP - 29:37, split on the LP, single track on the CD.
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Too late to edit: I knew about the length of the 9th by the anecdote/legend that the CEO of Sony ordered a capacity for the new CD of 70 minutes to fit the 9th.
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Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music is one composition in four parts, running a total of about 64 minutes.
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I used to have a Miles Davis album with a song that ran about 26 minutes. I can't think of anything longer than "Mountain Jam."
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Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music is one composition in four parts, running a total of about 64 minutes.
The OP is looking for music.
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Arbouretum has a version of Sister Ray that comes in at 51:13.
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Checking my iTunes...

Wild Love from Frank Zappa's Halloween 77 album, the 31 October show features a rendition of Wild Love that clocks in at 30:12.

Guitar Trio Pt. 1, Chicago from Guitar Trio Is My Life! (one of the greatest compositions of all time, some of my favorite performances too) by the fantastic Rhys Chatham goes for 30:23.

Virginia doom band Windhand's Boleskine is 30:30.

Pharaoh Sanders' The Creator Has A Master Plan is 32:47 of zazzy jazz.

The Local Fuzz by The Atomic Bitchwax is 42:16 of instrumental strung-together-without-stopping-because-we're-rocking goodness. Straight up rock 'n' roll.

But the longest song I keep on my hard drive is, of course, Sleep's Dopesmoker, which clocks in at 1:03:32 (63 minutes, 32 seconds).

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The OP is looking for music.
You know I'm the greatest Lou Reed fan, but I only tried once to listen to the whole "Metal Machine Music", so that I knew what everybody was talking about. But that was it, never again.

That reminds me of another "unhearable" one-track album of instrumental noise and feedback, Neil Young's "Arc". Though it's a hard listen, it has a structure and you hear that it was laboriously crafted and edited. It runs 34:57.
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I feel like the longest track ever was Revolution #9, but that may just be my memory playing tricks.
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Sorry, I excluded classical symphonies.
Even if you include them, each movement is going to be a separate track on most recordings. Still, Mahler has a couple of symphony movements that clock in at over half an hour.
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The younger me used have a bit of a ritual about getting ready for a big night out: shaved, showered and getting suited and booted within the playing time of the album version of Sister Ray. Roughly 17 and a half minutes. Clinical efficiency, and the right kind of mood-setting music.

These days it takes me about that length of time to find my glasses after a shower
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How would the OP classify say Beethoven's 9th Symphony? It covers 3 sides on vinyl and is one composition after all. von Karajan's take with the Berlin Philharmonic clocks in at 65:37.
But this would rarely be recorded as one single track. My favorite recording (Szell/Cleveland) has the longest track at 18:04.

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...Mahler has a couple of symphony movements that clock in at over half an hour.
The longest Mahler track I have is the 4th Movement of #6, whose Bernstein/Vienna recording clocks in at 33:15.

The longest single track I own is the Dutoit/Montreal recording of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, which is one long track at 55:57.

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Side Two of Todd Rungren's Initiation is a single track at 36:00.
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Egad, saw the thread title and immediately thought Mountain Jam. Which the OP quickly cites. And then there's follow up posts.

I didn't think anybody else would remember this.
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The longest LP track I've listened to more than once on purpose (I'm a Pop music girl-- 4 minutes or less!) is Rare Earth's cover of Get Ready which clocks in at 21:30. To be honest, I think it's the epitome of self-indulgence and just breaks down into random noises after 15 minutes or so. As a confessed pop music lover and modern jazz hater, my taste my be suspect.
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The Other One from the Grateful Dead's Hundred Year Hall is 36:29. This was a live performance. The Dead have played longer songs live but I'm not sure if any have made it to an album.
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Dammit, Bo stole mine. I'll go with "Rain" by Fauna. It's 18 seconds shorter than "Dopesmoker"

https://youtu.be/wuxKFM81DKg


Then there's the aptly titled "Infinity" by Jesu. It's 50 minutes.
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The title song of Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence comes in at about 42 minutes. But unfortunately, it is indexed as eight tracks, even though they form a single song. I'm pretty sure that when this kind of thing happens, it is at the record company's insistence. Anyway, they later released the live album Score, where the song is performed in its entirety, and properly indexed as a single track.

Transatlantic did something similar. Their third album The Whirlwind is just shy of 80 minutes. It consists of a single song, but is cut up into 12 tracks on the album. The band then released a live album, Whirld Tour 2010, with the song performed in its entirety, and IIRC they properly indexed it as a single 80 minute track. The reason I'm not sure about that is, when I rip songs that are improperly indexed like this, I rip them into the single track that they should be. I don't currently have access to the CD, so I can't confirm, but Wikipedia lists it as a single track.

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when I worked in college radio in the early 80s to eat lunch I would put on live version of Green Grass and High tides by the outlaws , it was around 20 minutes.
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The title song of Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence comes in at about 42 minutes. But unfortunately, it is indexed as eight tracks, even though they form a single song. I'm pretty sure that when this kind of thing happens, it is at the record company's insistence. Anyway, they later released the live album Score, where the song is performed in its entirety, and properly indexed as a single track.

Transatlantic did something similar. Their third album The Whirlwind is just shy of 80 minutes. It consists of a single song, but is cut up into 12 tracks on the album. The band then released a live album, Whirld Tour 2010, with the song performed in its entirety, and IIRC they properly indexed it as a single 80 minute track. The reason I'm not sure about that is, when I rip songs that are improperly indexed like this, I rip them into the single track that they should be. I don't currently have access to the CD, so I can't confirm, but Wikipedia lists it as a single track.
I checked on discogs.com, and you're right: the track is listed as 79:52. I think we have a winner.
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I believe the longest album version of a billboard top 40 hit is Autobahn by Kraftwerk at 22:43. Second longest Get Ready by Rare Earth, 21:30.
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I believe the longest album version of a billboard top 40 hit is Autobahn by Kraftwerk at 22:43. Second longest Get Ready by Rare Earth, 21:30.
Wasn't "Autobahn" edited into a 4 minute radio and single version?

ETA: nevermind, I just saw that you wrote "the longest album version of a billoard top 40 hit".
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Wasn't "Autobahn" edited into a 4 minute radio and single version?
Sorry, yes, I meant longest album track to have its single edit chart top 40.
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Sorry, yes, I meant longest album track to have its single edit chart top 40.
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Sorry, yes, I meant longest album track to have its single edit chart top 40.
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The Orb's Blue Room charted in the UK at a length of 39:57 (the eligibility limit is 40 minutes for a single). The album version is quite a bit shorter, oddly enough.
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The Orb's Blue Room charted in the UK at a length of 39:57 (the eligibility limit is 40 minutes for a single). The album version is quite a bit shorter, oddly enough.
Did it ever get any airplay? I bet John Peel would've played it, but I don't know if he was still alive at the time.
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Did it ever get any airplay? I bet John Peel would've played it, but I don't know if he was still alive at the time.
There were a couple of radio edits made. Peel probably would have played the whole thing - he was quite keen on The Orb - but I don't recall him doing so. (Blue Room was 1992, Peel died in 2004)
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This is the first thing I thought of too.
It was done when Mike was really pissed at Richard Branson (it has a coded message about this in the track) and wanted to be as non-commercial as possible. When I was on a Mike mailing list one of our members who worked for the Beeb interviewed him. Mike was really pleased that the list loved Amarok so much we named the list after it. Great album. Very funny too.
The guy asked Mike how many overdubs it took for the first guitar part, and Mike responded by picking up his guitar and playing it. Jaw drop,
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I’ve never listened to it, but is there any reason to NOT think of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet as one song? (91 minutes)
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I’ve never listened to it, but is there any reason to NOT think of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet as one song? (91 minutes)
I skimmed the wiki: it's a work divided into 33 "chapters" and released separately over various albums. That's not what I had in mind, I was going for a single long track on one album.
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Bell Witch's latest album, Mirror Reaper, is a single1hr 23mins long song, and is pretty damn good if you like that sort of thing, that sort of thing being slow repetitive doom metal. It's the longest thing I can think of that is definitely an album track rather than an art piece or classical composition.
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I believe the longest album version of a billboard top 40 hit is Autobahn by Kraftwerk at 22:43. Second longest Get Ready by Rare Earth, 21:30.
Mike Oldfield has both of those beat with Tubular Bells. The album itself is a single composition of 48 minutes and 50 seconds, split over two sides of an LP. The single (which got to #7 in the US) edits this down to just 3 minutes and 18 seconds.

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The longest LP track I've listened to more than once on purpose (I'm a Pop music girl-- 4 minutes or less!) is Rare Earth's cover of Get Ready which clocks in at 21:30. To be honest, I think it's the epitome of self-indulgence and just breaks down into random noises after 15 minutes or so. As a confessed pop music lover and modern jazz hater, my taste my be suspect.
I didn't actually like that song before I heard that version, which I enjoy just because it's so different from everything else popular that's out there. I know that psychedelic soul is a thing but I couldn't name you any other prominent examples that have an extended freakout.
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Mike Oldfield has both of those beat with Tubular Bells. The album itself is a single composition of 48 minutes and 50 seconds, split over two sides of an LP. The single (which got to #7 in the US) edits this down to just 3 minutes and 18 seconds.
Vat am I, chopped liver? Mike got that beat with Amarok, see post #2, even if you counted it as one song, which it isn't. Plus TB 1 is definitely two tracks, with part 1 ending after the Master of Ceremonies section with Viv.
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Vat am I, chopped liver? Mike got that beat with Amarok, see post #2, even if you counted it as one song, which it isn't. Plus TB 1 is definitely two tracks, with part 1 ending after the Master of Ceremonies section with Viv.
Amarok never charted. Tubular Bells did.
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Not the longest in this thread by any stretch, but probably the longest in my personal collection is "Supper's Ready" which takes up all of side 3 of the Genesis live album "Seconds Out", and clocks in around 25 minutes.
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Amarok never charted. Tubular Bells did.
The charting question started at post 29. Perhaps you don't know Amarok, which is a pity.
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Vat am I, chopped liver? Mike got that beat with Amarok, see post #2, even if you counted it as one song, which it isn't. Plus TB 1 is definitely two tracks, with part 1 ending after the Master of Ceremonies section with Viv.
(1) Amarok did not see release of itself, or any part thereof, as a single. (2) Even if you count the album release (being that it consists of one piece) as a single, it didn't chart in the US. (3) Even if you count Tubular Bells as two tracks, each of them is still longer than the examples presented by Helmut Doork.
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Firesign Theater's Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers is two LP tracks telling one long story, most of it non-musical, for a combined length of 46:27. "This Side" is 22:14 and "The Other Side" is 24:13.

"Alice's Restaurant" has to be up there.
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Mike Oldfield has both of those beat with Tubular Bells. The album itself is a single composition of 48 minutes and 50 seconds, split over two sides of an LP. The single (which got to #7 in the US) edits this down to just 3 minutes and 18 seconds.
thanks! I got this from a late 70's Book of Rock Lists, clearly it was wrong!
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What's the shortest single album track you know?


Sorry, thought I was making a new thread.

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Old 06-03-2019, 10:43 PM
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The longest LP track I've listened to more than once on purpose (I'm a Pop music girl-- 4 minutes or less!) is Rare Earth's cover of Get Ready which clocks in at 21:30. To be honest, I think it's the epitome of self-indulgence and just breaks down into random noises after 15 minutes or so. As a confessed pop music lover and modern jazz hater, my taste my be suspect.
I'm a jazz fan, and I thought it broke down into random noises well before 15 minutes.
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