Re: Pick 3...
posted at 11/7/2012 2:24 PM EST
In response to GreginMeffa's comment:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd - Matty
Oh thats a good one. Plus it is seriously long! CLEARLY a tribute(???) to Syd. Tell ya what though, the title song of "Wish You Were Here", is the same, but the album is not. Nor Dark Side, nor its successors, Animals (THE most under-appreciated/over-looked), and The Wall (which I consider their epitome, (feel free to disagree).
Oh and By the way, Final Cut, which actually ANNOUNCES, the breakup of Floyd, is really quite good - in fact, great - by all other standards.
LONG is not a bad measure for this thread, by which, I would nominate, Close to the Edge - Yes, Thick as a Brick - Tull, Pictures at an Exhibition, AND Tarkus - ELP - and beleive it or not, Arlo Guthrie's, Alice's Restaurant (which I know, word for word, plus timely, political ad lib).
Oh, and for length - Rush - 2112!
Others would incude Bach B minor Mass (lets talk greatest, EVER!!!), Beethoven 9 (Deaf, he never heard it - oh yes he did!) Britten War Requiem (lest it scare the jebebus out of me), and lets gets serious, Mozart's Requiem, since a Mass for the Dead, actually killed him. How scary is that!
But for R&R - Inagaddavida, beyond a GREAT guitar riff...
Still gotta think about my 3.
For me, SOYCD is their pinnacle; the apex of what they did before and the setup for what would come afterward. It's alternately nostalgic and grand; sincere and sarcastic. A few other songs come close (e.g., Comfortably Numb), but I don't think any others exceed it. A masterpiece. It was so good, they had to break it in half... but still used it to bookend the album. The last five or so minutes are 'prog' rock perfection.