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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #50 on: 20 Apr 2009, 21:13 »

Really? No one has said Mogwai Fear Satan?


Mogwai Fear Satan. I just can't think of a more epic, cathartic album closer.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #51 on: 20 Apr 2009, 21:47 »

Oh, whoops, I forgot:

"Your Hand in Mine"

Holy goddamn, that is such a beautiful song.

For some reason, both Margot & the Nuclear So & So's albums have awesome closers: "Bookworm" and "As Tall As Cliffs."
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #52 on: 21 Apr 2009, 05:09 »

Train in Vain (London Calling): I've raved about London Calling in the album nomination thread; this is an infectious, emotional closer.

I'm tempted to negate you here because it started life as a bonus track. But it definitely ends that album brilliantly, way better than Revolution Rock would have.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #53 on: 21 Apr 2009, 05:24 »

Yes, Two Tabs, I didn't hear Convectuoso until long after I was familiar with that album, so it feels more like a b-side to me.

'Two Tabs' is definitely a magnificent piece of work. False ending is awesome.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #54 on: 21 Apr 2009, 12:23 »

The End - The Beatles

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #55 on: 21 Apr 2009, 12:24 »

"Anthrax," at the end ofEntertainment!, is pretty good.  It kind of takes the piss out of itself with the flat delivery of the vocals and repetitive bassline with no melody. The drums march insistently but don't really go anywhere and after some feedback noodling the song's just sort of over. You're almost left holding your breath for nothing and it fits the album's tone really well.

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #56 on: 21 Apr 2009, 12:34 »

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (Ziggy Stardust): "Don't let the sun blast your shadow, don't let the milk float grab your mind..." I swoon every time I hear this song.
Yes! Anyway one of the best songs EVER !
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #57 on: 21 Apr 2009, 13:29 »

Really? No one has said Mogwai Fear Satan?
Mogwai - Mogwai Fear Satan

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Could have swore that the Meadowlands CD ended on Nervous And Not Me.

http://wrens.com/records/the_meadowlands

Also: holy shit they're playing TWO shows at Schuba's in July.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #58 on: 21 Apr 2009, 13:31 »

The End - The Doors. After a great but rather poppy album, this closes the band's first outing on a dark, brooding, haunting note that really exemplifies everything that Morrison was about.

Isolation Years - From the Opeth album Ghost Reveries. Quiet, fairly simple, and eerie. After the sonic onslaught that most of the rest of the album is, it's unexpected and is a perfect ending track.

My favorite of all time, though, is without a doubt

Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run. Absolutely amazing, moving, earth-shaking song. The howls at the end send shivers down my spine every time.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #59 on: 21 Apr 2009, 17:16 »

The first track to spring to mind for me was Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" off of the Bends.  Other tracks that are on the list for me would be:

Glassjaw - Motel of the White Locust off of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Mewithoutyou - In a Sweater Poorly Knit off of Brother, Sister
Sigur Ros - Track 8 off of ()
Dredg - The Canyon Behind Her off of El Cielo
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #60 on: 21 Apr 2009, 22:04 »

I was kinda hoping people would say ...

"I Was a Teenage Hand Model" (QOTSA) and "I Think I Lost My Headache" (Rated R) by Queens of the Stone Age
"Spaceship Landing" (...And the Circus Leaves Town) by Kyuss (or the hidden track that comes on 4 mintes after that song ends, "Day One," which is perfectly placed)
"The Warning" (Black Sabbath) by Black Sabbath
"Second Time Around" (Vincebus Eruptum) by Blue Cheer
"Revelation" (Da Capo) by Love
"Mountain" (Colour Haze) by Colour Haze
"Untitled" (Feathers) and "Raise the Sails" (Shivering King and Others) by Dead Meadow
"Beggar's Blues" (Whiskey for the Holy Ghost) by Mark Lanegan
"Tale Flight" (The Boy Who Floated Freely) by Ramona Cordova
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #61 on: 22 Apr 2009, 03:06 »

whoever mentioned he is legend's "(((louds" is right on the ball!  although i have the UK version with "cape fear" as a bonus track.  i wish that if they were gonna add bonus tracks on reissues/special editions, they'd either put them on a second disc, or integrate them into the album's tracklist in a way that flows (the haunted did that with "rEVOLVEr" - i can't even remember which three are bonus tracks, because they just fit and flow so well).

i'd have to put forward Rocket From the Crypt here, as they've got a shitload of awesome closing tracks:

"Too Many Balls" (from "Live from Camp X-Ray," which ISN'T a live album btw), has the extended "too many balls gonna kill us all!" bit building to a climax, and then they throw a curveball by ending it with the sound of a tape machine fucking up.

"Ghost Shark" (from "Group Sounds") ends what is possibly their heaviest and rawest album with a spooky ballad.  hardly the sort of band you'd expect to come up with something like that, but boy do they pull it off well!

"Glazed" (from "Circa: Now!") is just 8 and a half minutes of awesome, with the last half the huge build up of "TAAAAKE THAAAAAAT!" (x1000000) seeming endless, but in a good way.  and when they randomly start chanting "SMOKE POT SMOKE POT EVERYBODY SMOKE POT!" it never fails to raise a smirk!

"Burnt Alive" (from "Scream Dracula Scream") is a kinda slow-burning, eerie, and badass end to one of the best rock'n'roll albums of the last 20 years (if not EVER).

and their best closer, "Run Kid Run" (from "RFTC") is quite possibly their best song ever, although it may be because i'm a sucker for vocal harmonies that i like this one, because there's harmonies coming the proverbial wazoo here.  it's not a long song, but it somehow manages to be as epic-sounding as songs several times it's length.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #62 on: 22 Apr 2009, 04:32 »

Of recent vintage, the track 30Kft from Assemblage 23's album Storm is a particularly brilliant piece to end an album on.  Considering the preceding nine tracks have been more or less club oriented EBM/Sythnpop, to end it with this strange, haunting, static filled dirge of a man sending a last message to his wife as his plane crashes, and that it does so (and the song ends--well, cuts out) abruptly before he gets a chance to finish it is really jarring, beautiful and...well, final.  It's an ending.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #63 on: 22 Apr 2009, 05:34 »

Glassjaw - Motel of the White Locust off of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #64 on: 22 Apr 2009, 13:51 »

Arrogant sons of bitches - last on my list (off of 3 cheers, duh)
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #65 on: 22 Apr 2009, 15:47 »

There's also whatever that is that ends "Tight" by Mindless Self Indulgence. Whatever it is, it seems appropriate.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #66 on: 22 Apr 2009, 16:11 »

"Staying Alive" by Cursive is probably my favorite album-closer of all-time.


Also:

We were born..... at the end of Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna
California1/Youth + Beauty at the end of Decemberist's Castaways
Only in dreams at the end of Weezer's blue
2headedboy2 at the end of Aeroplane by NMH
Alas I cannot swim at end of Laura Marling's s/t (afer the big wait)
In Mind - DMST - History in Rust

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #67 on: 22 Apr 2009, 23:49 »

My Body Is A Cage was a pretty good closer for Neon Bible. Shite song, though.
A Lack Of Color is beautiful! It caps an extremely good album extremely well.
I thought Sons & Daughters from The Crane Wife was really uplifting and a nice way to end the entire album.
This Heart's On Fire is maybe my favorite song from Apologies To The Queen Mary, maybe. Either way it is a nice way to end it!

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #68 on: 23 Apr 2009, 00:16 »

Incidentally, one of the things that really irks me about reissued albums is how bonus tracks are often put right after the main tracklisting.  Nothing kills the effectiveness of a great album closer than making it a lead-in to a couple B-sides.

Sir, truly. I generally get rid of bonus tracks, particularly for albums that have pretty definitive closers. One notable exception is the bonus tracks on Stay Positive by The Hold Steady. I think "Two Handed Handshake" is a better closer than "Slapped Actress."

The first thing that came into my head was "Just Abandoned Yourself" by Boris from their album Pink. Wonderful, wailing, swelling, urgent melodicism tripping into 10+ minutes of feedback and drone. Yes indeed.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #69 on: 23 Apr 2009, 03:55 »

I always rip the bonus tracks but put them in the artist folder as extraneous tracks rather than ripping them WITH the album.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #70 on: 23 Apr 2009, 05:43 »

My Body Is A Cage was a pretty good closer for Neon Bible. Shite song, though.
A Lack Of Color is beautiful! It caps an extremely good album extremely well.
I thought Sons & Daughters from The Crane Wife was really uplifting and a nice way to end the entire album.
This Heart's On Fire is maybe my favorite song from Apologies To The Queen Mary, maybe. Either way it is a nice way to end it!



This is nearly all true for me as well but I honestly can't make sense of the two components of the first one. Explain?
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #71 on: 23 Apr 2009, 08:03 »

Maybe Hym by Isis on their Oceanic album. Also, Dyers Eve and Call of the Ktulu. Hell yesssss
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #72 on: 23 Apr 2009, 08:44 »

I thought Sons & Daughters from The Crane Wife was really uplifting and a nice way to end the entire album.

 I don't necessarily agree with this one.

California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade at the end of The Decemberists' Castaways and Cutouts.

However, i do agree with this one and in the same vein i would add The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned) from The Hazards of Love and Apology Song from 5 Songs EP.

EDIT: So that i'm not just posting Decemberists' albums i'll add

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun from I Love Your Glasses [Cyndi Lauper cover, obviously]
Flightless Bird, American Mouth from The Shepherd's Dog
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #73 on: 23 Apr 2009, 09:09 »


We were born..... at the end of Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna


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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #74 on: 24 Apr 2009, 00:21 »

This is nearly all true for me as well but I honestly can't make sense of the two components of the first one. Explain?

I think the song is intentionally inharmonious and has more body in lyrics than in the enjoyability of the music. I don't really like it as a song, but it wraps up Neon Bible in maybe the only way it could have been.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #75 on: 24 Apr 2009, 00:48 »

Neon Bible spent 3/4 of an hour lamenting the paranoia and uncertainty post 9/11 North America. Closing with 'My Body is Cage' seems appropriate enough.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #76 on: 24 Apr 2009, 01:17 »

Maybe Hym by Isis on their Oceanic album. Also, Dyers Eve and Call of the Ktulu. Hell yesssss

Dyers' Eve always felt a little...sloppy, to me. As in, if you removed the drums, the guitar alone wouldn't stand up very well.


I'm not going through my library, but the only ones I can think of off-hand would be Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" (Blood on the Tracks) and Iron & Wine's "Passing Afternoon" (Our Endless Numbered Days). I feel that they both bring the album to an actual close rather than the music just ended.

"Shine on You crazy Diamond", too.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #77 on: 24 Apr 2009, 01:54 »

Oh hell that reminds me,  motherfuckin Eclipse, people.

Also am I allowed to say the entire Side 2 Medley from Abbey Road?
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #78 on: 24 Apr 2009, 04:02 »

My Body Is A Cage was a pretty good closer for Neon Bible. Shite song, though.

This is nearly all true for me as well but I honestly can't make sense of the two components of the first one. Explain?

I think it makes good sense. A shite song for an equally awful album.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #79 on: 24 Apr 2009, 11:23 »

It's a beautiful album. Definitely better than the first.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #80 on: 24 Apr 2009, 13:05 »

Also am I allowed to say the entire Side 2 Medley from Abbey Road?

No, 'cause Paul's ridiculous antics is technically the last track on the album. IO's post towards the top of this page beautifully articulated it.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #81 on: 24 Apr 2009, 14:49 »

It's a beautiful album. Definitely better than the first.

There is simply no truth to that. Sorry.
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« Reply #82 on: 24 Apr 2009, 15:58 »

The Bewlay Brothers from Bowie's Hunky Dory  :-P
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #83 on: 24 Apr 2009, 16:09 »

Well, Death did end "The Sound Of Perseverance" with a cover of the most metal song ever, "Painkiller", which they just made EVEN MORE metal.

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« Reply #84 on: 24 Apr 2009, 16:55 »

The Bewlay Brothers from Bowie's Hunky Dory  :-P

Correct.  Also, "Subterraneans," from Low. And "Wild Is the Wind" off Station to Station.

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #85 on: 24 Apr 2009, 19:49 »

Sigur Ros - Takk - "Heysatan" - A sort of sad-but-uplifting, low-key song to close a sweet and vibrant album.

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas - "Common Reactor" - The song isn't itself spectacular, but I just think that torquing and modulating the hell out of the last note of the last song on the album was a good way to end everything.

Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island - "Pree Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye" - Because COME ON.

And Neon Bible sucked like most analogies.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #86 on: 24 Apr 2009, 22:25 »

Oh man, I can't believe I didn't think of 'Heysatan'! It's a gorgeous song and a wonderful way to end that album. Nice choice.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #87 on: 24 Apr 2009, 23:54 »

Well, Death did end "The Sound Of Perseverance" with a cover of the most metal song ever, "Painkiller", which they just made EVEN MORE metal.

That kicks ass.

Trying to sound metal by name dropping Death is admirable, until you went with their shittiest album. Good work?
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #88 on: 25 Apr 2009, 04:04 »

i doubt he was namedropping, their cover of Painkiller is fucking SAVAGE.  you could put that at the end of the shittiest album in history, and it'd regain it a shitload of credit.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #89 on: 25 Apr 2009, 04:33 »

Well, Death did end "The Sound Of Perseverance" with a cover of the most metal song ever, "Painkiller", which they just made EVEN MORE metal.

That kicks ass.

Trying to sound metal by name dropping Death is admirable, until you went with their shittiest album. Good work?

TSoP may not be their best album, I know that full well, but it still shits all over pretty much all Metal that's ever come out since. Besides, I just really like the way they made Painkiller even more over the top and intense. As for album closers, Death never really put their strongest tracks on as closers, although "Perennial Quest" is a damn good track nonetheless.

The openers on the other hand...

EDIT: I would mention "The Philosopher", but that very album has "Trapped In A Corner" on it, so...
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #90 on: 26 Apr 2009, 01:29 »

I will actually concede that it's a pretty awesome cover. I really can't stand the rest of the album, though. Leprosy fuck yeah \m/
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #91 on: 26 Apr 2009, 03:28 »

Bivouac!
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #92 on: 26 Apr 2009, 03:37 »

Speaking of death metal, I REALLY love "Hatework" off of Morbid Angel's "Domination". Not many death metal bands can pull off a slow track to close a record, but MY GOD that track is just pure evil, and David Vincent's voice sounds like something you'd use to scare the shit out of Satan himself.
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« Reply #93 on: 26 Apr 2009, 04:45 »

Bivouac!

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #94 on: 26 Apr 2009, 05:14 »

"After Hours"

it's so end of the night-y. Also perfect.
Hell yes!  Presuming you mean VU?

Incidentally, one of the things that really irks me about reissued albums is how bonus tracks are often put right after the main tracklisting.  Nothing kills the effectiveness of a great album closer than making it a lead-in to a couple B-sides.
This.

I love Dagger off Slowdive's 'Souvlaki', definitely one of my fave closers.  The re-issue has some EP stuff tacked on that is pretty shit, comparatively, and even if it were great it couldn't be as great as ending the album on Dagger.  Dunno why I went through a phase of selling off stuff I bought as a teen... and then buying it back some 10 years later.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #95 on: 26 Apr 2009, 12:51 »

"Pendulous Skin" from Mastodon's Blood Mountain was a nice, bluesy closer for an album of metal.  I remember the first time I listened to it I said to myself "Mastodon needs to make more music like this."

And then they came out with Crack the Skye.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Wolves In the Throne Room albums, in general, also end well.  "I Will Lay My Bones Down..." in particular was very big sounding.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #96 on: 26 Apr 2009, 18:39 »

It's a beautiful album. Definitely better than the first.

Yes, totally. People are just being dicks because it wasn't as 'immediate' or  Funeral II.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #97 on: 26 Apr 2009, 18:47 »

I did mean VU, yes.

Did anyone else think that "Ian Curtis Wishlist" was a really good ending to A Promise?

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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #98 on: 27 Apr 2009, 13:11 »

It's a beautiful album. Definitely better than the first.

There is simply no truth to that. Sorry.

:Shrug: To each their own. I personally can't stand Funeral for more than a few songs. I love the melodies and instrumentation, but he doesn't sing. He just whines. I can't take it. On Neon Bible he actually makes an attempt to sing, and it works perfectly.
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Re: Tracks that end an album
« Reply #99 on: 27 Apr 2009, 13:43 »

New York I Love You on LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver. The perfect ending to the album.
Say Yes on Elliott Smith - Either/Or. A beautiful insertion of hope.
Brick is Red on Pixies - Surfer Rosa
After Hours on The Velvet Underground - S/T

Seriously, all win.
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