As we approach the end of another year, I’m reminded of listening to the last song of an album. Not sure in this era of digital downloads one can still enjoy a really good final song. Often they are as good as anything on the album. Most of the time these songs are not released as singles. Usually they are relatively unknown.
What a great experience to be greeted by an unknown gem. It ties the whole package together, like a dessert after a good meal. When you listen to the album again, you know you will be rewarded with that last song.
I can think of a handful of albums that have a great finale. A couple of examples favorites of mine are:
I’m sure there are others I am forgetting, but what are your favorite final songs?
King Harvest Has Surely Come- The Band
There are so many good ones, but one I'd like to mention is "I Dream a Highway" - Time (The Revelator) by gillian welch. It's so long and epic. The lyrics are amazing. I just love the way gillian and dave sound.
Major oversight here:
Chris Knight's "Enough Rope." Great way to end a great album.
Tom Waits - Ruby's Arms . Superb closer to his album Heartattack & Vine.
Fred Eaglesmith's "Trucker Speed" from 6 Volts. The consumate Fred song - trucks, highways, lost love and loneliness.
Pete Townshend - Come To Mama, a rousing closer to White City, a really good record. Here's the song, no video.
I've always thought Jackson Browne has had some great closers to his albums but especially "My Opening Farewell" from his 1972 debut ; "For Everyman" from the album of the same name;likewise the title track "The Pretender" and "Before The Deluge" from Late For The Sky.
Must also mention "Caroline No" frm Pet Sounds....great closing track. Oh and Steve Young's "Home Sweet Home (Revisited) from the excellent Renegade Picker.
From 2012 I would pick "Ships" by Anais Mitchell's closing Young Man In America.
This is a great subject. Excellent post.
"Worms" by The Pogues on If I Should Fall From Grace with God and "Going Home" by the Stones on Aftermath are my two contributions.
Mothers of Invention's 1966 Freak Out ends with the classic "America Drinks and Goes Home".
Um...."Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands'' was pretty good...
Good examples here. "Tour of Duty" is outstanding, and I think it's actually the first song on the new live record. "Last Resort," may be the only Eagles song (well, along with the cover of "Ol' 55") that I love. Great song. ... Not a Beatles fan, either, but "Day in the Life" is undeniable.
Some others? How about ...
"Sara," from Dylan's Desire.
"Lawyers, Guns and Money," From Warren Zevon's Excitable Boy.
And more recently, the title track from Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires' There Is a Bomb in Gilead.
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