End of the Year, End of the Album
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:
- “Tour of Duty” from Jason Isbell’s Here We Rest
- “Top of the World” (written by Patty Griffin) completed the Dixie Chick’s Home
- “Last Resort” from the Eagles’ Hotel California (don’t hate on the Eagles, Dude!).
- “Her Majesty” and “Day in The Life” from the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper, respectively.
I’m sure there are others I am forgetting, but what are your favorite final songs?