The Closer

22 Dec

In this day and age of iTunes and MP3s and audioblogs, I had almost forgotten the beauty of a carefully chosen closing track. That is, until I recently sat and listened to an LP of Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love. When it was over, my room fell silent after a sonic assault. My ears rang. There was nothing left to do. Following are ten of my favorite closers. They’re the Mariano Riveras of songs. The Dennis Eckersleys. The Brian Wilsons (Giants, not Beach Boys). You may already know each song on its own, but I highly recommend listening to them as part of their respective albums. You’ll hear each a lot differently. Even Bohemian Rhapsody.


Rockin’ Around (With You)
Breakdown Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Home Town Blues
The Wild One, Forever
Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll
Strangered In The Night
Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)
Mystery Man
Luna

American Girl


Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Les Brers In A Minor
Melissa
Mountain Jam
One Way Out
Trouble No More
Stand Back
Blue Sky
Little Martha


Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Marrakesh Express
Guinnevere
You Don’t Have To Cry
Pre-Road Downs
Wooden Ships
Lady Of The Island
Helplessly Hoping
Long Time Gone
49 Bye Byes


Accidents Will Happen
Senior Service
Oliver’s Army
Big Boys
Green Shirt
Party Girl
Goon Squad
Busy Bodies
Moods For Moderns
Chemistry Class
Two Little Hitlers
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding


EXP
Up From the Skies
Spanish Castle Magic
Wait Until Tomorrow
Ain’t No Telling
Little Wing
If 6 Was 9
You Got Me Floatin’
Castles Made of Sand
She’s So Fine
One Rainy Wish
Little Miss Lover
Bold as Love


Gimme Shelter
Love In Vain
Country Honk
Live With Me
Let it Bleed
Midnight Rambler
You Got the Silver
Monkey Man
You Can’t Always Get What You Want


Who Loves The Sun
Sweet Jane
Rock And Roll
Cool It Down
New Age
Head Held High
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
I Found A Reason
Train Round The Bend
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’


Death On Two Legs
I’m In Love With My Car
You’re My Best Friend
’39
Sweet Lady
Seaside Rendezvous
The Prophet’s Song
Love Of My Life
Good Company
Bohemian Rhapsody


Whole Lotta Love
What is and What Should Never Be
The Lemon Song
Thank You
Heartbreaker
Loving Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
Ramble On
Moby Dick
Bring it On Home


Where Have All The Good Times Gone!
Hang ’em High
Cathedral
Secrets
Intruder
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Dancing In The Street
Little Guitars
Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
The Full Bug
Happy Trails

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