As I was perparing my top 10, I ended up with 22 tracks in my second to last cut. THis cut was a challenging one to make, as I was cutting from 52 songs, and I really needed to make the list more manageable. So the songs that made the semi-finals were all very very good. Here is a list of the songs from that list that did not make the final cut:
- Coyote - Joni Mitchell
The Last Waltz recording is my favorite, although it is remarkably similar to the studio version.
- Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Joshua Tree
The toughest choice I had to make. It's been more than 20 years since this album came out, and I am not sure that there have been 3 better albums released since then.
- Third Movement from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat - "Emporer"
Pick whatever recording you like, I've spent many a late night parading around my own house conducting the orchestra in my stereo to this one. Sadly, I was not always alone during those episodes. The quiet section at the end with just the piano and timpani is absolutely amazing.
- Warehouse - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College
Something crazy happens at the end of this one, when you can tell that they are positively jamming, and the audience is loving it.
- Terrapin Station - The Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station
There's a little bit of everything in this one, from what is my favorite Dead studio album. Lots of great memories of this one, including a re-make from the late 90's (by me) called "Impound Station." I am so glad I don't have to park on the street anymore.
- Dead Souls - Joy Division - Substance
I understand that they use to open a lot of shows with one, because it has 3 minutes of music before the lyrics kick in, and Ian Curtis could get a feel for the crowd during that time.
- Old Laughing Lady - Neil Young - MTV Unplugged
During rehearsals for this performance, Neil walked out because the band wasn't ready. Production was delayed for a few weeks, and I still don't know exactly who the Old Laughing Lady is. Maybe I will find out someday, but I kind of like not knowing.
- Range Life - Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
There was lots of great Pavement to choose from. This is one of several albums that I have somepltely worn out in my day. A classic.
- Schizophrenia - Sonic Youth - Sister
I prefer my Sonic Youth in the more melodic and not so noisy way, and this is a good sing along as well. This was the encore at the outdoor concert they played the night Jonathan came to town.
- Plush - Stone Temple Pilots - Core
My second favorite karoake song, which I mean as a sincere compliment. Here's a tip - it's easier to sing this one after about 12 cigarettes.
- Can't You Hear Me Knockin' - The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Honestly, I am not a big Stones guy, and I haven't heard very much of their music. This one I got from Guitar Hero, and if you ever want to rock, you can't do much better than this one. Plus I freaked out at a wedding reception one time when H&B played it.
So there it is, the best of the rest. The top 10 is right around the corner.