Song of the Day: “Thick as a Brick” by Jethro Tull

Please excuse me if some of this week’s reviews are short. I was so mentally exhausted after listening to these 10+ minute songs that I could only write a few curt sentences about most of them. This is supposedly one, album-long song, but that’s a bit generous. Really it’s a less interesting Dark Side of the…

Song of the Day: “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic

Please excuse me if some of this week’s reviews are short. I was so mentally exhausted after listening to these 10+ minute songs that I could only write a few curt sentences about most of them. The AllMusic review of this song has some fascinating tidbits, like how producer George Clinton told guitarist Eddie Hazel…

Song of the Day: “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield

Please excuse me if some of this week’s reviews are short. I was so mentally exhausted after listening to these 10+ minute songs that I could only write a few curt sentences about most of them. I groaned at the prospect of listening to a 49 minute song. (Well, technically, two parts, 26 and 23…

Song of the Day: “In A Gadda da Vida” by Iron Butterfly

Please excuse me if some of this week’s reviews are short. I was so mentally exhausted after listening to these 10+ minute songs that I could only write a few curt sentences about most of them. There are about four minutes of decent hard rock jamming, and thirteen minutes of aimless mush. Infinitely better than…

Song of the Day: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding

Some of the most iconic pop and rock songs of the past half century have been covers. These two weeks, I will take a look at these classics and their overshadowed originals. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is an all-time treasure. Rolling Stone ranked it one of the five greatest songs in rock history. Her rendition is so full…