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last bus for the coast

I have been looking for this live version for decades [I heard it when released] as I hate the studio album version with piano, and don’t think other live versions have the same intonation.

This would be one of my Desert Island Discs tracks. I can’t believe you only get EIGHT songs! And no dictionary!? Apparently the most requested tracks by guests of the show [broadcast now for over 72 years] and in a recent public poll are largely classical music in nature [perhaps simply due to the radio station’s listener make up?]

My tracks would be [in no preference order; listed chronologically]:

  1. Close to the edge, Yes, 1972
  2. Tubular Bells, Part One, Mike Oldfield, 1973
  3. Super’s Ready, Genesis, 1974
  4. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 6-9, Pink Floyd, 1975
  5. American Pie, Don McLean [Solo album live version 1976]
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen [A night at the Opera album version 1976]
  7. Hotel California, The Eagles, 1977
  8. Chase, Giorgio Moroder [maxi-version 1978]

Obviously within the rules but all long tracks. And all strangely come from the album oriented rock era of the 1970s [ I was surprised to realise that!] with the total running time at nearly 2 hours. I was also surprised to see that the tracks pretty much span the decade, at a song a year [American Pie is really a 1972 track], which was certainly not by design. I wouldn’t have heard anything before American Pie at the time it was released [I would have heard most of them in the early 1980s].

I will have to work on another list if only short tracks were allowed. I am sure it will be very different/more spread over the decades.


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