Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Favorite Album Closers

  • Black Sabbath - Into the Void (Master of Reality)
  • Metallica - The Call of Ktulu (Ride the Lightning
  • Motorhead - Orgasmatron (Orgasmatron)
  • Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin IV)
  • KISS - Black Diamond (KISS)
  • Megadeth - My Last Words (Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?)
  • Nine Inch Nails - Hurt (The Downward Spiral)
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman (Diary of a Madman)
  • Alice Cooper - Wind-Up Toy (Hey Stoopid) - Hey, I really like this song. Dunno why. 
  • AC/DC - Night Prowler (Highway to Hell)
  • Alice In Chains - Would? (Dirt)
  • Pink Floyd - Brain Damage/Eclipse (The Dark Side of the Moon) - Okay, this is the only time I'm fudging on my rules. Technically, Brain Damage and Eclipse are two songs, but who ever listens to Eclipse by itself?
  • Slayer - Raining Blood (Reign in Blood) - Great song, if not a bit overplayed. Every kid seemed to want to learn this song in guitar class. Including me. But I think that listening to Postmortem just before Raining Blood makes it even better. More and more I think of 'em as one song. 
  • The Beatles - A Day in the Life (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • Deep Purple - Space Truckin' (Machine Head)
  • Guns N' Roses - Coma (Use Your Illusion I) - Well, maybe this is my only other fudge on this list. Since, technically, Use You Illusion I was part of a supposed double album. But they are available separately. 
  • Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (Thick as a Brick)


  1. It's awesome that Thick As A Brick could have made both lists, openers and closers.

    A slightly more modern one I really like is "I Go Insane" off of Fused.

    One more great one was From London Calling. It was originally an untitled hidden track at the very end on the album and then the radio stations started playing it and they named in "Train In Vain".

  2. AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie

    I heard it today and I started thinking. "did I mention this one for the album closers post?" It's a wonder I still have hearing after listening to this one for so many years.

    One more is Release from Pearl Jam. I saw the documentary, "Twenty" last night and I highly recommend it. Cameron Crowe directed it and it has some great footage in it. It's amazing that Eddie is still alive after some of the crazy antics he did in the early days. There are some really crazy stage dives in this movie.

    Until I saw the documentary, I had never heard the story of why the first album was called "Ten." It has 11 songs on it so it never made sense to me. Here is the hilarious story:

    When Eddie first came on board, they couldn't come up with a name so they called themselves, "Mookie Blaylock" after an NBA basketball player. The name started to get them some press and Mookie threatened to sue them so they came up with Pearl Jam. The album is called "Ten" because that was Mookie's jersey number. I cracked up when I heard that.