Friday, August 26, 2022

VA - And In The End...Great Closing Tracks Vol. 02 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3



VA - And In The End...Great Closing Tracks Vol. 02 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

The art of album sequencing is an ephemeral thing. Figuring out the strongest way to begin an album can be a challenge, but to decide the proper way to conclude a group of songs is equally important. A great album can finish any number of ways, with a slow, quiet, mellow, meditative and somber farewell, on a powerful epic that goes out with a bang.  Do you remember when the last track on an album would finish, and you’d wish the music would just never end? 

An album's closing track is almost as essential as the opening one. Just as an album's opening song plays a pivotal part in a record's cycle, the closing track serves a similar and not totally unrelated purpose. The final song is a summation of an album's musical and thematic themes, a final word on what we just listened to. A closing track can be some of the biggest highlights on an album where many artists offered up their best for last. A closing number can leave you exhilarated and wanting more, or it can be the sign of what's coming next.

I have created 3 volumes each containing 60 tracks dedicated to how to finish an album in style. 

This is Volume 2 and each track is a pivotal last track on an album making you want to hit “play” again immediately.



Pt.1      Pt.2 


Track lists


61 Beatles A Day In The Life 4:59

62 Bob Dylan Desolation Row 11:21

63 Moody Blues Have You Heard (Part 2) 2:31

64 Kinks I'll Remember 2:27

65 Fleetwood Mac I'm So Afraid 4:30

66 Beach Boys Cool, Cool Water 5:03

67 Donovan Teas 2:35

68 Joni Mitchell Cactus Tree 4:38

69 Prince Sometimes It Snows In April 6:49

70 Neil Young Ambulance Blues 8:59

71 King Crimson The Court Of The Crimson King 9:23

72 Idle Race The End Of The Road 2:06

09 Badfinger Meanwhile Back At The Ranch, Should I Smoke 5:17

74 Lou Reed Sad Song 7:10

75 Replacements Here Comes A Regular 4:46

76 Paul Mccartney Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five 5:31

77 Jimmy Eat World 23 7:13

78 Nick Drake From The Morning 2:24

79 Bee Gees Horizontal 3:32

80 Beach Boys Caroline No 2:52


81 Free     All Right Now 5:33

82 Eric Clapton Let It Rain 5:01

83 Eric Andersen Round The Bend 5:50

84 Al Stewart Modern Times 8:21

85 Magnetic Fields Zebra 2:15

86 David Bowie Bewlay Brothers 5:21

87 Grant Lee Buffalo Rock Of Ages 4:14

88 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Everybody I Love You 2:21

89 Fleet Foxes Grown Ocean 4:36

90 Gram Parsons In My Hour Of Darkness 3:42

91 Bonnie Raitt You've Changed My Mind 4:08

92 Nirvana Where Did You Sleep Last Night 5:05

93 C S N Y Night Song 4:13

94 Roxette Perfect Day 4:06

95 Elvis Costello Couldn't Call It Unexpected No.4 3:50

96 ? And The Mysterians 96 Tears 2:57

97 Mott The Hoople I Wish I Was Your Mother 4:46

98 Grateful Dead Casey Jones 4:25

99 Pink Floyd Eclipse 2:12

100 Duane Allman Whipping Post 5:18


101 Rolling Stones You Can't Always Get What You Want 7:28

102 Led Zeppelin When The Levee Breaks 7:10

103 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 7:00

104 Genesis The Knife 8:56

105 Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird 9:18

106 Talking Heads This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) 5:04

107 Suede Still Life 5:19

108 Peter Gabriel Here Comes The Flood 5:55

109 Verve Come On 15:16

110 Blue Aeroplanes Cat-Scan Hist'ry 6:26

111 Pulp Bar Italia 3:43

112 Echo And The Bunnymen Ocean Rain 5:24

113 Afghan Whigs The Vampire Lanois 3:21

114 Arcade Fire My Body Is A Cage 4:43

115 Alice In Chains Would 3:27

116 The Edgar Winter Group Frankenstein 3:27

117 Simple Minds Shake Off The Ghosts 4:01

118 Blue Oyster Cult Astronomy 6:26

119 Gaslight Anthem National Anthem 3:40

120 Doors When The Music's Over 11:04




  1. Replies
    1. Thanks doors97426.
      I hope you continue to enjoy these. Vol.3, a little while down the track.

  2. I don't want to be "That Guy" but...
    Uriah Heep - Paradise/The Spell
    has always been a favorite closer and while I was typing that I remembered...
    David Bowie - Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
    Alice Cooper - Sun Arise
    Sorry, I guess I am "That Guy". Thanks for all your great work!

    1. Hi steVe,
      Thanks for the suggestions. There are hundreds of songs that could be included. There is a third volume to be published. Lets see what in there.
      BTW there is nothing wrong with being "That Guy" , that is how we can learn something new, sometimes.

  3. Great compilations Butterboy, thanks for the posts really nice songs included!

    1. Thank you, Little Bill.
      I try to make them interesting.

  4. More fabuous endings

    I can guess what the closer will be on the final Volume!


    1. Hi Stephen
      Let the games begin.... The challenge is to guess what will close Volume 3.
      👀Lets open this to all visitors. What will be the final closing track on Volume 3.....

      (you will have to trust me, I might even use your suggestion for a readers choice compilation)

    2. "competition"......sounds like this could be fun!!!!

      I wont tell you my "Great Closing Track"....Closing track just yet then!


  5. Uriah Heep - Paradise/The Spell yes one oof the best songs ever I can't tell you how many times I played that song at KZEL in the 70's
    Wishbone Ash -Throw Down The Sword after the great song Warrior from Argus
    Hawkwind - You Know You're Only Dreaming after You Shouldn't Do That from In Search Of Space
    Captain Beyond -I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part II) from one of greatest LP's of all time with the great Rod Evans

    1. Hi doors97426,
      All good choices my friend.

  6. Not really something that inspires me. I find most of these tracks boring, nothing really to come back to this album again. There are far better ending tunes out there ...

    1. Hi Maren Nkrumah,
      So what do you suggest would best suit your needs? You seem to be a person of discerning tastes. I am sure you can do better than the message you left (?)

  7. Great choices Doors97426.
    I think the final song on Volume 3 will be the song that closes Pinkard & Bowden's Live In Front Of A Bunch Of Dickheads
    She Dances With Meat
    A song once heard is hard to get out of your head. You can even sing along to it.

  8. I will send you our version of Closing tracks (and opening tracks) via Email later on. Then you can share this on here if you like ...