Dorthonion posted:Hawk57 posted:
I think you've nailed the issue with Woodface there (it's not a couple of songs too long, whatever Neil says!) It's like someone thought that putting just about all the slower, ballad-type songs at the end of the album was a good idea. They're all great songs, but without uptempo songs to separate them they make the album drag out a bit.
I agree. That's why I dare you to try out this running order the next time you slip in the Woodface CD:
This is from "The Art of the Sequence" thread, listing harmonically compatible songs next to each other. As I had noted back then, even "Chocky Cake" does not sound out of place now.
I agree wholeheartedly that "It's Only Natural" would be a great opener, I love moving "Whispers and Moans" closer to the front (but it would be great anywhere), and I can dig "Chocolate Cake" as the side 1 closer. My problem with this sequence is that it makes the end of side 2 even slower by shoehorning "All I Ask" after "Italian Plastic." I also have a hard time breaking up "Tall Trees" and "Weather With You." Those songs together make each other better.
I just put together my own attempt. I'll listen today and see if it needs tweaking.
- It's Only Natural
- Four Seasons in One Day
- Fall at Your Feet
- Whispers and Moans
- Tall Trees
- Weather With You
- She Goes On
- There Goes God
- Italian Plastic
- Chocolate Cake
- As Sure As I Am
- Fame Is
- All I Ask
- How Will You Go
I originally had "All I Ask" as side 1's closer, but I think "She Goes On" works better there. It'd be tough to lose the 1-2 punch that ends the original album, though. Either way, I definitely think "Fame Is" is the jolt of energy that needs to be moved further back in the play order.
Edit: Glancing at it again, I may flip "Fame Is" and "All I Ask."