Later, I caught the tail end of a Led Zeppelin set, hearing the second half of "Black Dog." Afterward, the DJ listed the songs from the set, and said that we'd heard "Heartbreaker." Without "Living Loving Maid," I thought? What a letdown! Those songs go together. It's a direct segue. Had I been listening, I would have sung right along, expecting to go from "Heartbreaker! Heartbreaker! Heart!" to "With a purple umb-a-rella and a fifty-cent hat!"
(Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, the songs were never played together in concert, because Jimmy Page didn't really like the latter. Also incidentally, unless the song is in someway inspired by the writing of Tolkien, Zeppelin lyrics are properly quoted with exclamation points.)
Anyway, this got me thinking of other song combinations that are properly played together:
- The obvious combination is that "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" need to be together, unless being played as short snippets at a sporting event. The latter can work on its own, but the first does not. Oddly enough, the original singles of these songs had them in reverse order. Topsy turvy!
- I don't know that I've ever heard "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" without "With a Little Help From My Friends" or vice versa, but it sounds like a bad idea.
- Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" is just dull and repetitive without "The Happiest Day of Our Lives" coming before it. I feel the same way about "Young Lust" without "Empty Spaces." Boring. Like just about any individual track off of The Wall without its surrounding material, other than "Comfortably Numb."
Anyone else got examples of necessary or preferred song combinations?