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Track 7?

Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by huwg, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. huwg

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    It's been mentioned many times (maybe not on this forum though), but track 7 is often said one of the strongest on an album. I'm sitting on the fence until I can get to my cd collection but.....

    last night a Friend lent me 'Final Straw' - the only track of which I knew was 'Run' - track 7!

    My theory is that in the days of LP's and cassette, track 7 would be the start of side 2, and an obvious choice for an upbeat or catchy song - usually single fodder.

    Not near my collection at the moment, so can't provide examples to prove or disprove the statement, anyone got opinions?

    Also heard track 2 is often a goodie as well
     
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    Hmm... tried it with a few random albums. The Beatles tended to have strong track 7s - While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun, She Said She Said, Can't Buy Me Love, but it didn't work for Duran Duran, and only marginally better for Jefferson Airplane and Madonna.

    So, umm, I don't think the theory ultimately stands up as unique for 'track 7' - you could say the same for 'track 4' and find some real corkers too.
     
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    steve vai released an album collecting all the track 7's from his albums, except track 7 which was a new song! so he thinks there's something in it...
     
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    I noticed this several years ago, I think you might be right about the double side thing. :)
     
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    I always think track 8 is the strongest song... maybe i'm just listening to the wrong albums :D
     
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    I pulled 6 at random from my collection and got these track 7s:

    Fade in/out - Oasis - Be Here Now
    Easily - RHCP - Californication
    Fitter, Happier - Radiohead - OK Computer
    Territorial Pissings - Nirvana - Nevermind
    Narayan - Prodigy - Fat Of The Land
    My Michelle - Guns n Roses - Appetite For Destruction

    Theory disproved I think :lesson: :devil:
     
  7. the_pauley

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    All of the above were products of the CD era. Read the original poster's remarks a bit more carefully...
     
  8. huwg

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    REM - Green - Orange Crush
    Beastie Boys - Licence to Ill - Fight for your Right
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way - Can't Stop
    Radiohead - the Bends - Just

    Basically, the average 10-14 track album will yield 2-4 singles.
    There is a high chance one of them will be track 7.

    I think it is just down to the fact that it makes sense to put a decent song in the second half of the album, maybe track 6 or track 8.

    Many of my albums have 6 tracks or less, The curse of Pink Floyd (and 70's prog :suicide: :rotfl: )
     

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