What do you have at 7:36? I’m genuinely curious. My buddy Josh has a library of over 30,000 tracks and not a single one qualifies for today’s running time. I have Spotify playlists of all of the albums that I’ve checked out over the last two years. Combined, that’s almost another 4,000 songs. Two of them are listed at 7:36, but upon further inspection, they both turn out to be a second shorter.
That brings us to the one and only 7:36 track in my library, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ “Blu-Bop” from their 1996 Live Art album. It’s another pick that dates back to the Syracuse ultimate frisbee team’s influence. As you might suspect from the album title, it’s another live track. According to the 366TAS project rules, I was ideally trying to avoid live tracks, mostly because they always seem to have an arbitrary amount of crowd noise/applause at the beginning and/or end. In the end, I “broke” this rule five times this year. Today is The Last time that’ll happen. Here’s a complete accounting of this year’s live tracks as well as the reason I went ahead and used them in spite of my general preference otherwise:
4:10 – Vibro Kings – Love Song (same time as the studio version of the song)
5:51 – Ramsey Lewis Trio – The “In” Crowd (definitive version of the song)
7:14 – The James Taylor Quartet – In the Hands of the Inevitable (the best two options here were both live tracks)
7:23 – St. Vincent – Kerosene (noteworthy live performance, best option for the time)
7:36 – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones – Blu-Bop (only option for the time)
Blu-Bop – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones