If you want to keep your classic rock cred intact, you will never, ever, under any circumstance, break these songs up in order to squeeze in another commercial. Sacred is sacred after all.

(Courtesy of Island Records)

(1.) "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)", Led Zeppelin ('Led Zeppelin II', 1969) - One time (and only once), many many years ago, I wrapped up a Classic Lunch hour by playing "Heartbreaker" all by itself. Hey, I figured if Jimmy Page put it on the box set like that, then I could play it on-the-air like that too. Wrong-O!!!!!! I was (correctly) lambasted by fellow DJ's and audiences alike. Lesson learned in a rather painstakingly frightening way I might add...

(2.) "Eruption/You Really Got Me", Van Halen (Self-titled debut, 1978) - Here's why most "Best Of" and "Greatest Hits" collections rather suck. Anyone remember the 1996 "Best Of Van Halen -- Volume 1"? It actually opens with "Eruption", followed by "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"!!! What the hell, boys? The stupid disc ends with "Me Wise Magic", supposedly a "bonus".

(3.) "Sailing Shoes/Hey Julia/Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley", Robert Palmer ('Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley', 1974) - When you're looking for a textbook example of what a medley really is, this holy trinity from Robert Palmer's debut could be the grand champion. Having most of Little Feat backing him for 9-1/2 minutes of dripping funky bliss also helps.

(4.) "Don't Want You Know More/It's Not My Cross To Bear", The Allman Brothers Band (Self-titled debut, 1969) - Once it kicks in how ridiculusly powerful this is and the fact that it's the first thing you hear on the first side of their first album...kinda takes your breath away, doesn't it?

(5.) "Waitin' For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago", ZZ Top ('Tres Hombres', 1973) - Probably the most Siamese-twin-like combo on the list. Look up "inseperable" and you'll find 6 minutes & 19 seconds of  Billy Gibbons' best work lying in wait.

Are there more? Then tell us what they are for crying out loud. We need to put together a master list or something...

 

Classic Maine TV Commercial From the 80's