Created By: Sen on April 9, 2010
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So, you have this song. It's pretty cool, but the fadeout is kind of long. What do you do? Continue the fadeout into the beginning of the next song on the album, and copy-paste the intro of the second song over the fadeout.

Live songs and medleys don't count. Concept albums most definitely count. This refers only to when a song's fadeout spills into the beginning of the next one - sound effects, abrupt switches without gaps and other transitions don't count.

Really needs a better description.

Examples:
  • Led Zeppelin: "Your Time Is Gonna Come" --> "Black Mountain Side".
  • Rolling Stones: "Ventilator Blues" --> "I Just Want to See His Face".
  • Tool: "Parabol" --> "Parabola". Well, as long as you consider them as separate songs and not just one long song split in two...
  • Pretty much every song on Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence does this, although it's concept album so it may not count.
  • A few songs on Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight album. "Shadow of the Day" --> "What I've Done", for example. "Leave Out All The Rest" seems to be an odd inversion, as it ends with the background noise Bleed It Out.
  • A Perfect Circle do a similar thing with "Weak and Powerless" --> "The Noose", as the fadeout in "Weak and Powerless" blends into the intro guitar rift for the next.
  • Pink Floyd, unsurprisingly. Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell are pretty much gapless albums, since all songs transition into each other with very few exceptions. Isolated instances also appear, such as: "Your Possible Pasts" --> "One of the Few" and "The Heroes" --> "The Gunner's Dream" on The Final Cut and "A New Machine Pt. 1" --> "Terminal Frost" on A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
  • The Beatles have "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" --> "With a Little Help From my Friends", "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)" --> "A Day in the Life", the entire second side of Abbey Road.
    • Also, all of Love.
  • Inverted The Birthday Massacre several times on their album Violet, most notably with the ending of "Play Dead" containing the opening of "Blue."
  • Happens a few times on The Avalanches album Since I Left You.
  • From Avenged Sevenfold's Self-Titled Album, "Unbound (Wild Ride)" ends with a Heartbeat Soundtrack that continues beating into the next track "Brompton Cocktail".
  • Hawkwind do this a lot.
  • This happens on almost every album by The Faint, but especially Blank-Wave Arcade and Fasciinatiion.
  • On Josh Groban's CD Awake he sings Lullaby and Weeping with Ladysmith Black Mambazo which fade into each other.
  • Counting Crows: "Hangin' Around" segues into "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" on This Desert Life.
  • Twilightning: Delirium Veil --> Return to Innocence
  • David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs where three tracks segue into each other and essentially (and intentionally) make one long song - Sweet Thing --> Candidate --> Sweet Thing (Reprise).
  • Green Day's American Idiot has "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" mixed into one another... Not like I know that or anything...
  • Boston had Foreplay/Long Time, two songs played together so consistently, even on radio play, that they might not even be considered two separate songs.
  • "The Engine Driver" and "On The Bus Mall" by The Decemberists. They've probably got more given their love for concept albums, that example just jumps to mind.
  • Several Shania Twain albums run their songs together, although it's most obvious on Come On Over.
  • They Might Be Giants do this with "Au Contraire" and "Damn Good Times".
  • Arctic Monkeys: "This House is a Circus" --> "If You Were There, Beware"
  • Beck: "E-Pro" -> "Que Onda Guero?"
Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • March 26, 2010
    Taelor
    Inverted The Birthday Massacre several times on their album: Violet, most notably with the ending of "Play Dead" containing the opening of "Blue."
  • March 26, 2010
    Doug S. Machina
    Happens a few times on The Avalanches album Since I Left You.
  • March 26, 2010
    Edgukator
    You might want to specified that live recordings don't count, as bands will regularly blend one song into a second when playing live.

    • Tool - Parabol / Parabola - well, if you consider them as separate songs and not just one long song split in two...
    • Pretty much every song on Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence does this, although it's concept album so it may not count.
    • A few songs on Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight album. Shadow of the Day into What I've Done, for example. Leave out all the rest seems to be an odd inversion, as it ends with the background noise Bleed It Out.
    • A Perfect Circle do a similar thing with Weak and Powerless and The Noose, as the fadeout in Weak and Powerless blends into the intro guitar rift for the next.
    • Pink Floyd, unsurprisingly.
      • Pretty much all of the Division Bell (do we need a rule for concept albums?)
      • The Final Cut - Your Possible Pasts into One of the Few. The Heroes return into the Gunners Dream.
      • A Momentary Lapse of Reason - A New Machine Pt 1 into Terminal Frost.
  • March 26, 2010
    Alucard
    From Avenged Sevenfold's Self Titled Album, Unbound (Wild Ride) ends with a Heartbeat Soundtrack that continues beating into the next track Brompton Cocktail.
  • March 26, 2010
    IronLion
    It's called a segue.
  • March 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    A couple of Pink Floyd albums, so it sounds like just one really long song. Can't remember if they faded between songs, though.
  • March 26, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • March 27, 2010
    Sen
    Thanks Iron Lion, the word was escaping me at the moment. Edgukator: concept albums most certainly count.
  • March 27, 2010
    Warlock
    The track Lullaby on A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Step does this with the end of the previous song, Pet. (It's also a short track, running under 2 minutes. On first recall, I couldn't even remember that it does develop beyond the ending of the previous song..)

    There's also When You Believe from the soundtrack to Prince Of Egypt. (the in-movie version, not the pop song) The end of it trails over the next song, Red Sea, and can be quite jarring when listening to either song out of order, as there's still vocals running when the track shifts.
  • March 27, 2010
    LeeM
    ^^"Happens a few times on The Avalanches album Since I Left You".

    More like the entire album...

    Hawkwind are another band that do this A LOT. In fact I can't think of a single album they don't do it on.
  • March 27, 2010
    dreamfar
    I think Evanescence's Fallen album might apply here, it does this transitioning from Tourniquet to Imaginary.
  • March 27, 2010
    Tnvlsrule
    Isn't this called "crossfade"?
  • March 28, 2010
    Sen
    Thanks, tnvlsrule, that's the right word. It was escaping me. I didn't want to call this a segue since there's a ton of ways you can segue from a song to the other, not just by crossfading.
  • March 28, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Also from the Beatles (same album): Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise) -> A Day in the Life
  • March 28, 2010
    Lesath
    I think this happens on almost every album by The Faint, but especially Blank-Wave Arcade and Fasciinatiion.
  • March 29, 2010
    Sen
    Right. Should I look for more examples or is this launchable already?
  • March 29, 2010
    Micah
    More Beatles: "You Never Give Me Your Money" -> "Sun King" from Abbey Road (which, given the number of segues it has, actually does surprisingly little crossfading).
  • March 31, 2010
    youngcosette
    On Josh Groban's CD Awake he sings Lullaby and Weeping with Ladysmith Black Mambazo which fade into each other.
  • March 31, 2010
    CodeMan38
    Counting Crows: "Hangin' Around" segues into "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" on This Desert Life.
  • March 31, 2010
    SD81
    Twilightning: Delirium Veil >>> Return to Innocence
  • April 1, 2010
    ElementX
    Nvm
  • April 1, 2010
    Unknown%20Troper
    This ISN'T a crossfade. A crossfade (and trust me, i'm an editor) is the audio equivalent of a visual dissolve - where you simply mix between two tracks. This is a segue as it is something incorporated into the actual writing, not something done crudely in post-production.

    A good example is on David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs where three tracks segue into each other and essentially (and intentionally) make one long song - Sweet Thing > Candidate > Sweet Thing (Reprise)
  • April 1, 2010
    moocow1452
    Green Day American Idiot has Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams mixed into one another... Not like I know that or anything...
  • April 3, 2010
    Sen
    Thanks Unknown, I fixed it now.
  • April 3, 2010
    Neeeek
    Boston had Foreplay/Long Time, two songs played together so consistently, even on radio play, that they might not even be considered two separate songs.
  • April 4, 2010
    ElementX
    The Notorious BIG: Happens a few times on Life After Death, although the fadeout usually leads to a skit right before the song begins. Does that still count?
  • April 5, 2010
    Alucard
    The Ghost Of You by My Chemical Romance into The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You, via organ. It's from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.
  • April 6, 2010
    whereismytea
    "The Engine Driver" and "On The Bus Mall" by the Decemberists. They've probably got more given their love for concept albums, that example just jumps to mind.
  • April 7, 2010
    FalconPain
    Several Shania Twain albums run their songs together, although it's most obvious on Come On Over.

    They Might Be Giants does this with "Au Contraire" and "Damn Good Times".
  • April 7, 2010
    Joseph Staleknight
    Arctic Monkeys: "This House is a Circus" --> "If You Were There, Beware"
  • April 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    [[Beck]]: "E-Pro" -> "Que Onda Guero?"

    Pretty much all of Love.
  • April 10, 2010
    Sen
    Okay, that's even more examples. Is it launchable now?
  • April 10, 2010
    Alucard
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