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“Baby Come Back”

Player | 1977

Band members Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley were both feeling pangs of remorse for breaking up with their girlfriends when they sat down and let their emotions pour out on this pleading tune. "There was so much personal feeling in the song that we knew we had something special," Beckett said. Although the song was a commercial hit, critics charged that it was a blatant rip-off of other artists' songs — though they couldn't agree which artist Player had robbed. "Just call it rock 'n' soul," said bass player turned soap star Ronn Moss. "We pull from the best of both worlds."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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