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Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:45 pm

From the good professor:
Maybe we should start a thread of double albums that earn their girth. Bet it'd be a short list.


Should we limit it to studio albums? I can think of a bunch of live recordings that are worth a double.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby fisticuffs » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:46 pm

Speakerbox/Love below.
Does that count?
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby minicat » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:55 pm

Freak Out - Mothers of Invention
Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones
The Dirty South - Drive-by Truckers
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:02 pm

Electric Ladyland - Hendrix
Layla and Other Love Songs - Derek and the Dominoes

Yeah, I'm old. Get off my lawn!
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:04 pm

I second Layla. My all time favorite, for a multitude of reasons.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby wallrock » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:07 pm

minicat wrote:The Dirty South - Drive-by Truckers

I believe you mean Southern Rock Opera. It certainly is one of my favorite double albums. The Dirty South is only a single, though if you get the 180-gram vinyl it's on two records.

I'd also toss out Blonde on Blonde as another good one.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby dave esmond » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:15 pm

Twin Cities style.

Husker Du - Zen Arcade & Warehouse How many groups have two?
Prince - 1999
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:20 pm

Yeah, Warehouse. Reminds me of a particlarly alcohol-fueled time in my past...
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Walter » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:23 pm

The Ramones' It's Alive

I can't believe no one has mentioned this one yet:

The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime.

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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:33 pm

Limiting myself to those not yet mentioned as I agree with the list so far, for the most part:

Quadrophenia THE WHO
At Fillmore East THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
London Calling THE CLASH
Sign O' The Times PRINCE
Made In Japan DEEP PURPLE

Honorable mention: George Harrison's All Things Must Pass would've made a heckuva double, but nobody needs a triple.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Ducatista » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:35 pm

Bill Evans, Spring Leaves. Which probably doesn't really count... I didn't know until I tried to replace a lost copy that it was two earlier records (Portrait in Jazz and Explorations) packaged together.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby rrnate » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:35 pm

fisticuffs wrote:Speakerbox/Love below.
Does that count?


I think it qualifies for consideration but fails to pass - do you still listen to it? Over time, I've come to realize that the Andre3000 half is wildly uneven, and not in a good way. (Meanwhile, while initially thinking it was the weaker end, now it seems like the Big Boi half is the more consistent, still-fun-to-listen-to-end of the album.)

I will be heckled by the haters, but I'd say Wilco's Being There is worth it's weight in tunes. (Granted, the whole thing is like 90-minutes long, so it really could have probably gone on one album.)
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby rrnate » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:36 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Limiting myself to those not yet mentioned as I agree with the list so far, for the most part:

Quadrophenia THE WHO
At Fillmore East THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
London Calling THE CLASH
Sign O' The Times PRINCE
Made In Japan DEEP PURPLE

Honorable mention: George Harrison's All Things Must Pass would've made a heckuva double, but nobody needs a triple.


It is my firmly held belief that "Lost In The Supermarket" is so terrible, it negates what is otherwise a pretty great album.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:38 pm

I totally agree with Fillmore East, my longtime favorite live double.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby dave esmond » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:38 pm

Most of my others have now been mentioned.

I'd still add The Who - Tommy

In the not sure they count as double albums I'll add:

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book

and

Metallica - Master of Puppets
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