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Double albums that earn their girth

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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby rrnate » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:43 pm

Actually, I'd add "Black Foliage" (double on LP) by Olivia Tremor Control - that's one where the sprawl really works in it's advantage.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:47 pm

dave esmond wrote:The Who - Tommy
It will never cease to amaze me that this is considered a classic.
I sure do love me The Who, but this is their worst album until Face Dances (which has almost as many good tracks on it as Tommy.)
dave esmond wrote:Metallica - Master of Puppets
Not a double. Do you mean And Justice For All...?
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Kyle Motor » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:49 pm

rrnate wrote:(Granted, the whole thing is like 90-minutes long, so it really could have probably gone on one album.)

What? 90 minutes a single album does not make.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Kyle Motor » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
dave esmond wrote:The Who - Tommy
It will never cease to amaze me that this is considered a classic.
I sure do love me The Who, but this is their worst album until Face Dances (which has almost as many good tracks on it as Tommy.)

I'm sorry Dave, I'm with the Prof on this one. I can't sit through Tommy.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Kyle Motor » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:51 pm

In what I'm sure will be an extremely popular vote, I nominate ELO Out Of The Blue.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby dave esmond » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:54 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
dave esmond wrote:The Who - Tommy
It will never cease to amaze me that this is considered a classic.


First Who album I had. Played it to death.

Can't really comment too much on this one since I burned it in.

dave esmond wrote:Metallica - Master of Puppets
Not a double. Do you mean And Justice For All...?


Nah. Those CD era things I don't know what's considered a double album.

There's an XTC or two I'd throw in but I don't think those count either.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby dave esmond » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:55 pm

Kyle Motor wrote:In what I'm sure will be an extremely popular vote, I nominate ELO Out Of The Blue.


Just played that one.

Does hold up.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:59 pm

dave esmond wrote:There's an XTC or two I'd throw in but I don't think those count either.
English Settlement, for sure.

As Kyle surely recalls, I personally find Out Of The Blue to be pretty boring (especially compared to A New World Record, which I think is their best), but it does contain my all-time favorite ELO deep cut, which I'm always looking for excuses to post online:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uN0dgexJ8s

Now, if the whole double album was just that song on a loop, I'd say it was the best double.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:05 pm

Do triple albums count? The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken is a stunner.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby minicat » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:07 pm

wallrock wrote:
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.


Nope, I mean The Dirty South. I have the 2-LP set, and the length makes it need to be a double. They also should have saved the SRO title for this album.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby rrnate » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:08 pm

Kyle Motor wrote:
rrnate wrote:(Granted, the whole thing is like 90-minutes long, so it really could have probably gone on one album.)

What? 90 minutes a single album does not make.


Whoops - meant to type "70-minutes". I have good taste, not good typing.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby rrnate » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:10 pm

I can't sit through ANY full Who album.

Can we talk about most laughable double album? I vote "Melon Collie & The Infinite Sadness".
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Detritus » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:25 pm

Beautiful as the Moon / Terrible as an Army with Banners by Henry Cow, if we're allowing live albums.

Slight threadjack: I seem to remember someone coming out with a three-sided album in the 1970s, but I never owned a copy. I want to say Allman Brothers...does that ring a bell?
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:30 pm

There also is Neil Young's Decade, but with that you're almost heading into box set territory.
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Re: Double albums that earn their girth

Postby rrnate » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:36 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:There also is Neil Young's Decade, but with that you're almost heading into box set territory.


Also, it's a comp, right? I mean, it's a pretty solid listen but I think it's disqualified here. However, I would totally count "Live Rust".
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