Don't know if this has been covered before but I've been listening to the white album recently and it got me thinking about my favourite double albums.It seems quite hard to sustain quality songs over a double and I suppose that seems true by the lack of ones that spring to mind.
The few I can think of would be:
Beatles-The White Album
Nick Cave's-Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
[b:d1ed8c84ea]Double Nickels on the Dime[/b:d1ed8c84ea] - Minutemen
[b:d1ed8c84ea]Live After Death[/b:d1ed8c84ea] - Iron Maiden]
[b:d1ed8c84ea]Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven[/b:d1ed8c84ea] - Godspeed You Black Emperor!
[b:d1ed8c84ea]Made in Japan[/b:d1ed8c84ea] - Deep Purple
[b:d1ed8c84ea]Space Ritual[/b:d1ed8c84ea] - Hawkwind
plus the aforementioned Cave, Zep and Beatles.
There are more but I cannae bring 'em to mind without looking in my vinyl box.
As interesting/original as it is I find Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica very hard to listen to for any length of time,find Clear Spot a bit easier.Forgot about Husker Du and the Pumpkins album(although I think siamese dream is better).
Let's not forget THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON CARRYDUFF ROUNDABOUT by Genesis & Brian Eno
And COBRA AND PHASES GROOP PLAY VOLTAGE IN THE MILKY NIGHT by Stereolab (although half of that was dull, wheras a single album of the best stuff would've been fantawstic!)
Actually, loads of those Stereolab albums have been double vinyl, but I tend not to notice cos for me they're just one "Compact" disc.
Kraftwerk's neu! MINIMUM-MAXIMUM double live album is rather fine.
I'd concur that greatest hits doubles can't be counted, but why not live albums?
While they [i:13d4e660c4]are[/i:13d4e660c4] compilations of a sort, they are just as much an individual document as a studio album, and very often present the band in way that studio albums cannot.
I think the reason most double albums are godawful is simply that the artists very rarely have the quantity of quality to justify the product. If someone were to actually put out a 25 song set that I Could consistantly enjoy, written and recorded in and around the same period and keep me hooked throughout the hour and a half then Id be extremely impressed (It hasnt happened yet).
On the other hand if you take an established act with more than three albums under the belt, then really a quality live double album shouldnt be hard to throw together. Theyve maybe had 5-10 years to "write" that double album.
I suppose though it depends on each instance and I certainly couldnt claim to have listened to all the double albums released or even all the double albums listed on this thread- regardless of whether they are live or not.
It is a good album indeed.Hey Lenny I like the photo,I was at that gig and played myself(boathouse) and it was the first time I saw you guys.Have to say grand central are one of my favourite local bands,been bigging you up to me mates.
That's the confusing thing - are we talking about double albums on CD or vinyl? as Gaz said, London Calling is a double but fits on one CD.
2 sides of vinyl can maybe fit at most about 50 odd minutes of music on them, so should we count in any albums at 100 mins plus? My vinyl copy of Machina by the pumpkins is a double, but I'd class it as a single album (it's about 74 mins long).
I'd say if it was released before the advent of cds, on double vinyl format then count it as a double album.There also have been recent cd's released with the intention to be doubles like Nick Cave's last and Lambchop's Aw C'mon/No You C'mon.
Songs in the key of life is a decent double album(if a bit overrated)
this is pointless, to some extent, by the point rasied by someone that a bunch of albums that once were double LP are now single CD, and loads of double CD albums are now just a bunch of MP3s which take a wee bit longer to listen to than other bunches of MP3s..
but, yes, some albums were designed as doubles, and most all the ones i can think of have been mentioned so muh..
perhaps red rice by eliza carthy has not, but i don't like it much so MUH.
oh, that second album by Godspeed You Black Emperor! is great, or Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Spiritualized.. and for a triple album, see 69 Love Songs by Magnetic Fields
[[i:87cf144993]quote]That's actually a *triple* album.[/i:87cf144993] Oops HMV must have withheld one of my Mudhoney discs because i only got two.[[i:87cf144993]quote] and also a "best and rest of" type affair, making it innelligible for this thread under article 7 paragraph 3 of the Geneva Convention...[/i:87cf144993]Geneva Convention, always gets in the way of a bit of fun.[/quote]
Sign O' The Times is a great example of a double album that covers so much ground without losing the tune factor. There are a couple of songs on there that are merely good but so much is fantastic. Lot's of doubles have weak "sides" but not this one.
The fact that this was preceded by 1999 (double), Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade in the space of 5 years is staggering.
[quote:e5fab1b54e="smittennn"]much more rattling around in the fileboxes i my head -
we need mac's encyclopedic mind for this topic![/quote:e5fab1b54e]
I'm not to be trusted when it comes to multiple vinyl LPs - the fact that I think [i:e5fab1b54e]Sandinista![/i:e5fab1b54e], for all its myriad faults, is the Clash's best LP speaks volumes. [i:e5fab1b54e]London Calling[/i:e5fab1b54e] actually does comparatively little for me - there are better boots of live versions of nearly all the songs floating around.
Anyhoo: double LPs I dig out and listen to every now and then -
[i:e5fab1b54e]Tommy & Quadrophenia - The Who
Atem & Zeit - Tangerine Dream
Children Of God - Swans
English Settlement - XTC[/i:e5fab1b54e]
[i:e5fab1b54e]Metal Machine Music[/i:e5fab1b54e] must surely get a mention for most audacious double LP.
[quote:a4feb82ce8="feline1"]Atem is only a single album, y'all! [/quote:a4feb82ce8]
You are entirely correct. I had forgotten that my copy is a strange gatefold version which has [i:a4feb82ce8]Atem[/i:a4feb82ce8] on one disc and [i:a4feb82ce8]Alpha Centuri[/i:a4feb82ce8] on the other.
I fear I must make mention of "TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS" double album by Yes at this point though.
Bizarrely, this album was lauded by critics and adored by the public on its release in 1974, actually topping the UK album charts.
However ever since about 1976 it tended to be regarded as the archetypal "BAD" prog rawk disgrace, with ludicrous overindulgence, and so much pretension that each song had to have two titles, and the gatefold sleeve included a small essay about how Anderson & Howe had developed the albums concept by reading some Spastic Scriptures or sthg.
And yeah, it does involve utter ludicrousness such as side 3 consisting of a perfectly pleasant 2 minute folk song, which gets bloated to 27 minutes by the addition of a demonic xylophone solo and this bit where Rick Wakeman is sick in his own hair.
But the album does nonetheless feature some quite searing bits with superb elegaic melodies and wee Jon Anderson bouncing up to the moon with sheer glee and drama.
But I suppose that doesn't change the fact that they could've put all the good bits into 25 minutes and cut the rest of the crap 8)
But yeah by favourite bit is in "High the Memory" or sthg where they all go into 7/4 and Chris Squire invents the entire recorded catalogue of Jean-Jacques Burnel and Anderson yelps "FAIL SAFE NOW!" and it's like harmony moague and mellotron all in different timesignatures at once so you can pogo with three different limbs at the same time and still have one spare to deck yourself with, YAY!
NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL!!
[quote:5dbb20d71e="Niall Harden"]oh, that second album by Godspeed You Black Emperor! is great, or Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Spiritualized.. and for a triple album, see 69 Love Songs by Magnetic Fields[/quote:5dbb20d71e]
I was just about to mention all of these...
69 Love Songs has enough REALLY good material to make a double album, the stuff thats not so good can go on CD 3.
[quote:e23946abbb="Jamesy Yakuza"]hmm, many great double albums are double no more in the CD age such as:
double nickels on the dime - the minutemen[/quote:e23946abbb]
Am I right in thinking that this is missing some of the tracks off the original vinyl?
[quote:e23946abbb="JY"]london calling - the clash[/quote:e23946abbb]
Complete with [i:e23946abbb]Koka Kola[/i:e23946abbb] starting at the wrong speed? No thank you. The first four seconds are all over the shop compared to the vinyl. On CD the bell is too fast, likewise the first line of vocals and you can hear it slowing down and wowing just as the bassline comes in. Whoever supervised its transfer to CD should die in a cellar full of rats.
It's kinda ahine reading these old threads, cos I initially think they're new, then bemusedly I discover I've already said all I was about to type :lol:
Can we have septuple albums though?
By which I refer to the fawntastic BBC Audio book Compact Disc set of the 13-episode 1965 mawsterpiece, "THE DALEKS MAWSTERPLAWN", where the Daleks reveal that they have a mawsterplawn, and their mawsterplawn is:
TOTAL EXTERMINATION :twisted:
Luckily William Hartnell and Peter Perverts manage to defeat them by running up some stairs with a special can of baked beans whilst the Radiophonic Workshop plays this sound that weighs more than Saturn, and time stands still.
[i:db19122407]William Hartnell and friends with *THAT* tin of baked beans, yesterday[/i:db19122407]