Amazing Album Sides

There are amazing album sides that rock and swing from the first song through the last. The albums they come from are usually outstanding, but one side seems to get played over and over.

I'm going to start with a somewhat obscure and less obvious choice...Talking Heads' "Remain In Light" Side 1: "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)", "Crosseyed and Painless", "The Great Curve".

Which one does it for you?
I'd put the entire second album, or CD of Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland as one of the best all time rock albums.

Starting with "Rainy Day, Dream Away", then "1983 (A Mermaid Should Turn to be)", "Moon Turn the tides...", "Still Raining, Still Dreaming" "House Burning Down" "All Along the Watchtower" and ending with "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

I'm sure many other good ones will come out, but this album to me is one of the best put together musical pieces in rock history, and that rainy day groove rides right on through the entire thing.
Abbey Road Side 2

Perhaps the best ever.
An oldie but a goodie; Rod Stuart's Atlantic Crossing.--It has a slow side and a fast side (called ,such) Depending on one's mood.
I second the nomination for Abbey Road side 2
Abbey Road, The Beatles. Side two.
Remain in Light, Talking Heads. Side one.
Grateful Dead "Blues for Allah" side 1...
If you Really want to take a fantastic voyouge, you Must listen to Kate Bush "The Hounds Of Love" album side 2. If it doesn't awaken every section of both sides of your brain musically and intellectually climb into your grave.
pretty much any beatles side...but that grand finale on abbey road where they jam has no equal. the biggest band in history kicking it out on record like never before. an appropriate finish to an unbelievable legacy........two of my favorites are the second side of the notorious byrd bros and side two of S&g's bookends.
ps....the second side of the charles lloyd quartet's soundtrack....forest flower on steroids
I would say Benjamin Lew's Nebka LP. Side one. I first heard this on a tape from a friend, he only put on side one. I asked what side two sounded like and he said he didn't know he had only ever played side one, that is how good it was. I didn't have a turntable at the time and it was a rather rare find on CD, so years later I finally got the vinyl and got to hear side two. Side two is great, but not quite like side one.
Side 1 of Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson Lake and Palmer.
Boz Scaggs 1st album - side 2

- Look What I Got
- Waiting For A Train
- Loan Me A Dime
- Sweet Release

I can name a bunch more but will start with that one.
Side one of Funkadelic's classic "One Nation Under A Groove".
Cool. Interesting that a few have popped up that I also like, and wouldn't have expected to see, i.e. Kate Bush and ELP.

Thanks for the other mentions, as well. Gives some of us new music ideas!
Side two of Bob Marley's "Exodus", though side one is pretty awesome too.
Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, side 2 I believe it is, starts with I Want You.

Moondance side 1
zappa HOT RATS side one
Captain Beyond's first album either side
King Crimson, Court of the Crimson King side 1
One I like in particular is Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls".....Side One, title side. Well recorded..listen to Pat speaking the numbers during the music near the middle of the side..clear as a bell!
Very much in agreement with the Abbey Road and Hendrix recommendations among others mentioned (ELP, King Crimson). Please add to the list, the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street". For your consideration: Side 2 of Disc 1 (Sweet Virginia, Torn & Frayed, Black Angel, Loving Cup). Followed for me by Side 2 of Disc 2 (All Down the Line, Stop Breaking Down, Shine a Light, Soul Survivor). How many decades has it been? Still listen to and enjoy this mightily.
Side two of Abbey Road has been my favorite album side for more than 30 years. Some other great sides listed so far. Wow, I haven't listened to "Hounds Of Love" in years.
Queen--Side Black, from Queen II, or maybe side I from Sheer Heart Attack
Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, side two.
Side 4 of "It's Too Late to Stop Now" Van Morrisons ultimate live albumn.
Supertramp; "Crime of the Century", Side 1. I have a UHQR vinyl copy that I am trying to wear out.
Cool thread, John
Side 4, Johnny Winter, Second Winter
Here's a guilty pleasure:

Boston's first album, "Boston"- Side 1: More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind, Foreplay/Long Time, Rock & Roll Band
One of the interesting things about Remain In Light is that side A is supposed to be the "wet" side and side B is the "dry" side - I'm not sure why they picked this structure, and I didn't pick up on it until I read about it, but it makes total sense.
abucktwoeighty....'i get it'
Great responses. I'm off to my local vinyl emporium today to search for a few mentioned above.
Perhaps it's because I grew up with albums that I miss album sides as much as I do, but I do. CD suckitude: no album sides, no useful album art.
Great thread. Got me thinking about which album sides I play the most. BTW, for review of pop/rock music, Robert Christgau is indespensible and a good place to look for new music...

Here are few less obvious pop album sides:

Buena Vista Social Club, side C
El Carretero
Amor de Loca Juventud

Johnny Cash "American IV" side 1
The Man Comes Around
Give my Love to Rose
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Hung My Head
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Personal Jesus

The Clash "London Calling" side 1 (gets extra credit for the coolest album cover ever)
London Calling
Brand New Cadillac
Jimmy Jazz
Rudie Can't Fail

Elvis Costello "Imperial Bedroom" side 1
Beyond Belief
Tears Before Bedtime
Shabby Doll
The Long Honeymoon
Man Out of Time
Almost Blue
...and In Every Home

Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" side 1
So What
Freddie Freeloader
Blue in Green

Fine Young Cannibals "Eponymous" side 1
Johnny Come Home
Couldn't Care More
Don't Ask Me to Choose
Funny How Love Is
Suspicious Minds (possibly greatest cover ever?)

Prince "Sign O The Times" side 3
U Got the Look
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Strange Relationship
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

Rockpile "Seconds of Pleasure" side 1
Teacher Teacher
If Sugar Was As Sweet As You
Now and Always
A Knife and Fork
Play That Fast Thing

Stevie Wonder "Hotter Than July" side 2
Master Blaster (Jammin')
Do Like You
Cash In Your Face
Happy Birthday

X "More Fun in the New World" side 2
Devil Doll
Painting The Town Blue
Hot House
Drunk in my Past
I See Red
True Love Pt. #2
John Barleycorn must Die by Traffic.

Freedom Rider
Empty Pages

What a great side of music.

Richard Bischoff
Cat Stevens
Side 1
Foreigner Suite
a cuple more...side one-thin lizzy/jailbreak.......side one-the fugs/it crawled into my hand,honest.......agree with foreigner suite too.
Picked up Metheny's "As Falls Witchita..." today for $1.99. My other selections weren't available.

It's great to see so many of the suggestions already in my small record bin! Odd ones, Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak". Well, odd to me anyway. :)
Pat Travers - Crash and Burn, side one. One of the best sides in my rock collection. Excellent recording - kudos to the engineers.

I posted this days ago and quoted another post I made about it. There's a piece of trivia I wanted to share. They censored it - what a joke.

Here's the link: censored?

By the way, side 2 truly crash and burns.
Tvad - great thread! One that I actually will monitor.

Oneprof - I can't believe I forgot Queen's "Side Black" and their "Sheer Heart Attack" side. Especially since it meets my uniqueness demand. (Like Kate).

Rbischoff - Another great side with Traffic's "John Barleycorn Must Die".

Jaybo - Good call with "Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak"

I listen to everything but it's great to see some rocker's here on the Gon!

Funny..I paid the same a few years back!! Its great when you find good recordings for next to nothing!!

Another I like is Larry Carlton's "Alone but never alone" side one.ending with "The Lord's Prayer"..well done!
Jaybo..very observant.

Patty Smith "Easter" side 1.

Usually play side 1 first. Most of the time I just flip them over and listen to both sides
Several titles come to mind:

By far the greatest, Abbey Road, Side 2. The music is timeless.

DSOTM - Pink Floyd - Both sides. I wore quite a few vinyl and cassette copies out over the years. Now I have it on SACD and 30th Anniversary vinyl.

Boston - Boston - Side 1

Aqualung - Jethro Tull - Side 1 - Beautiful, gritty and melodic.

Aja - Steely Dan - Both sides. Truly their best effort.

David Arkenstone - Everything he recorded on the Narada label still gets a LOT of spin here.

Selling England By The Pound - Genesis - Side 1. Puts me into a trance.

-- Jan
side one of John Hiatt's Bring the Family.
Resurrecting this old thread rather than starting a new one.

This past Tuesday night our music group gathered at my home and among the LPs were the old Jim Morrision, Doors Β“An American Prayer.Β”

I can hardly believe it was released way back in 1978 and I recall much controversy, some even calling it Β“A rape of Jim Morrison.Β”

Regardless of those times it still moves me today, the Doors remain one of my all time favorite rock bands and this LP is too often overlooked.
Nice job reviving this one, Albert, so I'll go with one of your favorite bands:

Side two of Eels' "Daises of the Galaxy". Whiile you can make a case for a bunch of Eels/M. O. Everitt sides, I think this is my favorite Great from start to finish IMHO.

From the mid '60s thru mid 70s, a bunch of bands got hot and produced a string of great side; Beatles, Stones, Zep, and a few other already mentioned are good examples. Given my own fixation with them, I also gotta mention the 8 side streak that Fleetwood Mac produced from their Eponymous LP thru Tusk.

So, I'll take some liberties and extend the thread to include consecutive sides of great music. I'd guess that many folks would add Dylan, CSNY, and The Who to the list. The prog rock runs from Yes and Genesis, the punk run from The Clash, and a bunch of other genre specific stuff probably deserves mention, too.

However, one sleeper candidate for "Mother of All Hot Streaks" was Creedence Clearwater's 10 side streak in the 24 month period starting in July, 1968:

Bayou Country
Green River
Willy and the Poor Boys
Cosmo's Factory

I don't think there's a weak side in the bunch. Im sure you can make a case for others, but this was all within 2 years. IMO, this be the most prolific run in rock n roll history.
I've listened to side one of "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" (Miles Davis) a million times but have hardly played the other side. With John McLaughlin's "My Goal's Beyond" the side with the all-guitar tracks gets all the play-- I rarely, if ever, listen to the side with the group playing.
Great thread!!! All above mentioned are superb. I might add:
Nektar-Remember The Future
Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here
Supertramp-Crisis What Crisis? Side 1
Elton John-Tumbleweed Connection Side 2
Jethro Tull-Thick As A Brick Side 1 (so where the hell was Biggles, when you needed him last Saturday?)
Rush-Moving Pictures
Moody Blues-A Question Of Balance
Martyk1, I agree with your assessment of CCR, which is my all time favorite group.
As talented as John Fogerty is he still can't match that quality decades later.
Nice job reviving this one, Albert, so I'll go with one of your favorite bands:

Side two of Eels' "Daises of the Galaxy". Whiile you can make a case for a bunch of Eels/M. O. Everitt sides, I think this is my favorite Great from start to finish IMHO.

Agree, I frequently play "Electro Shock Blues" the LP release just before Daises. The side with "3 Speed" is great. I frequently hear guests chuckle upon hearing the lyrics of "Hospital Food."
i'll throw out a couple:
love--da capo (side one; side two is best forgotten)
posies--frosting on the beater (side one)
dylan--blonde on blonde (side 2)
Nectar remember the future side 2 in particular. 👍👍