Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"...every song is wonderful and couldn't have been done a one record.
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Just like everything in audio, some make sense and some do not.
I like Pink Floyd also and I particularly love their live concert recordings which often come in double CDs. If you don't have them already, try the "Delicate Sound Of Thunder", "Is There Anybody Out There?", and "Pulse"; all are excellent.
truth be told, most good double lps would be great edited down to a single. my short list of genuinely great double lps would include (in no particular order):
exile on main st.
blonde on blonde
warehouse songs and stories (husker du)
velvet underground 1970
fillmore east (allmans)
I forgot to mention,how many single albums have we bought that
has just that one song we wanted.Then we get it home to listen
to it only to find out the engineer did a bad job,and the rest
of the songs are lousy.That to me is a real ripoff.It happens
way more than a double album.A single or double that is done
right is a good deal.
Layla (to me) is an excellent double LP and justified.
First, the band, Dominos, was so dysfunctional it could only hold together for a short period. One year?
Secondly, the passion and intensity of the music makes this one of the all time "best of rock" LPs ever.
Cream's Wheels of Fire was also justified in that one was a studio recording and the other live. Quality was poor, but... Again, Crossroads is worth it.
Generally, I agree that most dbl Lps could be edited to one.
Then again, there's Electric Ladyland...and, Dylan and The Band and...
In the main, I probably agree with the OP...however, with respect to legitimate double LPs...
Jimi Hendrix' "Electric Ladyland" as mentioned by Oregon.
Genesis, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".
The Beatles, "White Album"...ok, this is subject to debate.
Allman Bros "At the Fillmore East"...maybe "Eat a Peach".
Peter Frampton, "Frampton Comes Alive".
Little Feat, "Waiting for Columbus".
Funny how so many are live albums.
Basically agree with OP, but really, LIVE albums are a different animal. They most always have SEVERAL albums of material to pull from when performing live, thus making it much easier to stay strong over a Double album.
Also, live tracks are very often MUCH longer, so a SINGLE live album might have only, say, 4 eight or ten minute cuts, so a Double Live seems to make sense, to include more tracks. An album with only four or five cuts could be a tougher sell, so what do you do? Add another LP. (Think
like record label)
Best LIVE Double Albums
Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won (OK....actually a triple album)
Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
The Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Live Rust
Yes - Yessongs (OK....actually a triple album..again)
Wishbone Ash - Live Dates
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
Traffic - On the Road
Rush - All the World's a Stage and Exit Stage Left
Humble Pie - Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
Be Bop Deluxe - Live in the Air Age
UFO - Strangers in the Night
Jean Michel Jarre - Concerts in China
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young - 4 Way Street
Tom Petty & Heartbreakers - Pack Up the Plantation:Live
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Weld
Peter Frampton - Comes Alive
Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live
Best STUDIO Double Albums
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Beatles - White Album
The Who - Quadrophenia
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric LadyLand
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Clash - London Calling
The Who - Tommy
Amon Duul II - Tanz der Lemminge
Amon Duul II - Yeti
Mike Oldfield - Incantations
Omissions (for me, at least)
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffitti..should have been a single LP, way too much filler for Led Zep.
I love this band....I do NOT love this bloated album.
Pull off the best 40 minutes and it could have been sweet.
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde ....good stuff, not my cup of tea, tho.
Stresland's 'Love is the Answer' is two cd's, but just two different versions of the same material. I've played both and I am hard pressed to tell the difference, other then paying $22 dollars. So, just order the single cd seems a better bargain. Maybe this is a trend, you know, issue two versions of the same music. In any event, Barabra does sound good as ever. Can your system tell the difference is the issue.
If the material is not good then the double album may be a curse. I know I have a few that I only play a few songs on one album and nothing on the other. I actually like Stadium Arcadium. You mentioned the Who and I would have to include Quadrophenia alongside Tommy. I also rate the Beatles White Album and Zep's Physical Graffiti very highly. Hope this doesn't lead to another remasters post/thread.
This reminds me of an interview I saw recently with Paul McCartney. The subject came up about how the White Album could've been the Beatles 'Greatest' record had they edited it down to one disc. At which point Paul basically rolls his eyes, shrugs his shoulders and sez; "Yeah I've heard that, but we're talkin' about the Beatles fookin' White album!
Plenny of em' would probably have more impact if pared down. Alot of times a single cd is as long as a 2 album set so comparisons can get blurry. A few that I'm glad got released as double albums:
Allman Brothers/ Live At Fillmore East
Zappa/ Roxy and Elsewhere
Amon Duul II/ Tanz der Limminge
Rory Gallagher/ 1974 Irish Tour
Gentle Giant/ Playing the Foole (wish the cd sounded better).
Humble Pie/ Rocking the Fillmore
Zappa/ Live in New York
Captain Beefheart/ Trout Mask Replica
Scorpions/ Tokyo Tapes
Zappa/ Joes's Garage II & III
Miles Davis/ Agharta
Soft Machine 3/ (bummer on the recording quality)
Volker Kriegel/ Missing Link
All of these double albums made a huge impression on us and that is why we are discussing them. They are all classics and are wonderful works of art. Without the depth and journey afforded by their length, we would never have had the chance to really get into a longer work by any of these great musicians and songwriters. Cmon, who can provide a perfect single song mix for the White Album? Really? 'Nuff said.