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More Fun With Double Albums Vol IV: Your 3 Favorite Album SIDES Off Double Albums

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Initial post: Mar 7, 2013 6:43:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2013 6:46:32 PM PST
I'm going with...

Side One - Chicago Transit Authority
The album wastes no time, getting into a groove with the wonderful "Introduction". It gives way to the radio staples, "Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?" and the smooth "Beginnings". Just three songs but it's arguably the greatest DEBUT album side for a pop group.

Side Three - Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
There is a sunny experimentation to this side with the dawning drone of "In The Light", the peaceful "Bron-yr-aur", and the shimmering warmth of "Down By The Seaside". And yet the best track is saved for last - the delicate melancholy "Ten Years Gone".

Side Four - The Beatles (1968)
What a magical array of musical potpourri! This side has always been my favorite off the Beatles White Album. Whether it's the vaudeville-style humor of "Honey Pie", to the horn-laced rock of George's delicious "Savoy Truffle" to the utterly elegant sweetness of "Good Night", this album side touches on a little bit of everything that made the Beatles great. Even "Revolution 9", while not my favorite, somehow works in the context of this most varied album.

Which 3 sides stand out for you when it comes to (studio) double albums?

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 6:57:25 PM PST
I think that every double album has a standout side. I'm going to list a bunch of doubles, and my favorite side on each:

The Beatles--side three
Tusk--side two
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway--side two
Manassas--side three
Tago Mago--side two
All Things Must Pass--side three (though side one is close)
Electric Ladyland--side four
Tommy--side four
Exile On Main St.--side three
Tales From Topographic Oceans--side four
The Wall--side one
London Calling--side two
Physical Graffiti--side two
Third--side four
A Gift From A Flower To A Garden--side three

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 7:24:31 PM PST
Thanks for the great list! I think side one might be my favorite side "on average". Besides side one off "Chicago Transit Authority", I also love side one off "Exile On Main St" and off "Physical Graffiti" (my favorite after side three). And side one might just be my second favorite side off the White Album.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 1:36:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2013 1:40:20 AM PDT
One of my favorite sides is found on "Eat It" by Humble Pie.
Side one was the "Rock" side
Side two was the "Soul" side
Side three was the "Acoustic" side
Side Four was the "Live" side

I really thought side three had some great songs and a big closing number entitled: "Beckton Dumps" that really rocks hard and nasty. This was a very special band....HUMBLE PIE!

Side three of "Electric Ladyland" from Jimi Hendrix
Side three from The Who's rock opera "Quadrophenia"

That's three....

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 10:38:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2013 10:38:12 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Side 3 of GRATITUDE - Earth, Wind & Fire
Side 2 of SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE- Stevie Wonder
Side 3 of ODESSA - The Bee Gees
Side 4 of 1999 - Prince

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 10:57:22 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Here's one for each side, in order, making the ultimate double album:

Quadrophenia -- Side One
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway -- Side Two
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs -- Side Three
Tales from Topographic Oceans -- Side Four

Or I could simply pick Exile on Main Street (sides 1-3 to keep with the intent of the OP or all four to cover my expanded version) and be just as happy.

Of course, doubles were the purview of many a great live set. Here's three great sides from double live albums:

Exit . . . Stage Left (Rush) -- Side One (tough call; could just as easily been side four)
On Your Feet or On Your Knees (Blue Oyster Cult) -- Side Three
One For the Road (The Kinks) -- Side Four

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 2:34:52 PM PDT
Exile on Main St.- side two
Quadrophenia- side three
Topographic Oceans- side four
Physical Graffiti- side three
White Album- side three
Blonde on Blonde- side two
Basement Tapes- side three

Even though Wheels of Fire doesn't technically count as its half studio/half live, I'll take side two as the favorite.

Live Albums:

At Fillmore East- I love this record on all sides, but if I had to pick, I'd probably go for side 3, Hot "Lanta and Liz Reed are incredible back to back instrumentals that go great together!

Strangers in the Night- side one
Live and Dangerous- side one
Uriah Heep Live '73- side one
Grateful Dead(aka Skull and Roses)- side one

Very cool topic thread...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2013 5:02:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2013 5:03:20 PM PDT
Exile on Main St.- side 4
Topographic Oceans- side 1
Physical Graffiti- side 1
White Album- side 1

Even though Wheels of Fire doesn't technically count as its half studio/half live, I'll take side 3 as the favorite.

And for Thirty 06 above I will take
Before The Frost... Until The Freeze side 1

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2013 5:50:50 PM PDT
@SA: I had trouble deciding whether side one or 3 of the White Album was best. Side one is definitely in 2nd place. Same goes for Exile as I think 2 and 4 are what makes it come together, but side two just has a great 4 punch of songs back to back, imo.

The Vinyl version of Before the Frost is noted, however I prefer to make an ep out of this:

Aimless Peacock
Roll Old Jeremiah
What is Home?
Make Glad
Little Lizzie Mae

Unfortunately, they chose to leave off Little Lizzie within the released version of Frost, although it is included on the Cabin Fever DVD. And of course, you know my feelings on post Ford/Harsh Crowes, Cheers!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2013 5:55:25 PM PDT
I think Little Lizzie Mae should have been put on the album and the Stills song left off. No covers were needed.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 6:04:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2013 6:07:32 PM PDT
Jevrick says:
I'm only counting vinyl LP double albums. Not counting CD era double discs because I don't know where to split them. That leaves out NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, and Kate Bush.

Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Side 2
The Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Side 1
ELO Out of the Blue Side 2
Donna Summer Bad Girls Side 4
Dan Fogelberg The Innocent Age Side 1
Joni Mitchell Don Juan's Reckless Daughter Side 4
Todd Rundgren Something/Anything Side 1
Prince Sign O The Times Side 1
Fleetwood Mac Tusk Side 2

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 6:10:36 PM PDT
"South Park" gave Robert Smith a great send-off at the end of episode he appeared in.
It was either Stan or Kyle that yells at the end: "Disintegration is the best record ever!"
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