Proving that sometimes more is more, here are 30 of the music world’s finest double albums because really, can you ever have too much of a good thing?
30 M83, ‘Hurry Up We’re Dreaming’ (Naive/ Mute)
“A grandiose double-album paean to childhood dreaming that only occasionally needs the naughty step,” we said in our review of the French band’s 2011 album.
M83’s seventh studio album ‘Junk’ is out now: //m83.it/buyjunkYo Watch the rest of the Trilogy here: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQQrjVmQG0&list=PL7CZ4TImzrFlTqI5l09Az8modBIkqkwFB&index=2 Directed by Fleur & Manu, this video is a tribute to Village of the Damned, Close encounters of the Third kind and other Akiras. No kids where hurt in the process!
29 Allman Brothers Band, ‘At Fillmore East’ (Capricorn)
This was the first live album from the Florida rock group and included different improvised versions. Producer Jerry Wexler felt it “ridiculous to preserve all these jams”, but the double album went through.
At Fillmore East is a double live album by The Allman Brothers Band. The band’s breakthrough success, At Fillmore East was released in July 1971. It ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Enjoy in the southern mix of rock, blues and jazz.
28 Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ (BMG)
It was always going to be difficult to follow up ’36 Chambers’ but the Wu’s second album makes a good fist of it. Chockablock full of amazing rhymes and unusual production.
Wu-Tang Clan’s official music video for ‘Triumph’. Click to listen to Wu-Tang Clan on Spotify: //smarturl.it/WTCSpotify?IQid=WuTCTriumph As featured on The Essential.
27 Lambchop, ‘Aww C’mon/No You C’mon’ (Merge)
Lambchop honcho Kurt Wagner set himself a challenge of writing a songs a day for a few months and this was the result. A fine album it was too.
Opening track from Lambchop’s great 2004 album Aw C’mon
26 Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ‘Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antenna To Heaven’ (Constellation)
The Canadians’ 2001 post-rock adventure remains one of the genre’s defining moments – a sumptuous, combusting collision of orchestral instruments and guitars that stir slowly towards eruption. It’s only four tracks long but lasts almost 80 minutes.
1st part of GY!BE’s epic track “Storm”. I will be uploading the rest of “Storm”. Enjoy the video.
25 Eels, ‘Blinking Lights and Other Revelations’ (Vagrant)
Eels frontman E described ‘Blinking Lights…’ as being about “God and all the questions related to the subject of God. It’s also about hanging on to my remaining shreds of sanity and the blue sky that comes the day after a terrible storm, and it’s a love letter to life itself, in all its beautiful, horrible glory.”
Eels – Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)
24 Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’ (Merge)
With the help of LCD’s James Murphy, some little known newcomer called David Bowie and others, the Montreal band abandoned rock’n’roll and made a dance record. Some said it was too long, but NME gave it 8/10.
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23 Hüsker Dü, ‘Zen Arcade’ (SST)
“Bob Mould’s guitar sputters and splinters at earpiercing feedback into a thousand pieces, giving the impression of Hüsker Dü being a far larger and more forbidding unit than it is,” read NME’s review of Hüsker Dü’s cult 1984 album about a boy escaping an unhappy home life into an even worse world.
1. Something I Learned Today 00:00 2. Broken Home, Broken Heart 02:03 3. Never Talking To You Again 04:07 4. Chartered Trips 05:48 5. Dreams Reoccurring 09:27 6. Indecision Time 11:08 7. Hare Krsna 13:22 8. Beyond The Threshold 16:58 9. Pride 18:34 10. I’ll Never Forget You 20:23 11.
22 Nine Inch Nails, ‘The Fragile’ (Nothing)
The third album from Ohio industrialists, Trent Reznor and co. was released in September 1999 and immediately hit number one in the US. Its 23 tracks were definitely not all perfect but highlights ‘The Day the World Went Away’, ‘We’re in This Together’ and ‘Starfuckers, Inc.’ stand with some of NINs’ finest work.
I made this video when I was 13 years old. please don’t judge “Starfuckers, Inc.”
21 Notorious BIG, ‘Life After Death’ (Bad Boy)
Hip-hop’s greatest legend’s sad swansong, released two weeks after his death, ‘Life After Death’ is the definitive mafiosa rap album: its 109-minute sprawl of lush beats and laconic flow telling a gripping story of trouble at the top for Biggie.
“Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Mase & Puff Daddy From The Notorious B.I.G. album “Life After Death” (1997). Download on iTunes: //bit.ly/yRgg6Y Listen on Spotify: //spoti.fi/HGgrfg © 2009 WMG
20 Kate Bush, ‘Aerial’ (EMI)
Bush played ‘A Sky Of Honey’ live during her Before The Dawn tour and it was one of the greatest moments in performance history. The first half of the 2005 album had more hit-type tracks but the whole thing is gold. Apart from Rolf Harris’s spoken word.
Official music video for the single “King of the Mountain” by English singer Kate Bush. Taken from the album Aerial, it was released as the lead single in 2005. The song was written and produced by Kate Bush. The single was an immediate success by entering the UK charts at #4.
19 Elliott Smith, ‘New Moon’ (Kill Rock Stars)
Posthumous LP or double album? We count it as both, though we can’t say for certain how many of the songs on Elliott’s swansong the troubled songwriter would have included on the final tracklist. ‘New Moon’, released in 2007 after the musician’s apparent, only hammered home what a gifted talent the music world had lost.
Elliott Smith – Miss Misery I’ll fake it through the day With some help from johnny walker red Send the poison rain down the drain To put bad thoughts in my head Two tickets torn in half And a lot of nothing to do Do you miss me, miss misery Like you say you do?
18 Bruce Springsteen, ‘The River’ (Columbia)
1980’s ‘The River’ spawned 7 singles: testament to the record’s cavalcade of ready-made fist-pumping hits ripe for the charts. It’s in fact strange The Boss hasn’t written more double albums – he’s known to write up to 60 songs for each album, the prolific bastard.
Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen Lyrics: Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack I went out for a ride and I never went back Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing I took a wrong turn and I just kept going Everybody’s got a hungry heart Everybody’s
17 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, ‘Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus’ (Mute)
One fast and furious, the other slow-burning and lusty, Cave’s 2004 double-disc epic packaged into one release two sides to the gloom poet. 10 years on, tracks like ‘Let the Bells Ring’ and ‘Babe You Turn Me On’ have precisely the same powerful pull they did a decade ago.
Nick Cave – Babe you turn me on
16 The Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ (Virgin)
A whopping 24 tracks saw Billy Corgan and his gang widen their sonic palette. The two halves of the album represented day and the night and Corgan got in Flood to produce.
Official video for Smashing Pumpkins song “Tonight, Tonight” from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Buy It Here: //smarturl.it/vyf6jb Like Smashing Pumpkins on Facebook: //www.facebook.com/smashingpumpkins Follow Smashing Pumpkins on Twitter: //twitter.com/#!/smashingpumpkin Official Website: //www.smashingpumpkins.com/ Official YouTube Channel: //www.youtube.com/user/SmashingPumpkinsVEVO
15 Outkast, ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ (Arista Records)
The raucous reaction to tracks like ‘Hey Ya!’ and ‘The Way You Move’ at the Atlanta pair’s reunion dates this summer is testament to the vibrant imagination splurge of this double LP. Big Boi and Andre essentially wrote an album each and packaged them as one here. The LPs complimented each other perfectly.
OutKast’s official music video for ‘Hey Ya!’. Click to listen to OutKast on Spotify: //smarturl.it/OutKastSpotify?IQid=OutKHY As featured on SpeakerBoxxx/The Love Below.
14 Jimi Hendrix, ‘Electric Ladyland’ (Reprise)
‘Electric Ladyland’ was Jimi Hendrix’s final album before his death in 1969 – but what a high he left on. Its provocative, sensual sleeve was just the beginning of the lusty blues magnificence that lay inside.
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13 Miles Davis, ‘Bitches Brew’ (Columbia)
One of the most important albums, let alone doubles, of all time. It was also contentious on its release: obscure, strange, histrionic, flawed and a turning point in jazz, embracing improvisational sounds and electric instruments.
Bitches Brew is a studio double album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released on March 30, 1970 on Columbia Records. Track list: 1. “Pharaoh’s Dance” – 0:00 2. “Bitches Brew” – 20:05 3. “Spanish Key” – 47:04 4. “John McLaughlin” – 01:04:38 5. “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” – 01:09:06 6.
12 Aphex Twin, ‘Drukqs’ (Warp)
Reveling in its split persona, Richard D James’ 2001 masterwork spent its 2CD run time careening from moments of glitchy electronic mayhem to moments of beautiful and serene Satie-esque piano. ‘Avril 14’ in particular is haunting, a ghostly snippet of melody amid a hurricane of noisy beats and screams of ‘COME ON YOU CUNT, LET’S HAVE SOME APHEX ACID.”
8/26/2014 – I would like to say thank you for the 500k+ views on this video. I appreciate it.
11 Stevie Wonder, ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ (Motown)
17 tracks of pure Stevie Wonder soul-funk joy. From ‘I Wish’ to ‘Sir Duke’ and ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ to ‘As’, it’s a record any respectable music fan shouldn’t be without.
1976 – Songs in the Key of Life Raymond Pounds – Drums Nathan Watts – Bass Mike Sembello – Lead Guitar Ben Bridges – Rhythm Guitar Hank Redd – Alto Saxophone Raymond Maldonado – Trumpet Trevor Laurence – Tenor Saxophone Steve Madaio – Trumpet All Other Instruments Stevie Wonder
10 Manic Street Preachers, ‘Generation Terrorists’ (Columbia)
The Manics’ debut album was released as a double album in 1992 and pronounced by the band as the “greatest rock album ever” – a big claim, but they weren’t way off the mark…
Music video by Manic Street Preachers performing Stay Beautiful. (c) 1991 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
9 The Who, ‘Quadrophenia’ (Polydor)
The soundtrack to the 1979 film of the same name, ‘Quadrophenia’ saw the Who’s songwriting hit a dizzying new peak, but the record contains a considerable amount of covers as well as original material. You’ll see ‘Louie Louie’ by The Kingsmen and ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
Classic tune from The Who’s second full-scale rock opera Quadrophenia, 1973. It was released as a single on January 12, 1974 along with B-Side I’m One and later appeared in the 1979 movie Quadrophenia: A Way Of Life. It was also featured on the 2002 Who compilation The Ultimate Collection, with a slightly modified opening.
8 Pink Floyd, ‘The Wall’ (Harvest/ EMI)
Another obvious choice. Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ needed its 2-disc extended run time to tell its story: a rock opera of loss, life and self-discovery in the wake of the Second World War, tracing one everyman’s life journey. A true classic that continues to beguile today.
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7 Led Zeppelin, ‘Physical Graffiti’ (Swan Song)
1975’s Zep double-discer begins with the Bo Diddley-esque ‘Custard Pie’ and only gets better from there, its 15 tracks of blues innovation and guitar futurism more than worthy of its subsequent 8 million record sales. Robert Plant considers it their best work, while Jimmy Page calls it a “high watermark.” Enough said.
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6 Sonic Youth, ‘Daydream Nation’ (Enigma)
At 70:47, album number five for the influential New Yorkers ‘Daydream Nation’ was as long as it was thrillingly progressive: a huge step forward for Thurston Moore’s band, full of runaway rhythms and explosive guitars. Its legacy is heard in many guitar bands breaking out today.
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5 Prince, ‘Sign O’ The Times’ (Paisley Park/ Warner Bros)
Never one to be daunted, Prince’s first album alone after leaving The Revolution was no timid introduction to solo life, but a wild, meandering 79-minute funk-rock odyssey that took on topics like gender, war, lust and depression.
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4 Bob Dylan, ‘Blonde On Blonde’ (Columbia)
Released in 1966, ‘Blonde On Blonde’ was rock’s first studio double album, its massive success opening the door for pretty much every other double LP listed here. Listening back now, its easy to see why it was a hit: though the album, Zimmerman’s seventh, extends to 77 minutes, it flies by in a sepia-hued rush of inimitable folk thrills.
Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 · Bob Dylan / Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde Released on: 1966-06-20 Associated Performer, Vocal: Bob Dylan / Bob Dylan Producer: Bob Johnston Composer, Lyricist: B.
3 The Rolling Stones, ‘Exile On Main Street’ (Rolling Stones Records)
Holed up in a palatial mansion on the Côte d’Azur with Richards’ burgeoning heroin habit and Jagger and Wyman missing sessions amid fractions, it’s a wonder this record got made at all. And the received 10/10s across the board.
Artist: The Rolling Stones Album: Exile On Main Street (1972) Track: 8 Got a sweet black angel, Got a pin up girl, Got a sweet black angel, Up upon my wall. Well, she ain’t no singer And she ain’t no star, But she sure talk good, And she move so fast.
2 The Clash, ‘London Calling’ (CBS)
One of the greatest double albums ever, ‘London Calling’ fused ska, reggae, hard rock and lounge into a dizzying 65-minute spectacle that cemented Joe Strummer’s legacy as a British indie icon.
The Clash’s official music video for ‘London Calling’. Click to listen to The Clash on Spotify: //smarturl.it/TClashSpotify?IQid=ClashLC As featured on Hits Back (Deluxe Edition).
1 The Beatles’, ‘The White Album’ (Apple)
An undisputed classic that veers between abstract experimentalism (‘Revolution 9’), sweet and simple pop songs (‘Blackbird’) and some of the band’s finest work (‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’), despite the band being at loggerheads throughout recording.
This is just a slideshow of pictures of The Beatles and one of my favorite The Beatles songs, Revolution, is played throughout the whole video. Hope you like it! -Disclaimer- I do not own this song nor do I make any profit from this video.