Top Ten Thursday: Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

In the theme of Wes’ M83 review (which is itself a double LP), we decided to list the Top Ten double LP’s this week. You may notice the lack of modern albums on this list; and well, we just had to mostly cater to the classics for once. I must say that choosing this list contained much spirited debate, particularly on who ended up number one. The decision for number one consisted of 3 distinct choices, and then much lobbying and back-stabbing, until the final decision was reached. Todd was particularly awful, and if Eagle Eye Cherry had a double album, he would assuredly have gotten “eagle-eyed” again like last week. On to the list.

1. Exile on Main St. – Rolling Stones
 
18 tracks encompassing rock, blues & roots, and country rolled up into one neat little package, Exile on Main St. is one of the most enduring albums of the 70’s and arguably the finest gift The Rolling Stones ever gave us.

 

2. London Calling – The Clash

I dare you to call The Clash simply a punk band after listening to London Calling.  This epic manages to fuse a plethora of styles into one album, that while not always completely cohesive, manages to display music pushed to its very limits.

3. All Things Must Pass – George Harrison

Whether you believe in God or not, it is hard not to feel that there is something deep inside you when listening to All Things Must Pass.  Harrison’s finest work (Beatles included, imo), does the unfathomable by sometimes blowing the listener away with its subtlety.

4. The Wall – Pink Floyd

Probably the most oft-maligned album on this list, I believe The Wall has aged better than anyone thought.  Criticisms of over-indulgence are moot points when viewed alongside the production value and abundance of quality songs.  A true artistic achievement, despite what Roger Waters haters may claim.

5. Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan

 

I’ve always claimed that I like Dylan covers better than the originals.  This is one album where I must mostly discard that notion.  The depth and intensity of the sound created throughout the album transport you right back to 1966 when ole’ Bob still played guitar and didn’t look like a roasted almond.

6. Bitches Brew – Miles Davis

 

This piece of work almost makes me want to listen to jazz on a regular basis.  Technically perfect improvisation is the name of the game, but if you don’t like jazz you still probably aren’t going to go for this one.

7. Eat a Peach – The Allman Brothers Band

 

Without the 33-minute long “Mountain Jam”, this album would be the definition of accessibility.  As it is, Eat a Peach displays The Allman Brothers at the height of their powers technically and in songwriting capability.  This is even without legend Duane playing guitar on a little less than half the songs.

8. The White Album – The Beatles

 

I have never claimed to be the biggest Beatles fan, but this album hits me the hardest out of their catalogue of work.  In particular, I would consider “Dear Prudence” highly underrated, and among their finest songs.  Hardly a weak track on this double LP.

9. Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

 

I love Stevie Wonder, and with Songs in the Key of Life he decided to give us an extra large slice of heaven.  What SITKOL lacks in tightness, it makes up for with simple abundance of material.  An all-time Stevie highlight of mine has always been “I Wish”.

10. The Fragile – Nine Inch Nails

 

The most current album on our list, The Fragile has been panned by some critics for being a tedious mess.  I’m guessing those critics never had an appreciation for NIN to begin with, as Trent Reznor’s heroine-induced creation of processed drums and guitars may be his career highlight.

Just Missed

Wes: Being There – Wilco

 

God, even their album covers couldn’t be more drab.  Two discs of Dilco is far too much for the average person to handle, but Wes seems to have strong tolerance for this type of thing.

Todd: LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem

 

The only debut album strongly in consideration, this double album makes Todd want to dance.  This album really makes Todd want to dance.

Austin: 1999 – Prince

 

As far as my listening tastes go, Prince was the pop sound of the 80’s.  Michael Jackson and Madonna were both great, but Prince really had every weapon in the arsenal, which 1999 perfectly displays.

So there’s the list. Let us know what we unforgivably missed, got right, or just rip on us in general.
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