Filler-free double albums: are there any?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dr. Robert, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Dr. Robert

    Dr. Robert Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    One of the most criticized things when it comes to most 2LP releases is that they are too padded. In general, there are enough good/great songs for an album (or an album and a half), but the artist adds more subpar material to fill out the record. All that according to most opinions I see in here, of course.

    However, in your opinion, are there any double LPs (or CDs, for that matter) that are completely stellar, song after song?
     
  2. eflatminor

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    Little Feat Waiting for Columbus
     
  3. Dr. Robert

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    I personally couldn't think of any. I see them as some kind of "flawed perfection", as in the filler makes the album what it is, and the total is greater than the sum of its parts, and so forth. One that came close was Physical Graffitti, but Boogie With Stu kept it from being so :D
     
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  4. eflatminor

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    Physical Graffiti
    Exile on Main Street
     
  5. Dr. Robert

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    Great answer! I don't think live double albums count, as I was focusing on the studio side. But that's still one hell of a record! :D
     
  6. Tristero

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    London Calling is the first one that pops to mind for me. Other candidates would include Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation and Zappa's Uncle Meat.
     
  7. carlwm

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    Dan Fogelberg - The Innocent Age
     
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  8. zither

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    Wilco - Being There
     
  9. eflatminor

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    Oh, I have one:

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  10. Cassiel

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    Soft Machine - Third
     
  11. Uncle Meat, 200 Motels, Roxy & Elsewhere, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti, Tinseltown Rebellion, You Are What You Is, Them Or Us

    Trout Mask Replica
    Exile On Main Street
    Blonde On Blonde
    Physical Graffiti
    Bitches Brew
    Eat A Peach

    I could think of plenty more too, but I'm busy watching a Stones blu-ray.
     
  12. eflatminor

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    Oh geez, Bitches Brew...of course!
     
  13. Snow2

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    I love Physical Graffiti but (IMHO) Boogie with Stu is the perfect example of the definition of a filler track!
     
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  14. YardByrd

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    I am not a fan of Tommy but you do need all the songs to make the storyline work, hence no filler (it is a preposterous story, though)...
     
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  15. zither

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    Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
     
  16. Eric Weinraub

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    • Pink Floyd - The Wall
    • Tom Petty - Wildflowers
    • The Who - Quadrophenia
     
  17. DPK

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    Boston Spaceships- Let It Beard
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    The Wedding Present- Going, Going... (no, the series of weird instrumentals at the beginning isn't filler)

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  18. Rufus rag

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    Tommy is the only one I can think of though Extteme's Three Sides to Every Story is near damn perfect
     
  19. kinkling

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    Blonde on Blonde is about it
     
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  20. ebro

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    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
     
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  21. Felix Atagong

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    Oh no, there isn't. there's at least one side too much.
     
  22. Maurice

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    All killer, no filler...

    Sign O The Times - Prince
    Black Moses - Isaac Hayes
    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure
     
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  23. bRETT

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    Chicago II. (I don't love the Kath suite, but it's not filler).
     
  24. Snow2

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    Prince Sign O the times - another classic album but (IMHO) Housequake and (particularly) The Ballad of Dorothy Parker fit so comfortably in the filler category.

    Im really struggling to think of a double album with no filler - Zep's Physical Graffiti being the closest...
     
  25. Eric Weinraub

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    As its a story, all pieces are required.
     

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