Filler-free double albums: are there any?

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

  1. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    me too since day one...getting a double Beatles album was glorious back then and still is.
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  2. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    Expat in Helsinki
    Somebody else said the same... my reply on page 5, post 104...
  3. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    I would agree with this except for the fact that it's basically just a repetitive 10-minute rhythm guitar riff with little if any lead guitar to speak of. I personally love good epic-length songs as long as they justify their length. This one could have justified its length if it had had an inventive guitar solo on top of it, but since it doesn't, it runs out of steam and the riff becomes redundant before it's half over.
  4. muffmasterh

    muffmasterh Forum Resident

    East London U.K
    wow, yes you know what now i come the think of it, London Calling is solid throughout all four sides, Graffitti and Exile have been mentioned but there is filler on them imho especially Exile but London Calling doesn't a great call.
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  5. grapenut

    grapenut Forum Resident

    No offence intended ...but how often do you actually sit through Rev.9?
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  6. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    none taken...whenever I play my CD I never pick and choose tracks...
  7. grapenut

    grapenut Forum Resident

    The Who's Quad. Is the only double I can actually play start to finish and feel satisfied I had a true listening experience......carry on.
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  8. Plexiclone

    Plexiclone Forum Resident

    London Calling
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  9. broshfab4

    broshfab4 Forum Resident

    Long Island, NY
    White Album
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  10. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    "Revolution 9" scared me to death when I first heard it in 1968, but something kept drawing me back to it. I now consider it a brilliantly constructed piece of musique concrete, comparable to similar sound collages by avant garde composers like John Cage, Edgard Varese, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. I never skip it. It wouldn't be the white album without it.
  11. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    People seem to equate filler with 'lightweight' and this is not the case.

    Boogie with Stu needs to be on P.G., because most of the surrounding tracks are very intense and emotionally draining if listened to with your full attention (as they should be). BGS allows a little respite from all that - which is why it's there. You'd miss it if it wasn't!

    The same goes for the 'lesser' tracks on the White Album. And I'd agree that Revolution 9 absolutely justifies its place in the running order. I've never found it boring, even when I first heard it as a 14 year old.
  12. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Trout mask replica
  13. Tom M

    Tom M Forum Resident

    Renaissance - "Live at Carnegie Hall"
    Klaus Schulze - "X"
  14. warewolf95

    warewolf95 Forum Resident

    Greenville, SC
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Mellon Collie abs the Infinite Sadness
  15. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    We have a winner. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me.:edthumbs:
  16. Bruce Burgess

    Bruce Burgess Forum Resident

    Hamilton, Canada
    IMHO, the "Underture" is 10 minutes of filler. Since Tommy is an operas of sorts, the "Overture" is OK but the "Underture" serves no other purpose than to fill out the album.

    I agree that the story is preposterous but I love the music.
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  17. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    Sometimes something is so good that you just want to repeat it a few times.
  18. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    Same here. I never skip any tracks. I listen to Revolution 9 every time I listen to the White Album.

    But I like Revolution 9 anyway. I listen to John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, etc. just as much as I listen to anyone else.
  19. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    Yeah, as I've pointed out here a number of times it seems particularly strongly influenced by Cage's Rozart Mix from 1965.
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  20. Ninecats

    Ninecats Forum Resident

    Westcoast, Sweden
    Survivor - Vital Signs
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  21. Todd W.

    Todd W. It's a Puggle

    If so, I got dibs on this one..........

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  22. Sherman

    Sherman Forum Resident

    Bergen Co. NJ
    OMG yes. Was just listening to Sandinista this week. Should have been a single album. Waay too much mediocre dub on there.
  23. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    Yes, the problem, as I see it, is that it seems the practice of using the term "filler" always gets used to (inaccurately) describe one of three things:

    1. Songs the listener simply doesn't care for (and there's no harm in this one).
    2. Songs that are frivolous or light-hearted (heaven forbid).
    3. Songs that are unorthodox or experimental for an otherwise "pop/rock" or Western-cultured based musical band.

    This can be seen with the Beatles all the time. Whether it's the likes of "Yellow Submarine" or "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" (for category #2), or songs like "Love You To", "Within You, Without You" or "Revolution 9" (for category #3).

    Everyone is perfectly free to not like the songs in question, but every one of the above are as essential as any other track that appears on their respective albums. If they were in any way "filler", they wouldn't be there. And they wouldn't be critical cornerstones of the respective albums in terms of intent. :)
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2018
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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I can't say I dislike it I just consider it part of the album...
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  25. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    is that what they mean by "non-fill"?... ;)

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