There are many egos in Rock ‘N Roll…you’ll have trouble finding anyone who would disagree. If there’s one way to prove it…it’s the product of those creative juices…
Back to a time when an LP was record industry standard, and they were actually selling as a collection of songs in one neat little package with some gnarly cover art and a vinyl disc which you could hold in your very own hands….
A 12 inch LP would play for 45 minutes of music split onto two sides…a 10 inch would play for a maximum of 35 minutes again divided by 2. For guys like Jimmy Page…Roger Waters……Billy Corgan…Dave Grohl…Pete Townsend and Keith Richards… Axl Rose there have been times when 45 minutes just hasn’t been enough for the music they’d like to share.
Egos get in the way of everything…and in the case of the DOUBLE LP…we’re cool with it. If you want tickets to see some songs from Guns ‘N Roses Use Your Illusion I & II live at the Rogers Centre July 16th LIVE, you’ll have to make a request for today’s 5 @ 5 with the theme of Double Albums, whether it’s a GNR request or not. Good luck!
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Have a look at the list below for some ideas!
#1 Pink Floyd - The Wall
The writing on this record was inspired by the passing of Roger Waters’ father and being jaded by Rock fame. It’s the second-best selling concept double album ever…second ONLY to Michael Jackson’s History Past Present and Future Book I. This collection of 30 songs had a good bunch of radio hits but would unfortunately be the last record this band would release with it’s classic line up.
#2 Guns 'N Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II
Coming up next week, September 17th ,marks 24 years since GNR released Use Your Illusion I & II on the same day…as they toured. If you’re thinking that these two discs don’t count as a “double album,” well there’s a very clear way the songs are arranged for your listening pleasure from beginning of record 1 to the end of record 2…Let’s let Axl Rose explain in this interview from 1991, in France:
#3 The Who - Quadrophenia
Rolling Stone calls The Who’s Quadrophenia, “A new rock opera about a young Who fan named Jimmy in 1964. He’s a part of the Mod scene but never feels like he fits in with his friends or family. He jumps on a train and heads to Brighton, but things only seem to get worse. Unlike Tommy, the story on Quadrophenia is pretty easy to follow and kids all over the planet related to Jimmy’s angst.
#4 Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
After Siamese Dream , Billy Corgan & co could do whatever they wanted. They had a huge fanbase thanks to the success of that record and heavy play on MTV. So, the band came out of the summer of 1995 with 28 songs, all of which they decided belonged on one record. Also noteable, this is the last record featuring the ORIGINAL Smashing Pumpkins line-up.
#5 Led Zeppelin - Physical Grafitti
This album is 40 years old this year, and the first Led Zeppelin album to feature a FULL orchestra.
From Rolling Stone:
After refining the band’s blend of heavy-hitting blues-rock and introspective English folk on their five previous records, Led Zeppelin made Physical Graffiti their victory lap. They were now successful enough to operate their own record label, Swan Song, and the album — their first offering on the imprint — was their lengthy battle cry. Clocking in at a little over 80 minutes, Physical Graffiti contained some of their hardest-rocking tunes (“The Wanton Song,” “Custard Pie,” “Houses of the Holy”), trippiest epics (“Kashmir,” “In the Light,” “Ten Years Gone”) and sweetest rock & roll diversions (“Black Country Girl,” “Boogie With Stu”). The record showed Led Zeppelin at both their most excessive and most impressive.
#6 Foo Fighters - In Your Honour
In Your Honour has a rockin’ side and a softer, acoustic side. Here’s a direct quote from Dave Grohl when the record came out:
“The first is my Jack-and-Coke record…I’m 36 now and I realize I cannot live without that. The second is my Sapphire-and Martini-with-Kylie record.”
In Dave’s downtime he spent a lot of time stumping for presidential candidate John Kerry…who wasn’t elected. Spending time in small towns with huge crowds showing up to support Kerry is what inspired Dave to get back to writing. According to Loudwire:
Dave told Spin Magazine he tried out the acoustic thing because at the time he wanted to score a movie…but instead, Dave decided it could work with the Foo material. On the heavier side of things, Best of You has remained a staple sing along at every Foos Fightters concert….and.it’s not everyday that Prince covers your song at the Superbowl!
#8 The Clash - London Calling
From Rolling Stone:
The Clash’s London Calling is a smidge over 65 minutes long, making it one of those double albums that easily fits onto a single CD. They could have chopped off a few songs to fit it onto one record, but how could they possibly have made those cuts? Every song on London Calling is practically flawless, the perfect fusion of punk, reggae and rockabilly. “It was a point where everybody felt very comfortable being in the studio and recording,” Clash bassist Paul Simonon recently told Rolling Stone. “But to add to that, we had somebody called [producer] Guy Stevens. He was really important, and he helped create a very positive atmosphere, even though he was a little crazy. But he was like a conductor. He brought out the best in everybody.”
#9 Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
From Rolling Stone:
Nearly 40 years after the release of Exile on Main Street, Keith Richards was still trying to figure out what made the album so magical. “There was something about the rhythm section sound down there [in France],” he said in 2010. “Maybe it’s the concrete, or maybe it’s the dirt, but it has a certain sound to it that you couldn’t replicate if you tried.” Today, the album is seen as the Stones’ absolute best work, but there was no huge single off the double album and it was met with some very mixed reviews.
“We kind of expected that just from the fact that it was a double album,” said Richards. “First of all, the record company wanted to cut it in half. So we said, ‘Oh, this is not looking good.’ But also we insisted, ‘No, this is what we did. This is Exile on Main Street, and we insist that it’s a double album.’ So it kind of got a slow take-off, but ever since then, it’s been up there. Also, it’s the first album with no particular single on it, you know? There was no ‘Brown Sugar’ or whatever. We made it as an album, rather than looking for a hit single.”
#10 Pearl Jam - Lost Dogs
Two discs of of b-sides and rarities that never made it onto a record in the FIRST 11 years of the Pearl Jam. There’s a song dedicated to Layne Staley, written by Eddie Vedder the night he heard about Layne’s overdose, Dirty Frank, a song about Pearl Jam’s tour-bus driver, and the almost Hendrixesque Yellow Leadbetter, an out-take from the Ten sessions, the second b-side of Jeremy.