That's an interesting one- much like Revolver
, it's an LP that's built around (or builds up to) the closing track. So in that sense, the closing tracks looms so large that it takes the rest of the side with it, if that makes sense! Mind you, there are few Beatles records that don't finish strongly: maybe Beatles For Sale
runs out of steam, and Abbey Road
's final side is a remarkable act of musical smoke-and-mirrors, affecting as it undeniably is. But right from their first LP, they knew how to pace things and how to end on a high.
I'm guessing the great Jazz albums lend themselves to having superior second sides by virtue of being suites that bring all these different themes and approaches together. A Love Supreme
is perhaps the most obvious example, it starts off shuffling and chaotic and then builds up to these release of absolute euphoria by the time we get to the closing track.
It's before my time but I've been told, he never came back from Karangahape Road.