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Re: a challenge

Postby trans-chigley express » 21 May 2018, 05:12

ConnyOlivetti wrote:Hounds of love

I agree and considering side 1 includes Running Up That Hill, Cloudbusting, The Big Sky and the title track it's remarkable that side 2 manages to be even better.

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Re: a challenge

Postby The Write Profile » 21 May 2018, 10:55

Love's Forever Changes seems to be one that fits this. If only because it gets pretty close to madness ("The Good Humour Man" and "Bummer in the Summer") before finally taking flight with "You Set the Scene", where Lee ends up celebrating the things that seemed to have scared him earlier in the record. It's an album of fierce mood swings, but one that really falls into place in that finale. So maybe it's not so much the second side as the closing track!

The Associates' Sulk includes "Party Fears Two" and "Country Club" on side two, which is exactly the sort of free-floating and almost joyful serenading that much of the first half of the record struggles towards. Put simply, they go for broke in the second half, and the music is all the better for it. I do enjoy the first side, particularly the menacing "Bap de la Bap" and the agonising "No", but it's the pop smarts of the second side that seem to be a more fully realised vision, if that makes sense.

Good idea for a thread, I might come back to this!
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Re: a challenge

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Re: a challenge

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Re: a challenge

Postby sloopjohnc » 22 May 2018, 00:27

Jumper K wrote:Locust Abortion Technician


:lol:

At least on the second side, you can't hear the songs the Buttholes Surfers recorded over on the tape.

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Re: a challenge

Postby pig bodine » 22 May 2018, 06:07

Ziggy Stardust
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Re: a challenge

Postby Osgood » 22 May 2018, 07:19

Zep IV (by a small margin)
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Re: a challenge

Postby trans-chigley express » 22 May 2018, 07:30

Quaco wrote:Image

Agree


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Disagree

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Re: a challenge

Postby trans-chigley express » 22 May 2018, 07:31

Osgood wrote:Going for the One

Yes, though side one is still stellar

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Re: a challenge

Postby The Write Profile » 22 May 2018, 08:19

Quaco wrote:Image


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.
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Re: a challenge

Postby Quaco » 22 May 2018, 09:17

To me, 'Within You Without You' is just as towering as 'A Day in the Life', and the smaller songs are all great too. There are a couple lesser things on side one -- 'Lucy', 'WALHFMF' -- hence my vote.
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Re: a challenge

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Re: a challenge

Postby Bent Fabric » 22 May 2018, 15:07

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What he said.

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Re: a challenge

Postby blindlemonjefferson » 27 May 2018, 04:42

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Re: a challenge

Postby Bent Fabric » 27 May 2018, 16:17

blindlemonjefferson wrote:On the Beach


I dig that. For as much heavy lifting as "Turnstiles" and "Revolution" do on Side A, the mood on the second side is powerful.

HIS Bringing it All Back Home?

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Re: a challenge

Postby northernsky » 27 May 2018, 17:06

blindlemonjefferson wrote:On the Beach


Without a doubt.
Also, Low. And with a certain sense of doubt, ”Heroes”
But no question at all: Together Alone. Despite ”Skin Feeling”.
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Re: a challenge

Postby Ranking Ted » 27 May 2018, 17:10

Ziggy Stardust?

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Re: a challenge

Postby THE SMOOTH SOUL STYLINGS OF SUMPTUOUS SI » 28 May 2018, 05:18

Not for me, no. I've always disliked the title track.

I mean, it's a fine side, but the first side is one of the finest ever!
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Re: a challenge

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PENK wrote:36 Chambers


to reiterate
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Re: a challenge

Postby PENK » 28 May 2018, 10:31

northernsky wrote: ”Heroes”


Yes.
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