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Old 10-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #21
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Animorph......I remember phoning "The Obscene Steven Clean" as he was known....it was the 60's after all....on KMET in the LA area and asking him to play this (among others) and he did....
Ah yes, KLOS and KMET were THE radio stations to listen to back in 70's LA...at least for my buddies and me.

It's hard to pick just one side...how about the A side of Born to Run? Such raw energy and passion!
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:10 PM   #22
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KMET especially at night was the best!!!! Of course, being the 60's, I always had a little help when listening.....made it sound even better!
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The Side A/1 B/2 seemed to be associated with the label, probably some tradition. What used to get me was the pairing of sides if more than one record was involved. Sometimes sides 1 and 2 were on the first disk and 3 and 4 on the second. Other times they were set up for changers with side 1 with 3 and 2 with 4.
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After reading this thread and the favorite Beatles song thread I have to go listen to music now....................
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After reading this thread and the favorite Beatles song thread I have to go listen to music now....................
With a little help?
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Naaahhh......after about the early 70's I decided to quiet down because I figured if I kept it up I wouldn't be here writing this thread...Great response though!!!!!
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Side 3 of Matching Tie and Handkerchief (Monty Python). Blew my mind when I finally figured out why I would only hear certain bits once out of every 10 or so times I played the record.
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A couple of my favorites have already been mentioned. Another of mine is the first Eagles LP I don't believe there is a bad track on either side of that LP.
Speaking of which, the Eagles' Desperado was a huge favorite of mine. I recommend Side 2. (I couldn't find the full LP on YouTube.)

I was a freshman in college that spring of 1973, when that LP came out. I dunno whether I came up with the idea myself or someone suggested it to me, but the sonic fidelity of that record was so superb that I brought the LP to the "hi-fi" store when deciding what stereo system to buy: particularly the amp/tuner and speakers on my limited college student budget. I had the salesman put this Eagles' record on and play it thru various set-ups. Not the entire album, of course. Just that part of the record, from Doolin-Dalton thru Outlaw Man, in a relatively short 3 or 4 minutes, where you get the warm mid-range of acoustic guitar and banjo that morphs into the heavy thump of bass and drums, and the wide stereo spectrum of vocals & instruments. Those two songs were my baseline for buying stereo equipment until about 1980.




Again, I recommend the entire Side 2. Great stuff!
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The Eagles records have always been superbly mastered and they really did allow you to do a good evaluation of stereo systems. When I bought my McIntosh amp and speakers Desparado was the first LP I played.
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In my experience, Dark Side of the Moon is the gold standard for testing out stereos.
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In my experience, Dark Side of the Moon is the gold standard for testing out stereos.
If the thread was about best total albums I'd be right there with you. But single sides? I wouldn't know which one to chose.
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I agree with both of you...a compromise... there is only one side to a CD....
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Okay.....So my wife is out of town and I have some time and can play things loud so I sat in my media room and listened to the remastered EMI versions of Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.......how do you pick one side between those??
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Well enough folks have voted for Abby Road. So I'll go with Rush 2112(side 1).

We wathed them perform the whole alblum in 1977 in a college auditorium. Wow!

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In my experience, Dark Side of the Moon is the gold standard for testing out stereos.
And the quality of your mind-altering substances...

I'll add sides 3 and 4 of CSNY Four-Way Street.
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If the "Double Fantasy" album had one side of just John's songs and the other side of Yoko's songs, instead of them alternating songs throughout the album, I think that album would have the distinction of having one of the best LP sides in history AND one of the worst LP sides in history.
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This is a tough question.

So many near-misses...
  • Led Zeppelin IV, Side One (Battle of Evermore isn't a favorite)
  • Some Girls, Side One (Lies)
  • The White Album (my favorite Beatles album, but one clunker per side)
  • Back in Black, Side One (Let Me Put My Love Into You)
  • Several Fleetwood Mac albums (oh why couldn't they put all of the Christine McVie songs at the end?)
One-song sides can be great, but they feel like I'm cheating a bit:
  • Thick as a Brick, Side One
  • At Fillmore East, Side Four (Whipping Post)
These might be somebody else's #1, but not mine:

  • The Stranger, Side One
  • Appetite for Destruction, Side One
  • Tapestry, Side Two
I think I'll go with Darkness on the Edge of Town, Side One
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If the "Double Fantasy" album had one side of just John's songs and the other side of Yoko's songs, instead of them alternating songs throughout the album, I think that album would have the distinction of having one of the best LP sides in history AND one of the worst LP sides in history.
You got that right!

Speaking of post-Beatle solo near-misses:

As I mentioned in my original post starting this thread, George's 3-record The Concert for Bangla Desh album was miserly in terms of minutes per side. Like some 12, 15, or so minutes per side. It might have been a more affordable and thus better-selling 2-record album. With more $ to George's charity. But hindsight is 20-20.

I also wish, in hindsight, that George would have discarded that "Apple Jam" 3rd LP and released All Things Must Pass as a double LP. I know, it's a classic as originally released. But, IMO, it would have been a monster-selling record as a 2-record release. (With, of course, all the trimmings of the original release--the posters and such.)

Here's just a taste of what might have been:
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"A" Side of Jethro Tull's L.P. Aqualung

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