The Best LP Side Ones Ever
Spurred on by the realization that both David Bowie's commercial breakthrough Let's Dance and Queen's News of the World had solid, sturdy side ones on their vinyl releases, I then began the hunt for other great vinyl slabs with amazing side ones.
Of course, the idea is that this could only include albums from the (first) great rock vinyl heyday. I am sure that Wilco and others have turned in great side ones in the past decade, but only a select few of you have heard them on vinyl.
The secret to great albums, of course, has everything to do with genius and gripping songs, plus proper sequencing and editing. And you may remember a few years back, when I attempted to cut some of most popular double slabs down to one lean collection.
Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. Or something.
This was one of the most headache-inducing lists to come up with because you are inherently going to miss things, and you will have to shed some classic albums from monolithic bands.
Or your favorite band that I forgot to mention. Because I knew it would piss you off.
It took a lot of nerdery on my end, but here it goes. On a side note, every Pink Floyd album I looked at had amazing side ones, and I couldn't pick one out. Dark Side, The Wall - just look at them.
Also, why I am at it, I didn't include any Beatles or Bob Dylan albums. In fact, I wish we could leave them out of most lists of this sort. Let's argue about water, air, and sunshine too. Though Highway 61 Revisited has a great side one.
I also went by the standard U.S. versions of the albums' track listings whenever possible. Discogs.com is a cool tool if you want to do your own digging/hating.
"Walk This Way"
"Is It Live"
David Bowie, Let's Dance
Queen, News of the World
"We Will Rock You"
"We Are the Champions"
"Sheer Heart Attack"
"All Dead, All Dead"
"Spread Your Wings"
"Fight from the Inside"
The Minutemen, Double Nickels On the Dime
"Theatre Is the Life of You"
"It's Expected I'm Gone"
"#1 Hit Song"
"Two Beads at the End"
"Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?"
"Don't Look Now"
"Shit from an Old Notebook"
"Nature Without Man"
"One Reporter's Opinion"