Beaches’ Favourite Double Albums Ever
Love a good, sprawling double album? So does Melbourne five-piece Beaches. Third album Second Of Spring is 17 tracks and two discs worth of monstrous guitar rock. To celebrate its release, guitarists Alison Bolger and Ali McCann have made a playlist of their favourite double albums ever – from Can to Sonic Youth.
Todd Rundgren (1972)
I bought this beauty a few years ago from a friend’s garage sale (thank you Tanith and Chukka) and since then have played it too many times to mention. Side three is particularly good. (Listen to
I never get sick of this double LP. It has such a distinctive and purposeful flow. It’s hypnotic, groovy, dark, intense, uplifing…It is rare to find a double album that is engaging on each and every side, but this is one of them. Side A is incredible.
Dots and Loops
I probably bought this the year it came out or very soon thereafter when playing in bands and record shopping was pretty much everything. I was especially stoked to find that it had one green coloured vinyl and one white coloured vinyl. Beautiful. I’ve put it on and enjoyed it intermittently ever since which is a pretty good track record. Each song’s introduction fills my being with memories of dancing and endless languid days discovering music. Lætitia Sadier’s voice is the best and their lyrics were always refreshing. – Alison Bolger
Mum Smokes (2009)
On the subject of Fleetwood Mac’s double LP Tusk, bassist John McVie said the album sounds like “the work of three solo artists”. That to me, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Just as eclectic and weird and wonderful is Mum Smokes’ Easy/House Music. For those familiar with their other projects (like Kes, The Ancients, Minimum Chips, Zond), their pen strokes are evident:
A Thousand Leaves
Sonic Youth (1998)
Other notable doubles we love:
*A triple album really but close enough.
(Photo by Darren Sylvester)