I’ve never been a Clapton devotee (I’ll take Jimmy Page for showmanship and awe), but the combined work of Jim Gordon and Duane Allman makes this one of the best double albums in rock, a different greatness to that of ”Exile on Main St”, which relied of its inherent rock ‘n’ roll sloppiness for its ultimate majesty; what I like about Exile is that it tires me out with its massive depth. Layla is passionate, but exposedly so; Clapton’s obsession with Pattie Boyd could tire you out, but luckily the man really can sing the blues. Just like a good double album, this is an abnormally rich experience.
9 Thorn Trees out of 10
A thrilling update of the classic rock double album, Sign o’ the Times was a very informal breakthrough for Prince. Sign o’ the Times displays that, luckily, Prince’s commercial cunning never outweighs his experimental audacity. It’s rough and often confused, and therefore is more quintessentially rock ‘n’ roll than the album above. If Purple Rain was too archetypal of the 80’s style (do the screams at the end of ‘The Beautiful Ones make you cringe a little?), this album beckons the end of that decade as apocalyptically as Rust Never Sleeps did for the 70’s. Might I add, what better time to do it than 1987. Damn that artforsaken decade!
10 Housequakes out of 10
When The Wall was released in 1979, it’s very difficult to understand why anyone wanted to listen to Pink Floyd; not just their albums, but what they actually had to say, which turned out to be very little. Animals was the turkey of the year, and the Floyd had turned bitter, due to Punk’s genocide of ‘classic rock’. The poor old guys had too much money. Sadly Roger Waters failed to one-up his more relevant contemporaries. But here’s the bomb: He’s still touring with it today! That is not commercial bravery, and it wasn’t back then.
3 Ezrins out of 10