There's a terrific little place on the web called "The Albums That Never Were," where the creators painstakingly reconstruct albums that almost saw the light of the day but were either canned or finally released in other shapes and forms. You will find such gems as The Clash's "Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg," the Mick Jones-conceived double that eventually became the single LP "Combat Rock," and "Who's For Tennis," 1968 shelved record by The Who that had been scheduled for release between "The Who Sell Out" and "Tommy."
Some time back, I had envisioned a brilliant Bob Dylan record that contained the best tracks from what I feel are three unbelievably overrated records, "Time Out Of Mind," "Love & Theft" and "Modern Times." This time around, I was having some impossible fun another way.
I had listened to Todd Rundgren's 1975 ode to bloat, "Initiation." This was a 60 minute affair that actually came with a disclaimor which basically said, there is too much music on this LP so it will sound like shit. But Side One is damn good. In fact, it is one of my favorite Side Ones. Side Two on the other hand, is a 34 minute treatise on cosmic fire, titled "A Treatise On Cosmic Fire." Oops.
In a mood, I also listened to another favorite side, Side Two of Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother." Though one doesn't usually think of these two artists as the same, I was amazed at how perfect these two sides sounded together and thought, "What a great album!"
If you've got nothing pressing, and before you fall into the rat hole that is "The Albums That Never Were," care to play this game?
What are your favorites sides that seem to be sabotaged by the other side? And if you're feeling really frisky, are there two that would work as one fantasy record, like Pink Todd?