View Full Version : Can a collection of singles be a truly great album?

Scabrous Birdseed
26-01-2003, 01:38:13
I regularly list On The Beach With The Paragons from 1967 as one of my all-time favourite albums. The problem is, it's actually a bit of a best of, but with the period concerned being the enormously narrow Summer of 1966 to early 1967, during which they released five singles, all appearing here with their equally excellent B-sides. No track was actually recorded specifically for the album, and it's not themed beyond feel and vocal style (more attributable to the group and period than any concentrated effort), but I still think it's one of the finest albums ever mainly 'cause all the songs are so bloody good (and deep).

Am I sick and wrong?

26-01-2003, 08:17:01
Yes, yes, and yes.

Lazarus and the Gimp
26-01-2003, 09:06:22
Of course it can, particularly from "singles bands". The Buzzcocks' "Singles going steady" is a fine example.

Lazarus and the Gimp
26-01-2003, 09:08:51
Another one- "21 singles" by The Jesus and Mary Chain is easily better than any of their proper albums beacuse there's no fat on it. It's all prime, lean magic all the way.

26-01-2003, 15:57:46
Standing on a beach - The Cure

great album.

Lazarus and the Gimp
26-01-2003, 19:17:53
Good call. Cure albums can be pretty flabby, but that's quality just about all the way.

26-01-2003, 21:08:35
Originally posted by protein
Standing on a beach - The Cure

great album.

You mean Staring at the Sea right? Fucking brilliant album.

27-01-2003, 12:07:24
Oh yeah. The video was Standing on the Beach I think.

I never know album names or song names because I never buy albums, I always get copies.

27-01-2003, 13:41:18
No, the video was also Staring at the Sea.

"Standing on a beach with a gun in my hand" is the first line from Killing an Arab.

27-01-2003, 13:46:36
"Married with Singles" by Gruppo Sportivo!