The Best Albums from Start to Finish

Chris Higgins

The Onion A.V. Club brings us a super fun piece on albums that work best when listened to from start to finish. They've compiled a list of hits ranging from well-known classics like Sinatra's 1958 Come Fly With Me and Randy Newman's 1974 Good Old Boys to more obscure indie fare like Mike Watt's 1997 rock opera, Contemplating the Engine Room. (A note on that last one: I ran sound for Watt at the Tallahassee show of his Engine Room tour. Or I should say, I stood by as Watt's road sound guy operated the board and sang backup vocals from the board while running the show.)

This got me wondering what my favorite start-to-finish albums are. An all-time favorite is Doolittle from the Pixies -- I've listened to that record hundreds of times straight through. A current favorite is The Thermals' The Body, The Blood, The Machine from 2006. It's upbeat indie pop goodness from start to finish (and it doesn't hurt that they're clearly have a good time while singing about serious stuff). Here's a video from that record (though honestly, it's best in the context of the entire album, which is a seamless 36-minute masterpiece):

What are Your Favorites?

So I've listed two of my favorite start-to-finish albums. What are yours? Drop some knowledge in the comments.