Posts From Mark Leviton

13 Classic Triple Albums: When Rockers Expanded the Limits

In the classic rock era, some of the greatest artists expanded the limits of what was being released on vinyl. We look back at some of the best 3-LP sets.

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The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’: Last Call

The Doors’ sixth and final studio LP re-energized the band through a return to their roots in American blues, and served as a tribute to their hometown.

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Al Stewart’s ‘Year of the Cat’: Musical Cinema

Stewart liked the title track, but didn’t consider it suitable as a single, until producer Alan Parsons and the record company convinced him of its destiny.

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Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane’s ‘Rough Mix’: An Overlooked Gem

The collaboration between the Who mastermind and Faces great was sadly overlooked at the time of its release, but is now considered a minor masterpiece.

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Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Hasten Down The Wind’: Right Songs, Right Singer

The 1976 release became Ronstadt’s third platinum album in a row, and earned her the second of her eventual 13 Grammy awards.

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Maria Muldaur’s Solo Debut: Smart, Sassy and Seductive

The album, which included the top 10 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” is a potent blend of country, blues, folk and pop, and it still sounds fresh.

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The Bee Gees’ ‘Main Course’: The Turning Point

Just when it seemed as if their career might be over, the brothers Gibb drastically altered their style. They would soon find out what success really was!

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Yes’ ‘The Yes Album’: Brilliance Under Pressure

Their record label was looking for commercial progress in order to justify keeping them under contract. This 1971 classic put the band on the prog map.

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Bill Withers’ ‘Live at Carnegie Hall’: Soul Preachin’

He’d never even planned for a career in music. Before long, he found himself on stage at one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world.

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Delaney and Bonnie’s ‘Accept No Substitute’: White Soul Born in Turmoil

A beautiful album, close to perfection in the playing and singing, it was helmed by a married couple whose own relationship was falling apart at the seams.

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