I’m talking about albums.
My band is inches away from finishing our first full-length album, and it’s turned into a monster. 16 tracks (13 of which are actual songs; the first two are an intro and an “overture” if you will, another is a 43 second reprise of an earlier song), and as of this moment it’s 1:04:34 in total. A bit of that length comes from the last song, which clocks in around 9 minutes, but even so it seems like a lot to ask people to listen to.
Is this way too much? Is there a point where an album just becomes too damn long to listen through? At this juncture we’re talking about splitting one section of the story (yes, it’s a concept album… a little bit of Equilibrium, a little bit of Manchurian Candidate, in a nonspecific WWI-ish setting) into a second disc.
Has any artist ever successfully begun a music career with a double-disc album? Or an album that was just really long?