Rick at Futurballa today waxes nostalgic for Side A and Side B in "Why I Miss Vinyl." The CD format has its advantages, but the ability to present music in two contrasting sections isn't one of them:
But what artists don't do anymore is structure their work into themes and acts. Sometimes an intermission isn't just an excuse to grab a drink or go to the restroom.
There are any number of good examples of vinyl-era albums that were structured in "acts" or "chapters," with one side of the platter distinctly different in feel or content from the other: David Bowie's Low and "Heroes" both contrast quirky pop songs on one side with mostly-instrumental experiments on the other, Jethro Tull's Aqualung divides thematically in two at the break, and so on.
Rick contrasts the first side (in the original vinyl version) of Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure, which builds from the opening "Do the Strand" to the guitar histrionics of "In Every Dream Home a Heartache," with the more abstract musical stylings of the second side. This is a good choice: after all, "In Every Dream Home . . .' is about Miss Vinyl, isn't it?