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The Art of the Double Album

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Ever since the introduction of the CD, the double album has become the norm; the norm in the sense that 2 vinyl albums ran to about 80 minutes on average. In many cases the filling of a CD with close to a double album’s worth of material has produced too many albums that are more ‘filler than killer’,

In the mid 1960s the idea of a double album was seen as groundbreaking, a landmark recording, and that’s true of all these 17 albums. These are the greatest double vinyl albums of all time and interesting to see how many would fit on a single CD.

What would you add or subtract?

blondeonblonde
June 1966
72’ 30” It’s been called “the single most important case for Dylan’s genius”.

cream wheels of fire
July 1966
80’ 32” One live, one studio album and it was the first Platinum selling double album.

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October 1968
75’ 25” Naked ladies and All Along the Watchtower and proof that Jimi was a Genius!

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November 1968
93’ 15” George Martin wanted to trim it to a single album; for once he was wrong

CTA-album-cover
April 1969
77’ 43” This is brass-rock. ‘Introduction’, one of rock’s great opening tracks.

tommy-4df339126a373
May 1969
74′ 00″ Because it blazed a trail and was just so innovative

derekandthedominos-layla
November 1970
77’ 9” From flop to masterpiece, as it was initially panned by so many. They were wrong

allman-bros-live-fillmore
July 1971
78’ 38″ The greatest live album ever; it rocks

IsaacHayesBlackMoses
November 1971
95’ 0” Proof that black music was just as credible as rock. Turned Hayes into a cultural icon

exile2
May 1972
69’ 16” For the legend that it created

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October 1973
76’ 23” All killer, no filler.

Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway-Front
November 1974
94’ 12” Some claimed they needed to learn to “self edit”, they were wrong, and not just with hindsight.

Led-Zeppelin-Physical-Graffiti
February 1975
82’ 15” At the height of their powers; this is majestic rock.

6075
January 1976
78’ 06” Uplifting, joyous and great hooks. Everything a rock album should be.

songs-in-the-key-of-life-by-stevie-wonderSeptember 1976
86’ 53” A Motown masterpiece… nuff said!

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December 1978
73’ 18” A neglected Motown masterpiece that is THE breakup album

THE-WALL-edit
November 1979
75’ 83” It’s been called the most “important rock album ever made” Not sure we’d go that far, but…

235 Comments

235 Comments

  1. john

    July 19, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Frank Zappa’s “Freak Out.” Not only was it a double album, it was the first Mothers Of Invention album.

    • gino

      July 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      It was also the first rock double album ever.

      • The JoeTan82

        July 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

        Sorry Gino. Frank was close but Blonde on Blonde preceded Freak Out by 1 week. 2 great artists thinking alike. Though not many thought like Zappa.

    • james lujack

      July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Mothers of Invention was my first ‘hippe’ album with more to follow….like all of the above plus WAR’S live album,Colleseum’s live album(some members were from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers).love those daze!!!!!!

    • ChungaJoe

      October 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Right On! + “Zappa in New York”
      Where is Little Feat’s “Waiting for Columbus”?

  2. Jeff Melton

    July 19, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Don’t see Quadrophenia here which is a bit of a shock!

    • Éric P

      June 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      I Just agréé with Jeff Mel ton Quadrophenia actualités changer m’y life!

    • Ric

      July 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I agree. I prefer Quadrophenia over Tommy.

    • Tintin

      October 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      But you have to listen to it on a Quadrophonic system! Try to find one ot THOSE on eBay!

      • Bob

        October 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        Quadrophenia was not recorded in Quadraphonic, stereo only.

  3. Tommy

    July 19, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Whatever happened to Nils Lofgren’s ‘Night After Night’? One of the best live doubles, ever.

    • Bill

      July 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Nils’ Night After Night is now available as a Japanese mini-lp release, a little expensive buy worth every penny, available on Amazon

    • Toad

      January 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Tommy: I thought I was the only person who feels that way about Night After Night. Love that album.

      But I think the list should have left off live albums–just like greatest hits albums have been left off. They’re really the same thing, using compositions from the artist’s entire career. A proper double album carries the burden of introducing that much NEW material, which is a completely different notion.

      Also, if you’re going to leave of Bitches Brew, which is screamingly obvious, maybe just make it explicit that this is limited to rock.

      • Glenn Cunningham

        October 17, 2016 at 4:37 pm

        Live albums should never be included,nor complilations.correct.

        • Alan

          June 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

          Agreed

      • Neal

        October 17, 2016 at 9:38 pm

        The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East truly qualifies. Only 2 songs were from prior releases. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed was well expanded from the studio cut and Whipping Post went from under 5 minutes on their first album to over 22 minutes of exploratory jazz-rock fusion. The rest of the album was new material. I agree with the assessment that it is the “Best live album ever recorded” and also consider it one of the best albums of the Classic Rock era, PERIOD! Add the entry of Layla on the list and you have Duane Allman on here twice. Well deserved.And for those that don’t know..Duane is all over the Layla album, playing lead as well as slide. His contribution is usually vastly under-recognized in reviews.

  4. Jeff

    July 19, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Frampton gets the boot

    • Ollie McCarthy

      September 21, 2018 at 12:12 am

      but Humble Pie’s “Rockin’ the Fillmore” (which he was also part of) – should in!

    • Mr Bill

      March 10, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Although I never bought the album, I saw him perform it live in 74 at Northern Illinois University, front row. Spectacular show, one of the best live gigs I’ve seen.

  5. Bob Guerrin

    July 19, 2014 at 12:49 am

    While an enormous fan of Pink Floyd going back to their beginnings, I so, so dislike this album. The most important is so ludicrous as to be silly. While not a double album, Dark Side Of The Moon was their best. As for double LPs I’ll take Electric Ladyland, Live Dead, Quadrophenia, Neil Young’s Decade and definitely Van Morrison’s A Night In San Francisco which is such an unappreciated album with fantastic music.

    • Rubin

      July 19, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Bob: I, too, am a huge Floyd fan. I prefer “Wish You Were Here” myself, To be factually accurate though Neil Young’s Decade was originally a triple LP. I remember because it came out my senior year of high school and was quite an investment for my limited budget. I do agree that “A Night in San Francisco” is an amazing live album. So are : “Mad Dogs & Englishmen”, “Waiting for Columbus” and “Blow Your Face Out”. Pleasure talking music with you.

    • dave

      July 17, 2015 at 4:42 am

      Ummagumma…..the perfect 2lp balanced meal for fans in 69 or 2015…the Wall is a Roger thing…Music From The Body was a masterpiece

    • dave

      July 17, 2015 at 4:59 am

      200 MOTELS ZAPPA/MOTHERS…….Fine mix of rock classical and comedy

  6. Ed Donovan

    July 19, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Taj Mahal Giant Step/De Old Folks At Home!

    • james

      July 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      yes sir rt up at the top

    • Paul

      July 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      I agree. It has a great range of styles. Country blues, work songs, Chicago blues!

  7. Teresa

    July 19, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Bob G, that’s exactly what I thought when I didn’t see Van Morrison. I thought the same SaaS album should be in there.

  8. Ronald S Olin

    July 19, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Not all to my taste, but hard to argue with. Can we make Little Feat’s “Waiting For Columbus” #18, please?

    • Henk

      July 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      I do agree with you. It’s not only a double album, it’s the best live album ever.

    • KRT

      October 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Amen. WFC is magnificent.

  9. Larry Brooks

    July 19, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Todd Rundgren’s Something / Anything should be included.

    • John

      October 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Absolutely.. Rundgren’s “Something/Anything” is a masterpiece. So many different types of songs.

      • matt

        October 18, 2016 at 12:47 am

        It is a masterpiece. He sang and played everything on 75% of the songs.

    • matt

      October 18, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Absolutely!

  10. @RealSteveWetzel

    July 19, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I have worn out copies of the Allman Brothers Band at Filmore East. When vinyl began to make a come-back I bought a new copy. I love most of the double lp’s on the list but ABB at Filmore is my favorite album of all time!

    • Danny Prosser

      July 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

      I wore out my vinyl copy of ABB’s Fillmore East as well. Now in a few days a reissue 6-CD set with 15 new tracks will be released! My copy is ordered…I agree…”Best live Album ever!”

    • Phillip

      April 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Agree.

  11. Gio Rosas

    July 19, 2014 at 2:07 am

    No Clash- London Calling?

  12. Tim

    July 19, 2014 at 2:12 am

    A list like this without Bob Seger Live Bullet? Hmmmm

  13. Manuel Delsol

    July 19, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Et le “Dream Letter” de Buckley alors ? Un double live tout simplement hallucinant… 😛

    Sinon faites un effort pour la traduction, là c’est du Google, c’est un peu sale… Mais la sélection est pas mal alors je vous pardonne !

  14. tom casto

    July 19, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat. Hands down greatest live double album ever!

    • max palfenier

      July 14, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      My number one too!

  15. Rick M.

    July 19, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Beach Boys – Endless Summer. Fun music is important too. Plus, the artwork is fantastic.

  16. Randy MacKenzie

    July 19, 2014 at 3:48 am

    How can you not include Live/Dead????

    • Skip

      July 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Pretty much the same way they didn’t include Europe ’72. But that doesn’t make it fair.

      • Vladimir Stupar

        April 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        The Grateful Dead’s “Europe ’72” was originally a TRIPLE album and only later in a digital version it was a double CD. I also agree that GD’s “Live/Dead” should be on the list (as well as Captain Beefheart ‘s “Trout Mask Replica”, Colosseum’s “Live”, PInk Floyd’s “Ummagamma” … I also agree with the previous comments that mentioned Mothers of Invention’s and The Clash’s double albums. Of course, all these lists are personal choices and change from person to person, but it’s good to remind ourselves of some good stuff.

    • Stephen

      July 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Live/Dead, of course! We could trade way up from Frampton Live…

  17. Rocke Sweaney

    July 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Personally, I would kick Issac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, and Bob Dylan out. I would add in Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same” , Bruce Springsteen’s ” The River ” and my personal ALL-TIME Favorite Live Album, Todd Rundgren’s ” Back To The Bars “

  18. Lars Ljungberg

    July 19, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Chicago and Genesis, two masterpiecis in the 70’s.

  19. Jay Gribbin

    July 19, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Van Morrisons Too Late to Stop now is the best live album ever in my opinion. The sound and recording quality is absolutely perfect. Eat a peach is as good as Live at the Filmore from the Allman Brothers and one most of you won’t know Radio Waves by The Black Sorrows a triple live album of the band history

    • SkiSwami

      July 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      For crying out loud, dude, Eat a Peach (as great as it is) is not a Live album!

      • kellyjdrummer

        July 21, 2014 at 3:51 am

        He said it was “as good as.” He didn’t imply that it was live.

      • Ric

        July 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        1 side of Eat a Peach is live.

  20. axel

    July 19, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Great list, but … I would prefer the Ummagumma instead of The Wall (even though I’m from Berlin, Germany) and the Peter Frampton was not a double album in Germany 🙁 Therefore I would choose Eric Burdon & War – Declares War

    • CrunchyFrog47

      July 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Eric Burdon Declares War was a single album. You must be thinking of Eric Burden & War’s second album, Black-Man’s Burdon, which is an overlooked gem and a double album.

  21. kate

    July 19, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Think Waiting for Columbus beats at least a few here. Agree ABB @ Filmore is tippy toppy.

  22. bruno

    July 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    HUMBLE PIE : Performance-Rockin The Fillmore ??
    Double AND live

    • jeff biggins

      July 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I totally agree rockin the Filmore was absolutely smoking.I would have also included Wishbone Ash Live Dates and Yessongs both of which I wore out.

      • miguel valle

        October 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        Yessongs wasn’t a triple album?

    • Marc Stevens

      May 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      YES!!!!!!!!

      The best live album ever recorded???

    • Ollie McCarthy

      September 21, 2018 at 12:08 am

      absolutely! -beats Frampton comes alive, Allman brothers Fillmore set , and the Who album hands down!

  23. jimbo

    July 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

    No Thin Lizzy live and dangerous, far better than Framptons comes alive, Springsteen the river, Like Gio where is the Clash’s London calling?

  24. kurtwilson

    July 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

    What about Jethro Tull’s ” Living in the past?

    • David Moore

      April 18, 2018 at 3:08 am

      Great collection

  25. Daniel

    July 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Humble Pie – Rockin the Fillmore

  26. Rick Pulito

    July 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This is a nearly impossible task. I would include The Band “Rock Of Ages” for sure. So glad to see Genesis (“Lamb Lies Down…”) included. I would prefer “Ummagumma” to “The Wall” as well. Tom Waits, “Nighthawks At The Diner” is a personal all-time favorite also.

  27. Hugo Traeger

    July 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Frampton Comes Alive is so overrated.

  28. Man E Fresh

    July 20, 2014 at 1:57 am

    great collection

  29. RT

    July 20, 2014 at 2:41 am

    No “Double Live Gonzo” ? Oh come on…….

  30. Rene Entzinger

    July 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Manassas!

  31. Gertjan

    July 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    The Who. Quadrophenia
    Gordon Lightfoot. Gold

  32. Gertjan

    July 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Rory Gallagher. Live in Ireland

    • Gregg

      October 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you.

  33. Jax

    July 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Where is Prince – Sign Of The Time ???

    • Damein

      February 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      who are all these hippies and hillbillies !?! PRINCE SIGN OF THE TIMES !! serious omission !!

  34. Steve Reguly

    July 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Great double albums didn’t stop in 1979. How about “Being There” by Wilco from 1996?

    • Barry Farrer

      July 21, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Yes, Prince: Sign of the Times. I would also include Earth Wind and Fire: Gratitude. How about Funkadelic: America Eats its Young.

      • DJ Kool H

        November 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        Sign of the times…maybe…Gratitude…YES!!!! Funkadelic…OH YEAH!!!!!

  35. Carolina

    July 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    My favourite double album: Songs on the key of life from Stevie Wonder. Amazing!!!!

    • Jerry

      December 23, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Amazing album

  36. Symphont

    July 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Uncle Ted’s “Double Live Gonzo”…Rocks\m/

  37. Ianto

    July 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Rory Gallagher Irish tour and also Lynyrd Skynyrd One more from the Road.

  38. Ianto

    July 20, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Rory Gallagher Irish tour and Lynyrd Skynyrd One more from the road, to name two others. Thin Lizzy live as well.

  39. Bruce

    July 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Europe 72

  40. vlado busic

    July 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Deep Purple – made in japan

    • Jeff G

      October 11, 2014 at 4:03 am

      Without doubt, Purple’s Made In Japan should be on the best ever lists for ‘live’ album and for ‘double album’; an absolute masterpiece of live hard rock…DP at their finest…

    • Speedking

      August 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Ditto!!

  41. stefan geissler

    July 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    at least one of the classic beastie boys albums, “ill communication” for instance … and aphex twin’s “I care because you do” should also be here …

  42. Dave

    July 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry, but “The Wall” does not belong here. Unlike other albums by Pink Floyd, it becomes extremely tiresome after a few listenings. I’d substitute Deep Purple “Made In Japan”, it belongs on this list somewhere.

  43. ash

    July 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Stephen Stills Manassas

  44. Matti

    July 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Mother’s Freak Out FFS! Also Pentagle’s Sweet Child.

  45. Dude

    July 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Strangers In The Night – UFO – best double/live record off all time!

  46. Brian

    July 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    All Things Must Pass

    • Mario Pasquini

      February 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      The original vinyl release of “All Things Must Pass” was a triple album.

      • Toad

        January 27, 2016 at 9:39 pm

        Mario: Sort of. The third disc was just throw-in bonus junk jamming. I’m sure there are people who listened to it more than once, but I didn’t know any of them. I’d call that a double album with a Cracker Jack prize.

  47. BV

    July 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Strangers In the Night – UFO

  48. Kevin

    July 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Deep Purple Made in Japan

  49. Ric Scott

    July 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Live/Dead, end of conversation

  50. Fred

    July 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Best song ever on “Songs in the key of life” : As. True musical masterpiece!

  51. Alex

    July 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Deep Purple “Made in Japan”

  52. Marco Corona

    July 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Made in Japan by Deep Purple, Second Winter by Johnny Winter, Stomu Yamashta’s Go Live from Paris (ok, granted, this one wasn´t popular, but just give it a listen), Magma HHAI, Seconds Out Genesis, lots of great double albums.

    • pat mcgowan

      July 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      i am glad that somebody mentioned rory gallaghers live in ireland,peter frampton and ted nugent should be banned from the airwaves! how about camel live?

  53. Steve Prry

    July 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Made In Japan-Deep Purple

  54. GuySweeney

    July 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Skynyrd’s One more from the road! EltonJohn? Nah!!

  55. GuySweeney

    July 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Skynyrd’s One more from the road! Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Issac Hayes? Nah! S**t-can it!!

  56. Tom

    July 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Little Feats “Waiting for Columbus” should be up there, somewhere????

  57. Guy Sweeney

    July 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Skynyrd’s One more from thr road. Elton John, Marvn Gaye, Issac Hayes? Nah! S**t- can it!

  58. Roberto

    July 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Great compilation, some to be discovered!

    One thought about The Wall. For years It was not a very appealing album to me because I d associate it to “another brick on the wall” song, last year I started listening again and felt in love with it , there are so many amazing songs and it is perfect for listening from beginning to end

    My favorite from the list songs in the key of life

  59. harry

    July 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    jimi- elecric ladyland
    johnny winter- second winter (3 sided)
    miles davis- bitches brew

  60. Bill Baumgartner

    July 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    CSNY 4 Way Street, Kansas – 2 For the Show, Deep Purple – Made In Japan, Wishbone Ash – Live Dates!

  61. Sinthetic

    July 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    smashing pumpkins::melancholy and the infinite sadness to contemporize this list a bit.

  62. STEPHEN D. AMBERS

    July 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I believe CSN&Y Four-way Street ranks at least number 2 and the Eagles live double rocks right up there as well!

  63. Greg S

    July 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I agree with the Wilco addition. Great double albums didn’t stop in the 80’s How about Drive by Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera. That’s a must! Also, GnR’s Use your Illusion and I’d take off the Chicago (?!) and go double Dylan with “After the Flood”, the Dylan/The Band live album. So many more: Foo fighters, Outkast, KISS…

  64. Firannion

    July 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    On the acoustic end of the spectrum:
    – Will the Circle Be Unbroken by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many of the greatest names in bluegrass (originally a triple album)
    – The Transports, Peter Bellamy’s epic ballad opera
    – Sweet Child by Pentangle, one live and one studio disc
    – U by the Incredible String Band, a high-concept full-length performance piece incorporating dance when staged

  65. Paul

    July 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    2 to add, The Who – Quadrophenia and Wishbone Ash – Live Dates (Double Live)!

  66. Jersey Guy

    July 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Strictly personnel taste driven, But I would need to include Yessongs and Decade (Neil Young). Both technically triple albums when release but no multiple album set list would not be complete for me without them.

    I would also need to work in a Dead double album Live/Dead or the Skull and Roses double set.

  67. Jukka Turunen

    July 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band’s revolutionary Trout Mask Replica should be also included.

  68. James Johnson

    July 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Always felt Marvin Gaye’s Here My Dear was an overlooked album , still can’t believe Berry Gordy released an album that was about his sister

  69. Joe

    July 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Live and Dangerous Thin Lizzy best live Double
    (Yessongs by Yes would be in there but this was a triple!!)

    Springsteens The Promise from a couple of years ago is a fine collection of songs that will stand the test of time

    I would probably drop Frampton out – but in 1977 I would have killed to get a copy

  70. Donald

    July 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Frampton should be booted and replaced with Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy

  71. Harlan

    July 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew is a masterpiece I would’ve put on the list.

  72. pat mcgowan

    July 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    no peter frampton,no elton john, live rory gallagher for sure, wishbone ash live dates, ten years after live lou reed rock and roll animal/ 2nd set came out later!

  73. JBS

    July 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Reckoning – Grateful Dead; Waiting For Columbus – Little Feat; Best of… – Mississippi John Hurt; Live at Carnegie Hall – Renaissance; On Stage – Richie Havens.

  74. Paul

    July 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Talking Heads: The Name of This Band is Talking Heads. There aren’t many albums with this range of music from singer/guitar to the enhanced polyrhythmic funk band.
    Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace shows Aretha in her gospel roots with one emotional performance after another.

  75. Mark

    July 21, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Live at The Fillmore East & Layla are definitely on my list. Also would like to have seen ABB’s Eat a Peach and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass there also. Others to consider would be Santana’s Moonflower, Bob Seger’s Live Bullet and Marshall Tucker Band’s Where we all Belong,

    • Mark S.

      July 17, 2016 at 3:33 am

      Wow! I could not have posted this better – Mark, we not only share the same name, but you also nailed it for me as far as I’m concerned. I have every one of these albums.

  76. Philippe

    July 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Double album AND Live: Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert. Great great versions of so many of his best known tunes. That said, long live Electric Ladyland, and Live at The Fillmore East!

  77. brian b

    July 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Lil feat waiting for Columbus needs to be here
    To quibble lynyrd skynyrd and deep purple live albums could be on list

  78. Monica

    July 21, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Prince – 1999 was completely overlooked!

  79. Kenny

    July 21, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I agree with the comments re Humblie Pie. Rocking the Fillmore was an all time classic.

  80. Gabriel

    July 21, 2014 at 2:42 am

    What about Odessa by The Bee Gees? A sublime album with an ambitious work and elegance. Lyrics, concepts, musically is an achievement that the Brothers Gibb wouldn’t reach on any point on the rest of their career.

  81. Grant

    July 21, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Are you sure ‘Physical Graffiti’ only runs 82 minutes? It feels like it goes on for about a week.

  82. Ed

    July 21, 2014 at 3:38 am

    The Who’s Live At Leeds is the best live LP ever IMO. Could also consider Quadrophenia for this list.

  83. Jason

    July 21, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Trout Mask Replica, London Calling, and Saturday Night Fever. The Chicago album is a bloated mess (so it went with all their double and quadruple album releases), and The Wall and Tommy have an album’s worth of good songs each.

    • Steve

      July 22, 2014 at 5:55 am

      U have got to b crazy if u would replace anything done by Chicago with anything done by the clash…smh

  84. RENE GUZMAN-JUAREZ

    July 21, 2014 at 4:06 am

    NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF “MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN”? BREAKS MY HEART, HOW DARE YOU INCLUDE FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE????

  85. Richard

    July 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Let us not forget Santana ” Lotus “..Great Japanese import !

  86. Ted Johns

    July 21, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Made In Japan- Deep Purple, Live and Dangerous -Thin Lizzy , The London Sessions- Jerry Lee Lewis and Leon Live- Leon Russell

  87. OberonOZ

    July 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

    As great as the many live concert doubles are, I think they have no place in this list. There should be two lists. One for the greatest studio album – which for me really is what the art of the double album is about, and another list of classic double live albums. There are some undeniably killer live doubles out there, many of which have already been mentioned. However, for the purposes of my separate studio list I would remove the Allman Brothers and Frampton and Cream, and replace with London Calling, The River, and Sign O The Times or Out Of The Blue.
    I think then you can start on your list of classic live doubles including the ones removed from this list by me and add in Live And Dangerous, Made In Japan and many others.

    • John

      July 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I agree. Keep the live albums separate and keep the singles compilations out! Sign O’ the Times and London Calling should definitely be included!

  88. Craig

    July 21, 2014 at 5:33 am

    George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

  89. Ari Hallamaa

    July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert.

  90. dogofthesouth

    July 21, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Agree with ABB at Fillmore at the top, with Layla right beside it. Add Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica and Morrison’s Too Late to Stop Now, drop Frampton, Chicago, Elton (take your pick).

  91. Tanasio

    July 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Where is Sign “O” the Times?!

  92. Curt

    July 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I would add “Sign o’ the times” by Prince.

  93. Noud

    July 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Paris by Supertramp
    Moonflower by Santana

  94. Fabio

    July 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Out with Elton Isaac and Marvin. Made in Japan and Rockin the Fillmore belong in this list. Zappa must be in too. Imho.

  95. Karen mathis

    July 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Steve Winwood and Traffic and Jeff Beck should be noted somewhere for their musical contributions

  96. K. van Gurp

    July 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    For me it’s Stevie Wonders ‘Ngiculela- Es un historia’ on his still overwhelming Songs in the key of life.

  97. J. D. KaPow

    July 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    No list like this is serious if it excludes “Double Nickels on the Dime.”

  98. Kangelarios

    July 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I think “Bursting Out” by Jethro Tull should be on the list. Oh and something else: if you exclude the genres of jazz and traditional music, 95% of the music that came out after 1980, is fluctuating between rubbish and indifferent…But this, of course, is just another opinion

  99. JimBall

    July 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    We should just expand the list to 40 albums, and add…
    Nighthawks at the Diner
    Made in Japan
    Waiting For Columbus
    Traffic On The Road.

  100. Ken Roberts

    July 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    John Mayalls “Bare wires” where he sacks is band after a great rendition of God Save the Queen! and for a studio list I think the Beatles white would make a high rating,. such diversity

  101. fons

    July 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    lynyrd skynyrd – one more for the road ——- allman brothers band eat a peach —-doors absolutely live — need to be in the top

  102. Julie

    July 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Great list but I agree with those who would prefer the inclusion of CSNY 4 way Street. That was the one I looked for as I scrolled through. Also think Live and Dangerous should be there. Not so sure about The Wall but it is all about personal taste after all.

  103. Peter

    July 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Richie Haven’s album “1983”, which came out in the late ’60s, should be included.

  104. David Kingma

    July 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I absolutely would include Little Feat’s ‘Waiting for Columbus’ on this list. Powerful album from opening track to the last track. One of my ALL time favorites actually… 🙂

  105. Peter

    July 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Richie Haven’s “1983”, which came out in the late ’60s, should be included.

  106. Stephen Major

    July 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Great list – but for me the following are essential:-
    Ummagumma – Pink Floyd
    Third – Soft Machine
    Made in Japan – Deep Purple
    Dance of the Lemmings – Amon Duul II
    London Calling – The Clash
    Pulse – Pink Floyd

  107. Ralph Gray

    July 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    “Joe ‘ Garage” – Frank Zappa?

  108. Sergio

    July 23, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Deep Purple’s Made in Japan! Far better than Frampton double set, and others on this list.

  109. Donald Harveyll

    July 23, 2014 at 1:30 am

    All of these albums are unique in there own way all treasures that can never be duplicated ever.

  110. patrick de cort

    July 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    And what about “On your feet or on your knees” by Blue Oyster Cult?

  111. Rotten Johnny

    July 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Ian Hunter, Welcome to the Club.
    Pink Floyd, Ummagumma.

    Your mileage may vary!

  112. Bogoslav

    July 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    My own personal list would include XTC’s English Settlement – a double album in England not the US, Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything and UFO’s Strangers in the Night. Bump off Da Wall (Roger’s ego trippin’), Marvin Gaye (though What’s Going On is pure beauty) and Chicago Transit Authority (great songs with some filler added).

  113. John

    July 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    The Who’s “Quadrophenia” and Van Morrison’s “It’s Too Late To Stop Now”.

  114. George

    July 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    War Live and James Brown live at the Apollo

  115. Kipple

    August 3, 2014 at 3:09 am

    The Electric Light Orchestra — “Out of the Blue” double album.

  116. Jazz Lunatique

    August 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I spit up my milk when I saw Chicago and Frampton on this list.

    Yet no Sign of the Times or London Calling?

    Good call in the comments for Southern Rock Opera and Name Of This Band is Talking Heads

    And let’s get Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation in there too.

    • MarkTheSpark

      February 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      keep drinking your milk kid, maybe one day you’ll get big and strong like Chicago….you want proof that Chicago is great??? they’re not in the Hall of Fame yet… that’s all the proof you need!!

      • Danny Vasquez

        March 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        But regardless of personal opinion, Chicago were hardly as influential as Prince or The Clash.

  117. pete robinson

    November 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Curtis Mayfield Live

    • DJ Kool H

      November 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      You’re right pete, “Curtis Mayfield Live” is THE BOMB!!!

  118. DJ Kool H.

    November 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    What about “The Isleys Live”? They combine Neil Young’s “Ohio” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” with very good results…I’m just sayin’…

  119. MarkTheSpark

    December 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Todd Rundgren – Something /Anything
    Chicago – II
    Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous
    The Who – Quadrophenia

    • phil

      December 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      The Scorpions-Tokyo Tapes or World Wide Live,both must have live doubles.

  120. Andy

    February 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Come on. Space Ritual – Hawkwind best live album EVER.

  121. Tom Brantner

    March 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    GRANK FUNK LIVE ALBUM. One of the most, if not the most, energetic live double albums to date. Especially “Inside Looking Out”. The song brings me out of depression every time I hear it. It still has the same magnetism as it did when I first heard it in 1971.
    .

  122. Danny Vasquez

    March 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness should be on this list. If not for that, the double album format might not have even survived through the 90s.

  123. David Rayner

    May 1, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Nothing comes close to the Allmans Fillmore album. 2 more that are worthy of a mention. Humble Pie Rocking the Fillmore and Roy Gallagher Irish tour 74. Probably not the greatest recorded albums but showcasing the respected artists at the top of their game. Everything track is a brilliant.

  124. Rick Chilton

    June 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Looks like my Greatest Double Albums list just got BIGGER, thanks Everyone. I have just about every one of those in the list and more from those in the comments. Peace!!!

  125. Lloyd Zufelt

    July 14, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Of course everyone forget YES Yessongs, or Chicago had three of their first albums were 2-3 albums, how about CSNY Four Way Street.

  126. Donald

    July 15, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous over Frampton Comes Alive
    Deep Purple – Made in Japan
    Isleys – Live
    Buddy Miles Live
    Tangerine Dream – Poland
    Mountain – Twin Peaks

  127. Michael Ige

    July 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Chicago? If Chicago, the 2nd album over the 1st. Humble Pie- Rockin’ the Fillmore. Who- Quadrophenia, Yardbyrds- Featuring Performacrs by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page. Grand Funk- Live Album. Clash- London Calling. Rolling Stones- Exile on Mainstreet. Jimi Hendrix Experience- Electric Ladyland. Allman Brothers- Eat a Peach. The Band- Rock of Ages. The Doors- Absolutely Live

  128. Michael Ige

    July 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Chicago? If Chicago, the 2nd album over the 1st. Humble Pie- Rockin’ the Fillmore. Who- Quadrophenia, Yardbyrds- Featuring Performacrs by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page. Grand Funk- Live Album. Clash- London Calling. Jimi Hendrix Experience- Electric Ladyland. Allman Brothers- Eat a Peach. The Band- Rock of Ages. The Doors- Absolutely Live

  129. Michael Ige

    July 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Chicago? If Chicago, the 2nd album over the 1st. Humble Pie- Rockin’ the Fillmore. Who- Quadrophenia, Yardbyrds- Featuring Performances by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page. Grand Funk- Live Album. Clash- London Calling. Jimi Hendrix Experience- Electric Ladyland. Allman Brothers- Eat a Peach. The Band- Rock of Ages. The Doors- Absolutely Live

  130. Mike Ellis

    July 29, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Little Feat “Waiting For Columbus”
    Bob Dylan & The Band “Basement Tapes”
    Stephen Stills Manassas
    Van Morrison “…It’s Too Late To Stop Now”

  131. Dave Riebe

    July 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Great list but I would add London Calling by The Clash, Quadrophenia by The Who and The River by Springsteen.

  132. Chuck Stine

    July 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Deep Purple’s live double album ‘Made in Japan’

  133. mitch

    July 17, 2016 at 1:08 am

    I think wheels of fire was from 68 lads, also All things must pass i thought was a good suggestion!

  134. Rick

    July 31, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Not a bad in the lot. Many other great doubles mentioned as well. Personally, I would offer up Humble Pie, “Rockin The Fillmore”. One of the greatest live albums of the 70s or since. Might also add “Live Dead” for its place in musical history.

  135. Rick

    July 31, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Not a bad in the lot. Many other great doubles mentioned as well. Personally, I would offer up Humble Pie, “Rockin The Fillmore”. One of the greatest live albums of the 70s or since.

  136. Joe

    October 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I agree with many of the Previous comments. The Mother’s “Freak Out” should have bee n included. Not only it was the Mothers first, but it was one of the first double album sets to be released. Suzy, Suzy Creamcheese….

  137. Will

    October 16, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    The Mothers Of Invention – Freak Out!
    Humble Pie – Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore
    Genesis – Seconds Out

  138. Rob Coenen

    October 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Down wih the Wall add Umma Gumma a Pink Floyd album which The Wall is NOT – Syd Barret you know.

  139. Thomas van den Reydt

    October 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band “Trout Mask Replica”!

  140. John Tanner

    October 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Roxy & Elsewhere – Zappa
    Trout Mask Replica – Beefheart
    You know it makes sense….

  141. John Janssen

    October 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    FWIW, I would suggest two double albums that may be “compilation albums”, but have a place in this list. Most of us are Beatles fans, and it’s safe to say that most of us did not own every album in their catalog. The “Beatles 1963-1966′ (Red) and “Beatles “1967-1970” (Blue) fit that much needed niche of giving us what most consider to the the “best” Beatles songs to satisfy that fix we all need from time to time. IMHO, these are “must haves”.

  142. Phil Woodhall

    October 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    What? No mention of Aphrodite’s Child 666? How can this be? Also Topographic Oceans, Aerosmith’s Live Booteg, Neil Young’s Weld/Arc Weld and Bitches Brew by Miles Davis. 🙂

  143. Phil Woodhall

    October 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    What? No mention of Aphrodite’s Child 666? How can this be? Also Topographic Oceans, Aerosmith’s Live Booteg, Neil Young’s Weld/Arc Weld and Bitches Brew by Miles Davis. 🙂

  144. Gilles GILLINOUI

    October 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    and what about SOFT MACHINE THIRD????

  145. Robert B.

    October 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    ABB at FE is spot on. But no love for Little Feat Wainting for Columbus? Perhaps Live Rust?

  146. Mike

    October 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I would have The Marshall Tucker band-where we all belong, Grand Funk Railroad- live album, Traffic-on the road, Bob Seger-live bullet, and (while not a double at the time but would have been if all the songs would have been put on the album like the band wanted) The Guess Who-live at the paramount (hands down my favorite live album)

  147. Jeff

    October 16, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    How about Grand Funk Live Album ?

  148. John R Hawn

    October 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    No mention of Live Bullet by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band…for sure

  149. Erik

    October 16, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Quadrophenia-The Who, Something Anything?-Todd Rundgren, Out of the Blue-Electric Light Orchestra, Tusk-Fleetwood Mac, London Calling-The Clash, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness-Smashing Pumpkins, some of my favorites. Great list however!

  150. Marco

    October 16, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I’d nominate Steppenwolf Live. A great double album with some extended versions of their classics. I’d also second all those who opted for Deep Purple’s Made in Japan, with the same comments. Definitely, would agree on most of these choices. ABB at the Fillmore probably is the greatest live album I’ve ever heard. Layla and Other Love Songs doesn’t have a filler in the group, The Beatles White Album showed different facets of the Fab Fours talents.

  151. Lewis Ashman

    October 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Bob Dylan “Self Portrait”: is was so . . . awful.

  152. Brian Nye

    October 17, 2016 at 12:03 am

    There should be 2 categories, Studio and Live.

  153. Paul

    October 17, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Don’t forge
    The Doors – Absolutely Live
    Little Feet – Waiting for Columbus
    Deep Purple – Made in Japan
    Humble Pie – Rocking the Filmore

  154. mike

    October 17, 2016 at 1:01 am

    i would ditch genesis and add Rush, All the Worlds A Stage

  155. Glenn

    October 17, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Again a ” what is the best ” without any criteria to work with. I agree with two categories, live and studio, live .. Deep Purple’s Made in Japan made a statement as did Hot August night and Frampton, derek and the dominoes live at the fiilmore and CSNY Four Way Street.
    The best studio belongs to Layla.

  156. John

    October 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

    No Quadrophenia? No Queen Live KILLERS? Kinks’ One For the Road?

  157. Rudi

    October 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

    What about 8:30 by Weather Report – Jazz-Rock at its best !!!!

  158. Captk

    October 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

    This is what I would do. I would make two piles in a room. In one pile would be Wheels of Fire, Electric Ladyland, Allman’s Live at FE, Blonde on Blonde and Exile. Then I would place Wheels of Fire on my turntable and crank the bejezus out of it. Then I would just stand there and say something incredibly insightful like, “Fuck – Yeah”!

  159. Tom Pappas

    October 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    “This is The Moody Blues”

  160. Creedence One

    October 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    CSNY: 4-way street AND / OR Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps, at least ONE of these
    Grateful Dead: Gotta have at least 1… I’d vote Europe 72 over Live Dead as good as it is
    RHCP: Stadium Arcadium, the best double album of the 21st Century
    Derek & Dominoes: As good as Layla was, would still add their Live Album… I play it all the time, 100% perfect tracks (and no Layla!)
    Creedence: Will sneak in “Chronicle 1” here… every track a masterpiece, even though not an original album.

  161. matt

    October 18, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Todd Rundgren’s “Something/Anything” belongs on here…imho.

  162. waynne wilson

    October 18, 2016 at 2:09 am

    how about blue cheer inside outside. i did have all on the list and most of the suggestions. that was the perk’s of being part owner of a record store

  163. Wazza

    October 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Other great double albums; Crosby Nash and Young: Four Way Street; Graham Parker and the Rumour: Parkerila; Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen; Paul Kelly : Gossip; The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It’s Alive; Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston; TomWaits: NIghthawks at the Dinner.

  164. sean randles

    October 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Anyone who things Here My dear by Marvin Gaye is good is deluded. It was recorded to meet contractual obligations and it is pants

  165. Bob Boyer

    October 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    4 Way Street……Tusk…..Beach Boys in Concert…….The Concert in the Park…….The Last Waltz

  166. James Henry

    April 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Not being acquainted with every single album, it would have been nice to be given the tiny detail of the titles.

  167. Ken

    April 19, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Guess that (technically) Traffic On The Road doesn’t qualify, since it originally came out as a single LP – tho a 2LP set as an import. Great double Live LP!!

  168. Andrew

    May 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Grateful Dead Live Dead.

  169. Nicholas

    May 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Creams “Wheels of Fire” was released in 1968, not 1966. I’m glad one commenter mentioned Soft Machine’s “Third.” Krautrock gave us double albums by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, & Edgar Froese.I would add “Electric Ladyland” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bebop Deluxe’s “Live in the Air Age,” “Montreaux Summit,” and McCoy Tyner’s “Super Trios.” In the CD era, Miranda Lambert’s double album “The Weight of These Wings” is brilliant.

  170. Nicholas

    May 13, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Whoops, “Electric Ladyland” is on the list. I didn’t spot it because the British cover was shown, and I’m used to seeing the American cover. So how about Mountain’s “Twin Peaks”?

  171. Garrett J

    June 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I have to also mention (along with many others) that Quadrophenia should be the #1 greatest double album of all time (with Tommy at #2). Here are my Top 200 Songs by The Who and I’ve got 14 songs from Quad in the Top 90 or so http://supergroup.netfirms.com/index5.htm

  172. Mark

    June 15, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Great list. Sandinista (Clash) is on the list for best triple album.

  173. spaski

    June 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    still ageless,timeless modern Soft Machine’s Third with songs like Moon in June..
    and Topographic Oceans (Yes) and Ummagumma (Floyd)and Electric Ladyland (Jimi)

  174. ken

    June 17, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Just two double albums to add: my longtime favorites – Traffic “On the Road” and Bloodrock “Live”. Colosseum “Live” would have been SO much better with either Dave Clempson or James Litherland doing the vocals instead of Farlowe’s bellowing and falsely taking a writing credit on Lost Angeles.

  175. Pancho

    September 22, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Deep Purple “Made un Japan” is the greatest double rock album live of all times.

  176. Raymond ROSE

    September 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    For my personnal taste, one is missing : Performance Rocking the Fillmore by Humble Pie…but it’s only my advice…

  177. Tomo Pariez

    September 24, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Shame, if there is no place for YES – Tales from the Topografic Ocean

  178. Ken

    September 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Bloodrock “Live”, Grateful Dead “Skull & Roses”, Traffic “On the Road”, Dave Mason “Certified Live”, Steppenwolf “Live”.

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