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    The Great Double Albums in the Seventies

    There were some great double albums in the Seventies.
    Offcourse there were quite a few double or even triple Live albums,
    But what about the studio albums ?

    Here is my list with my favorite bands and there take on a multiple vinyl albums.

    Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans.
    The greatest album ever made... Maybe. A real concept album on 4 20 minute long sides.

    Genesis - The Lamb lies down on Broadway
    The story of Rael. Great music, best Genesis album... Maybe. Took me a while to get in
    (but that's 48 years ago), but what a lot of great music.

    Mike Oldfield - Incantations.
    Best album of 1978 and certainly in my top 5. Very cohesive album, with great emotional stuff.

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Works, Vol 1.
    There best album?... Nope, I like BSS better. A strange album and not really a 'double album',
    more 4 One-Side albums.

    Canarios - Cyclos.
    Best Spanish album.. certainly! A great rendition on the Four Seasons, but so much more.
    Great dense album with fantastic playing. Why didn't they continu.

    That's (almost) it on the proggy side for me. There aren't many more I have, but they are not
    in my toplist (War of the Worlds, L'heptade, The Wall, and you will probably add a lot to the list).

    Finishing this part I must not forget
    Rick Wakeman - Rhapsodies
    OK, I like it for the most part, well maybe 40-50 minutes, so not really a double album for me.

    To continue, there were many great live albums. I won't list them all but honourable mention goes
    to Renaissance - Live at the Carnegie Hall and Gentle Giant - Playing the Fool.
    Can't finish without naming the two triple albums which got me going into prog: Yes-Yessongs and ELP-Welcome my Friends.

    Now for something different, what about the 'Electronics' albums (Berlin Schule and more).
    Here the live albums are often just improvs or prepared new stuff (TD), so I will take some in account.
    For me, in the seventies, we have

    Tangerine Dream - Encore
    Great semi Live album, with TD at their best. 4 long tracks full of lot's of sequencers

    (TD also dit 'Zeit' as a double album, but not that great..)

    The Maestro Klaus Schulze
    X, Maybe his best album... Maybe, but there are so many great albums... 120 Minutes full of mind blowing Synth work.

    Live, Yes it is Live and mostly from 1979. Sides 1 and 3 are great tracks from 1979 tour, don't like Side four.
    The highlight is on Side 2, 'Sense' the greatest live track ever made. Wow what an album and it only gets 3.04 stars on Progarchives.

    (KS also dit 'Cyborg' as a double album, but not that great..)

    Am I forgetting something? Off course I am!

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    Don’t forget the fabulous Fairyport double album from Wigwam in 1971.

    https://youtu.be/6z-wh9nw0S4

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    There are so many of these things, but... In terms of personal greats that you haven't listed:

    Miles - Bitches Brew - This one competes with Yes' Tales for my personal "best album of all time".
    Can - Tago Mago - Totally deserving of its length!
    Soft Machine - 3rd - An album I've owned for more than 40 years and I still hear new stuff every time I play it.
    Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges – Clube Da Esquina - The beginning of an incredible era for Milton. He could do no wrong between 72 and 76.

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    Chicago II, Chicago III, Chicago VII

    EDIT: removed the first album, from 1969...
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    Spirit of 76 by Spirit

    Everybody’s in Showbiz, Everybody’s a Star by the Kinks
    And not forgetting the album and a half Second Winter by Johnny Winter

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    Magma- Live
    Soft Machine- Third
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    Trout Mask Replica
    Uncle Meat
    Space Ritual
    Zeit
    Tommy
    Physical Graffity
    Exile on Main Street

    ...along with the already mentioned Bitche's Brew, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Third, Tago Mago, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Trout Mask Replica
    Uncle Meat
    Space Ritual
    Zeit
    Tommy
    Physical Graffity
    Exile on Main Street

    ...along with the already mentioned Bitche's Brew, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Third, Tago Mago, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
    If we could include 60'ties and 80'ties, I could come up with some more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    If we could include 60'ties and 80'ties, I could come up with some more...
    Lol, no 80's there. But if the OP is that strict, we can remove Beefheart, Zappa (add 200 Motels) and Tommy (add Quadrophenia)

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    Double live: Hoelderlin - Live Traumstadt
    Triple Live: ELP - Welcome back my friends, Yes - Yessongs, Wings - Wings over America

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    Well, I mean, Amon Duul II's Yeti, FFS.
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    Pink Floyd's Ummagumma was released in November 1969, but I'm sure that by the time their fans became aware of it, it would be well into 1970.

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    Aphrodite's Child - 666 and Centipede - Septober Energy are worth mentioning.
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    Kraan Live (74)
    Colosseum Live (71)

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    Zamla Mamma - Schlagerns Mystik / För Äldre Nybegynnare (78)
    Volker Kriegel - Inside: Missing Link (72)
    Wolfgang Dauner, Et Cetera - Live (73)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Lol, no 80's there. But if the OP is that strict, we can remove Beefheart, Zappa (add 200 Motels) and Tommy (add Quadrophenia)
    80'ties: Magma, Cassiber, Art Zoyd, Zappa

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    Frank Zappa – Zappa In New York (78)
    Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti (79)
    Frank Zappa – Joe's Garage (79)

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    I owned a lot of double LP's back in the 70's including:

    Amon Duul II: Tanz der Lemmenze
    Man: Back in the Future
    Allman Brothers: Live at Fillmore
    Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach
    Clash: London Calling
    Deep Purple: Made in Japan
    Derek & the Dominos: Layla
    Focus: III
    Edgar Froese: Ages
    Hawkwind: Space Ritual
    Kraftwerk:2
    Ten Years After: Live
    Moody Blues: This is the Moody Blues
    Pink Floyd: A Nice Pair
    Quicksilver Messenger Service: Anthology
    Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks
    Santana: Moonflower
    Uriah Heep: Live
    The Who: Quadrophenia
    Wishbone Ash: Live Dates

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    I remember being a double album fan when I started buying records in the early 80's. Some of the first ones I got were The Wall and Out of the Blue. Also Dan Fogelberg The Innocent Age which was a 1980 or 81 release.

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    I will try to list the best double albums of the 70s chronologically. This list may include some great compilations.

    Chicago (aka Chicago II) - Chicago
    At Fillmore East - Allman Bros.
    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
    Living In the Past - Jethro Tull
    Tales From Topographic Oceans - Yes
    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Genesis
    Works Vol. I - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    Live at Carnegie Hall - Renaissance
    Playing the Fool - Gentle Giant
    Seconds Out - Genesis
    Bursting Out - Jethro Tull
    The Wall - Pink Floyd

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    Off the top of my head:

    Tales From Topo Oceans
    Frampton Comes Alive
    Seconds Out
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Incantations (Mike Oldfield)
    The Pentateuch (Dave Greenslade)

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    I would go with Live-Evil over Bitches Brew.

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    KISS Alive. While it isn't strictly a "live" album, it set the standard for rock live albums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascodagama View Post
    Well, I mean, Amon Duul II's Yeti, FFS.
    Correct, if one assumes that it is better than Tanz Der Lemminge. Is it though?

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