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    To me, no such list could be complete without (in no particular order):

    Quadrophenia -- the 'Oo
    Something/Anything? -- Todd Rundgren
    The Grateful Dead, a/k/a "Skull and Roses" -- s/t, obviously
    Live in New York -- Nektar
    Goodby Yellow Brick Road -- Elton John
    Songs in the Key of Life -- Stevie Wonder
    London Calling -- The Clash (makes it into the '70s by eight days)
    America Eats Its Young -- Funkadelic
    Frampton Comes Alive -- more or less S/T
    The Wall -- PF
    Seconds Out -- Genesis
    The Survival of Saint Joan -- Smoke Rise -- Naaah, just kidding...
    Chicago II or VII
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    Didn't see:
    Zappa Roxy and Elsewhere
    Vander Graaf Vital Live
    Jane Live, Grobschnitt Solar Music
    Gong Live (silver cover 73-75 recordings)
    Rory Gallagher Irish Tour
    Henry Cow Concerts... Could Physical Graffity be responsible for making an apple fall on Newton's head?
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    well late 60's but I bought it in the 70's The Pentangle- Sweet Child, such an underrated classic.

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    I liked Godley And Creme Consequences a lot even though some of the Peter Cook was filler..I enjoyed the music.

    Miles Davis Bitches Brew was special

    I liked 200 Motels Frank Zappa

    Chicago Transit Authority

    Johnny Winter Second Winter although it was three sides you still had 2 platters

    The Big Ball ...a Warner Brothers variety album

    The Kink Kronikles ..but of course a compilation.

    Amon Dull II Tanz Der Lemmings

    Klaus Schulze X

    Mike Oldfield..Incantations

    Wendy Carlos Sonic Seasonings

    Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life

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    Gypsy ~ Same

    From Wiki:
    The debut double album by the progressive rock band Gypsy. It was recorded at Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, California, and released in 1970. The album was re-released in 1979 on a K-tel label named Cognito and again in 1999 on CD by Bedrock Records. "Gypsy Queen" is the band's only charted single, peaking at #64. The album peaked at #44 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts in 1970...

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    I'll avoid the live albums (even the prtial live ones like Mooflower or Umma) or compilations, as there are too many to list, but will include the 60's, if only for the joy of listing Ladyland

    JHE - Electric Ladyland
    Miles - Bitches Brew
    Out Of Focus - Four Letter Monday Afternoon
    Magma - Kobaia
    Can - Tago Mago
    Soft Machine - 3rd
    Focus - III
    Chicago Transit Authority
    Chicago - VII
    Chilliwack - II
    Quadrophenia
    Zeit
    The Lamb
    London Calling
    Amon Duul II - Yeti

    To a (much) lesser extent:
    The Wall
    Tommy
    Chicago 2 & 3
    Tanz Der Lemming
    Wigwam - Fairyport
    Aphrodite's Child - 666
    Works I & TFTO
    White Album
    Goodbye Yellow brick road
    Exile on Main St
    Physical Graffiti




    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    Spirit of 76 by Spirit
    And not forgetting the album and a half Second Winter by Johnny Winter
    I guess I forgot about OF 76 was a double
    SW is indeed Johnny's best with And and JDWIII, but worthy of the bext double album?

    Surprised I haven't seen ELO's Out Of The Blue mentioned
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    I'll avoid the live albums (even the prtial live ones like Mooflower or Umma) or compilations, as there are too many to list, but will include the 60's, if only for the joy of listing Ladyland

    JHE - Electric Ladyland
    Miles - Bitches Brew
    Out Of Focus - Four Letter Monday Afternoon
    Magma - Kobaia
    Can - Tago Mago
    Soft Machine - 3rd
    Focus - III
    Chicago Transit Authority
    Chicago - VII
    Quadrophenia
    Zeit
    The Lamb
    London Calling
    Amon Duul II - Yeti

    To a (much) lesser extent:
    The Wall
    Tommy
    Chicago 2 & 3
    Tanz Der Lemming
    Aphrodite's Child - 666
    Works I & TFTO
    White Album






    I guess I forgot about OF 76 was a double
    SW is indeed Johnny's best with And and JDWIII, but worthy of the bext double album?

    Surprised I haven't seen ELO's Out Of The Blue mentioned

    A Live Record Camel is a must for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Correct, if one assumes that Yeti is better than Tanz Der Lemminge. Is it though?
    Nope

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Correct, if one assumes that it is better than Tanz Der Lemminge. Is it though?
    Yes.

    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post

    Surprised I haven't seen ELO's Out Of The Blue mentioned
    I mentioned it. One of the first albums I bought (in the early 80's, there was still an original United Artists pressing hanging around at the store, maybe a cutout. It didn't have the poster though.)

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    Most of the ones I thought of have been mentioned, but how about a dark horse -

    Out Of Focus – Four Letter Monday Afternoon (I always liked that one personally).

    ...and I'll cheat with one more: Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (as originally conceived). ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuudE View Post
    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!
    Can't argue with most of this TD's Zeit is great if you're in the mood for it. And I would add Chicago's CTA, II, VII

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    Quite possible Zeit is the TD album I'd keep if I could only have one.

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    If only for studio double albums, my TOP 10 (not necessarily in order):

    - ELO / Out of the Blue
    - Elton John / Goodbye Yellow brick road
    - Jesus Christ Superstar/ Rock stars version
    - Yes / Tales from Topographic Oceans
    - GENESIS - The Lamb Lies down on Broadway
    - Chicago (2 Silver cover)
    - Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St
    - The WHO - Quadrophenia
    - LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti
    - PINK FLOYD - The Wall (still 1979)

    BUT it was mostly the LIVE double albums that for me made a huge mark (again, 10 not necessarily in order):

    - KANSAS - Two for the Show
    - LED ZEPPELIN - The song remains the same
    - QUEEN - Live Killers
    - GENTLE GIANT - Playing the Fool Live
    - URIAH HEEP - Live
    - DEEP PURPLE - Made in Japan
    - YES - Yessongs (triple)
    - EMERSON LAKE & PALMER - Welcome Back my Friends (triple)
    - Jethro Tull - Bursting Out
    - Genesis - Seconds Out ( my #1 Live)

    During my teen years, those double albums were a major expense but I still had to get them. Now, many of all double vinyl albums have been compressed into a single CD that is not always welcomed but I prefer to have it as a double CD to preserve the original format and song order.

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    For more of a "dark horse" choice there was Elton's Blue Moves.

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    A lot of the albums I would mention are already listed. But I would add:
    Kansas - Two for the Show
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    Rare Bird - Epic Forest (It came with a 45 size 33 disc also)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pb2015 View Post
    For more of a "dark horse" choice there was Elton's Blue Moves.
    Probably my most played EJ album, even more then the popular choice of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesstiles View Post
    Don’t forget the fabulous Fairyport double album from Wigwam in 1971.

    https://youtu.be/6z-wh9nw0S4
    I have that on a single CD, so I never knew that was a double album!
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    Got a copy of this last week - triple album compilation with some fantastic stuff on it I'd never heard before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taliesin View Post
    Got a copy of this last week - triple album compilation with some fantastic stuff on it I'd never heard before.

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    Impulse had triple albums for saxophone and drums as well. Also they had a set called Energy Essentials with early "free" classics by Coltrane, Sanders, Ayler et al.

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