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* Rush did the Distinct Single Album variant three times, in each case with one album side devoted to a RockOpera and the other side devoted to unrelated songs. ''Music/CaressOfSteel'', ''[[Music/TwentyOneTwelve 2112]]'', and ''Music/{{Hemispheres}}'' are the band's three examples. In the final case, the rock opera was so long that it actually extended back to the final song of the band's previous album, ''Music/AFarewellToKings''.
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** Some of Dylan's live concerts also end up as examples of Distinct Double Albums. ''The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert'' consists of a solo acoustic disc and an electric disc recorded with Music/TheBand, for example. The first set was warmly received while, infamously, the second set was widely heckled (one fan shouted out "Judas", to which Dylan responded, "I don't believe you; you're a liar. Play [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] loud!"). Interestingly, the reputation of the sets in posterity has now reversed; the electric set is now [[VindicatedByHistory regarded as one of Dylan's finest performances]], while the acoustic set is regarded as somewhat inferior.

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** Some of Dylan's live concerts also end up as examples of Distinct Double Albums. ''The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert'' consists of a solo acoustic disc and an electric disc recorded with Music/TheBand, for example. The first set was warmly received while, infamously, the second set was widely heckled (one fan shouted out "Judas", to which Dylan responded, "I don't believe you; you're a liar. Play [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] loud!"). Interestingly, the reputation of the sets in posterity has now reversed; the electric set is now [[VindicatedByHistory regarded as one of Dylan's finest performances]], while the acoustic set is regarded as somewhat inferior. This may actually have been partially due to an inferior sound system; according to people who were actually at the show, including [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/bob-dylan-how-i-found-the-man-who-shouted-judas-314340.html one who claims to have been the "Judas" heckler himself]], the concert recording of the live set sounds much better than the set itself did live (which has been described as sounding like "a wall of mush").
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* Music/BobDylan used the "electric side and acoustic side" Distinct Single Album variant with his first folk-rock album, ''Music/BringingItAllBackHome'', but in contrast with ''Rust Never Sleeps'', the first side here is the electric one.

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used the "electric side and acoustic side" Distinct Single Album variant with his first folk-rock album, ''Music/BringingItAllBackHome'', but in contrast with ''Rust Never Sleeps'', the first side here is the electric one.one.
** Some of Dylan's live concerts also end up as examples of Distinct Double Albums. ''The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert'' consists of a solo acoustic disc and an electric disc recorded with Music/TheBand, for example. The first set was warmly received while, infamously, the second set was widely heckled (one fan shouted out "Judas", to which Dylan responded, "I don't believe you; you're a liar. Play [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] loud!"). Interestingly, the reputation of the sets in posterity has now reversed; the electric set is now [[VindicatedByHistory regarded as one of Dylan's finest performances]], while the acoustic set is regarded as somewhat inferior.
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* Music/RufusWainwright's ''Want One'' and ''Want Two'': similarly to several other examples on this page, the songs were recorded together, but it was released separately as two different albums. The first album has a more personal focus, while the second album is darker and, according to Wainwright himself, is focussed on "the world we live in". They were later repackaged together as ''Want''.

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* Music/RufusWainwright's ''Want One'' and ''Want Two'': similarly to several other examples on this page, the songs were recorded together, project was initially envisioned as a double album, but it was originally released separately as two different albums. The first album has a more personal focus, while the second album is darker and, according to Wainwright himself, is focussed on "the world we live in". They were later repackaged together as ''Want''.
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A similar approach can be taken for a double-disk GreatestHitsAlbum: Most likely, the first contains the greatest hits, while the second contains all- or mostly-new material.

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A similar approach can be taken for a double-disk double-disc GreatestHitsAlbum: Most likely, the first contains the greatest hits, while the second contains all- or mostly-new material.
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The vinyl era had a variant on this trope with the Distinct Single Album, on which each LP side would have its own theme (an acoustic side and an electric side was popular, for example). This tendency disappeared as vinyl became less prominent, but with the resurgence of vinyl as a popular media format, it is possible that it will make a resurgence.


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* Music/BobDylan used the "electric side and acoustic side" Distinct Single Album variant with his first folk-rock album, ''Music/BringingItAllBackHome'', but in contrast with ''Rust Never Sleeps'', the first side here is the electric one.
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** This was a similar idea to his original plan for ''Listen Without Prejudice'' to be a DistinctDoubleAlbum, with Volume 1 being pop and ballad based and Volume 2 being dance-based. In the end, only Volume 1 was released, but a few Volume 2 tracks were released via a charity album and single BSides.

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** This was a similar idea to his original plan for ''Listen Without Prejudice'' to be a DistinctDoubleAlbum, with Volume 1 being pop and ballad based and Volume 2 being dance-based. In the end, only Volume 1 was released, but a few Volume 2 tracks were released via a charity album and single BSides.[[BSide B-Sides]].



** After all four albums had been released, Townsend proceeded to re-release them together as an [[UpToEleven eight-disc box set]], containing six [=CDs=] and two [=DVDs=]. The two extra [=CDs=] consisted of outtakes from the sessions, BSides, and demo material.

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** After all four albums had been released, Townsend proceeded to re-release them together as an [[UpToEleven eight-disc box set]], containing six [=CDs=] and two [=DVDs=]. The two extra [=CDs=] consisted of outtakes from the sessions, BSides, [[BSide B-Sides]], and demo material.
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** "Laced/Unlaced" is a collection of two disks. One with new electric violin work based upon her stay in a mental institution (Unlaced) and the other a repackaging of her old "On A Day..." music collection of classic tracks she loves to play, some new songs and additional bonus live tracks (Laced).
** Her 2006 Opheliac album also qualifies. The bulk of the tracks are on the first disc with a second of instrumental and live tracks. She has since released a deluxe edition with a much more even distribution of materials.
** Not strictly a double-disc, but 2012's Fight Like a Girl is deliberately thematically and musically similar (compare lyrics and melody from Opheliac's Misery Loves Company versus Fight Like a Girl's title track). It could be said that Opheliac is the first act and FLAG the second.

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** "Laced/Unlaced" ''Laced/Unlaced'' is a collection of two disks. One with new electric violin work based upon her stay in a mental institution (Unlaced) (''Unlaced'') and the other a repackaging of her old "On A ''On a Day..." '' music collection of classic tracks she loves to play, some new songs and additional bonus live tracks (Laced).
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** Her 2006 Opheliac ''Opheliac'' album also qualifies. The bulk of the tracks are on the first disc with a second of instrumental and live tracks. She has since released a deluxe edition with a much more even distribution of materials.
** Not strictly a double-disc, but 2012's Fight ''Fight Like a Girl Girl'' is deliberately thematically and musically similar (compare lyrics and melody from Opheliac's ''Opheliac''[='=]s Misery Loves Company versus Fight ''Fight Like a Girl's Girl''[='=]s title track). It could be said that Opheliac ''Opheliac'' is the first act and FLAG the second.



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* Cracker's ''From Berkeley To Bakersfield'' consists of two discs that were recorded in different styles and with different musicians appearing on each disc [[note]] frontman David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman are the only members to be featured throughout both discs[[/note]]: ''Berkeley'' focuses on their more straightforward rock material, and is a reunion for the lineup that recorded the album ''Kerosene Hat'', while ''Bakersfield'' is an AlternativeCountry album recorded with a group of musicians who had never worked with the band previously. Taken together, the album is about 71 minutes long, so it could have fit on one disc if they didn't decide to separate the songs that way.

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* Cracker's ''From Berkeley To to Bakersfield'' consists of two discs that were recorded in different styles and with different musicians appearing on each disc [[note]] frontman David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman are the only members to be featured throughout both discs[[/note]]: ''Berkeley'' focuses on their more straightforward rock material, and is a reunion for the lineup that recorded the album ''Kerosene Hat'', while ''Bakersfield'' is an AlternativeCountry album recorded with a group of musicians who had never worked with the band previously. Taken together, the album is about 71 minutes long, so it could have fit on one disc if they didn't decide to separate the songs that way.



* On the exact same date Music/{{Eels}} put out both the [[GreatestHitsAlbum best of]] album ''Meet The Eels'' and the two cd b-sides/rarities collection ''Useless Trinkets''.

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* On the exact same date Music/{{Eels}} put out both the [[GreatestHitsAlbum best of]] album ''Meet The the Eels'' and the two cd b-sides/rarities collection ''Useless Trinkets''.



* The Early November's second full-length is a triple album titled ''The Mother, The Mechanic and the Path''. Disc one (''The Mechanic'') is a rocker and disc two (''The Mother'') is mellow. Disc three (''The Path'') combines spoken word and [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly loads of different styles]] to form a kind of audio drama.

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* The Early November's second full-length is a triple album titled ''The Mother, The the Mechanic and the Path''. Disc one (''The Mechanic'') is a rocker and disc two (''The Mother'') is mellow. Disc three (''The Path'') combines spoken word and [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly loads of different styles]] to form a kind of audio drama.



* Music/JarsOfClay's first retrospective, ''Furthermore: From the Studio, From the Stage''. The first disc had re-recordings of prior songs, and the second disc was a live recording.
%%* Music/CharliePeacock's West Coast Diaries had three volumes released over the course of two years.

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* Music/JarsOfClay's first retrospective, ''Furthermore: From the Studio, From from the Stage''. The first disc had re-recordings of prior songs, and the second disc was a live recording.
%%* Music/CharliePeacock's West ''West Coast Diaries Diaries'' had three volumes released over the course of two years.



* Experimental rock band Have A Nice Life's debut ''Deathconsciousness'' came in two disks: the shoegaze-meets-drone The Future, and the decidedly more post-punk-influenced The Plow That Broke The Plains. In a release packed with weirdness and innovation, that it's in two distinct-yet-complimentary volumes is the least strange thing about it.

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* Experimental rock band Have A a Nice Life's debut ''Deathconsciousness'' came in two disks: discs: the shoegaze-meets-drone The Future, ''The Future'', and the decidedly more post-punk-influenced The ''The Plow That Broke The Plains. the Plains''. In a release packed with weirdness and innovation, that it's in two distinct-yet-complimentary distinct-yet-complementary volumes is the least strange thing about it.



* Instrumental group Sky's second album, the imaginatively named ''Sky 2'', has four distinct sides. Side one has rock-and-roll numbers similar to the first side of their first album; side two is the progressive rock symphony "FIFO". Side three has one piece for each member: John Williams and Kevin Peek play classical guitar pieces, Franis Monkman a harpsichord gavotte, Herbie Flowers plays "[[IncrediblyLamePun Tuba Smarties]]", and Tristan Fry abuses the drum kit for five minutes in "[[AllDrummersAreAnimals Tristan's]] [[MushroomSamba Magic Garden]]". Side four has their electrifying covers of ''Music/AntonioVivaldi'' and Music/JohannSebastianBach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
* ''Animal!'' and ''Not Animal!'', simultaneously released by Margot & The Nuclear So And So's, are sort of an unusual case because they're actually two different versions of the same album: The band and their label disagreed on what songs should make the album and what the track order should be, so ''Animal!'' was the album as the band wanted it, whereas ''Not Animal!'' was the album as the label wanted it. A handful of songs are shared between the two versions, but each also has an equal number of exclusive tracks.

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* Instrumental group Sky's second album, the imaginatively named ''Sky 2'', has four distinct sides. Side one has rock-and-roll numbers similar to the first side of their first album; side two is the progressive rock ProgressiveRock symphony "FIFO". Side three has one piece for each member: John Williams and Kevin Peek play classical guitar pieces, Franis Monkman a harpsichord gavotte, Herbie Flowers plays "[[IncrediblyLamePun Tuba Smarties]]", and Tristan Fry abuses the drum kit for five minutes in "[[AllDrummersAreAnimals Tristan's]] [[MushroomSamba Magic Garden]]". Side four has their electrifying covers of ''Music/AntonioVivaldi'' and Music/JohannSebastianBach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
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* ''Animal!'' and ''Not Animal!'', simultaneously released by Margot & The the Nuclear So And and So's, are sort of an unusual case because they're actually two different versions of the same album: The band and their label disagreed on what songs should make the album and what the track order should be, so ''Animal!'' was the album as the band wanted it, whereas ''Not Animal!'' was the album as the label wanted it. A handful of songs are shared between the two versions, but each also has an equal number of exclusive tracks.



** ''Arc/Weld'': ''Weld'' was a straightforward two-disc LiveAlbum, while Arc was a 35 minute sound collage of tune-up's and [[BigRockEnding big rock endings]] from live performances that verged on SensoryAbuse. They were originally released as a 3 disc set, but later got individual releases.

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** ''Arc/Weld'': ''Weld'' was a straightforward two-disc LiveAlbum, while Arc was a 35 minute sound collage of tune-up's tune-ups and [[BigRockEnding big rock endings]] from live performances that verged on SensoryAbuse. They were originally released as a 3 disc three-disc set, but later got individual releases.



* Music/ManchesterOrchestra released their albums "Cope"and "Hope" five months apart, the latter being more emotional, acoustic versions of the former's relatively heavy tracks.

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* Music/ManchesterOrchestra released their albums "Cope"and "Cope" and "Hope" five months apart, the latter being more emotional, acoustic versions of the former's relatively heavy tracks.



* Music/{{Opeth}}'s ''Deliverance'' and ''Damnation'' albums sort of count, as they were recorded together but released a year apart: ''Deliverance'' contains some of the band's heaviest metal songs, while ''Damnation'' consists entirely of mellow progressive rock.
* Music/TheAxisOfPerdition have the ''Urfe'' album, which is actually the first two installments in a ConceptAlbum trilogy: Disc one, ''Grief of the Unclean'', consists entirely of ambient music with dramatic narration, telling the first part of Urfe's story; disc two, ''The Great Unwashed'', uses a combination of metal and ambient and tells the next part of the story. The conclusion, ''Tenements'', was released separately in 2011.
* To celebrate its 20 years of existence, metal label Nuclear Blast released two albums made by musicians on the label, under the moniker ''Nuclear Blast All-Stars''. Both albums are two-disc compilations with one disc made of exclusive songs and the other being a recompilation of singles released by the label throughout the years; the first album, ''Into The Light'', is focused on the more traditional heavy metal and power metal and the such, and the other one, ''Out Of The Dark'', features melodic death metal and similars.

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* Music/{{Opeth}}'s ''Deliverance'' and ''Damnation'' albums sort of count, as they were recorded together but released a year apart: ''Deliverance'' contains some of the band's heaviest metal songs, while ''Damnation'' consists entirely of mellow progressive rock.
ProgressiveRock. When they were remastered, they were re-released together as the band intended them to be.
* Music/TheAxisOfPerdition have the ''Urfe'' album, which is actually the first two installments in a ConceptAlbum trilogy: Disc one, ''Grief of the Unclean'', consists entirely of ambient music with dramatic narration, telling the first part of Urfe's ''Urfe''[='=]s story; disc two, ''The Great Unwashed'', uses a combination of metal and ambient and tells the next part of the story. The conclusion, ''Tenements'', was released separately in 2011.
* To celebrate its 20 years of existence, metal label Nuclear Blast released two albums made by musicians on the label, under the moniker ''Nuclear Blast All-Stars''. Both albums are two-disc compilations with one disc made of exclusive songs and the other being a recompilation of singles released by the label throughout the years; the first album, ''Into The the Light'', is focused on the more traditional heavy metal and power metal and the such, and the other one, ''Out Of The of the Dark'', features melodic death metal and similars.



* Music/{{Apocalyptica}}'s ''Amplified: A Decade of Reinventing The Cello'': first disc is all instrumentals, second consists of songs with vocals (some of which were previously released as instrumentals.)

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* Music/{{Apocalyptica}}'s ''Amplified: A Decade of Reinventing The the Cello'': first disc is all instrumentals, second consists of songs with vocals (some of which were previously released as instrumentals.)



* Music/CultOfLuna have another "recorded too much material during album sessions and didn't want to release a double album" example with ''Vertikal'' and its companion EP ''Vertikal II''. The latter consists of songs that the band didn't fit into the story of the former, plus a remix that ExecutiveMeddling insisted be added (but the band liked after it was done). Put together the two releases run for almost two hours.



* Music/DavidSylvian's album ''Gone To Earth'' was released as a double album with the first album having vocals and the second being purely instrumental. The initial CD release crammed the entire album on one disc by dropping four of the instrumental songs; subsequent releases have restored the two-disc format (with some versions adding bonus tracks.)
* Music/GeorgeMichael's 1998 compilation Ladies And Gentlemen was a 2CD set. The first disc was titled 'For The Heart' and composed of ballads, the second disc was titled 'For The Feet' and composed of pop and dance numbers.
** This was a similar idea to his original plan for Listen Without Prejudice to be a DistinctDoubleAlbum. Volume 1 being pop and ballad based, Volume 2 being dance-based. In the end only Volume 1 was released but a few Volume 2 tracks were released via a charity album and single B Sides.

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* Music/DavidSylvian's album ''Gone To to Earth'' was released as a double album with the first album having vocals and the second being purely instrumental. The initial CD release crammed the entire album on one disc by dropping four of the instrumental songs; subsequent releases have restored the two-disc format (with some versions adding bonus tracks.)
* Music/GeorgeMichael's 1998 compilation Ladies And Gentlemen was a 2CD set. The first disc was titled 'For The Heart' "For the Heart" and composed of ballads, the second disc was titled 'For The Feet' "For the Feet" and composed of pop and dance numbers.
** This was a similar idea to his original plan for Listen ''Listen Without Prejudice Prejudice'' to be a DistinctDoubleAlbum. DistinctDoubleAlbum, with Volume 1 being pop and ballad based, based and Volume 2 being dance-based. In the end end, only Volume 1 was released released, but a few Volume 2 tracks were released via a charity album and single B Sides.BSides.



* Music/DeepPurple's ''Music/ConcertoForGroupAndOrchestra'' (1969) is a double set where the band performs together live with a classical orchestra.

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* Music/DeepPurple's ''Music/ConcertoForGroupAndOrchestra'' (1969) is a double set where the band performs together live with a classical orchestra. The second disc is given over entirely to the suite that gives the album its title. (Note that this only applies to CD versions of the album, since it was initially released on a single LP with only the title suite; the remaining material has been added to more recent reissues. Recent LP reissues stretch the entire concert to three discs).



** ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}'': The first disc is a live album, while the second disc is a studio album. All four members of the band have one fourth of the studio disc all to themselves, and the results are mostly lengthy experimental pieces with only two actual "songs", Roger Waters' "Granchester Meadows", and David Gilmour's "The Narrow Way (Part 3)".
** ''Music/TheWall'': The first half covers the building of The Wall, the second half covers what happens behind The Wall.
* ProgressiveMetal musician Music/DevinTownsend released a Distinct ''Quadruple'' Album under the moniker "The Devin Townsend Project": A series of four albums, each with a different set of session musicians and a different musical style. The first ,''Ki'', is described by Townsend as "tense" and "quiet". The second, ''Addicted'', is "commercial, yet heavy". The third, ''Deconstruction'', is "chaotic", and the fourth, ''Ghost'', is "ambient".
** Now that all four albums are out, Townsend plans to re-release them together as an [[UpToEleven eight-disc box set]].
** Played straight rather than UpToEleven with his 2014 album ''Z2''. The first disc, ''Sky Blue'', is the familiar Devin Townsend Project the fans know and love. The second disc, ''Dark Matters'', is a sequel to Townsend's goofy 2007 sci-fi RockOpera, ''Ziltoid The Omniscient''.

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** ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}'': The first disc is a live album, while the second disc is a studio album. All four members of the band have one fourth of the studio disc all to themselves, and the results are mostly lengthy experimental pieces with only two actual "songs", Roger Waters' "Granchester "Grantchester Meadows", and David Gilmour's "The Narrow Way (Part 3)".
** ''Music/TheWall'': The first half covers the building of The the Wall, the second half covers what happens behind The the Wall.
* ProgressiveMetal musician Music/DevinTownsend released a Distinct ''Quadruple'' Album under the moniker "The Devin Townsend Project": A series of four albums, each with a different set of session musicians and a different musical style. The first ,''Ki'', first, ''Ki'', is described by Townsend as "tense" and "quiet". The second, ''Addicted'', is "commercial, yet heavy". The third, ''Deconstruction'', is "chaotic", and the fourth, ''Ghost'', is "ambient".
** Now that After all four albums are out, had been released, Townsend plans proceeded to re-release them together as an [[UpToEleven eight-disc box set]].
set]], containing six [=CDs=] and two [=DVDs=]. The two extra [=CDs=] consisted of outtakes from the sessions, BSides, and demo material.
** Played straight rather than UpToEleven with his 2014 album ''Z2''. The first disc, ''Sky Blue'', is the familiar Devin Townsend Project the fans know and love. The second disc, ''Dark Matters'', is a sequel to Townsend's goofy 2007 sci-fi RockOpera, ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient''.



* Music/{{Outkast}}'s double album ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' also functioned as solo albums for the group with Big Boi's ''Speakerboxxx'' being a traditional hard-hitting HipHop album and ''The Love Below'' saw Andre 3000 experimenting with different genres.

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* Music/{{Outkast}}'s double album ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' also functioned as solo albums for the group with Big Boi's ''Speakerboxxx'' being a traditional hard-hitting HipHop album and ''The Love Below'' saw showing Andre 3000 experimenting with different genres.



* Music/JayZ's ''The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse'' was spread across two discs, one labeled "The Gift" and the other labeled "The Curse" (hence the title). The Gift is a lighter, more radio-friendly disc (with a blue label), while the material on The Curse is a bit darker (with a black label). Interestingly, the album's reception was mixed because many felt that it had too much filler, so Jay-Z took the best bits from both the Gift and the Curse, put them on one disc, and released it as ''The Blueprint 2.1''.

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* Music/JayZ's ''The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The and the Curse'' was spread across two discs, one labeled "The Gift" and the other labeled "The Curse" (hence the title). The Gift ''The Gift'' is a lighter, more radio-friendly disc (with a blue label), while the material on The Curse ''The Curse'' is a bit darker (with a black label). Interestingly, the album's reception was mixed because many felt that it had too much filler, so Jay-Z took the best bits from both the Gift ''The Gift'' and the Curse, ''The Curse'', put them on one disc, and released it as ''The Blueprint 2.1''.



* Music/FrankZappa's debut album ''Music/FreakOut'' was a double LP, featuring parodies of love songs on the first record and political commentary and complete zany mayhem on the second record.

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* Music/FrankZappa's debut album ''Music/FreakOut'' was a double LP, featuring parodies of love songs on the first record and political commentary and complete zany mayhem on the second record. Zappa released many double albums throughout his career, although most of them were not examples of this trope.
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* During the vinyl era, Music/ToddRundgren took this to its [[ExaggeratedTrope logical extreme]] by releasing ''Music/SomethingAnything'', on which each of the four LP sides had its own individual concept.[[note]]Side one is described in the liner notes as "a bouquet of ear-catching melodies"; side two is "the cerebral side"; side three is "the kid gets heavy"; side four is "Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots (A [[RockOpera Pop Operetta]])".[[/note]] Several other albums of his qualify as Distinct Single Albums, some of which were as long as other bands' double albums (''A Wizard, a True Star'', at fifty-six minutes, and ''Initiation'', at sixty-eight minutes, are long enough to be double LP sets; ''Initiation'', at fifty minutes, straddles the line; ''Hermit of Mink Hollow'', at thirty-six minutes, is definitely not long enough. Note that ''Hermit'' is only a Distinct Single Album due to ExecutiveMeddling; Rundgren intended a different running order, but the record label insisted on dividing the record into "The Easy Side" and "The Difficult Side").
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* Music/DreamTheater's album ''Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence'' has two discs. One contains a collection of experimental, contemporary sounds, the other contains the 42-minute long title track - a classically-influenced progressive rock opus and one of the band's greatest pieces of CrowningMusicOfAwesome.

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* Music/DreamTheater's album ''Six Degrees Of of Inner Turbulence'' has two discs. One contains a collection of experimental, contemporary sounds, the other contains the 42-minute long title track - a classically-influenced progressive rock opus and one of the band's greatest pieces of CrowningMusicOfAwesome.


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* Music/PorcupineTree's ''The Incident'': the first disc is devoted to the title suite, while four unrelated songs are included on the second disc. The album, at around seventy-six minutes long, is short enough to fit on one CD, but Music/StevenWilson ''really'' wanted people to think of the four bonus songs as unrelated.
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* Music/NellieMcKay's first two albums were both double-discers, even though each CD only had about a half hour of music on it. The reason for the multiple discs was to simulate (sort of) the act of turning over a vinyl record mid-album.
* An unusual inversion with the Music/FlamingLips: In 1997 they released "Zaireeka", which is technically a ''quadruple''-album as it comes on four discs; however, the discs are meant to be played simultaneously on separate CD players, making it a regular single album after all.



* Music/EmilieAutumn has "Laced/Unlaced". This a collection of two disks. One with new electric violin work based upon her stay in a mental institution (Unlaced) and the other a repackaging of her old "On A Day..." music collection of classic tracks she loves to play, some new songs and additional bonus live tracks (Laced).

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* Music/EmilieAutumn has "Laced/Unlaced". This Music/EmilieAutumn:
** "Laced/Unlaced" is
a collection of two disks. One with new electric violin work based upon her stay in a mental institution (Unlaced) and the other a repackaging of her old "On A Day..." music collection of classic tracks she loves to play, some new songs and additional bonus live tracks (Laced).



* Music/RufusWainwright's ''Want One'' and ''Want Two''.

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* [[Music/{{MatchboxTwenty}} Matchbox Twenty's]] compilation ''Exile on Mainstream'' has one disc containing six new songs, and a second disc containing songs from their first three full-lengths.
* The Early November's second full-length is a triple album titled ''The Mother, The Mechanic and the Path''. Much like the above-mentioned Foo Fighters album, disc one (''The Mechanic'') is a rocker and disc two (''The Mother'') is mellow. Disc three (''The Path'') combines spoken word and [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly loads of different styles]] to form a kind of audio drama.
* [[Music/{{Switchfoot}} Switchfoot's]] Jon Foreman released four [=EPs=], titled ''Fall'', ''Winter'' ''Spring'', and ''Summer''. They were all available individually digitally, or in a pair of double-disc CD releases (''Fall and Winter'', ''Spring and Summer''), despite the fact that each pair would have fit snugly on a single CD. Additionally, the digipak covers of each set could be combined to make a single package.

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* [[Music/{{MatchboxTwenty}} Matchbox Twenty's]] Music/MatchboxTwenty's compilation ''Exile on Mainstream'' has one disc containing six new songs, and a second disc containing songs from their first three full-lengths.
* The Early November's second full-length is a triple album titled ''The Mother, The Mechanic and the Path''. Much like the above-mentioned Foo Fighters album, disc Disc one (''The Mechanic'') is a rocker and disc two (''The Mother'') is mellow. Disc three (''The Path'') combines spoken word and [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly loads of different styles]] to form a kind of audio drama.
* [[Music/{{Switchfoot}} Switchfoot's]] Music/{{Switchfoot}}'s Jon Foreman released four [=EPs=], titled ''Fall'', ''Winter'' ''Spring'', and ''Summer''. They were all available individually digitally, or in a pair of double-disc CD releases (''Fall and Winter'', ''Spring and Summer''), despite the fact that each pair would have fit snugly on a single CD. Additionally, the digipak covers of each set could be combined to make a single package.



* Showbread's ''Anorexia'' and ''Nervosa'' were released simultaneously, and featured songs by the same names, however, every song is completely distinct from "Anorexia" and "Nervosa"; for example, "The Beginning (Anorexia)" is an instrumental piano aria, while "The Beginning (Nervosa)" is not instrumental and features multiple movements by multiple singers.

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* Showbread's Music/{{Showbread}}'s ''Anorexia'' and ''Nervosa'' were released simultaneously, and featured songs by the same names, however, every song is completely distinct from "Anorexia" and "Nervosa"; for example, "The Beginning (Anorexia)" is an instrumental piano aria, while "The Beginning (Nervosa)" is not instrumental and features multiple movements by multiple singers.



* Music/CharliePeacock's West Coast Diaries had three volumes released over the course of two years.

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* %%* Music/CharliePeacock's West Coast Diaries had three volumes released over the course of two years.years.
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* Music/GunsNRoses ''Music/UseYourIllusion'', both parts released separately. (it also tried to separate by content, but with exceptions - "November Rain" is on the hard rocking ''I'' and "You Could Be Mine" on the softer and [[EpicRocking grandiose]] ''II'', for instance)
** And each part is too long to fit in a single vinyl LP, which means that, with vinyl still being a viable format in 1991 (at least in Europe), many people saw it as a ''quadruple'' album.
** This double release made the Guns n' Roses the only band to ever hold the 1st AND 2nd places on the Billboard 100 chart - [[PunctuatedForEmphasis At. The. Same. TIME!]]
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* Rosetta's double album Galilean Satellites becomes a third album when both discs are played simultaneously.



* Music/TheOcean released Heliocentric and Anthropocentric separately but both in 2010. They are scathing critiques of religion, the former focusing on Catholic doctrine and the treatment of heretics, the latter focusing on apologetics.

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* Music/TheOcean released Heliocentric ''Heliocentric'' and Anthropocentric ''Anthropocentric'' separately but both in 2010. They are scathing critiques of religion, the former focusing on Catholic doctrine and the treatment of heretics, the latter focusing on apologetics.



* Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's debut album, ''Welcome to the pleasuredome'', was in its ''vinyl'' release a double album. The labels on the four sides of the records spelled "FGTH" (instead of using numbers). The ''CD'' version of the album, released almost simultaneously, had a different version of ''Two Tribes'' (the longer ''Annihilation'' remix), missed ''San José (The Way)'', but got an other track in its place (''Happy Hi!'')... and was made to fit on a single disk.



* Music/{{Muse}} have Hullabaloo - one CD is live recordings from the band's concert in Paris, 2001, while the other CD is a collection of B-sides.

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* Music/{{Muse}} have Hullabaloo ''Hullabaloo'' - one CD is live recordings from the band's concert in Paris, 2001, while the other CD is a collection of B-sides.



* Nelly's ''Sweat'' and ''Suit'' were not packaged together, but released simultaneously. ''Sweat'' was HipHop party songs and ''Suit'' was traditional R&B music with HipHop rhymes.
* MC Solaar's "Le tour de la question" was released as a double album, mostly because he couldn't stand his record label anymore and his contract specified he still had two disks left to release with them.

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* Nelly's Music/{{Nelly}}'s ''Sweat'' and ''Suit'' were not packaged together, but released simultaneously. ''Sweat'' was HipHop party songs and ''Suit'' was traditional R&B music with HipHop rhymes.
* MC Solaar's "Le tour de la question" was released as a double album, mostly because he couldn't stand his record label anymore and his contract specified he still had two disks left to release with them.
rhymes.



* Music/MariahCarey has released two of these: One is the typical GreatestHits album that simply required the space of two discs, and was released as a contractual agreement beyond Carey's control and had no creative input or personal touches from her. The other is a Remix Album that she was more enthusiastic about promoting and plays this trope straight: the first disc contains dance mixes, while the second contains hip-hop mixes and collaborations (though some famous remixes are conspicuous in their absence, probably due to licensing).

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* Music/MariahCarey has released two of these: double albums. One is the a typical GreatestHits album that simply required the space of two discs, and was released as a contractual agreement beyond Carey's control and had no creative input or personal touches from her. The other is a Remix Album that she was more enthusiastic about promoting and plays this trope straight: the first disc contains dance mixes, while the second contains hip-hop mixes and collaborations (though some famous remixes are conspicuous in their absence, probably due to licensing).



* Music/FrankZappa released a lot of double albums, even triple albums!
** ''Music/FreakOut'': As mentioned before Music/FrankZappa's debut album was a double LP, featuring parodies of love songs on the first record and political commentary and complete zany mayhem on the second record.
** ''Music/UncleMeat'' is a double album. The CD version pads the second disc by adding unwanted sound recordings from Zappa's 1988 "Uncle Meat" movie.
** The soundtrack of ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' is a double record. The CD version even adds a few radio commercials as bonus tracks and a radio edit of "Magic Fingers".
** Zappa's live albums were often double albums too: ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'', ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'', ''Music/ShutUpNPlayYerGuitar'', ''Music/TheBestBandYouNeverHeardInYourLife'', ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'', ''Playground Psychotics'' and the ''You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore'' series.
** ''Music/JoesGarage'' is a ''triple'' album, originally released as a single LP containing Act 1 and a double LP containing Act 2 and 3 - though now as packaged on CD just a double.
** ''Music/ThingFish'' is a RockOpera also stretched out to a double album.
** ''Music/CivilizationPhazeIII'' is a double album with conversations recorded underneath a piano, intercut with Synclavier instrumentals.

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* Music/FrankZappa released a lot of double albums, even triple albums!
** ''Music/FreakOut'': As mentioned before
Music/FrankZappa's debut album ''Music/FreakOut'' was a double LP, featuring parodies of love songs on the first record and political commentary and complete zany mayhem on the second record.
** ''Music/UncleMeat'' is a double album. The CD version pads the second disc by adding unwanted sound recordings from Zappa's 1988 "Uncle Meat" movie.
** The soundtrack of ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' is a double record. The CD version even adds a few radio commercials as bonus tracks and a radio edit of "Magic Fingers".
** Zappa's live albums were often double albums too: ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'', ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'', ''Music/ShutUpNPlayYerGuitar'', ''Music/TheBestBandYouNeverHeardInYourLife'', ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'', ''Playground Psychotics'' and the ''You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore'' series.
** ''Music/JoesGarage'' is a ''triple'' album, originally released as a single LP containing Act 1 and a double LP containing Act 2 and 3 - though now as packaged on CD just a double.
** ''Music/ThingFish'' is a RockOpera also stretched out to a double album.
** ''Music/CivilizationPhazeIII'' is a double album with conversations recorded underneath a piano, intercut with Synclavier instrumentals.
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* Music/JohnZorn's "Lacross" (1978), "Cartoon S/M" (2000), "Execution Ground" (1994), the Masada albums,... are all double albums. "Archery" (1982/2001) is a triple album.
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