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Sometimes one disc isn't enough for an artist. Their artistic vision is so big, it cannot be condensed to 80 minutes. This is where the double album comes into play, where two [=CDs=] (or [=LPs=]/cassettes before [[TechnologyMarchesOn the coming of the digital era]]) are packaged together and released. According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_album The Other Wiki]], a double album is typically, though not always, released because the recording is longer than the capacity of the medium. Recording artists often think of double albums as a single piece artistically.

The second CD is often times just an extension of the first or just a simple "bonus" disk, but some musicians and artists take it a step further and make two distinct [=CDs=]. This can range from the second CD being live, or older material, or different themes and experimenting with different sounds.

A similar approach can be taken for a double-disc GreatestHitsAlbum: Most likely, the first contains the greatest hits, while the second contains all- or mostly-new material.

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.

'''Please''' note that this is not simply an album with multiple discs, as with [[Music/TheBeatles the Beatles']] [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum White Album]], but albums where the discs follow different themes, as with [[Music/FooFighters Foo Fighters']] ''In Your Honor'' having all the electric songs on the first disc and all acoustic songs on the second disc.

!!Examples of the Distinct Double Album include:

* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' ''Music/MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness'' is one of these. They're even titled differently - Disc 1 is 'Dawn to Dusk', and Disc 2 is 'Twilight to Starlight'.
** The original 3xLP version takes this even further, with six separately named sides: Dawn, Teatime, Dusk, Twilight, Midnight, and Starlight
** The 4xLP version does not follow this labelling, even though it's the same track listing as the original 2xCD.
** The deluxe 5xCD + DVD reissue has the bonus discs labelled: Morning Tea, High Tea, and Special Tea.
* The Music/FooFighters' ''In Your Honor'' has a first disc with a hard rock sound, and a second disc of more mellow music. The sticker on the cover advertised the discs as "one loud, one not so loud".
* Music/ToriAmos' ''To Venus and Back'' has one disc studio recordings of new songs with an electronic sound quite unlike her normal fare, and one live disc of more familiar songs.
* The Music/SigurRos double album (really a double EP, all the tracks could fit on one disc, if barely) ''Hvarf/Heim'' has one disc (''Hvarf'') of unreleased songs and re-recordings of old songs, and one disc (''Heim'') of stripped-down live versions of previously released songs.
* Thrice's collection ''The Alchemy Index'', released as two double disc sets: Fire & Water, and Air & Earth. Each element was represented on it's own disc, each showcasing a different musical style. Fire contained harder hitting songs, with the only screamed vocals in the set. Water was mostly electronic based. Air was a softer alternative rock sound. Earth was purely acoustic with an echo-y sound to it.
* Frank Black's ''Frank Black Francis'' was a two CD set where the common thread was versions of his [[Music/ThePixies Pixies]] songs: The first disc consisted of acoustic solo demos that had been recorded shortly before ''Come On Pilgrim''. The second was a set of new, experimental [[RearrangeTheSong reinterpretations]] of Pixies songs that Frank Black recorded in collaboration with Keith Moliné and Andy Diagram from the band David Thomas And Two Pale Boys.
* 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'').
** 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.
* Music/RedHousePainters' second album, the first self-titled (usually dubbed ''Rollercoaster'' by fans) was supposed to be a double album. Since 4AD Manager Ivo Watts-Russel didn't trust them to be able to sell a double album as a new band they were forced to shorten it down to a single album. They did get to release the remaining tracks onto ''Bridge'', the second self-titled release. If you look long and hard on the internet, you can find the original intended track listing and recreate the album yourself using files from the two albums.
* Music/RufusWainwright's ''Want One'' and ''Want Two'': similarly to several other examples on this page, the 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''.
* Music/JulianaHatfield's ''Beautiful Creature'' and ''Total System Failure'', simultaneously released in 2000. ''Beautiful Creature'' was a largely acoustic-based solo album, recorded with various studio musicians instead of a consistent backing group. Meanwhile ''Total System Failure'' was recorded as a trio under the name Juliana's Pony, and had a heavier alternative rock sound. ''Beautiful Creature'' was generally better received critically than it's counterpart.
* 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.
* Music/PearlJam's ''rearviewmirror'' has an "Up" disk with rockers ("Even Flow", "Do the Evolution"), and a "Down" disk with calmer songs ("Black", "Last Kiss").
* 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''.
* Music/{{Starflyer 59}}'s compilation ''Easy Come, Easy Go''. Disc 1 is GreatestHits. Disc 2 starts with b-sides and rarities, then ends with a live show.
* 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''. 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}}'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.
* 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.
* Music/SystemOfADown's ''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize'' was intended to be one double album before the songs were split between the two. The cover artwork for both albums overlap, the song "Soldier Side" {{Bookends}} both albums, and the songs are laden with political and social commentary.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance's double live album The Black Parade is Dead! is a CD/DVD double album, with the CD being a live concert in Mexico of The Black Parade album in its entirety, while the DVD had the same live concert taped plus another live gig in Hoboken, New Jersey, where they played a variety of songs of all their albums to that date, including an unreleased, untitled new song.
* When the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' album ''Music/StadiumArcadium'' came with the discs Jupiter and Mars. It was originally planned to be a trilogy of albums, but those plans fell through. Either way, Jupiter was more single-heavy while Mars was... not.
* Music/{{Cream}}'s ''Wheels of Fire'': the first disc is "In the Studio", the second is "Live at the Fillmore".
* Music/{{Donovan}}'s 1967 album "A Gift from a Flower to a Garden" consists of "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", a collection of pop songs intended for an adult audience, and "For Little Ones", an acoustic folk set [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin intended for children]]. The two discs were also released individually.
* The first two discs of Music/GeorgeHarrison's ''Music/AllThingsMustPass'' are standard songs; the third is improvisational music ("jams" to old-school rock fans).
** With the very punny name Apple Jam.
* Music/{{Wings}}pan was a GreatestHits double album. Disc 1 was ([[CanonDiscontinuity almost]]) all of Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}'s biggest hits. Disc 2 was History, containing other [=McCartney=] and Wings songs of varying [[EarWorm catchiness]] and historical importance.
* Music/RodStewart's 2001 UK compilation ''The Story So Far'' had uptempo numbers on the first disc, "A Night Out," and slow numbers on the second disc, "A Night In."
* ''Voodoo Child: The Music/JimiHendrix Collection'': disc 1 is studio tracks, disc 2 is live tracks.
* Al Kooper's ''Rare and Well-Done''. ''Rare'' collects a bunch of demos and previously unreleased songs. ''Well-Done'' is an anthology of his released work.
* Music/JeffBuckley's ''Music/SketchesForMySweetheartTheDrunk'' is a double album, released posthumously.
* 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").
* Everclear's ''Songs From An American Movie Vol. One: Learning To Smile'' and ''Songs From An American Movie Vol. Two: Good Time For A Bad Attitude'', released within four months of each other. Both albums formed a loose concept about divorce and crumbling relationships, [[CreatorBreakdown inspired by Art Aleksakis' recent divorce]]. ''Volume One'' was the LighterAndSofter take on the theme, with mellow, seventies pop/soul inspired songs, while ''Volume Two'' had an angrier tone and combined elements of PostGrunge and HardRock.
* Music/SixteenHorsepower's compilation ''Yours Truly''. The first disc is a standard GreatestHitsAlbum. The second is a collection of non-album singles and alternate versions of songs.
* Music/{{Journey}}'s album ''Revelation'', released in 2008, featured one disc full of covers of songs from the Steve Perry lineup years by then-current frontman Arnel Pineda, and another disc full of new original songs.
* {{Music/Melvins}}' ''A Walk With Love And Death'': the ''Love'' disc is an avant-garde instrumental soundtrack to a short film (also titled ''A Walk With Love And Death''), while the ''Death'' disc is a rock album more akin to their usual style.

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* 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/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/ShaniaTwain's ''Up!'' was apparently released as a double-disc thing, with the same track listing on both discs, but one disc being a pop-mix and the other disc being either a country-mix (in the US) or a Bollywood-style-mix (everywhere else). Proof that there is no format of music Shania Twain cannot make more complicated.
* Music/VinceGill's ''These Days'' is a distinct ''quadruple'' album. It consists of four discs, each comprising songs recorded in a different style: country-rock, country-soul, neo-traditional country, and acoustic gospel.
* Music/TobyKeith's second Christmas album, ''A Classic Christmas''. One track is more secular stuff like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Silver Bells", and the other is hymns and carols like "Joy to the World".
* Music/AlanJackson has a rare double-disc GreatestHitsAlbum. The second disc of ''Greatest Hits II... and Some Other Stuff'' includes eight previously-released album cuts.
* Music/RascalFlatts took a similar approach, with the second disc of its first ''Greatest Hits'' comprising Christmas music to coincide with its late-year release.
* Music/HankWilliams' ''Music/TurnBackTheYearsTheEssentialHankWilliamsCollection'' is a triple compilation album of songs according to themes (bar room anthems, lonesome heart break songs and GodIsLoveSongs).
* Actress Laura Bell Bundy did a variant with her debut ''Achin' and Shakin'''. The album, though only one disc, was separated into "Achin'" and "Shakin'" sections, the former being heartbreak ballads and the latter being more cheery upbeat material, exemplified in lead single "Giddy on Up". Both halves even had separate liner notes and producers.
* Jamey Johnson's ''The Guitar Song'' featured two disks that told a story. In his words, "The first part [[note]]the ''Black Album''[[/note]] is a very dark and sordid story. Then everything after that [[note]]the ''White Album''[[/note]] is progressively more positive, reassuring and redemptive."

* Music/YellowMagicOrchestra's album ''Naughty Boys'' has the instrumental mixes as their own album. When the two were rereleased in the early 00s, they were packaged in the same album.
* Quoth Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} on Pan sonic's ''Kesto'' (234.48:4): "Each of the discs reflects elements of their style of music, with the dynamics and tempi generally decreasing throughout. The first CD consists largely of shorter compositions, reminiscent of the synthesis of pop structures and electronic noise found in industrial precursors like Music/{{Suicide}}, while the second consists of less intense, electro influenced songs, using the same processed sine tones with more restraint and rhythmic consistency. The third and fourth [=CDs=] are more amorphous, the former incorporating Musique concrete elements and the latter is a single hour-long track that recalls early electronic composer Eduard Artemyev."
* The album ''Hotel'' by Music/{{Moby}} is another classic example. The first disc is mainly rock-oriented songs, all with vocals (except for the intro, coda, and hidden track), while the second disc is entirely ambient techno.
* The [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]], as it applies to HouseMusic and Trance Music, is the Creator/GlobalUnderground series.
* Armin Van Buuren's ''A State of Trance'' series. The 2005 installment labelled the [=CDs=] as Light/Dark; all subsequent installments were billed as On The Beach/In The Club.
* Music/PetShopBoys:
** Their 2003 GreatestHitsAlbum, ''[=PopArt=]'', had a "Pop" disc with their upbeat dance-pop numbers and an "Art" disc with their more introspective, artsy stuff. The limited edition came with a ''third'' disc, "Mix", which contained [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin remixes]].
** The 1993 album ''Very'' was briefly available as a special 2-disc edition, ''Very Relentless''. The first disc was the normal ''Very'' album, vocal synthpop tracks. The second disc, ''Relentless'', was six extended dance tunes, five of them with barely any singing or completely instrumental.
* Music/{{Cornelius}} simultaneously released two remix albums, ''CM: Cornelius Mix'' and ''FM: Fantasma Mix'': ''CM'' compiled seven remixes Cornelius had done of other artists, while ''FM'' had most of those same artists remixing seven songs from his album ''Fantasma'' [[hottip:*: The exception is the group Salon Music, who were remixed on ''CM'' but didn't contribute to ''FM'' - instead, ''FM'' included a remix of "Starfruit Surfrider" by Damon Albarn]].
* Some issues of LCD Soundsystem's [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled debut]] included a second disc of singles that had been released prior to the album.
* JoyElectric:
** For the compilation ''The Art and Craft of Popular Music'', Disc 1 has a bunch of rare (or previously unreleased) non-album tracks and remixes, while Disc 2 is a standard GreatestHitsAlbum.
** The album ''The Otherly Opus'' was a distinct double-EP: the first half of the album is JE's usual, impenetrably surreal lyrics, while the second half is a miniature ConceptAlbum about [[Literature/{{Genesis}} the period between the Fall of Man and Noah's flood]]. He almost titled the whole thing ''The Otherly Opus / The Memory of Alpha'' to reflect the bifurcation.

* Experimental rock band Have a Nice Life's debut ''Deathconsciousness'' came in two discs: 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-complementary volumes is the least strange thing about it.
* Not unlike Music/{{Outkast}}'s ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'', Hella's ''Church Gone Wild/Chirpin' Hard'' functioned as one solo album each from the two members. Zach Hill's ''Church Gone Wild'' is the more chaotic and noisy of the two, while Spencer Seim's ''Chirpin' Hard'' is more melodic, and was often compared to his work with GameMusic cover band The Advantage.
* 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 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 Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor.
* ''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.
* ''Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music'' by Music/{{Zoviet France}}. The album consists of two cassettes sandwiched into a clay pot with ''radioactive seagull feathers'' glued to the back.
* Music/TomWaits' ''Music/OrphansBrawlersBawlersAndBastards'' is a triple album consisting of the blues-rock "Brawlers", the piano-driven, ballad-heavy "Bawlers", and the experimental, often spoken-word stuff on "Bastards".

* Music/NeilYoung
** ''Arc/Weld'': ''Weld'' was a straightforward two-disc LiveAlbum, while Arc was a 35 minute sound collage of tune-ups and [[BigRockEnding big rock endings]] from live performances that verged on SensoryAbuse. They were originally released as a three-disc set, but later got individual releases.
** The division into a quiet, acoustic side and a stomping electric side makes ''Music/RustNeverSleeps'' come off this way, although strictly speaking it was always a single album.
* Canadian singer/songwriter Joel Plaskett released a distinct ''triple'' album, appropriately entitled ''Three.'' In addition to overlapping lyrical motifs, the discs were described by accompanying press as respectively about "Leaving, being gone, and coming back."
* Eliza Carthy's ''Red Rice''. ''Red'' is a mixture of folk with dub, pop and electronica; ''Rice'' is straight folk. Critics loved the Distinct Double Album but it proved a little ''too'' distinct for record buyers and was later split up and reissued as separate albums.
* Music/BobDylan:
** Dylan 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.
** 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," and then commanding The Band and to "Play it [[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").
* Music/GordonLightfoot's Gord's Gold has one LP consisting of re-recorded versions of songs originally recorded for United Artists Records, and the 2nd LP consisting of original Reprise recordings such as "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," "Carefree Highway," etc.

* Music/BrightEyes did this, releasing albums "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" and "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" simultaneously. The former is darker with music that is mostly electronic, while the latter is more upbeat with live instrumentation.
* 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.
* Music/MyBrightestDiamond's ''This Is My Hand'' does this over the length of a single album. The first side of the LP is the faster, more intense songs; the second side is the slower, ambient tracks.

* ''Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein'' was a Distinct Single Album on LP. Side I was dedicated to Howard Brubeck's ''Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra'' performed mainly by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Music/LeonardBernstein, with the Dave Brubeck Quartet contributing improvisations. Side II had the Dave Brubeck Quartet by itself covering showtunes from Bernstein's ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' and ''Theatre/WonderfulTown''.

* Music/{{Therion}}'s double live album ''The Miskolc Experience'' has one disc featuring metal covers of classical/opera pieces and one disc of original songs accompanied by a full orchestra.
** Their two albums ''Lemuria'' and ''Sirius B'' were recorded together and released as a double album, but each one is structured like a distinct album.
* 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 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 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.
* Music/{{Moonspell}}'s 2012 double album contained two halves, one being called ''Alpha Noir'', which contained heavier and more aggressive material, and the other being called ''Omega White'', which contained mellow goth rock tunes.
* For Music/{{Metallica}}'s 1998 compilation CoverAlbum, ''Garage Inc.'', Disc 1 consists of new covers, while disc 2 consists of covers recorded by the band over the years.
* 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.)
* Music/{{Isis}} have ''Celestial'' and ''SGNL>05'', released separately because they didn't want their first full-length release to be a double album. The second is still a sequel to the first, though.
* Music/MaudlinOfTheWell have ''Bath'' and ''Leaving Your Body Map'', which are intended to be listened to one after the other but were nonetheless released separately.
* Swallow the Sun's distinct ''triple'' album, ''Songs from the North I, II, & III''. The first disc is melodic death/doom metal of the sort the band is known for, featuring both clean and harsh vocals; the second consists entirely of mellow, mostly acoustic and piano-based music and uses only clean vocals; and the final disc is full-on funeral doom and uses harsh vocals exclusively.
* 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.
* 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/Periphery}} has Juggernaut Alpha/Omega with the former being the {{Backstory}} to the story presented in the latter.
* Music/{{DieApokalyptischenReiter}} did this with their albums ''Tief''[[note]]Deep[[/note]] and ''Tiefer''[[note]]Deeper[[/note]]. The first was a Metal album, the second an acoustic album primarily containing acoustic versions of older songs. Both were released at the same time, also there was a bundle containing both and a small artbook.

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* 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, 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 [[BSide B-Sides]].

* The ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' soundtrack has two discs: the first is the soundtrack itself, and the second is an unrelated audio drama called ''Inescapable Rain in Yoshiwara''.
* From the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' soundtrack, there is coloUrs and mayhem, Universe A and coloUrs and mayhem, Universe B, which are themed around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the universes they are named after]]. Each has a Disc 1 and Disc 2, containing themes for characters from [[spoiler:that side of each universe's scratch]], and an Additional Mayhem section for other songs.
* The soundtrack for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' was released in two volumes. Volume 1, released alongside the game, [[ChristmasRushed had to be prepared prior to the game being finalized]], and thus some pieces have somewhat different arrangements than they do in the game. It also includes some [[FilkSong Halo-themed]] contributions from some outside music artists, such as Music/BreakingBenjamin and Music/{{Incubus}}. Volume 2 was released later, and contains the music as it appeared in the final game.
* The Season 2 soundtrack of songs from ''Series/HannahMontana'', titled ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hannah Montana 2]]'', was packaged as a double album with "Hannah" star Music/MileyCyrus' first album under her own name, titled ''Meet Miley Cyrus'' on the second disc.
* The first ''{{Series/NCIS}}'' soundtrack album had two discs, subtitled ''Special Agent'' and ''Abby's Lab''. While ''Special Agent'' is a mix of various songs from the show with no other over-riding theme, ''Abby's Lab'' is meant to reflect the musical tastes of the character Abby Sciuto and, accordingly, it's heavy on {{Industrial}}, {{EBM}}, and related genres.

* Music/MichaelJackson's ''[=HIStory=]: Past, Present and Future, Book I''. The first disc ([=HIStory=] Begins) was a GreatestHitsAlbum, and the second disc ([=HIStory=] Continues) was all new material.
* Music/ChristinaAguilera's ''Back to Basics'' album. Disc one was standard pop with a throwback to jazz, funk, and soul. Disc two was comprised of live music reminiscent of the The Twenties and TheThirties.

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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/EmersonLakeAndPalmer's ''Works, vol. 1'' was effectively four half-albums. The original double LP was arranged into one side each of individual works - a piano concerto by Keith Emerson, five songs by Greg Lake, six percussion-heavy pieces by Carl Palmer - and one side of collective works, which consisted of their interpretation of ''Fanfare to the Common Man'' and their own composition ''Pirates''.
* Music/{{Yes}} released the two ''Keys to Ascension'' albums as double albums, each containing a live disc and a disc of new studio recordings. (The new songs were later released one on album as ''Keystudio.'')[[note]]Technically the division isn't exactly between live and studio material, since the first volume of ''Keys'' contains two live tracks on the second disc, but it's close enough.[[/note]]
** A more noteworthy example of this by Yes would be the monstrous ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'', which stretched out a mere four songs over two [=LPs=], one on each side. Upon its release, [[BrokenBase it split the fanbase in half]]; Rick Wakeman said that, when it was played live, the audience would be in two halves - "one half would be on some faraway planet, and the other half would be bored shitless". This was the album that caused him to [[WriterRevolt leave the band]], due to not enjoying the material he was playing. He was in the "bored shitless" category, and he was ''playing'' the music.
* Music/PinkFloyd has two of them:
** ''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' "Grantchester 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".
** 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, [[BSide B-Sides]], 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 Omniscient''.
* 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.
** Music/DreamTheater's ''Greatest Hit'' is split into a "Dark Side" covering the more metal influenced material and a "Light Side" covering their LighterAndSofter tracks.
* 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.
* 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.
* Music/{{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''.
* Music/{{Ayreon}}: ''Universal Migrator'' was released as two separate albums with different styles: ''The Dream Sequencer'' is lighter and meant to appeal to the prog-rock fans, while ''Flight of the Migrator'' is heavier and geared towards fans of PowerMetal. Despite the difference in styles, the plotlines of the two albums are connected.

* 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'' showing Andre 3000 experimenting with different genres.
* 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.
* 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''.
* Music/DannyBrown's ''Old'' is on a single disc but is structured like a double album: the first half is something of a throwback to the more raw, stripped-down style present on ''The Hybrid'' (albeit with some of the more experimental elements seen on ''XXX''), while the second half consists of heavily grime and dancehall-influenced club/party tracks with the same dark, experimental edge.

* Music/{{Beyonce}}'s ''I Am... Sasha Fierce'' had the ''I Am...'' disc being filled with introspective ballads and ''Sasha Fierce'' with Beyonce's signature R&B/Pop style complete with a new persona, Sasha Fierce.
* Music/MariahCarey has released two double albums. One is 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/WhitneyHouston's first greatest hits release consists of two discs, "Cool Down," a collection of her ballads, and "Throw Down," remixes of her dance songs.
* The 1991 compilation album ''Music/StarTime'' by Music/JamesBrown consists of four CD's with the best from his entire career; all of the tracks are comprised in chronological order, unintentionally resulting in this trope as each disc covers a certain span of time.

* Rodney Carrington's ''Greatest Hits'' (a misnomer, as he's a singer/comedian who's a NoHitWonder) consists of comedy routines on the first disc, and comedic songs on the second.
* The two-disc ''Woodstock 1999'' companion album roughly separated its performance highlights by genre: ''The Red Album'' focused on the more aggressive bands on the bill - mainly PostGrunge, RapRock, and AlternativeMetal (with a token nod to HipHop in the form of a Music/{{DMX}} track). ''The Blue Album'' was mainly the mellower acts, but also threw in basically everything else that wouldn't have fit on the other disc, be it hip hop (The Roots), ElectronicMusic (Music/TheChemicalBrothers), or swing revival (Brian Setzer Orchestra). The two discs were originally made available as one set, but were later released separately too.
* Music/{{Brentalfloss}}'s first album, ''What If This CD... Had Lyrics?'' has a second version (''What If This CD... Had G-Rated Lyrics?'') which consists of the same songs from the original album, but with all swear words and other sexual references omitted (essentially making it a LighterAndSofter version of the original album).
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin's Distinct Single Album from 1970, ''FM&AM''. The two sides of the same vinyl LP, labeled "FM" and "AM", made reference to the contemporary shift from the latter technology to the former, which Carlin reflected in his material. The "FM" side is recorded in stereo, and features the beginnings of his newer, more introspective comedy style, that he would refine further in ''Class Clown'' and ''Occupation: Foole''. The "AM" side is recorded in mono, and features the last vestiges of the TV-friendly act he was trying to leave behind, including new sketches featuring his Wonderful WINO disc jockey character and "Al Sleet, the hippy-dippy weatherman".
* The third and final tie-in LP for ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' had sketches from the TV series on one disc, and a live recording of the cast's short-lived stage show (mostly new stuff that hadn't been on TV) on the second.