Wednesday Question: Greatest Collaboration Album Ever

NOT a supergroup...

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For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think about collaboration albums and answer this:

What's the greatest collaboration album of all time?


- The albums should be released under the name of "Artist 1 &/with Artist 2" on the cover - so two or more separate artists;- The albums should NOT be a collaborative project with the new unique name, such as a new supergroup.

Apart from that, standard RULES apply: post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).Multiple nominations of one album create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given effort to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same record, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

Finally, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Also, Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane.
    So great pick! but regarding Coltrane, I'll choose: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - "Duke Ellington & John Coltrane" (1963) Jazz has a lot of great collaborative albums, but this one is a true classic made by two masters.
    Mingus and Eric Dolphy at Antibes was a pretty fucking special album as well.
    Wow, never thought I'd see an Eric Dolphy reference on UG; I graduated form his Alma-Matter, LeMoyne College. Our party day every year is Dolphy Day and it started when students protested class by sitting in the quad listening to Eric Dolphy records. Unfortunately, since the school mascot is the Dolphin, people think that's where the name originated
    Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco De Lucia - Friday Night In San Francisco
    YES YES YES. I was just coming down here to post this. A million times YES!
    Jimmy Page & David Coverdale - Coverdale-Page 1993
    How is this not higher? I though it was an excellent album. and its one of the few listed here that actually meets the requirements.
    Agree. Inherited it when I got married. First time I listened to it I was blown away.
    Riding With The King - Eric Clapton and BB King
    The album contains nothing new, all the songs are old, a lost opportunity if ever there was one. A very mediocre album. If you want a real blues collaboration, then check out Muddy Waters with Johnny Winter "Hard Again":
    nah nah nah Hold the hell up. WHERE THE FUCK IS MAD SEASON ABOVE?!?!?!?
    In the "doesn't fit the question" box. A better suggestion would be something like The Basement Tapes from Bob Dylan and The Band.
    fuck yes it does. It's a collab between Layne, Mike, Barrett, and that other dude.
    Technically that's correct. But the rules disqualify it because it's a supergroup with its own name. It's not the type of collaboration they're looking for.
    Thanks Obi Wan but that jedi trick doesn't work on me. BB King and Eric Clapton together is a supergroup technically.
    Neurosis & Jarboe - "Neurosis & Jarboe" (2003) With Neurosis being real masters of creation of great apocalyptic music, and Jarboe, ex-vocalist of Swans with her diverse vocals from mystic to the whisper to the beast growling and her very deep and personal lyrics, this album is one of the best collaborations ever for me.
    Don't know if you do any interviews for UG, but since you're obviously a Neurosis fan, do you think you guys could get an interview with scott Kelly? I'm only now getting into them but he seems like a really interesting guy and passionate about his music. Bet it would be an interesting read.
    Hah) I can't call myself a fan, but I really love and respect what guys are doing - so of course it'll be great to do an interview with Scott or Steve (anyway, all of the Neurosis members are really interesting guys) - but first we want to see that this interview will be interesting to our readers. But regarding the fact that Neurosis will release their album in September I think it'll be a really great idea - thank you for it!
    Stunning album, came here to add it - had the pleasure of seeing this live too. Jarboe is a force of nature.
    Stan Getz + Charly Byrd - Jazz Samba OMG! classic guitar and saxo to blow your mind
    Just picked this up today. I'm really excited to hear it. I've heard nothing but good things about it
    Aryan Death Man
    Velvet Underground and Nico
    Why is this downvoted?
    Because this is UG and it's not classic metal or bland modern metal.
    Looks like people came back to their senses now. Will to live on this planet restored.
    Bedside Shred
    God FUCKING damn these Wednesday things fill up fast The best album collabo has gotta be Mike Patton & John Kadda - Romances. Otherworldly shit.
    Almost all Patton's projects are brilliant - he's a real genius - but Kaada/Patton project is a real masterpiece!.. And this track will always give me goosebumps...
    Sunn O))) & Ulver - "Terrestrials" (2014) Another great collaboration of two big artists.
    Stan Getz and João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto An absolute classic. One of the finest Bossa Nova records ever.
    First jazz album to win the Grammy for album of the year
    John Frusciante & Josh Klinghoffer - A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
    This album doesn't get the love it deserves, probably because it's more electronic than rock but there's some fantastic songwriting, beautiful vocals and the production is top notch.
    Page and Plant - No Quarter sure, they were bandmates before. but it's a post LZ collaboration with old music and newly written as well. if this doesn't suffice, eat me.
    It's from two amazing artists that dont have a single post about them on UG. Amazingly sad. Shawn Lane and Jonas Hellborg colab. Marked by individual technical virtuosity and collective harmony of expressionthe album escorts the listener through a variety of styles, including rock and funk music, in which "the key ingredient is listening to others"building on it", extending it, taking it someplace new before handing it back".It is this multifaceted process of personal and collective musical communication that explains the title of Personae.
    ive owned this album for a long time and it is sad its not more popular but at the same time kinda cool to have something that is rare
    I just find it hard to beilieve that Ultimate Guitar doesn't have a single lesson or news related to Shawn Lane. He was considered the best by the best.
    yea he is pretty much unknown but to true guitar players he is a legend. i used to hear that buckethead was one of his students, not sure if true but i wouldn't doubt it.
    It is, all that tapping and diminished licks are ideas that came from Shawn.
    Robert Rich & B. Lustmord - "Stalker" (1995) Two biggest artists in the dark ambient/ambient genre created of the darkest ambient albums ever - it was inspired by the 1979 film "Stalker" by Andrei Tarkovsky (which was a screening of the book "Roadside Picnic" written by Russian science fiction writers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky) - it is like an alternative soundtrack to the movie, and you can literally feel its atmosphere. Definitely the dark ambient classic - and real gem.
    Uggggh this is so good. Exceptional pick and not one I expected to see scrolling down this list. One of my favorite dark ambient albums for sure. I didn't know it was inspired by "Stalker." I'll have to check that out.
    Øystein Sevåg + Lakki Patey - "Visual" (1994) Unfortunately mostly unknown collaboration between Norwegian composer and new age musician Øystein Sevåg and English-Norwegian guitarist Lakki Patey, it is a really underrated gem in music world. Guys, please, just listen to it - I wish that more people will know about this album:
    Metallica & Lou Reed
    I wonder how many people upvoted this as a joke compared to how many people actually agree.
    Man fuck this website, the community is so full of shit anymore and I lost all faith in it.
    You're part of said shit. In fact, you're like UG's own personal, unique flavour of shit. You have literally nothing constructive to add to any article, all I ever see from you is bitching and - apparently - taking jokes way too seriously.
    Yet you post here more than anyone else I can find. And every post is a complaint. You are the most miserable motherfucker I have ever seen on any music site. Why don't you take up cooking or run for office or something, some gig where being a dick is lauded. Or take all that anger and make some decent music out of it and show us all how it's done.. I mean damn dude...
    My office job has been running slow. It's actually my last day here so you probably won't see much of me on here after today. I tried achieving negative IQ but you fucks keep liking my shit.
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Raising Sand" Probably Plant's best work outside of Zeppelin.
    St. Vincent & David Byrne - Love this Giant
    Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    This one is great. Gotta love Byrne, great musician.
    His best collaboration was with the Simpsons, though I think it's still her weakest album. Lots of missed potential and it feels a bit like they just... combined their music instead of creating something new out of both. However, my expectations were incredibly high and even a weak collaboration between these two is still an amazing record :3
    I cannot upvote this enough. I was about to post it, but I'm glad you did and that it's getting some love.
    Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul I double checked and each of the thirteen songs on it includes (feat. ___), it's even more than just Sparklehorse and Danger mouse... If you haven't heard it, check it out and features tons of other artists such as Black Francis (Pixies), Iggy Pop, Nina Persson (the Cardigans, Julian Casablancas (Strokes), The Flaming Lips, James Mercer (the Shins, Broken Bells) etc. etc. Not a guitar heavy album, but deserves to be on the list imo.
    Richie Kotzen & Greg Howe - Tilt I'm not expecting this to be on the final top, but you all should listen to it
    Erkan Oğur & Djivan Gasparyan - "Fuad" (2001) Great collaboration of Turkish and Armenian masters. Just feel it.
    Buddy Guy and Junior Wells "Play the Blues". Two of the best, doing what they do best!
    Chester and Lester- Les Paul and Chet Atkins. Two guys that re-invented guitar playing and guitars themselves
    I just commented this (and also their second album Guitar Monsters), and then found this. It's good seeing someone else mention them. It's stupid that they won't list, seeings all the things Les did for the guitar and studio recording, and the fact that Chet is the godfather of the guitar
    The fact that this has stagnated at +2 while fucking Apocalyptic Love just a few entries higher has climbed from negative votes to double digits is really sad. I'm a huge Slash fan, but that album sucks. Then again, this isn't hard rock or metal, so I wouldn't expect users here to even consider it. Oh well, their loss.
    Storm Corrosion This was a one-time collaboration between Steven Wilson and Mikael Aekerfeldt, and I don't think they ever toured behind the album, so I think it qualifies under the rules.
    Amazing project, but please see the rules: "The albums should NOT be a collaborative project with the new unique name, such as a new supergroup."
    I don't really get this, Storm Corrosion was the eponymous name for that one time project. It's also obvious that they had no intentions of doing more collaborations under an official band name. I'm sorry but it makes no sense.
    Yeah, I'm not sure why that oddly specific qualifier was added. I can totally agree on supergroups not being eligible, but disqualifying a clear one-time collaboration over something as trivial as the parties adopting a name for the collaboration is weird.
    "The albums should be released under the name of "Artist 1 &/with Artist 2" on the cover - so two or more separate artists" Ok. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young then.
    yeah. according to that rule, "Emerson, Lake and Palmer" and "Anderson Wakeman Bruford Howe" are "just" collaborations
    Yea, against the rules, but Im glad someone mention it. Ljudet Innan is one of the best songs of my life.
    I agree. I listened to that song over 100 times within the first couple weeks of owning the album.
    Erik Truffaz & Murcof - "Mexico" (2008) Real masterpiece by French jazz trumpeter and Mexican electronic composer.
    No more tears. Lemmys help on those songs really made them come together
    Why the fuck was this thumbed down?
    Because it's not the type of collaboration they're looking for. He was mentioned as a co-writer on something like three or four songs. I don't think he's even on the album at all, so how would it even count anyway? Regardless of any of that, though, it's cataloged as an Ozzy solo album, so you don't even have to get into the details before it's disqualified.
    Shit, he is right well in that case coverdale and page. Sorry i just got all excited when i saw the link.
    Rebel meets rebel
    Looks like UG ran out of questions. This was a question ONLY TWO YEARS AGO
    Technically this is different. That article is talking about best collaboration songs. This question is asking for albums
    Pretty much the same thing since songs from an album pretty much equates best album. Because how can you have that Eric clapton and bb king song be #10 on this previous one but now it's the gold ribbon on this one even though it's the album. "Oh that song sucks but the album is the greatest collab album ever?" Nah
    You can have a single track that's a collaboration on an album that's otherwise collaboration free. Any song from these albums would qualify for that list, but songs from that list wouldn't necessarily be qualified for this list because a lot of them aren't part of a full collaborative album. That being said, this does feel like a pretty lazy question, but the limitations they've put in place should at least have a different group of entries than what we usually get, even though the pool of potential nominations is relatively shallow for the type of music most people here seem to listen to.
    07/12/2013 THREE YEARS AGO Oh, Russell Allen + Jorn Lande = Allen/Lande
    I-Am-The-Man · Aug 17, 2016 01:07 PM
    Slackerbitch · Aug 17, 2016 06:26 PM
    Wow, that was so bad. I even like both acts, but not together.
    netra ft. We'rewolves - Dreading Consciousness netra by itself is a rather interesting project combining trip-hop with black metal. On this record he's joined by a hip-hop group (?) we'rewolves. Maybe not the best collaboration album ever, but definitely a one deserving a listen if you're into gloomy experimental music.
    Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble - "Officium" (1994) What will be if combine choral music/Gregorian chants with one of the most interesting jazz saxophonists? Here's the answer.
    Tribes of Neurot & Walking Time Bombs - "Static Migration" (1998) Great collaboration between tribes of Neurot, experimental/ambient alter ego of Neurosis, and Walking Timebombs aka Scott Ayers.
    The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos
    Great album, but I'm not sure it counts since it's technically a band name that contains both of their names.