Wednesday Question: Best Double Album?

Name the best double LP the rock world has produced.

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Over the years, rock domain has spawned a vast array of all-time classics, but what took matters to a new level were the double albums.

Due to massive lengths and occasionally overblown concepts, double efforts sometimes fell into the trap of sacrificing quality for the sake of concept, but those who overcame such obstacle were guaranteed a spot among rock titans. So without further ado, this week's Wednesday Question is:

What is the best double album in rock history?

The '70s easily stand out as the decade thriving with stunning double LPs, but the other decades had stuff to offer as well. There can only be one No. 1 though, and you get to chose it.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, 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 traditional UG Top 10. Let's do this, UG!

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    Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. One of the most beautiful albums I have listened to.
    Mezmerize and Hypnotize by System of a Down should be in the list.
    Daron ruins parts of that album for me, some terrible vocals.
    The best thing about these two albums is how well the vocal harmonies of Serj and Daron work together.
    I'd say this. I hate Daron's voice, but it works wonderfully with Serj's.
    this. although i don't really hate his voice, i don't particulary like it either.
    It's why I don't care for Scars on Broadway. Too much Daron and it lacks Serj's writing. Serj and Daron made a great team. As good as their first 3 albums were, for me their best two were Hypnotize/ Mesmerize. Those had the best harmonies and cohesion.
    Do they really count as being a double album though? They were released separately after all. Either way I personally find Hypnotize to be as bad as Mesmerize was good, so nowhere near being the best double-album for me.
    Yes, because the original releases had an extra sleeve on Hpnotize that allows the two albums to be slotted together to make one. And in doing so, the artwork matches up on the inside. If Illusions I & II count, Mes/Hyp definitely does.
    I've always found people rating Mezmerize above Hypnotize to be the most confusing thing ever. Mezmerize would be pretty high on my list of the most inconsistent albums ever (awesome tracks like BYOB and Question?, and then you have Radio/Video which almost literally bores me to death), while Hypnotize is great from start to finish. And Attack!, that riffage, holy shit.
    The Wall
    Honey Badger
    One that a lot of people just don't remember in general - Electric Ladyland by Hendrix . I remember a magazine doing a "Top 50 Double-LPS" and E.L. didn't even make it on there. Someone forgot it was a double?
    Darth Crow
    Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater.
    If 6D doesn't make it I'll be physically upset. Everything about the album just goes so over the top while staying totally grounded. Its beautiful and snarling at the same time.
    Together with Scenes From a Memory, this album is everything progressive metal is about, in its best shape and realisation. It HAS to be on the list, period.
    The Wall is sure to win this. I'm gonna say The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis.
    yes, the wall will win this, but who knows why. its a terrible album.
    (this ought to be good) why is it terrible?
    Because other people like it, obviously! Also, it's not br00tal enough. It also lacks cowbell.
    The fact that no one's allowed to dislike anything on this site without being called a metalhead is kind of ironic, given that you're supposedly mocking closed systems of thought...
    The Beatles - The White Album
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 - Guns N Roses It was a double-album except to marketers who sold it separately to make more $$$.
    Coheed and Cambria: The Afterman Ascension and Descension They shouldn't be number 1 but definitely in the top 10.
    surprised nobody said Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence yet. not that i expect it to make the final list, but still...
    The House of Gold and Bones. Down vote me, IDGAF. Bloody good double album. But since it's not in the 30+ year old category, I expect the circlejerk committee to come bash me.
    That's also what I'm worried about, that as usual in such cases the list will be dominated entirely by 30+ year old albums because you know, CLASSICS.
    Im voting HOGAB but these 30+ albums have proven to be timeless for a reason
    That's also what I'm worried about, that as usual in such cases the list will be dominated entirely by 30+ year old albums because you know, CLASSICS.
    The Clash - London Calling
    Smashing pumpkins.mellon collie and the infinite sadness.
    Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction and Ghost
    I'd agree if they weren't two completely different albums, not a double album. They're meant to be listened together, and were released at the same time, but they're not part of the same LP.
    Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    I'm glad someone posted this, it's the first thing that came to my mind. It's probably the album that solidified John Frusciante as being my favorite guitarist.
    Amazing album, even if you're not a major fan that album has one of the perfect balances of 28 somgs
    System of a Down Hypnotize and Mezmerize They might not be a simultaneous-release, but they are definitely connected. They both represent SoaD at one particular time.
    Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension and Descension
    was sifting the comments just for this, i think it's their best release to date, every song on that double album is amazing, and tells the best story of their whole saga
    Guns N' Chains
    Agreed. I too was going through the comments in search of The Afterman Albums. Just listened to them front to back last night. Definitely list worthy.
    White Album
    Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion
    Damn, accidental downvote. :/ My 2 cents: The Wall is a pretty difficult thing to sit through the entirety of, though is an excellent album.
    To be completelty honest. Yes, it is a little difficult to sit through the entire wall without skipping 1 or 2 songs.
    I completely agree. There are some extremely weak sections to it. While on whole I like the album better than Animals, I don't listen to it nearly as much. I know it's all personal preference, but I don't get how anybody could like The Wall more than Dark Side or WYWH.
    Smashing Pumpkins-Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    Yabba Who
    Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage. Technically it's a triple LP, but it's a double CD.
    If people are upvoting Hypnotize / Mesmerize elsewhere I'm gonna make the case that Zappa's Apostrophe (') / Over-Nite Sensation is a double album too
    Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas To Heaven
    JD Close
    Godspeed never gets enough respect around here, and neither does Mt. Zion.
    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
    Is it a double album?
    The copy I bought a long time ago was - It came with to vinyls with half the songs on one, the rest on the other. I might not be the case with the CD however, but I don't know.
    Slash'n'Burn, You love us, Motorcycle emptiness, Love's sweet exile, Little baby nothing, Stay Beautiful... Definetly a classic that deserves to be mentioned!
    slayer raining blood
    This time you get a thumbs down