Double album

A double album is a music album which consists of two records or two audio CDs.

In general, the reasons for an artist or a music publishing house to publish a double album, artistic or sale strategic nature Either the intended for publication musical material too extensive, so that the capacity of a single audio medium is not sufficient, or the artists have a recognizable substantive or musical concept and produce a concept album in that length. Often, concert recordings are on a double or triple album released ( for example, Woodstock or The Concert for Bangla Desh ). In addition, "Greatest Hits" are often for marketing reasons - and " best-of " compilations released as double albums.

The first double album in the world was released on November 13, 1950; Columbia Records released while no newly spieltes work, but The Famous Carnegie Hall Concert 1938 by Benny Goodman.

As the first double albums in the field of pop music are Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan and Freak Out! by Frank Zappa, both of which date from the year 1966. As a result, productions of this kind were not uncommon. Among the most famous of the early double albums include:

The first hip-hop double album All Eyez on Me by 2Pac appeared in 1996., The most commercially successful double album The Wall by Pink Floyd (1979 ), which was sold in the U.S. alone around 23 million times.

In rare cases, such as Chicago Transit Authority by Chicago in 1969, a double album will be released as a debut album. An interesting case is the album Who's Next by The Who (1971 ) dar. Originally a double album called Lifehouse designed, painted the musicians after the end of shooting all the tracks that were not good enough for a publication of its opinion, to the rest of material took place on a single record.

The capacity of a CD is much larger than that of a record. Therefore, today many of the published records on two albums can be stored on one CD in the course of re-releases of old recordings. Consequently, it is a matter of opinion whether such expenditure is considered as a double album. This is the case for example with Self Portrait by Bob Dylan and Live Rust by Neil Young (1979).

In the popular music field also triple albums like Yessongs of Yes (1973 ), or Quad albums found as multiple media alongside double albums only occasionally as the boxed collection of Mike Oldfield (1976) and Chicago at Carnegie Hall Chicago (1972). In the field of classical music such large expenditures due to a different publication concept are to be found ( total expenditure of different types ) more frequently. Examples include Complete Works for String Quartet, a nine records comprehensive complete edition of all string quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, all interpreted by Quartetto Italiano ( 1971), or 12 London Symphonies, a comprehensive edition of the six records Symphonies Nos. 93-104 of Joseph Haydn, all interpreted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eugen Jochum (1973).

Can also be handled jokingly that the term " double album ", is a work of the Austrian jazz avant-gardists Werner Pirchner, in 1973 published a regular album titled Half a double album.