In the wide, deeply varied, and ever-opinionated world of music, there are always milestones in which (most) critics agree. Over the decades, for audiophiles everywhere, these can often be linked to the releases of game-changing triple albums. Triple albums are exactly as they sound—a release of three albums together in one.
They span all genres, from punk to heavy metal to acoustic to electronic, and everything in between. Some are recordings from iconic live performances, while others are carefully crafted rock operas. They can showcase breakout styles or be compilations of greatest hits throughout a band or artist's lifetime.
Most people remember the earliest ones, like "Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More," or George Harrison's "The Concert for Bangladesh." These legendary recaps of two powerful music events in history set the art of triple albums in motion, and it only evolved from there.
Stacker dove into music history and picked out 50 triple LPs for you to journey through. Triple LPs are all very different. Even the qualifications that make them a triple LP tend to vary (notice the drastic difference in album lengths across the selection). They're only categorized together because they were all once released as three-part albums. To qualify for the list, the album had to be released as a triple LP at some point in time. Several albums on this list were released in multiple formats at different times throughout the band's career. For the sake of finding original recordings, we've avoided "Best of" and straight compilation albums. But live, anthology, and bootleg albums primarily composed of alternate versions of already released songs were included. Albums are organized by release year.
Have you ventured down the path of the world’s most memorable triple LPs? How many have you listened to yourself? Take a look at this list, turn up the stereo, and explore these 50 triple LPs it’s finally time to listen to.
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