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Old 04-28-04, 12:00 PM
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All-time greatest 3-album streak by an artist?

It seems almost impossible these days for a group or artist to release three great albums back-to-back-to-back, so I was wondering what you think is the greatest three-album streak ever. I think you gotta go with the Beatles "Rubber Soul-Revolver-Sgt. Pepper's", but you could argue "Revolver-Sgt. Pepper's-White Album" excluding "Magical Mystery Tour", which was sorta a Capitol Records album creation. My second place streak would be Pink Floyd "Dark Side-Wish you Were Here-Animals", and third Led Zeppelin "IV-Houses of the Holy-Physical Graffiti". Anyone else want to jump in?
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actually, zeppelin had a 6 album streak, their first 6 (yes, i liked 3) also Hendrix should count as well.
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ANY THREE Cure albums
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Originally posted by DVD Josh
Pearl Jam - Ten - VS. - Vitalogy
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish - Siamiese Dream - MCIS
ANY THREE Cure albums
Foo Fighters most recent
Radiohead - Pablo Honey - Bends - OK Computer
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Old 04-28-04, 12:19 PM
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I won't go as far as to say the ALL time greatest, since that's pretty subjective, but just going from memory while at work, here's what I can think of for personal favorites.

6 (studio) Albums in a Row:
Iron Maiden
1. S/T
2. Killers
3. Number of the Beast
4. Piece of Mind
5. Powerslave
6. Somewhere in Time

4 Albums in a Row:
Metallica
1.Kill Em' All
2. Ride the Lightning
3. Master of Puppets
4. Justice for All

Can't think of any 3 album combinations...

2 Albums in a Row:
Slayer
1. REIGN IN BLOOD
2. South of Heaven
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Originally posted by DVD Josh
ANY THREE Cure albums
I disagree. Mixed Up - Wild Mood Swing - Bloodflowers? I can't really consider any 3 albums to be a succesful streak, though their 80s work would certainly fit.

Sonic Youth: Evol - Sister - Daydream Nation
Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance - Dub Housing - New Picnic Time
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I totally agree you can extend the 3-album streak longer on many great artists. Personally I think the Beatles streak could stretch to 6 ("Help" to "White Album"), the Floyd to 6 ("Meddle" to "Final Cut"), Zeppelin, Stones, Kinks, etc. all longer. But I guess what I was asking from you guys is what do you consider the greatest, most perfect one-two-three punch in rock history (in your own personal opinion). I can think of many others, from Elvis Costello's "My Aim is True-This Year's Model-Armed Forces" to King Crimson's "Lark's Tongue-Starless-Red", Genesis "Foxtrot-Selling England-Lamb", Springsteen "Born to Run-Darkness-The River", several streaks by Rush, etc.
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Originally posted by fallow
I disagree. Mixed Up - Wild Mood Swing - Bloodflowers? I can't really consider any 3 albums to be a succesful streak, though their 80s work would certainly fit.
I would include anything up to Mixed Up, which is a very good album, but nothing new.

Ministry - Land of Rape & Honey - Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste- Psalm 69

Pixies - Pretty much 100% or 5 (or 5-1/2-6 depending on what you include) in a row.

Beastie Boys - 5 in a row
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that's all i can think of, for now.
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Originally posted by Rypro 525
actually, zeppelin had a 6 album streak, their first 6 (yes, i liked 3) also Hendrix should count as well.
Many also say that Black Sabbath's first six are all highly listenable before their "blip" with "Technical Ecstasy" and "Never Say Die". But maybe you have to be a fan
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surprised it hasnt been mentioned, but prince had a nice 3 album streak, 4 if you count an ep.

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U2 - War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree
those three weren't exactly back to back... there were albums in between each.
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Originally posted by Hollowgen
those three weren't exactly back to back... there were albums in between each.
No, there weren't.
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