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Old 04-28-04, 11:00 AM
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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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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
Weezer
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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
Weezer
nuff 'said (regarding current music)
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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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Notorious BIG
Life After Death - Ready to Die (if you count the 2 disc set as 2 dif. albums)

Guns N Roses
Lies- Use Your Illusion I - & II
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Bob Dylan:

Bringing It All Back Home
Highway 61 Revisted
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Pearl Jam- Ten - Vs - Vitalogy-
Radiohead -the bends- ok computer- Kid A
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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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Tool-UnderTow,Enima,Lateralous

Pearl Jam-Ten,VS,Vitoligy

Alice"N"Chains-Facelift,Dirt,A"N"C(Tripod)

Metallica-Killem All,Ride the Lighting,Master of Puppets,AJFA

Eminem-SS LP,MM LP,Em Show
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albums not mentioned already:

David Bowie - Low, Heroes, Lodger
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk
White Stripes - De Stijl, White Blood Cells, Elephant
Wilco - Being There, Summer Teeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Outkast - ATliens, Aquemini, Stankonia
T-REX - Electric Warrior, The Slider, Tanx
The Band - Music From Big Pink, The Band, Stage Fright
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde
Portishead - Dummy, Portishead, PNYC
Nirvana - Nevermind, In Utero, Unplugged
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After The Gold Rush, Harvest
Sleater-Kinney - Call The Doctor, Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock


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.
</small>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.

dirty mind
controversy
1999
purple rain
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Prince - Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain*

Stevie Wonder - Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, Songs In the Key Of Life

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On, Trouble Man, Let's Get It On

[I'D keep going, but I know most others wouldn't...]
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U2 - War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree
The Cure - The Head on the Door, Kiss Me x3, Disintegration
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go, This is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Blur - Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape
The Clash - S/T, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration, Music for the Masses, Violator
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon
Husker Du - Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, Flip Your Wig
Outkast - ATLiens, Aquemini, Stankonia
Pet Shop Boys - Actually, Behaviour, Very
Pixies - Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova
Pulp - His 'N' Hers, Different Class, This is Hardcore
Radiohead - The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A
Sonic Youth - EVOL, Sister, Daydream Nation
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River
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Originally posted by monkey
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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Pretty Hate Machine - Broken - The Downward Spiral - The Fragile

Van Halen:
Van Halen - Van Halen II - Women and Children First
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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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Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head - all three were completely different with different styles.

Beatles: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper

Old 97s: Hitchhike to Rhome, Wreck Your Life, Too Far to Care

Twisted Sister: Under the Blade, You Can't Stop Rock N Roll, Stay Hungry (vote for my fav elementary school band)
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Just because I didn't see them named -

Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True through Trust (five albums)
Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express through Computer World
The Velvet Underground: Nico through The Velvet Underground
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