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    Best 6 back-to-back

    I was trying to come up with any band that had ever challenged the amazing string of incredible albums put out by the BEATLES in their best days wherein they released 6 back-to-back great albums:
    RUBBER SOUL
    REVOLVER
    SGT. PEPPER'S
    MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
    WHITE (68)
    ABBEY ROAD

    I realize one could argue over MMT as well as Yesterday & Today and Yellow Submarine. Those were released, perhaps, for ulterior purposes.

    At any rate, the only other band that I could come up with that rivaled the amazing amount of writing and performing talent that could release 6 back-to-back albums that kept my interest was YES (I am showing my bias here?)
    THE YES ALBUM
    FRAGILE
    CLOSE TO THE EDGE
    TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS
    RELAYER
    GOING FOR THE ONE

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    How about 11 quality albums in 10 years? David Bowie probably had the longest string of solid albums for me. Not everyone is a total gem worthy of a Beatle's comparison, but I could easily pick 6 that were and still are as meaningful to me as some of those Beatles albums. Definitely the Rolling Stones for me from 12X5 through to Exile, especially if I could maybe skip one or two since there's more than 6. And maybe Neil Young if you include Déjà Vu and the Buffalo Springfield Again album (the last one barely had Young on it), and maybe drop Time Fades Away and the first one. Guess that's cheating, eh? Tough to name an artist with that many great albums in a row, and with no missteps. Definitely wouldn't have thought of Yes

    1970 The Man Who Sold the World
    1971 Hunky Dory
    1972 Ziggy Stardust
    1973 Aladdin Sane
    1974 Diamond Dogs
    1975 Young Americans
    1976 Station to Station
    1977 Low
    1977 Heroes
    1979 Lodger
    1980 Scary Monsters

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    Bowie immediately came to my mind too.

    But since Davey beat me too it, I'll have to go with Rush. I know that many here will disagree with me, but IMO Rush's early years were filled with consistantly strong releases.

    1975 - Caress of Steel
    1975 - Fly By Night
    1976 - 2112
    1977 - A Farewell to Kings
    1978 - Hemispheres
    1980 - Permanent Waves
    1981 - Moving Pictures
    1982 - Signals

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    1969 - Stand Up
    1970 - Benefit
    1971 - Aqualung
    1972 - Thick As A Brick
    1972 - Living In The Past
    1973 - A Passion Play
    1974 - War Child
    1975 - Minstrel In The Gallery
    1976 - Too Old To Rock, Too Young To Die
    1977 - Songs From The Wood
    1978 - Heavy Horses
    1979 - Stormwatch

    Living In The Past wasn't a studio album. Just a collection of singles that weren't released on albums, for the most part, so you can delete that if you want but it's pretty good. Also missing are two greatest hits albums released during that period. The live album, Bursting Out, released after Heavy Horses, was not included as well although I think it's a great live album.

    Stand Up and Benefit are hit and miss by many but I'd say from Aqualung forward, Tull had quite a run.

    Oh, A Passion Play is certainly an acquired taste, I'll admit that.

    So is TAAB.

    And for some, ALL OF IT is an acquired taste.

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    Just my opinion, but how about 8 in a row from Van:

    68- Astral Weeks
    70- Moondance
    70- His Band and The Street Choir
    71- Tupelo Honey
    72- St. Dominic's Preview
    73- Hard Nose The Highway
    74- Too Late To Stop Now
    74- Veedon Fleece

    or 12 from Guy Clark (the entire output):

    75- Old #1
    76- Texas Cookin'
    78- S/T
    81- South Coast of Texas
    83- Better Days
    89- Old Friends
    92- Boats To Build
    95- Dublin Blues
    95- Craftsman
    97- Keepers
    99- Cold Dog Soup
    02- The Dark

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    Heres a few artists who, tho not quite Beatlesque, had pretty solid back to back track records

    Fleetwood Mac, leave out Penguin and you have some real solid music that spanned several styles over 10 years or so.

    1969 Then Play On
    1970 Kiln House
    1971 Future Games
    1972 Bare Trees
    1973 Penguin
    1973 Mystery to Me
    1974 Heroes Are Hard to Find
    1975 Fleetwood Mac
    1977 Rumours
    1979 Tusk

    The Boss was solid from the get go, Asbury Park was not a personal favorite but man, he powered up after that with some really good stuff.

    1973 Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
    1973 The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
    1975 Born to Run
    1978 Darkness on the Edge of Town
    1980 The River
    1982 Nebraska
    1984 Born in the U.S.A.

    After culling Paul Simon's live concert and soundtrack for One Trick Pony, he had 6 winners too.

    1972 Paul Simon
    1973 There Goes Rhymin' Simon
    1975 Still Crazy After All These Years
    1983 Hearts and Bones
    1986 Graceland
    1990 Rhythm of the Saints

    No way you can leave the Bryds off. Just too damn good and near Beatlesque:

    1965 Mr. Tambourine Man
    1965 Turn! Turn! Turn!
    1966 Fifth Dimension
    1967 Younger Than Yesterday
    1968 The Notorious Byrd Brothers
    1968 Sweetheart of the Rodeo
    Do I have to spell it out?

    C---H---E---E----S----E

    A--N--D

    O---N---I---O---N---S

    Oh No

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    Well I guess that in the end it all boils down to a matter of taste. While I'm not going to try to argue that the following bands are necessarily on par with someone else's opinion of the Beatles releases they do fit the requirement in my judgement.

    Kiss-The first six albums and potentially the first seven if you can excuse "Then She Kissed Me" from the Love Gun lp make it according to me. Actually if you can allow Love Gun then Alive II is a no brainer would automatically make it 8. Clearly I'm not the Kiss fan that I was but these albums do still seem able to withstand critical scrutiny for what they are. Of course you may choose to exclude live albums from consideration which would still leave 6 proper studio albums.

    Styx-Begining with the '75 release of Equinox and running until the '81 release of Paradise Theater Styx had a string of 6 albums that for a while sustained them as the recognized #1 rock band in the world. I'll admit that at the time I purchased them all and still have them all on LP.

    (wait for the groans to end...)

    The Ramones-Put me down for the first straight 10, that's TEN Ramones albums. I'm a bit of an oddity here and I am willing to concede that many don't find Subterranean Jungle as interesting as I do. Even so, were I to knock that one off the list that still gives me 8 solid albums. I won't do that of course and only in part because Too Tough To Die certainly would qualify and that comes after St Jungle

    Put me down for the Chemical Brothers as well!

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    Can't believe no one mentioned Zep yet

    C'mon

    s/t debut
    II
    III
    s/t
    Houses Of The Holy
    Physical Graffiti
    Presence
    In Through The Out Door

    I'm not counting The Song Remains The Same 'cause it's live and blows; plus Graffiti is a double and makes up for that

    Hey Jack70, thanks for the Timemasheen stuff. Wasn't expecting anything. I'll spin some of them later tonight. Any day can be X-Mas in Rave Recs land

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark

    Styx-Begining with the '75 release of Equinox and running until the '81 release of Paradise Theater Styx had a string of 6 albums that for a while sustained them as the recognized #1 rock band in the world. I'll admit that at the time I purchased them all and still have them all on LP.

    (wait for the groans to end...)

    jc
    No groans from me.

    I'm a closet Styx fan so consider this my "coming out"

    I have all those albums except for Cornerstone. Most of which I purchased years ago. My favorites are Equinox and the follow up Crystal Ball. Admittedly, the pre-Equinox material sux. "Lady" and possible, "Man Of Miracles" are the only songs even worth mentioning from that period. Many people loathe Tommy Shaw but I think he added a nice dimension to the band. More so than the late John Curulewski for whom he replaced.

    Kilroy Was Here sux in the worst way though. They oughtta burn the master copies of that mess and never allow it to be recorded again.

    I heard rumours of possible remasters in the works. I wonder if they are true.

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    Steely Dan

    Can't Buy A Thrill (1972)
    Countdown To Ecstacy (1973)
    Pretzel Logic (1974)
    Katy Lied (1975)
    The Royal Scam (1976)
    Aja (1977)
    Gaucho (1980)

    Stevie Wonder

    Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    Innervisions
    Fulfillingness' First Finale
    Songs In the Key of Life
    Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants
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    Pink Floyd, Metallica, Pixies, Death, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden

    Pink Floyd (6):
    Meddle
    Obscured By Clouds
    (way underrated)
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    Wish You Were Here
    Animals
    The Wall


    Metallica (4):
    Kill 'Em All
    Ride The Lightning
    Master Of Puppets
    ..And Justice For All


    Pixies (5):
    Come On Pilgrim EP
    Surfer Rosa
    Doolittle
    Bossanova
    Trompe Le Monde


    Death (4):
    Human
    Individual Thought Patterns
    Symbolic
    The Sound Of Perseverence


    Jimi Hendrix (4):
    Are You Experienced?
    Axis: Bold As Love
    Electric Ladyland
    Band Of Gypsys (Live At The Filmore East)


    Stevie Ray Vaughan (not counting live releases) (4):
    Texas Flood
    Couldn't Stand The Weather
    Soul To Soul
    In Step


    Iron Maiden (6):
    Self-titled
    Killers
    Number Of The Beast
    Piece Of Mind
    Powerslave
    Somewhere In Time


    Opeth (6):
    Morningrise
    My Arms, Your Hearse
    Still Life
    Blackwater Park
    Deliverence
    Damnation


    Talking Heads (5):
    '77
    More Songs About Building And Food
    Fear Of Music
    Remain In Light
    Speaking In Tongues


    Sepultura (4):
    Beneath The Remains
    Arise
    Chaos A.D.
    Roots


    Black Sabbath (5):
    Self-titled
    Paranoid
    Master Of Reality
    Vol. 4
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


    Led Zeppelin (6):
    I
    II
    III
    IV
    Houses Of The Holy
    Physical Graffitti


    The Who (5):
    The Who Sell Out
    Tommy
    Live At Leeds
    Who's Next
    Quadrophenia


    The Rolling Stones (4):
    Beggars' Banquet
    Let It Bleed
    Sticky Fingers
    Exile On Main Street


    Neil Young (7):
    Self-titled (also underrated)
    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    After The Gold Rush
    Harvest
    Tonight's The Night
    On The Beach
    Zuma


    Bob Dylan (7):
    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
    Another Side Of..
    The Times They Are A'Changin'
    Bringing It All Back Home
    Highway 61 Revisited
    Blonde On Blonde
    John Wesley Harding


    Husker Du (5):
    Zen Arcade
    New Day Rising
    Flip Your Wig
    Candy Apple Grey
    Warehouse: Songs And Stories


    Proportionally, Joy Division also ruled. Both studio albums and Substance, a singles compilation, are excellent. And that's not counting the two or three live albums released. The Velvet Underground also had three classics in a row. The worthiness of Loaded, however, is debatable. Some fans consider it a classic, some don't.
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    This sorta stuff is SO subjective . . .

    XTC-
    Drums and Wires
    Black Sea
    English Settlement
    Mummer
    Big Express
    Skylarking
    Oranges and Lemons
    Nonsuch

    Pick your favorite 6.

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    geez, you guys are pulling out some data!

    Dang, I'm impressed.

    Who have ya'll forgot?

    Kansas:

    Kansas, Masque, Song for America, Leftoverture, Point of Know Return


    Genesis:

    Trespass
    Foxtrot
    Nursery Cryme
    LIVE
    Selling England
    The Lamb

    Dang I can't do anymore of this until I get in front of my collection.

    Hey Darren email me please on commercial email services.

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    I really think that possibly only Dylan and the Kinks can challenge the run of Beatles albums. I agree with the list of Dylan albums by Mad Rhetorik. Here's my list of Kinks albums:

    Kontroversy
    Face to Face
    Something Else
    The Village Green Preservation Society
    Arthur . . .
    Lola . . .
    Muswell Hillbillies

    As much as I love the Ramones, there was a serious drop off (IMO) after the first four (Phil Spector comes to mind . . .). And the Led Zeppelin albums challenging the Beatles' albums? Not in this lifetime.
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    This sorta stuff is SO subjective . . .

    XTC-
    Drums and Wires
    Black Sea
    English Settlement
    Mummer
    Big Express
    Skylarking
    Oranges and Lemons
    Nonsuch

    Pick your favorite 6.

    DUDE ! You're still alive ?????

    So subjective ?

    Of course ! That is what gets a good thread started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenH
    No groans from me.


    I heard rumours of possible remasters in the works. I wonder if they are true.

    Darren
    Don't know why they wouldn't be true. The best of volumes 1&2 are both remastered, 24 bit perhaps? At any rate my guess is that these will be more than sufficient to satisfy the rare urge to listen to Styx toons. Someday I may get a TT set up and listen to them in all their former glory but I'm not setting a time table for that to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterCylinder
    DUDE ! You're still alive ?????
    Look who's talking!

    Compare our post counts. Where ya been?

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    What about these guys?

    Their first 6 discs, huh? HUH???

    First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, Fandango!, Tejas and El Loco.

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    I can't think of any.

    No, wait:

    Tangerine Dream -- Ricochet, Stratosfear, Cyclone, Force Majeure, Tangram, Exit, White Eagle, Hyperborea, Le Parc, Underwater Sunlight, Tyger, Optical Race, Lily on the Beach, Melrose, Rockoon.

    Kraftwerk -- their entire discography up until 1981: Tone Float (as Organisation), Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk 2, Ralf und Florian, Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans Europe Express, The Man Machine, Computer World

    Klaus Schulze -- starting with Picture Music, Timewind, Moondawn, Body Love, Mirage, Body Love Vol. 2, "X", Dune, Live, Dig It.

    Sorry, I'm just not a big Beatles fan. Kudos to the previously mentioned: Yes (although I would start with The Yes Album and work my way to 90125), Genesis, Jethro Tull, Rush, Bowie. Golden Earring just wasn't consistent enough to have 6 in a row. Numan might've, but I missed a couple in the middle, so can't honestly vouch. Plus, Outland is kind of mediocre, and shortly after that, he got a little mixed up in releasing a lot of compilations and live albums and such.

    Mike Oldfield -- Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Incantations, Platinum, QE2, Five Miles Out, Crises, Discovery, Killing Fields, Islands, Earth Moving, Amarok, Heaven's Open. (Never really got into TB2, which stops me from putting Songs of Distant Earth on the list.) Plus, Discovery might be pushing it -- it wasn't a gem the way the others are to me.

    Vangelis? Let's see: Earth was kind of weird, so start with Heaven & Hell, Albedo 0.39, Spiral, Beauborg...oops, stumble...start over...China, Opera Sauvage (I know, I ruled out one of his other soundtracks, why didn't I rule out this one? Because I suck at rules), See You Later...dagnabit, another stumble...Chariots of Fire, Antarctica, Soil Festivities, Mask, Direct...meh, I give up.

    Skinny Puppy? Let's try: Remission was an EP, so start with Bites, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, Cleanse Fold & Manipulate, VIVIsectVI, Rabies, Too Dark Park, Last Rights.

    That's all for now.
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    Elvis Costello comes close...

    ...with his first six;

    My Aim is True
    This Year's Model
    Armed Forces
    Get Happy
    Trust
    Imperial Bedroom

    Not quite Beatles or Dylanesque, but not a bad run of albums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterCylinder
    Best 6 back-to-back
    I was trying to come up with any band that had ever challenged the amazing string of incredible albums put out by the BEATLES in their best days wherein they released 6 back-to-back great albums:
    RUBBER SOUL
    REVOLVER
    SGT. PEPPER'S
    MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
    WHITE (68)
    ABBEY ROAD
    I realize one could argue over MMT as well as Yesterday & Today and Yellow Submarine. Those were released, perhaps, for ulterior purposes.
    As for the Beatles, I'll disagree with the strength of some of those albums... MMTour was a "made up" album (EP+singles)... Yellow Sub was also weak IMO because it wasn't a "real" album, "Let It Be" as well (it was recorded before Abbey Rd)... and The White Album was weak (disjointed at best, a mess at worst... and a glimpse at their soon-to-be breakup). But Help and For Sale were as strong as Rubber Soul in many ways... I'd start there for consecutive back-to-back albums. IMO, The Beatles later album work (post-Sgt Pepper), had great peaks... and great valleys. Even Abbey Road. Not a knock on them, but they lost their consistency (songs within albums) over their last few years (still better than 99%).

    Stone is 100% correct (pretty good, that's yer 100'th post too!)... that Kinks run is without peer. (you forgot Percy, although it's not up to par to the others... of course it's not a "real" album either, so lets not count it). But it should be noted that the Kinks released another 2+ albums worth of cuts during that period, but they were either not on albums, or never "officially" released ("4 more respected gentlemen" etc). So it's really more like a 10 LP run. Kinks win!

    Although not as consistently strong, I'd pick these too: Man (from 69-74), XTC (starting with their 1'st), King Crimson (starting with their very 1'st), Hendrix, SBB, and Zappa's first 10 (up through 71's Live @ Filmore), Genesis (up through W&W).
    You don't know... jack

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    never said they were better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stone
    And the Led Zeppelin albums challenging the Beatles' albums? Not in this lifetime.
    ..just a pretty good run. OK, how about Prince?

    Dirty Mind
    Controversy
    1999
    Purple Rain
    Around The World In A Day
    Parade
    Sign 'O' The Times

    Not the Beatles either but one could argue a much wider cross-cultural appeal, which I won't.

    Not the BeAtles either but all of the Bon Scott-era AC/DC albums made for an impressive run (if you're into that sorta thing)

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