My favorite album runs…

A list of what I consider some of the best 4-album studio runs in rock-n-roll history. I insist on studio because the careers of all these groups are peppered with live recordings (Get Yer Ya-Yas Out) and intermediate projects (Rattle and Hum) but I wanted to list the albums which consisted of a concentrated studio effort and the momentus way that some groups were able to churn out incredible music back-to-back from the studio.

4-album runs:
Rolling Stones: from 1968-1972 – Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street
Beatles: from 1965 to 1967 – Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper’s Longely Hearts Club Band
U2: from 1983 to 1991 – War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby
Genesis (with Gabriel): from 1973 to 1976 – Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Trick of the Tail, Wind&Wuthering
Genesis (post Gabriel): from 1978 to 1983 – And Then There Were Three, Duke, Abacab, Genesis
Pink Floyd: from 1973 to 1979 – The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall

5-album runs:
Elton John: from 1971 to 1973 – Madman Across the Water, Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Chateau, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Stevie Wonder: from 1972 to 1976 – Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfullingness’ First Finale, Songs in the Key of Life
David Bowie: from 1970 to 1973 – The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane

6-album runs:
Led Zeppelin: from 1969 to 1975 – Led Zep I, II, III, IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti
Radiohead: from 1995 to 2007 – The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, In Rainbows

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About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.
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2 Responses to My favorite album runs…

  1. Erik Spierenburg says:

    Hi Fino-

    Stevie Wonder could get to 6 by adding The Journey through the Secret Life of Plants? I played that A LOT one summer in the seventies I remember 😉 great album.

    Groeten,
    Erik

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