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  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    All of the O'Jays albums on Philly Int'l between 1972-75.

    All four of Bill Withers' albums on Sussex (1971-74).

    I was considering Earth, Wind & Fire's output between 1971-75 a good run as well, but that's more about personal bias than anything else. I know for a fact that there are some here on the Strut who ride for some of the later albums.

    can you count nick drake's entire discography as a great run?

    To me, it seems like a copout to list somebody's entire catalog as a great run. Specially somebody like Nick Drake who died young. It would mean more if he recorded long enough to (a) change direction, or (b) "jump the shark" and stop being good.

  • The_Hook_UpThe_Hook_Up 8,182 Posts
    DustedDon said:
    Led Zeppelin (1969)
    Led Zeppelin II (1969)
    Led Zeppelin III (1970)
    Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
    Houses of the Holy (1973)
    Physical Graffiti (1975)
    Presence (1976)

    there, fixed

    AC/DC (Aussie catalog)

    TNT
    High Voltage
    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    Let There Be Rock
    Powerage
    If You Want Blood, You've Got It
    Highway to Hell
    Back in Black
    For Those about to Rock, We Salute You

    Thin Lizzy

    S/T
    Shades of a Blue Orphange
    Vagabonds of the Western World
    Nightlife
    Fighting
    Jailbreak
    Johnny the Fox
    Bod Reputation
    Live and Dangerous
    Black Rose

    Queen

    S/T
    Queen II
    Sheer Heart Attack
    A Night at the Opera
    A Day at the Races
    News of the World
    Jazz
    Live Killers
    The Game
    Flash Gordon OST

    Man...back in the day, you had to be a true legend you had to put out a classic every 8 months to a year...and do it for about a decade. Today, the celebrated bands take about 3 to 5 years between albums and are lucky to make one decent record in a decade. Lame. Get off my lawn

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    Off the Wall
    Thriller

    Ha! Beat that.

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    Sexual Healing is a great song, but ML is a throw away and not part of any kind of run.

    Stevie Wonder's great 'concept' break out lps:
    1972 Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    1973 Innervisions
    1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale

    Are 4 of the greatest (should I use some qualifiers? 70s soul/rock/pop) lps ever.

    But the entire run, starting with the Motown factory, but stevie stamped lps up to the overlooked and underrated Hotter Than July is an impressive 12 years I am not afraid to defend.
    1968 Eivets Rednow
    For Once in My Life
    1969 My Cherie Amour
    1970 Signed, Sealed & Delivered
    1971 Where I'm Coming From
    1972 Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    1973 Innervisions
    1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale
    1976 Songs in the Key of Life
    1980 Hotter than July

    In the pop arena only James Brown tops that.

    I ride for the entire Aretha Franklin catalog, but this run ('67-'72) is nice:
    I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
    Aretha Arrives
    Lady Soul
    Aretha Now
    Soul '69
    This Girl's in Love with You
    Spirit in the Dark
    Young, Gifted and Black

    I ride for the entire original Beatles catalog, but that's boring.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    LaserWolf said:
    Off the Wall
    Thriller

    Ha! Beat that.

    The Jacksons S/T, Destiny and Triumph can added to that list.
    At that point MJ was the main vocalist and focal point of the Jacksons.
    Tito and them did help produce and write but they were on some Pips steez when they signed to Epic.

    I wouldnt include Victory and Bad.....which i do likey.

  • mrmatthewmrmatthew 1,574 Posts
    LaserWolf said:
    Pips steez

    HA!!!

    Anyway, it looks like my Marvin Gaye "run" was shot down...so how about this run:

    FUGAZI '90 - '95
    Repeater + 3 songs
    13 Songs
    Steady Diet Of Nothing
    In On The Kill Taker
    Red Medicine

    (never checked End Hits or The Argument, so cant speak to those)

  • Kool and the Gang S/T --> Open Sesame

  • I really want to be able to say John Coltrane "Blue Trane" (1957) to "A Love Supreme" (1964) but there are so many random live and miscellaneous albums during that period I'm not sure which count as official releases...

    And although it wasn't great in terms of quantity of releases I'd say Jorge Ben's "Forca Bruta" (1970) to "Africa Brasil" (1976) is one of my favourite run of albums.

  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts
    1963: Samba Esquema Novo
    1964: Ben ?? Samba Bom
    1964: Sacundin Ben Samba
    1965: Big Ben
    1967: O bid??-Sil??ncio no Brooklin
    1969: Jorge Ben
    1970: For??a Bruta
    1971: Negro ?? Lindo
    1972: Ben
    1973: 10 Anos Depois
    1974: A T??bua de Esmeralda
    1975: Solta o Pav??o
    1976: ??frica Brasil
    unfuckwithable :goat:

    close second Willie Colon
    El Malo 1967
    The Hustler 1968
    Guisando 1969
    Cosa Nuestra 1970
    Asalto Navide??o 1971
    La Gran Fuga 1971
    El Juicio 1972
    Asalto Navide??o Vol.2 1972
    Lo Mato 1973
    Crime Pays 1973

  • barjesusbarjesus 872 Posts
    LaserWolf said:
    Sexual Healing is a great song, but ML is a throw away and not part of any kind of run.

    Stevie Wonder's great 'concept' break out lps:
    1972 Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    1973 Innervisions
    1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale

    Are 4 of the greatest (should I use some qualifiers? 70s soul/rock/pop) lps ever.

    But the entire run, starting with the Motown factory, but stevie stamped lps up to the overlooked and underrated Hotter Than July is an impressive 12 years I am not afraid to defend.
    1968 Eivets Rednow
    For Once in My Life
    1969 My Cherie Amour
    1970 Signed, Sealed & Delivered
    1971 Where I'm Coming From
    1972 Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    1973 Innervisions
    1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale
    1976 Songs in the Key of Life
    1979 Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants -- Bit of a clunker --
    1980 Hotter than July


    I ride for the entire original Beatles catalog, but that's boring.

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    barjesus said:
    LaserWolf said:
    Sexual Healing is a great song, but ML is a throw away and not part of any kind of run.

    Stevie Wonder's great 'concept' break out lps:
    1972 Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    1973 Innervisions
    1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale

    Are 4 of the greatest (should I use some qualifiers? 70s soul/rock/pop) lps ever.

    But the entire run, starting with the Motown factory, but stevie stamped lps up to the overlooked and underrated Hotter Than July is an impressive 12 years I am not afraid to defend.
    1968 Eivets Rednow
    For Once in My Life
    1969 My Cherie Amour
    1970 Signed, Sealed & Delivered
    1971 Where I'm Coming From
    1972 Music of My Mind
    Talking Book
    1973 Innervisions
    1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale
    1976 Songs in the Key of Life
    1979 Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants -- Bit of a clunker --
    1980 Hotter than July


    I ride for the entire original Beatles catalog, but that's boring.

    JTTSLOP is a st, and thus exempt.

    I was thinking of listening to it again and seeing if it was better than I remember. Should I bother?

  • LaserWolf said:

    JTTSLOP is a st, and thus exempt.

    I was thinking of listening to it again and seeing if it was better than I remember. Should I bother?

    I haven't listened to it in a long while, but the only song I remember being worth going back to was "Race Babbling".

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    I recently went back to Secret Life Of Plants via the sound samples on Amazon, and it was every bit as lame as I remember it being (when I last heard it in the 90s).

    For some reason, people are trying to bring this turd back from the dead, as if people weren't ready for it back then or something. Also in that club of "reconsidered classics": Here, My Dear; McCartney II; Electric Mud and Tusk.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    There are some joints on The Secret Life of Plants, but I thought it was made as a soundtrack first and not a clear cut concept album.

    It has its moments, but i dont think it can be re-thought by some new generation and deemed a classic.
    Send One You Love got regular radio play back then.

    If anything the one chance it had was during the late 90's/00's when Electronica was bigger and folks were talmbout Neil Young Trans and Retro-Electronic albums.


  • motown67motown67 4,513 Posts
    Someone already beat me to it with the AC/DC catalog.

    As far as the James Brown albums go I think early on there was too much filler on his albums as they were just vehicles to further promote singles which a lot of people did then. I would skip his all instrumental organ LPs as well from the early-1960s. By the mid-60s/early-70s he was on a roll.

  • barjesusbarjesus 872 Posts
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  • barjesusbarjesus 872 Posts
    barjesus said:
    motown67 said:
    I would skip his all instrumental organ LPs as well from the early-1960s.

    Even this one?

    Edit: Oops, you said early '60's. Withdrawn...

  • barjesusbarjesus 872 Posts
    Delete

    Edit: Sorry, I thought I hit edit...

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    motown67 said:
    Someone already beat me to it with the AC/DC catalog.

    As far as the James Brown albums go I think early on there was too much filler on his albums as they were just vehicles to further promote singles which a lot of people did then. I would skip his all instrumental organ LPs as well from the early-1960s. By the mid-60s/early-70s he was on a roll.

    And even then, those 1970s Polydor LPs were filled with enough "WTF was he thinking?" moments for a separate album. Lots of rambling monologues and re-re-re-remakes of earlier hits. Filler to be sure, but I enjoy hearing them just the same.

  • motown67motown67 4,513 Posts
    Parliamentfunkadelic!

  • KadinkKadink Mainstream hip-hop is losing its street edge 98 Posts
    Husker Du: Metal Circus---------------------------------> Warehouse
    Otis: Pain in my Heart---------------------------------->Dock of the Bay

    I think Rod Stewart and Elton John had a good run, but am not familiar enough with their discography.

  • I nominate Black Francis/ Frank Black's incredible 87-94 run:

    Come On Pilgrim (1987)
    Surfer Rosa (1988)
    Doolittle (1989)
    Bossanova (1990)
    Trompe Le Monde (1991)
    Frank Black (1993)
    Teenager of the Year (1994)

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    ChetDesmond said:
    I nominate Black Francis/ Frank Black's incredible 87-94 run

    please be serious.

  • dwyhajlodwyhajlo 420 Posts
    Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik to Stankonia

    Velvet Underground & Nico to Loaded

    Monster Movie to Soon Over Babaluma

    A Monastic Trio to Lord of Lords

    All those recordings of the Jimmy Giuffre 3 when it was Giuffre/Bley/Swallow are facemelters, I think.

    The Neil Young discography pre-1980's

    Hendrix

    The Minutemen

    And, also, because I mentioned them on here not long ago:
    Ghost
    Second Time Around
    Lama Rabi Rabi
    Temple Stone
    Snuffbox Immanence
    Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet
    Hypnotic Underworld


    File under: modern classics in my own mind.
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