What are the three greatest consecutive releases by a single group or artist?

It's not unusual for an artist to have a single great album, nor is it rare for someone to have several strong releases over a career. But what are the three greatest <I>consecutive</I> releases by a single group or artist?

What are the three greatest <I>consecutive</I> releases by a single group or artist?
Here they are
71% (87 votes)
Can't think of any
5% (6 votes)
<I>Rubber Soul</I>, <I>Revolver</I>, and <I>Sgt. Pepper</I>
24% (29 votes)
Total votes: 122

Stuart Cameron's picture

Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic, and Rocks, by Aerosmith if only to have stellar recordings of "Seasons Of Wither", "No More No More," & Nobody's Fault."

Ola Roll's picture

Pink Floyd: Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, The Wall

Paul Wolfe's picture

Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde. Nothing comes close. The Beatles' discs are bubblegum music compared to these.

Tom Warren's picture

I would have to say that my favorite three consecutive releases from a single artist are Pharaoh Sander

Stefano Lindiri's picture

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and More from the early Pink Floyd.

j wierda's picture

Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, and Physical Graffiti.

Nodaker's picture

The Who: Who's Next, Quadrophenia, and The Who by Numbers (I don't consider Odds and Sods a true album as it was just B sides and other songs not making other albums). However, some might argue it should be Live at Leeds heading the list, followed by Who's Next and Quadrophenia. Take your pick.

Ralph Pantuso's picture

Bob Dylan's trifecta of Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde. Without these three records, there would be no Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper.

Chris Heinonen's picture

Radiohead: The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A. You can see the growth from making just an amazing rock album, to the best album of the past decade, to experimenting with electronic music and doing it better than almost anyone. As good a run of three albums as I've seen.

Todd Warnke's picture

Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. Or Blue, For the Roses, and Court and Spark. Or Porgy and Bess, Kind of Blue, and Sketches of Spain. Or A Love Supreme and what ever came before and after it.

Bob Schleicher's picture

I certainly agree with the strength of the three Beatles albums listed, but here are two alternate choices: Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, and Never A Dull Moment by Rod Stewart. It gets even more impressive when you also throw in the fact that the Faces' Long Player and A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... came out basically in parallel.Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main St by the Rolling Stones. OK, I couldn't decide whether to exclude Beggar's or Exile.

Carter's picture

The Beatles trio is hard to beat. However, I think both Miles Davis and Boby Dylan had similar great three album runs. Miles teamed with Gil Evans to make Porgy and Bess, Kind of Blue, and Sketches of Spain, some of the finest jazz ever recorded. Bob, having moved beyond his folk roots, forever changed the way we would think of rock and roll with Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde. If I had to choose among the Beatles, Bob or Mile's trilogies, I guess I would have to go with Miles, but it is a hard choice.

JR's picture

Pixies with Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, and Doolittle.

Jos's picture


Dan B.'s picture

King Crimson: Lark's Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red. Would be interesting to hear these albums in a multichannel SACD version.

Mike Agee's picture

Hard to argue with the Beatles, but how about Doves' Lost Souls, Last Broadcast, and Some Cities? Truly original, brilliant, and fun music, and the first two albums have some great aural magic going on too. There are points in Last Broadcast where the music seems to hover like a beautiful dark cloud just in front of the sweet spot near the ceiling, a pleasantly scary experience late at night.

Patricio's picture

Yes: Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Ocean, and Relayer.

Anonymous's picture

Yes: "The Yes Album", "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge".

Ted tait's picture

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland.

Anonymous's picture

get your wings, toys in the attic, rocks, aerosmith

john from north of the 49th's picture

Just off the top of my head it would be a tie: Aerosmith's Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic, and Rocks (naturally from thier blues-rock peak and not their latter-day pop rock peak) and Zeppelin's I, II, & III (although really, any consecutive run of the first six albums qualifies). These are just my personal faves.

EfromNYC's picture

Rock Genre Pink Floyd: DSOTM '73 WYWH '75 Animals '77 The Wall'79

george's picture

ok computer kid A amnesiac

KC's picture

Nothing and nobody can touch the Beatles. I am impressed with that young Ryan Adams, though.

Arnold Huff's picture

Beethovan symphonies number 7, 8, &9. Does that count?

Julien Klettenberg's picture

U2: Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop.

Horace Lack's picture

The first three Zappa albums are it for me. In them, you'll find bits of everything else out there at the time: surf, jazz, pop, avant garde.

Will's picture

The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Mainstreet.

marcus's picture

Wire: Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154.

Alec Axt's picture

Roxy Musics last Three albums, Manifesto Flesh and Blood Avalon A great series where the airy, sophisticated, deeply woven Roxy sound matures in Avalon, leaving behind the jangly rock and roll roots.