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

Allen's picture

It has got to be the Beatles. There was nobody like it before them and there will be noone else like them—ever!

Kevin Hanson's picture

Pink Floyd: Meddle, Dark Side of The Moon, & Wish You Were Here.

Forrest Carter's picture

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

Geordy Duncan's picture

I would have to say Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, and Signals by Rush. To witness the progression of this band over this certain time was truly remarkable. These three albums I believe really had shown what the band was capable of. Yes, they weren't as popular as Floyd, Van Halen, the Eagles, or Fleetwood Mac, just to name a few, but I just can't think of anyone else that has accomplished more on a musical level. From a rock'n' roll perspective anyway.

Teresa's picture

Ole Kristian Ruud & Bergan Philharmonic: Orchestral works of Edvard Grieg: 1) Piano Concerto, etc, 2) Norwegian Dances, etc, 3) Sigurd Jorsalfar, etc.

Cihangir G's picture

Iron Maiden: Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, 7th Son of a 7th Son.Metallica: Master of Puppets, And Justice For All. Metallica (Black Album).

paul's picture

Not the greatest, but a good one: blood sugar sex magik, Californacation, and By the Way by the Chili Peppers.

John Lawrence's picture

That line of recordings by Mississippi John Hurt, after his revival.

Roy E.'s picture

Elvis Costello: My Aim is True, This Year's Model, Armed Forces. Not just three consecutive great albums, but three straight to begin his career.

Ernesto Hirsh's picture

Amazing, how you guys already know it's the three "albums" you selected by The Beatles. The succession of these three releases established the Beatles as true artists and rock as an art form. It really opened the door and gave license to many different musical directions in rock. A few years later, the "White Album" completely blew the hinges off the door!

John C's picture

Nick Lowe: The Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood, and The Convincer.

T.  O.  Driskel's picture

Medusa You Are The Music.....We're Just The Band Hotwire Although Hotwire was sans Glenn Hughes it was the height of Dave Galley and Dave Holland's work. There were so many good bands from the 70's that many never got the coverage or recognition due to lack of reviewers to go around. Trapeze may have been one of the finest classic rock bands ever assembled!

DAB, Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Led Zeppelin II, III, and IV.

Serkan's picture

Pink Floyd

Al Earz's picture

Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, & The Wall from Pink Floyd

Tobias's picture

The Joshua tree, U2

Louis P.'s picture

How about Bruce Springsteens's Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of the Town, and The River?

Tony R.  Harrison Sr.'s picture

That's an easy one for me. Without a doubt, it has to be The Miles Davis Quintet, circa 1956. This fabulous all-star group consisted of Miles Davis (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) and was recorded by the great Rudy Van Gelder. The three recording are: -Relaxin with the Miles Davis Quintet, Workin with the Miles Davis Quintet, and Steamin with the Miles Davis Quintet. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Mitch's picture

Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and "Blonde On Blonde. End of story, next question please. IMHO

Bob Marcus's picture

Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde. (Probably tied with the Beatles trio.)

Neil D.'s picture

Besides the Beatles (which was my first thought) I vote for Tom Waits: Small Change, Foreign Affairs, and Blue Valentine.

Matt W.'s picture

Rush: Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals. And great sonics to boot.

A Crossan's picture

Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland.

Joe L's picture

I'd have to rank these three Dead releases very high: Workingman's Dead, American Beauty, Europe '72.

tiny1974's picture

The Beatles: as a group or solo. Some of the best music in our time—and future time.

Gerald Neily's picture

I'm going to add the stipulation that the three releases be as different from each other as possible, to demonstrate maximum artistic range, reach, and risk. The winner is therefore, Radiohead: The Bends, OK Computer, and Kid A. And yes, these are roughly analogous to those three Beatles albums.

C.  J.'s picture

Pink Floyd

Rene's picture

Led Zeppelin I, II, and III.

Carl Sauer's picture

A Tribe Called Quest: People's Insinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory, and Midnight Marauders. Three tremendous albums from a genre defining group. If I was on a desert island, I'd wish for a boat with these three albums in the stereo!

Brankin's picture

I'll grant you that the Beatles albums you listed are great, but in reality, I rarely listen to them. My gems are these by Genesis: Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. How about Frank Zappa: Freak Out, Absolutely Free, Lumpy Gravy, We Are Only In It For the Money, or is it Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh? All these get much more play for my mileage.