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Many bands/artists have a strong debut effort. More often than not, it's followed by the dreaded sophomore slump.

However, some bands manage to avoid it. It seems to be quite rare that a band starts its discography w/ three solid efforts. In that case, you've probably got something special.

Name your candidate, please. I'll start off with:

The Police
Outlandos d'Amour (1978)
Reggatta de Blanc (1979)
Zenyattà Mondatta (1980)
 

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feh said:
Many bands/artists have a strong debut effort. More often than not, it's followed by the dreaded sophomore slump.

However, some bands manage to avoid it. It seems to be quite rare that a band starts its discography w/ three solid efforts. In that case, you've probably got something special.

Name your candidate, please. I'll start off with:

The Police
Outlandos d'Amour (1978)
Reggatta de Blanc (1979)
Zenyattà Mondatta (1980)
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Little Feat
Little Feat (71)
Sailin' Shoes (72)
Dixie Chicken (73)
 

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I said it in another thread,

Little Richard
First three albums as good as any music made in that decade.

Also:
Steely Dan

Finish him:
Van Morrison's first 7-8 albums are all fantastic.
 

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Pearl Jam's first three "albums" weren't bad but I was in HS humping to them so i'm biased.

//U2's first three, REM also
 

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cracker:
cracker
kerosene hat
the golden age

collective soul: (hell, all of their albums just keep getting better and better)
hints, allegations and things left unsaid
collecive soul
disciplined breakdown
dosage
blender
youth

then again, the last 3 were the strongest...
 

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Cowboy Junkies. Pretty much all of them.

+1 REM and U2, haters be damned.

Um... hmm... the Rolling Stones maybe?
 

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Dire Straits.

Dire Straits (1978)
Communique(1979)
Making Movies(1980)

Not their biggest successes but I think they were their best albums. Communique was their probably their best IMHO but it wasn't a big seller.

And how about the Clash?
Clash
Give 'Em enough Rope
London Calling
 

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Black Sabbath/Paranoid/Master of Reality

Kill 'Em All/Ride the Lightning/Master of Puppets
 

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Muse

1. Showbiz
2. Origin of Symmetry
3. Absolution

They rock. Hard. :thumbsup:

Their 4th, Black holes and Revelations is my favorite.
 

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Sam Lightnin Hopkins

never made a bad recording....
 

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Elvis Costello, of course.

My Aim is True
This Year's Model
Armed Forces
Get Happy!!!
(we can ignore Almost Blue and jump to: )
Imperial Bedroom

From there we have two stinkers, but he comes back with King of America, Blood and Chocolate and Spike. And on, and on and on, and on.... :D



joe
 

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Not a huge fan of their newer stuff, but Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freaky Stylee, Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Mother's Milk are all pretty good.
 

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lampshade said:
Not a huge fan of their newer stuff, but Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freaky Stylee, Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Mother's Milk are all pretty good.
Good call. I tend to forget about them since I wrote 'em off after Mother's Milk.
 

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Bruce Springsteen's first three progress from Extremely Promising to Superb to Masterpiece.
As Joe says, Elvis Costello's first three are truly classic.
To me, Pearl Jam never topped their debut Ten.
I feel the same about Zeppelin.
 
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