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    Posted: February 05 2017 at 00:34
When I see those five albums I see five brilliant pieces of music that any group would be lucky to have as part of their career. It's not just that though. It's five straight albums of great music. Sure, you can even include Caress of Steel, but I think that comes behind the other five. To me, that five album run is one of the best in prog history. Can anyone think of any other runs that match up with it? I'm sure there are a few.

I can't even say Pink Floyd. You do have Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall, which is arguably the best four album run in music history. Flanking that you have Obscured by Clouds (good but not great) and The Final Cut, so you can't say five. Does Yes have five great albums in a row? The Beatles (if you want to call all of their stuff prog, which it isn't)?

Let's see what everyone has. I think this will be an interesting discussion.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 02:48
I've not seen any better yet than Gentle Giant's eight album run: Gentle Giant, Acquiring The Taste, Three Friends, Octopus, In A Glass House, The Power And The Glory, Free Hand, Interview. All outstanding albums, no song that I don't love off those.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 06:22
Genesis: Foxtrot, SEBTP, The Lamb.., Trick of the tail, Wind & Wuthering.

You could argubaly take it back to Nursery Cryme.

But yes, I agree 2112 - Moving Pictures was an excellent almost flawless run for Rush..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 07:18
I agree with everything so far.  I would add Nursery Crime ( It's my favorite)

"prog related" - Led Zeppelin's 6 album run from their debut thru " Physical Graffiti" is pretty impressive. 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 09:09
Yes:

The Yes Album
Fragile
Close To The Edge
Tales From Topographic Oceans
Relayer

Depending on who you ask, you could even extend that to Going For The One. I also feel that the first 5 King Crimson studio albums are all masterpieces, though I'm sure many would disagree. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 09:18
Originally posted by Magnum Vaeltaja Magnum Vaeltaja wrote:

Yes:

The Yes Album
Fragile
Close To The Edge
Tales From Topographic Oceans
Relayer

Depending on who you ask, you could even extend that to Going For The One. I also feel that the first 5 King Crimson studio albums are all masterpieces, though I'm sure many would disagree. 


I agree about King Crimson.

As for Yes, TFTO breaks that run of excellence for me. There are fantastic parts to that work, notably The Revealing Science of God which for me is up there with the track CTTE and Awaken, but there is a lot on TFTO I can take or leave.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 09:51
Pink Floyd has got 5 in a row Piper, Saucerful, More, Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother.
Silly people.

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Tangerine Dream: Alpha Centauri, Atem, Zeit, Phaedra, Rubycon

Amon Düül ll: Phallus Dei, Yeti, Tanz der Lemminge, Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City

As for the strongest run of albums? How about 8.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 12:04
Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

Genesis: Foxtrot, SEBTP, The Lamb.., Trick of the tail, Wind & Wuthering.

You could argubaly take it back to Nursery Cryme.

But yes, I agree 2112 - Moving Pictures was an excellent almost flawless run for Rush..


No, I think you could take it back to Trespass. Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 12:08
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

Genesis: Foxtrot, SEBTP, The Lamb.., Trick of the tail, Wind & Wuthering.

You could argubaly take it back to Nursery Cryme.

But yes, I agree 2112 - Moving Pictures was an excellent almost flawless run for Rush..



No, I think you could take it back to Trespass. Wink


Well yeah I guess so. I love everything they did between 1970 - 1980, but having to pick a straight run of 'flawless' albums I think Foxtrot is the best place to start IMO...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 14:36
AFTK was probably their first real full blown prog album (imo)but I can see why people start the run with this album since it is the one that first really got them attention. 
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Hawkwind :
Chronicle of the Black Sword
The Xenon Codex
Space Bandits
Electric Teepee
It is the Business of the Future to be Dangerous
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:15
Marillion had a 10 album run of great albums from Script for a Jester's Tear to Radiation
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:18
Mostly Autumn :

The Last Bright Light
Lord of the Rings

Passengers
Storms Over Still Water
Heart Full of Sky

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:21
This is where I'm going to disagree with the original author of this thread because I think that all the Pink Floyd albums from Dark Side of the Moon to The Division Bell are great.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:25
Queen:


Queen
Queen 2

Sheer Heart Attack
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
News of the World
Jazz
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:29
Rhapsody :
Legendary Tales
Symphony of Enchanted Lands
Dawn of Victory
Rain of a Thousand Flames
Power of the Dragonflame
Symphony of Enchanted Lands part 2

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:29
I disagree about Rush because I'm not keen on Hemispheres
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:34
^ Are you kidding? Hemispheres is their best album! Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 18:30
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2017 at 22:15
I like some of the other suggestions people mentioned. There are even a few I need to explore more myself. I figured Yes, Genesis, and Queen would get mentioned.

Originally posted by Magnum Vaeltaja Magnum Vaeltaja wrote:

Yes:

The Yes Album
Fragile
Close To The Edge
Tales From Topographic Oceans
Relayer

Depending on who you ask, you could even extend that to Going For The One. I also feel that the first 5 King Crimson studio albums are all masterpieces, though I'm sure many would disagree.


I'm a big KC fan. It really is hard to ignore any of their earlier work, especially the first album which really does make me weep with how good it is.


Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Pink Floyd has got 5 in a row Piper, Saucerful, More, Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother.
Silly people.

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Originally posted by Cambus741 Cambus741 wrote:

This is where I'm going to disagree with the original author of this thread because I think that all the Pink Floyd albums from Dark Side of the Moon to The Division Bell are great.


Don't get me wrong guys. PF are my second favorite band and just about everything they've done is gold to me. I guess I was looking more for quintessential albums from a band and not just great releases.


Originally posted by Cambus741 Cambus741 wrote:

I disagree about Rush because I'm not keen on Hemispheres


I don't know how to process that.


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