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Topic: Rush's Five Album Run From 2112 To Moving Pictures
Posted By: Prog Snob
Subject: Rush's Five Album Run From 2112 To Moving Pictures
Date 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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Posted By: DDPascalDD
Date 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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Posted By: Blacksword
Date 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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Posted By: omphaloskepsis
Date 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. 





Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date 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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Posted By: Blacksword
Date 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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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date 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.

Also,

Magma: Kobaïa, 1001 Centigrades, MDK, Köhntarkösz, Üdü Wüdü

Can: Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Ege Bamyasi, Tago Mago, Future Days, Soon Over Babaluma (6!)

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.

Popol Vuh: Affenstunde, In den Gärten Pharaos, Hosianna Mantra, Seligpreisung, Einsjäger & Siebenjäger, Das Hohelied Salomos, Aguirre, Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte

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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date 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


Posted By: Blacksword
Date 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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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date 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. 


Posted By: Cambus741
Date Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:13
Hawkwind :
Chronicle of the Black Sword
The Xenon Codex
Space Bandits
Electric Teepee
It is the Business of the Future to be Dangerous
 


Posted By: Cambus741
Date 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


Posted By: Cambus741
Date 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



Posted By: Cambus741
Date 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.


Posted By: Cambus741
Date 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


Posted By: Cambus741
Date 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



Posted By: Cambus741
Date Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:29
I disagree about Rush because I'm not keen on Hemispheres


Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: February 05 2017 at 17:34
^ Are you kidding? Hemispheres is their best album! Smile


Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: February 05 2017 at 18:30
Who?

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Posted By: Prog Snob
Date 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.

Nächte


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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Posted By: Thatfabulousalien
Date Posted: February 05 2017 at 22:41
What about Zappa's legendary run from Freak Out to One Size Fits All? 

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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 02:02
Originally posted by Prog Snob Prog Snob wrote:

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.

Nächte


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.



Regarding the quintessential albums: it is all down to taste. I would never consider either of the mentioned Rush albums as quintessential. 2112 fx has one great track and a whole side of filler.


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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 02:37
Pink Floyd: From Ummagumma to Animals
Genesis: From Trespass to Wind and Wuthering
Rush: From A Farewell to Kings to Signals



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Posted By: Cambus741
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 05:04
Al Stewart :
Russians & Americans
Last Days of the Century
Famous Last Words
Between the Wars
Down in the Cellar


Posted By: Cambus741
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 05:07
more prog-tinged than prog;

Paul Roland:

Masque
Roaring Boys
Strychnine
Sarabande
Gargoyles



Posted By: M27Barney
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 08:12
I would agree, that 2112 - Moving Pictures (but MP is on the way out I reckon, nowhere near as good as the four previous releases).
Genesis - Trespass to Wind & Wuthering
Yes - The Yes Album to Going for the one (Blacksword - how can you not rate Tales from topographic oceans?)


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Posted By: Rushman
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 13:12
Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Who?


Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, The Who By Numbers, Who Are You is probably their best five album run, but Who By Numbers is no where near the other four.


Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 13:37
Can - Monster Movie to Soon Over Babaluma (nuff said....)
Iron Maiden - s/t to Powerslave (brilliance!!)
Scorpions - Lonesome Crow to Taken By Force (krautrock, psych, metal)



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Posted By: Prog Snob
Date Posted: February 06 2017 at 19:40
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:


Regarding the quintessential albums: it is all down to taste. I would never consider either of the mentioned Rush albums as quintessential. 2112 fx has one great track and a whole side of filler.


I think it's more than taste. Are you able to understand why something is viewed upon as great without feeling that way about it yourself? For example, I really can't stand Led Zeppelin and I think they're overrated. However, I can understand why they appeal to some people.

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: February 07 2017 at 01:45
Originally posted by Cambus741 Cambus741 wrote:

Al Stewart :
Russians & Americans
Last Days of the Century
Famous Last Words
Between the Wars
Down in the Cellar
 
The first two would actually be the last 2 if I posted an Al Stewart listSmile


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: February 07 2017 at 01:46
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus
Pictures At An Exhibition
Trilogy
Brain Salad Surgery
 
..someone had toWink


Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: February 07 2017 at 02:49
Originally posted by Cambus741 Cambus741 wrote:

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


Finally, someone who agrees with me. I enjoy La Villa and trees, but the title track is pretty weak. And that's half your album right there.

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Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: February 07 2017 at 03:38
Originally posted by M27Barney M27Barney wrote:


I would agree, that 2112 - Moving Pictures (but MP is on the way out I reckon, nowhere near as good as the four previous releases).
Genesis - Trespass to Wind & Wuthering
Yes - The Yes Album to Going for the one (Blacksword - how can you not rate Tales from topographic oceans?)


Because for me, TFTO is a far from perfect album which could have been condensed into a single album of very high quality. It appears they just wanted to make a 'big' epic work for the sake of it and for sections of that work the quality suffered as a result. Wakeman agreed and left the band over it. It could have been the best album in their entire catalogue, but they blew it by putting atmosphere and 'spaceyness' over song writing. IMO.

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Posted By: Cambus741
Date Posted: February 07 2017 at 04:13
Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

Originally posted by M27Barney M27Barney wrote:


I would agree, that 2112 - Moving Pictures (but MP is on the way out I reckon, nowhere near as good as the four previous releases).
Genesis - Trespass to Wind & Wuthering
Yes - The Yes Album to Going for the one (Blacksword - how can you not rate Tales from topographic oceans?)


Because for me, TFTO is a far from perfect album which could have been condensed into a single album of very high quality. It appears they just wanted to make a 'big' epic work for the sake of it and for sections of that work the quality suffered as a result. Wakeman agreed and left the band over it. It could have been the best album in their entire catalogue, but they blew it by putting atmosphere and 'spaceyness' over song writing. IMO.


I absolutely agree. There are some great musical moments on TFTO but the whole thing is far too indulgent and overblown and it probably did more to cement  prog's poor reputation than any other album. 



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