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Album Trifectas!!!


Keith Nivan

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Ahh, a different kind of Trifecta. Good stuff.

Your examples are right on, with the potential for other Beatles Trifectas. The original order of the U.S. LPs confuses things today (because Capitol's first CD reissues came out in the original British order). Since your Beatles example sticks with the original order, I'll offer up Hard Day's Night/Beatles For Sale/Help! -- can't go wrong there.

I'd also say (discounting compilations and live albums):

--Beach Boys' Little Deuce Coupe/Shutdown Vol. 2/All Summer Long (although it's tough to leave out the album that came just before these three: Surfer Girl, with that timeless title track---the best harmony-vocal song ever).

--Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home/Highway 61 Revisited/Blonde on Blonde

--Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet/Let It Bleed (w/ "Gimme Shelter")/Sticky Fingers.

--Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac/Rumours/Tusk.

--And, of course, we don't think we can leave off Eric Carmen/Boats Against the Current/Change of Heart, do we?

Sustained brilliance over a three-album stretch isn't as easy one would think. To wit:

* Yellow Submarine came out between The White Album and Abbey Road and prevents a Tri there (in my book).

* The Beach Boys' Concert album (from 1964) ruined it for Beach Boys Today! and Summer Days-Summer Nights. Also, Smiley Smile (interesting but unfinished) ruined a Tri for Pet Sounds and Wild Honey.

* And John Lennon's Sometime in NY City came after Plastic Ono Band and Imagine -- so sorry, no Trifecta.

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Hmmm... Interesting topic Keith.

Supertramp: "Crime of the Century", "Crisis, What Crisis?", "Even in the Quietest Moments".

Van Halen: "Van Halen", "Van Halen II", "Women and Children First".

Kansas: "Left Overture", "Point of Know Return", "Monolith".

Genesis: "...And Then There Were Three", "Duke", "Abacab".

Ozzy Osbourne: "Blizzard of Ozz", "Diary of a Madman", "Bark at the Moon".

Kiss: "Destroyer", "Rock and Roll Over", "Love Gun".

Queen: "News of the World", "Jazz", "Play the Game". (Queen also had a couple of other trifects in their history)

Toto: "Toto", "Hydra", "Turn Back".

Journey: "Infinity", "Evolution", "Departure".

Aerosmith: "Get Your Wings", "Toys in the Attic", "Rocks".

The Cars: "The Cars", "Candy-O", "Panorama".

Def Leppard: "High N Dry", "Pyromania", "Hysteria".

Boston: "Boston", "Don't Look Back", "Third Stage".

Queensryche: "Operation Mindcrime", "Empire", "Promised Land".

Just one man's opinion. happy

Tim

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I'll adjust AnneG's Elton to:

Honky Chateau

Don't Shoot Me

GYB Road

...as I wasn't a big fan of Caribou and the one side of HChateau with Salvation, Slave, Amy, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, and Hercules is up there with the best sides I've ever heard..... I know there's many that would start this trifecta somewhere within his 1st 4 albums.

Eagles: "Eagles", "Desperado", "On The Border" (maybe the best album trifecta of all time)

For Eric Carmen I'd agree, 1st thru "Change Of Heart" (and those were definately his best 3 for my taste) and for Raspberries, "Fresh" thru "Starting Over".

Borderline: America: "America", "Homecoming", "Hat Trick", or maybe: "Hat Trick", "Holiday", "Hearts"

Most likely to be on the next album trifecta thread after one or 2 purchases: Natalie Merchant

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James I'll adjust your Eagles list as follows:

1. Desperado
2. On the Border
3. One of These Nights

or maybe:

1. On the Border
2. One of These Nights
3. Hotel California

Springsteen:

1. The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle
2. Born to Run
3. Darkness On the Edge Of Town

Hollies

1. Another Night
2. Russian Roulette
3. A Crazy Steal

Marv

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PAUL MCCARTNEY:
1. Red Rose Speedway
2. Band On the Run
3. Venus & Mars

DAN FOGELBERG:
1. Phoenix
2. The Innocent Age (double album)
3. Windows & Walls

JACKSON BROWNE:
1. Late For the Sky
2. The Pretender
3. Running On Empty

1. Lives In the Balance
2. World In Motion
3. I'm Alive

BEATLES (does it get any better than this?):
1. Rubber Soul
2. Revolver
3. Sgt Pepper

Marv

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James I've been singing the praises of "Russian Roulette" for close to 30 years. As I mentioned, I bought it in Mtl in the mid 1970's as an import from the UK. When it was released, it was close to the time of the Bee Gees' "Main Course." We all know what "Main Course" did for the Bee Gees' career, well, there was a glowing review for "Russian Roulette" in Hit Parader magazine that said, "in a perfect world, this album should do for the Hollies what 'Main Course' has done for the Bee Gees." The album had a great mixture of ballads, R&B and Pop - very much in the style of "Main Course." Unfortunately the world has never been perfect and "Russian Roulette" like it's wonderful follow-up "A Crazy Steal", landed in the discount record bins that only a few of us know about.

Marv

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here's my 2 cents:

THE BEST CHOICES SO FAR:

BEATLES (does it get any better than this?):
1. Rubber Soul
2. Revolver
3. Sgt Pepper

BOB DYLAN
Bringing It All Back Home
Highway 61 Revisited
Blonde on Blonde

ROLLING STONES
Beggars Banquet
Let It Bleed
Sticky Fingers

AEROSMITH
"Get Your Wings",
"Toys in the Attic"
"Rocks"

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
1. The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle
2. Born to Run
3. Darkness On the Edge Of Town

& Marvin's ELO choices

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A LOT OF CHOICES ARE VERY QUESTIONABLE:

Genesis: "...And Then There Were Three", "Duke", "Abacab"

those 3 above is where they "lost" their old sound-- very sad

I WOULD GO W/ "LAMB LIES DOWN...", "TRICK OF THE TAIL" "WIND & WUTHERING'

Queen: "News of the World", "Jazz", "Play the Game"

ABSOLUTLEY WHERE I LOOSE IT WITH QUEEN...

I would choose "Queen II", "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Night At The Opera"

The Cars: "The Cars", "Candy-O", "Panorama"

"PANORAMA" is a very weak album...

Boston: "Boston", "Don't Look Back", "Third Stage"

TOO LONG INBETWEEN LPs & only the first one is "solid"....

ELTON JOHN
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player,
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,
Caribou

I'll adjust AnneG's Elton to:

Honky Chateau
Don't Shoot Me
GYB Road

BIG PROBLEM W/ ELTON.... "Don't Shoot Me..." is his weakest album during his "hot streak (i.e. "Elton John" through "Captain Fantastic")

the best 3 in a row from Elton (imho) are:

TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION, MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER, HONKY CHATEAU

Marvin got it right the first time w/ this Eagles choice: (can't choose "Hotel Crapafornia" because the original essence of the band is toast...)

1. Desperado
2. On the Border
3. One of These Nights

HOLLIES
1. Another Night
2. Russian Roulette
3. A Crazy Steal

MY HOLLIES CHOICES WOULD BE:

For Certain Because (aka "Stop Stop Stop")
Evolution
Butterfly (aka "King Midas In Reverse")

PAUL MCCARTNEY
1. Red Rose Speedway
2. Band On the Run
3. Venus & Mars

AS MUCH AS NO ONE WOULD EVER AGREE W "WILDLIFE" (it's definitely as good as "Red Rose...", I WOULD CHOOSE THE FIRST 3 MACCA LPs

"Mccartney"
"Ram"
"Wildlife"

JACKSON BROWNE:
1. Late For the Sky
2. The Pretender
3. Running On Empty

AFTER "LATE FOR THE SKY" JB GOT LESS INTERESTING...

I would definitely go w/ the first 3 solo LPs

"Jackson Brown"
"For Everyman"
"Late For The Sky"

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Eric's solo LPs, like the 'Berries suffers a hiccup with the third one (Side 3, & Change Of Heart)... both are the weakest of the of albums 1 through 4....

Here's a few other great trifectas:

PINK FLOYD
Dark SIde Of The Moon
Wish You Were Here
Animals

LED ZEPPELIN
III
IV
Houses Of The Holy

BIG STAR
#1 Record
Radio City
3rd

JONI MITCHELL
Blue
For The Roses
Court & Spark

NEIL YOUNG
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
After The Goldrush
Harvest

or my personal fave:

On The Beach
Tonight's The Night
Zuma

ALICE COOPER GROUP
Killer
School's Out
Billion Dollar Babies

PERNICE BROTHERS
Overcome By Happiness
The World Won't End
Yours Mine & Ours

ED HARCOURT
Here Be Monsters
From Every Sphere
Strangers

CLASH
Clash
Give Em Enough Rope
London Calling

MOTT THE HOOPLE
All The Young Dudes
Mott
The Hoople

RAMONES
Ramones
Leave Home
Rocket To Russia

AL GREEN
Let's Stay Together
I'm Still In Love With You
Call Me

STEVIE WONDER
Talking Book
Innervisions
Fulfillingness' First Finale

STEELY DAN
Countdown To Ecstasy
Pretzel Lgic
Katy Lied

KISS
Kiss
Hotter Than Hell
Dress To Kill

VAN MORRISON
Astral Weeks
Moondance
His Band & The Street Choir

SHOES
Present Tense
Tongue Twister
Boomerang

CHEAP TRICK
Cheap Trick
In Color
Heaven Tonight

JIMI HENDRIX
Are You Experienced
Axis: Bold As Love
Electric Ladyland

DICTATORS
Go Girl Crazy
Manifest Destiny
Bloodbrothers

VELVET UNDERGROUND
Velvet Underground & Nico
White Light/White heat
Velvet Underground

TODD RUNDGREN
Ballad Of Runt
Something/Anything
A Wizard A True Star

PREFAB SPROUT
2 Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen)
From Langley Park To Memphis
Jordan: The Comeback

PRINCE
Purple Rain
Around The World In A Day
Parade

BYRDS
Mr Tambourine Man
Turn Turn Turn
Fifth Dimension

SQUEEZE
Argybargy
East Side Story
Sweets From A Stranger

DWIGHT TWILLEY & BAND
Sincerely
Twilley Don't Mind
Twilley

HARRY NILSSON
Pandemonium Shadow Show
Aerial Ballet
Harry

DAVID BOWIE
Hunky Dory
Ziggy Stardust
Aladdin Sane

REPLACEMENTS
Let It Be
Tim
Pleased To Meet Me

ROXY MUSIC
For Your Pleasure
Stranded
Country Life

SIMON & GARFUNKEL
Sound Of Silence
Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme
Bookends

HAMELL ON TRIAL
Big As Life
The Chord Is Mightier Than The Sword
Choochtown

DRAMARAMA
Stuck In Wonderamaland
Vinyl
Hi Fi Sci Fi

IVY
Apartment Life
Long Distance
In The Clear

XTC
Drums & Wires
Black Sea
English Settlement

THE CHURCH
Of Skins & Heart
Blurred Crusade
Seance

BADFINGER
Magic Christian
No Dice
Straight Up

ELVIS COSTELLO
This Year's Model
Armed Forces
Get Happy

THE WHO
Sings My Generation
A Quick One
Sell Out

THE KINKS
Face To Face
Something Else
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

T. REX
Electric Warrior
The Slider
Tanx

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Pat you've got some great choices in there, especially the trifectas that include:

PINK FLOYD

JONI MITCHELL

NEIL YOUNG

PERNICE BROTHERS

AL GREEN

STEVIE WONDER (how about throwing "Songs In the Key of Life" and "Hotter Than July" in the mix?)

STEELY DAN

VAN MORRISON

BYRDS

DWIGHT TWILLEY & BAND

SIMON & GARFUNKEL

BADFINGER

ELVIS COSTELLO (I'd include "My Aim Is True" in the mix)

Marv

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pierson - As I referenced with my Queen picks, they ceratinly had more than one "trifecta" I was originally going to submit their first album along with "Queen II" and "Sheer Heart Attack". Queen II is one of my favorite Queen albums. I also love older Genesis, but I've always enjoyed the 3 albums I mentioned. I finally got the remastered CD of "Foxtrot". It is a "must have" for Genesis fans!

I agree with your Floyd and Zepplin picks. Another Prince "tri" would be "Dirty Mind", "Controversy", and "1999".

Tim

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I also preferred the pre-Hotel California line-up of the Eagles. But that doesn't preclude "Hotel California" from being a great album.

"Hotel California" is a great album.

RE: "Don't Shoot Me"..this was the 1st full blown popish, melodic type Elton John album. If you like this style of his, then this album is a masterpiece. It's wall-to-wall good-great songs.

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