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Hat Trick

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by mellowinman, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Can you think of any bands that had three "perfect" albums in a row? To me, a "perfect" album is one you can listen to from beginning to end. It is especially pertinent today, when most people assert albums are a hit or two, and the rest filler. I have albums where I'm not even sure why the hit was a hit, because I like all the songs so much.

    I'll give some examples:


    A Night at the Opera
    A Day at the Races
    News of the World

    Cheap Trick
    Cheap Trick
    In Color (and in Black and White)
    Heaven Tonight

    Steely Dan
    Katy Lied
    The Royal Scam

    The Yes Album
    Close to the Edge


    Get Your Wings
    Toys in the Attic

    or, if Get Your Wings doesn't do it, maybe

    Toys in the Attic
    Draw the Line

    They definitely had a twofer with Toys in the Attic and Rocks, that's for sure

    Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin IV
    Houses of the Holy
    Physical Graffiti

    Jethro Tull
    Thick as a Brick

    What are some others you can think of? Do you have an issue with any of mine?
  2. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    There were these four guys from Liverpool....
  3. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    This could be controversial!

    Rubber Soul
    Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    This is controversial because of "She's Leaving Home."

    for me it could be

    The Beatles (White Album)
    Abbey Road
    Let it Be

    except those aren't actually consecutive, thanks to Yellow Submarine, which is far from perfect.

    Rolling Stones

    Beggar's Banquet
    Let it Bleed
    Sticky Fingers

    As much as I love Exile on Main Street, I'm not sure I consider it "perfect." There are a few songs I skip. But the three I listed? As perfect as any album by any band.
  4. Pink Floyd
    Dark Side of the Moon
    Wish You Were Here

    Farewell to Kings
    Permanent Waves

    No skips when I listen to these.
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  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    The White Album would have been a good single album, mediocre double. Let it Be also was far from a classic, and I am a Beatles freak.

    You could look at the early Elton John albums, when he was a trio/quartet, through Yellow Brick Road.
  6. spanndrew


    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    The who

    who's next
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  7. Weberman


    Apr 8, 2014
    Nilbog, Ohio
    I have yet to find a "perfect" album. Most have a couple of tracks that I skip. The closest to a "hat trick" for me, though, would have to be Tool. Not including their EP, their first three albums have the best ratio of killer, to filler. There are a couple of songs on each of the three that I generally don't listen to, but I don't hate them. If I were give a choice of three albums, from one band / artist that I had to take on a long trip, given the requirement that I must listen to every track, it would be Undertow, Ænima, and Lateralus. I am markedly less enthusiastic about 10000 Days.

    Primus came close with Seas of Cheese, and Pork Soda, but didn't really nail it with Tales. It might be for purely nostalgic reasons, as those were two of the first CDs I got, when I was a kid in the early 90s.
  8. The Chieftains

    Long Black Veil
    Film Cuts
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    I immediately thought of the same Queen, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin albums. But also thought about

    The Beatles:
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Magical Mystery Tour
    The Beatles (White Album)

    Bad Company:
    Bad Company
    Straight Shooter
    Run With The Pack

    The Eagles:
    One of These Nights
    Hotel California
    The Long Run
  10. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Mastodon's "Blood Mountain" and "Crack the Skye". I have a hard time not listening to those albums in their entirety.
  11. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Frank Zappa:

    Uncle Meat
    Hot Rats
    Burnt Weenie Sandwich
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  12. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    i was gonna say-
    Steely Dan-
    the royal scam
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  13. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I agree with many of these submitted. I also think this highlights just how difficult it is to put out three great albums in a row, for any band!

    My Led Zeppelin example could have been:

    Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin II
    Led Zeppelin III

    but III is the first Led Zeppelin album to have a couple of songs I will often skip. Not big on "Friends," "Out on the Tiles," or "Hats off to Roy Harper." They're not bad songs; they're just not my cup of tea.

    I completely understand the sentiments about the Beatles White Album. Most people would have a hard time listening to that from beginning to end. For some reason, I will do so, even Revolution 9.

    How about this?

    Neil Young
    Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
    After the Gold Rush

    I really can't think of a song I would skip on those three.

    as for Rush, I would not often want to listen to Side 1 of Hemispheres. I just don't get that into it.

    I might be more likely to cheat, and put in the live album, and say

    All the World's a Stage
    A Farewell to Kings

    although, I don't love Lakeside Park

    For me, Rush didn't do a lot of "perfect" albums, but they did a ton that came very, very close.
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  14. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008
    I'm sure there are more but:

    Kill 'em All
    Ride the Lightning
    Master of Puppets

    High on Fire:
    Blessed Black Wings
    Death is this Communion
    Snakes for the Divine

    Surfer Rosa
    Trompe Le Monde

    Beastie Boys:
    Paul's Boutique
    Check Your Head
    Ill Communication

    Black Sabbath:
    Black Sabbath
    Masters of Reality
    Vol. 4
  15. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008
    Here's another:

    The Cure:
    Head on the Door
    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  16. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008
    And how could I forget:

    Man Who Sold the World
    Hunky Dory
    Ziggy Stardust

    The Stooges:
    Fun House
    Raw Power

    In Utero
  17. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Can you really listen to every song on the White album? Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, Everybody Has Something to Hide But Me and my Monkey, Why Don't We Do it in the Road?, etc. Really? Really?

    To me that album is the greatest example of some gems with some #%&*%$ filler.
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  18. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    The Police:

    Regatta de Blanc, Outlandos d'amor, Zenyatta Mondatta, Ghost In the Machine, Synchronicity

    5 albums all,..each one is better than the previous.
    any sequence of three of the five of your choice is hattrick.
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  19. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    radiohead: pablo honey, bends, ok, and later amnesiac, hail to the thief, in rainbows
    thats a fat trick
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  20. Ritchie_Darling

    Ritchie_Darling Bass @ AZ Supporting Member

    May 22, 2006
    Impulse buyer...
    Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record, Out Of The Blue, Discovery
    Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Trick Of The Tail, Wind And Wuthering (Bear in mind, they also lost Peter Gabriel after The Lamb album....)

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