Out of the Blue

What’s the strongest 3-song run on an album (thanks JDreyer) is a good debate question if you're looking for one. What first popped to my mind are the last three tracks on Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, and Rock 'n' Roll Suicide. But then the first comment after the article nailed it for me perfectly: Simon and Garfunkel, Bridge over Troubled Water, with The Boxer, Baby Driver, and The Only Living Boy In New York. I don't think I could improve on that, and I won't even try.

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Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 9, 2018, 14:04:
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Apr 9, 2018, 13:47:
I'm over 40 and have been a music enthusiast since I was 9 years old, but I've recently discovered a genre of music that transcends everything I've ever heard before in my entire life... whole albums, one after another, where every song is pure gold... and none of it is even in English or from the USA. My love affair with American music is officially over.
Far enough. Are you going to tell us what it is?

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Porn-O-Matic wrote on Apr 9, 2018, 13:47:
I'm over 40 and have been a music enthusiast since I was 9 years old, but I've recently discovered a genre of music that transcends everything I've ever heard before in my entire life... whole albums, one after another, where every song is pure gold... and none of it is even in English or from the USA. My love affair with American music is officially over.
Far enough. Are you going to tell us what it is?
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I'm over 40 and have been a music enthusiast since I was 9 years old, but I've recently discovered a genre of music that transcends everything I've ever heard before in my entire life... whole albums, one after another, where every song is pure gold... and none of it is even in English or from the USA. My love affair with American music is officially over.
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Corrosion of Conformity's album Blind. Great whole album run.
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jdreyer wrote on Apr 7, 2018, 17:29:
Hard to recover from the Michael Jackson gut punch the article starts out with
Thriller, Beat It, and Billie Jean is the correct answer, but..
I'm the one person on planet Earth who likes Bad more than Thriller. Thriller is a great album, but I like Bad more. And even though I think "The Girl is Mine" gets a bad rap (I actually like the song but I know it's cheesy), Bad doesn't have any songs like that. The Stevie Wonder / Michael duet is a fun song without feeling gimmicky, and the rest of the album is just one great song after another. I think any 3 tracks qualify, but I'd go with Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal, and Leave Me Alone.

The album only has 3 things against it in my opinion: 1. It left off the phenomenal song "Cheater" (seriously, go find that song on Youtube if you haven't heard it, and if you have heard it, go listen to it again), 2. It didn't include the song "Leave Me Alone" until the CD version (I discovered this while browsing my brother-in-law's record collection, and was shocked to see one of Bad's best songs missing), and 3. "Streetwalker" was cut. When an album's biggest problem is that a few great songs didn't fit, that's a good problem to have.

I agree with a lot of the other picks here too, but I had to give Bad a mention.
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Vulkan wrote on Apr 8, 2018, 09:23:
I'll go with Have a Cigar / Wish You Were Here / Shine on You Crazy Diamond 6-9 off Pink Floyd's Wish You were Here Side B. And agreed, there are so many good ones to pick from.

That's a great Floyd set. Also, pretty much any three in a row from Dark Side.
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jdreyer wrote on Apr 7, 2018, 22:44:
Cutter wrote on Apr 7, 2018, 21:35:
Really, there's zero shortage of artists, and in any genre at that. Rock, folk, classical, you name it. Where it gets tough is only if you have to pick 3 and 3 only. I'm thinking that changes with whatever one's current mood is as well. Atm, I'd probably go with Jimi Hendrix, Little Wing, Castles Made of Sand, and All Along the Watchtower. Or mebbe The Doors, Light My Fire, Touch Me, The Spy.

Did those songs appear on a single album (studio album, not greatest hits, not live) in that order? Those appear to be the rules, not just any three random songs from a band. A great Hendrix triple (from Electric Ladyland):
2. "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)"
3. "Crosstown Traffic"
4. "Voodoo Chile"

Ahh ok than. So not those particular tracks, but I could easily pick 3 off any one of either of their albums.

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El Pit wrote on Apr 8, 2018, 04:57:
Pink Floyd - Animals: Dogs - Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Sheep

my pick too, pretty underestimated album though, which is a shame, its one of their best
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I'll go with Have a Cigar / Wish You Were Here / Shine on You Crazy Diamond 6-9 off Pink Floyd's Wish You were Here Side B. And agreed, there are so many good ones to pick from.
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Sooo many great 3-song runs out there. Depending on my mood, the favorites change regularly.

I think the choice of Pearl Jam's Ten album from the article Blue linked is really good.

Also:
Peter Gabriel - So: Red Rain, Sledgehammer, Don't Give Up - or... In Your Eyes - Mercy Street - Big Time?

U2 - Joshua Tree: Where The Streets Have No Name - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - With Or Without You

Pink Floyd - Animals: Dogs - Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Sheep

Sum 41 - Underclass Hero: Underclass Hero - Walking Disaster - Speak Of The Devil

Green Day - American Idiot: American Idiot - Jesus Of Suburbia - Holiday/Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Deep Purple - Machinehead: Smoke On The Water - Lazy - Space Truckin'

Marillion - Clutching At Straws: Hotel Hobbies - Warm Wet Circles - That Time Of The Night (The Short Straw)

There are so many more albums with three great songs in a row!
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Cutter wrote on Apr 7, 2018, 21:35:
Really, there's zero shortage of artists, and in any genre at that. Rock, folk, classical, you name it. Where it gets tough is only if you have to pick 3 and 3 only. I'm thinking that changes with whatever one's current mood is as well. Atm, I'd probably go with Jimi Hendrix, Little Wing, Castles Made of Sand, and All Along the Watchtower. Or mebbe The Doors, Light My Fire, Touch Me, The Spy.

Did those songs appear on a single album (studio album, not greatest hits, not live) in that order? Those appear to be the rules, not just any three random songs from a band. A great Hendrix triple (from Electric Ladyland):
2. "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)"
3. "Crosstown Traffic"
4. "Voodoo Chile"
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Help On The Way>Slipknot>Franklin's Tower.

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Really, there's zero shortage of artists, and in any genre at that. Rock, folk, classical, you name it. Where it gets tough is only if you have to pick 3 and 3 only. I'm thinking that changes with whatever one's current mood is as well. Atm, I'd probably go with Jimi Hendrix, Little Wing, Castles Made of Sand, and All Along the Watchtower. Or mebbe The Doors, Light My Fire, Touch Me, The Spy.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Good job guys, a fantastic list...
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Side two of Styx's Pieces of Eight: you got Long Nights/Blue Collar Man, Queen of Spades, Renegade, and the title track, with a filler instrumental song (Aku-Aku) to end it.
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RedEye9 wrote on Apr 7, 2018, 13:58:
EGADS. Public restrooms. Dead

Hey, at least the bacteria is cooked before it's served.
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Glad to see rush on here, and I didn't even care for their "new" stuff.
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GinRummy wrote on Apr 7, 2018, 17:27:
Rush - Moving Pictures: 1-Tom Sawyer 2-Red Barchetta 3-YYZ 4-Limelight

Yeah, not a weak song in that list.
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Hard to recover from the Michael Jackson gut punch the article starts out with, but I have got a contender:

First three songs of Boston's seminal album:
- More Than a Feeling
- Peace of Mind
- Foreplay/Long Time
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(EDIT, I changed my list because Rush was already menioned above)
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