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1968 - Electric Ladyland. Sonically and songwise streets ahead of anything else.
1969 - Let It Bleed. Abbey Road runs a close second but is let down by a few duffers on side 1.
1971 - Sticky Fingers/Who's Next tie at No 1.
1972 - Exile On Main Street. Nothing else comes near.
hard to beat Bob Dylan's big four in a row:
Binging It All Back Home / Highway 61 Revisited / Blonde On Blonde / John Wesley Harding
How about Stevie Wonder's Big Four?
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Songs in the Key of Life
Tommy, live at Leeds, Who's Next, Quadrophenia
GHS, Black and Blue, Some girls and Undercover..................
I know this will seem heretical but I would have preferred some surgery on the original GHS and adding the three new cuts which I love.
Had that occurred, we'd be referring to that period as the BIG FIVE.
Good post, Silver Dagger.
I feel Let it Bleed just edges Abbey Road, too.
I think Sticky Fingers and Who's Next are quite evenly matched, yet the former is just a teeny weeny bit weaker, for me. It's mightily close, though. Actually, 1971 is probably the year for landmark, 'classic rock' releases.
I suspect you're right regarding 1972. Aside from Dark Side of the Moon, I can't think, offhand, what other seminal releases there were.
Dark Side Of The Moon was taken on the road by the Floyd in 72 but the album came out in 73.
Sorry Big Al, I guess I misunderstood your question...
I’ve been pondering: are the Stones’ ‘Big Four’ necessarily the best L.P. releases of their respective year. For example: is Beggars Banquet a greater release than The Beatles (White Album)? How does Let it Bleed hold-up against the mighty Abbey Road? For myself, it’s Sticky Fingers that poses the dilemma. I really think it’s such a tremendous record, but I partly feel that Who’s Next is a stronger release. Everything is subjective of course, and your favourite may not even be one of the 1968-1972 releases. It may be Some Girls, for instance; but how does that compare to Darkness on the Edge of Town?
I'm not an Elton John fan, but I couldn't help but notice how his music dominated the radio when I was in high school in the years 1972-1976. He was everywhere. An Elton John fan -- again, not me -- could argue that Elton John's five albums in the years 1972-1975 rivaled any run by any other group. These five albums appearing one after the other were all #1 in the U.S.:
Honky Chateau (1972)
Don't Shoot Me I'm the Piano Player (1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Capt. Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
if we're talking 'big 4's from that period, how about:
happy sad (1969)
blue afternoon (1969)
talk about a progression!