A Musical Hat Trick!

Bruce Springsteen said in a recent Rolling Stone (UG!) article that he’ll put ‘The Rising’, ‘Magic’ and his new album against any other three consecutive records he’s made to date.
This post was not created to debate this fact; you either get Bruce or you don’t. What I want this post to accomplish is to dig through some other artists catalogues and see what other trios of brilliance I can unearth. The rules are simple. Find three chronological, consecutive albums that I think are representive of the artists best work. If there’s a dud in between two great albums, which happens a lot, it doesn’t work. This isn’t as easy as it may appear. It would be way simpler to simply pick three of an artists best albums, damn the order. But this is more fun!

Let’s start with the Beatles, shall we? I say ‘Rubber Soul’ (1965), ‘Revolver’ (1966)and ‘Sgt. Peppers’ (1967).

The Kinks? ‘Face To Face’ (1966), ‘Something Else’ (1967), and ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ (1968).

Bob Dylan? ‘Hwy 61 Revisited’ (1965), ‘Blonde On Blonde’ (1966) and ‘John Wesley Harding’ (1967).

AC/DC? ‘Let There Be Rock’ (1977), ‘Powerage’ (1978) and ‘Highway To Hell’ (1979.

Beck? ‘Odelay’ (1996), ‘Mutations’ (1998) and ‘Midnight Vultures’ (1999)

The Clash? ‘London Calling’ (1979), ‘Sandinista’ (1980) and ‘Combat Rock’ (1982).

Nick Lowe? ‘Dig My Mood’ (1998), ‘The Convincer’ (2001) and ‘At My Age’ (2007)*.
*I would’ve put his first three albums which include ‘Jesus Of Cool’ and ‘Labour Of Lust’, but the so-so ‘Nick The Knife’ kind of spoiled it!

The Eels? ‘Beautiful Freak’ (1996), ‘Electro SHock Blues’ (1998) and ‘Daisies Of The Galaxy’ (2000).

The Flaming Lips? ‘The Soft Bulletin (1998), ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ (2002) and ‘At War With The Mystics’ (2006).*
*Damn that Zaireeka! I hear it’s great, but since I don’t own 4 separate sound systems I’ve never heard it…

Elvis Costello? ‘My Aim Is True’ (1977), ‘This Year’s Model’ (1978) and ‘Armed Forces’ (1979).

The Jam? ‘All Mod Cons’ (1978), ‘Setting Sons’ (1979) and ‘Sound Affects’ (1980).

Mercury Rev? ‘See You On The Other Side’ (1995), ‘Deserter’s Songs’ (1998) and ‘All Is Dream’ (2001)

Neil Young? ‘Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere’ (1969), ‘After The Gold Rush’ (1970) and ‘Harvest’ (1972).

New Order? ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’ (1983), ‘Low Life’ (1985) and Brotherhood (1986).

Pink Floyd? ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ (1973), ‘Wish You Were Here’ (1975) and ‘Animals’ (1977)

Queen? ‘Queen II’ (1974), ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (1974) and ‘A Night At The Opera’ (1975).

Ramones? ‘The Ramones’ (1976), ‘Leave Home’ (1977) and ‘Rocket To Russia’ (1977).

The Replacements? ‘Let It Be’ (1984), ‘Tim’ (1985) and ‘Pleased To Meet Me’ (1987).

Roxy Music? ‘For Your Pleasure’ (1973), ‘Stranded’ (1973) and ‘Country Life’ (1974).

Steely Dan? ‘Countdown To Ecstasy’ (1973), ‘Pretzel Logic’ (1974) and ‘Katy Lied’ (1975).

Super Furry Animals? ‘Fuzzy Logic’ (1996), ‘Radiator’ (1997) and ‘Guerrilla’ (1999).

Wilco? ‘Being There’ (1996), ‘Summerteeth’ (1999) and ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ (2002).

XTC? ‘Skylarking’ (1986), ‘Oranges And Lemons’ (1989) and ‘Nonsuch’ (1992).