Wednesday Question: Bands That Released 2 or More Killer Albums in 1 Year

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Wednesday Question: Bands That Released 2 or More Killer Albums in 1 Year

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like you to think of bands that managed to release not just one, but two or more albums you deem killer within just one year, and answer this thing right here:

Which band managed to release 2 or more top-notch albums in one year (and did it the best)?


  • Special rule: it should be within the same calendar year, not just <12 months apart.
  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one artist create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given act to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same band, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Black sabbath. Both their self titled debut and paranoid were released in the same year. At least here in the uk.
    Goodness, no only to killer albums.... but two timeless, classic, and game changing albums! The riffage on Paranoia is unmatched in terms of originality, that's one of my favorite guitar albums of all time.
    I totally butchered my typing, here what i was trying to say :  Goodness, not only two killer albums.... but two timeless, classic, and game changing albums! The riffage on Paranoia is unmatched in terms of originality, that's one of my favorite guitar albums of all time. 
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    Jimi Hendrix - Are you experienced?(may 1967), Axis:Bold as Love(december 1967)
    Not sure if that counts, but Alice in Chains - SAP and Dirt
    Sap, despite its lenght, is one of best experiences I've had while listening to music if that makes sense. Right Turn and You Got Me Wrong literally changed my life, those last seconds in Right Turn when Chris and Layne sing together are one of the few perfect moments in music history
    A lot of Zappa examples, let's go with this one - Joe's Garage + Sheik Yerbouti + Sleep Dirt + Orchestral Favorites (1979)
    This, especially as joes garage was released as two albums. I had a look at when his stuff was released and I agree this was the best year overall.
    Uhh, Hypnotize/Mezmerize.  Goes without saying really. 
    I like the albums but it was kind of released as a double album (although sold seperately and with months between them). It's kind of like Use Your illusion I and II, do they count?
    I think it's often called a double album but a double album is literally two albums at once. Thematically, they may be similar but they're not really conjoined outside of that.  For instance, Devin Townsends SkyBlue/Dark Matters is definitely a double album. 2 different sounding records that were released in the same package. 
    I dno they start and end with basically the same song, I'd call it a double. I've never actually listened to Devon Townsend so I've now got something to do today!
    The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour.
    Kind of goes for the entire Beatles discography, really. The band released all of their albums within a span of only about 7 years.
    Surprisingly, that seemed to be the norm back in the 60s... Shows didn't make money, but records did... Now with streaming and pirating, it's sort of the other way around.
    I know it's against the rules to post more than one suggestion, but i must: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country, Green River, Willie and the Poor Boys (1969)
    You can post as many as you'd like, just not in 1 comment since nobody will know which band got the upvote.
    It's one suggestion - bands that released 2 or more killer albums in 1 year.
    Guns N' Roses : Use Your Illusion 1&2
    Periphery Juggernaut Alpha and Omega
    And released a year after their clear ep too which is mind blowing if you think about it
    The Beach Boys!!!! For *ANY* one of these years: 1963 Albums: Surfin' USA / Surfer Girl / Little Deuce Coop 1964 Shut Down Vol. 2 / All Summer Long / Beach Boys Christmas Album 1965 Beach Boys Today / Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) / BB Party 1967 Smiley Smile / Wild Honey I mean DAMN Brian Wilson was a hard workin' guy!
    Opeth - Deliverance/Damnation
    I'm pretty sure they were one year apart, were they not? Deliverance released November 12 2002 Damnation released April 22 2003
    different calendar year but less than 12 months apart - rules said the SHOULD be in the same calendar year but not necessarily had to be
    I'm pretty sure when they said "should" they mean that's the rule, or else what's the point of even having the rule? They also say, "not just less than 12 months apart"
    Fair enough, I see your point. They probably should have used a different word than should as that leaves some room for interpretation.  Looking at the submissions here I'm clearly not the only one who didn't read the rules in that fashion.
    Stained Class and Killing Machine Judas Priest
    why this hasn't got the most votes i'll never know, stained class alone is one of the greatest heavy metal records ever made
    I came here for thos and am sad it wasnt mentioned earlier but all the nominations up to this point are pretty damn sound so i guess complaining is futile
    Devin Townsend: City and Ocean Machine in 1997. Hell, Deconstruction and Ghost in 2011 is a good combo too, but that first one is monstrous. 
    Came here to post Deconstruction and Ghost, shit was phenomenal. Ghost is one of my favorite albums of all time
    Half of John Frusciante's discography as a solo artist could be included in this list (Shadows collide with people, the will to death, a sphere in the heart of silence, inside of emptiness...)
    Yeah, my vote is for John Frusciante. In 2004 he released: Curtains The Will to Death Inside of Emptiness Shadows Collide with People A Sphere in the Heart of Silence 
    System of a Down - Mezmerize and Hypnotize
    I thought this would be second after Black Sabbath EDIT: Seen above that it's listed without the band name
    Well shit! Haha. Searched for System of a Down and SOAD, nothing! Glad it has a lot of votes!
    Ty Segall. Twins and Slaughterhouse in 2012
    Does that count if they're technically different bands
    I mean i'm sure Ty did most of the writing for Slaughterhouse, but he had an entire band under the Ty Segall Band, whereas Twins everything was just him.
    That's fair, a solid point for sure.  I basically went with Ty is lead in both, but point taken.  I'll leave to everyone's interpretation haha
    Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love EDIT: Ctrl. F...
    Black Flag, 1984: My War, Family Man and Slip It In. Interesting story also as to why the band released 5 records in around a year and a bit because of the record label.
    Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Astbury Park and The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle EDIT: Don't get the downvotes. January 5 and September 11, 1973, respectively.
    Im confused by the downvotes too... The guy put out two killer albums in one year. Granted, the record company didn't promote the second, but they were both top notch.
    This is exactly what I came in to post, both incredible albums. I guess people will downvote anything.
    Bruce was a madman on those two albums. It felt like he was directing a rock n roll circus. Two incredible albums. 
    Devin Townsend!! City with SYL on February 1997 and Ocean Machine : Biomech on July 1997
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home
     Dylan done it twice 1964 The times they are a-changing and another side of Bob Dylan then on 1965 he changed the world with Bringing it all back home and Highway 61. A 12 months period would include the last 3 of those, and then 6 months later Blonde on Blonde was released.   Also 1975 Blood and the tracks and the basetapes came out. 1970 New morning and self portrait, admittedly SP isnt perfect however the "another self portrait" of the bootleg series showed there was a good album there when don correct.
    Not sure about how much killer (depends on taste - I love majority of it), but into "...or More" undoubtly qualifies Buckethead multiple times / multiple years.
    People are genuinely dumb. There are like three another nominations for Buckethead that have about 20 upvotes alltogegher. Since they are dumb and made duplicate nomination, Buckethead won't place anywhere in top 20. Are those rules really that complicated?
    Green Day's Uno, Dos, Tres Talk about killer albums. Those killed their careers
    Absolute savagery haha! I've never rated Green Day that highly, they have some good stuff but there's way better punk rock bands out there imo.
    Maiden managed this twice: Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden (14 April 1980) Iron Maiden - Killers (2 February 1981) Iron Maiden - Life After Death (14 October 1985) Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time (29 September 1986)
    Except the post clearly states same calendar year.  Neither of those qualify, although it doesn't diminish the feat.  Those are all great albums.
    The Smiths = The Smiths/Hatful or Hallow or Strangeways Here We Come/ The World Won't Listen/Louder than Bombs - not really sure if they count as they're compilations but worth a mention cos the extra stuff and they're pretty damn good compilations with that.
    They weren't in the same calendar year, but they were within a year of each other in terms of their release date, Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension and Descension.