Friday Top: 25 Bands That Released 2 or More Killer Albums in 1 Year

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Friday Top: 25 Bands That Released 2 or More Killer Albums in 1 Year
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This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing artists that managed to release not one, but two killer albums within the same calendar year.

Based on nearly 200 comments and quite a few votes, we summed up your opinions in a Top 25 rundown. You can check it out below.

25. Bruce Springsteen - 'Greetings From Astbury Park, NJ' + 'The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle' (January + September 1973)

Kicking things off on a high note, you folks voted The Boss and his first two studio albums - 1973's "Greetings From Astbury Park, NJ" and "The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle." It's these records that brought us "Blinded By the Light," "Rosalita," and more.

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24. Judas Priest - 'Stained Class' + 'Killing Machine' (February + October 1978)

Up next, it's Judas Priest albums No. 4 and 5 - "Stained Class" and "Killing Machine." The first one led to a 1990 civil action trial accusing the band of including hidden messages that led to two teenagers attempting suicide. The second one was released in the US in February 1979 under a different title - "Hell Bent for Leather" - because of the "murderous implications." Not bad on the controversy scale.

As for the tunes: "Exciter," "Beyond the Realms of Death," "The Green Manalishi" - not bad on that front either.

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23. Alice Cooper - 'Love It to Death' + 'Killer' (March + November 1971)

Up next, Alice Cooper albums 3 and 4. "Love It to Death" is the man's first album to reach commercial success, as well as feature a more hard-rocking sound, with "Killer" continuing down the same path. The records mark Mr. Cooper's first studio collaborations with Bob Ezrin. "I'm Eighteen," "Caught in a Dream," "Under My Wheels," and more.

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22. The Ramones - 'Leave Home' + 'Rocket to Russia' (January + November 1977)

Up next, the Ramones, albums No. 2 and 3. Both unveiled during the year of 1977, "Leave Home" and "Rocket to Russia" brought us such hit numbers as "Carbona Not Glue," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "Rockaway Beach," and more.

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21. The Beach Boys

As scottishmob nicely put it: "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!"

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20. Deep Purple - 'Machine Head' + 'Made in Japan' (March + December 1972)

In the year of 1972, Deep Purple managed to release not only one of the greatest albums in history of hard rock, but also one of the greatest live albums in the history of hard rock. "Machine Head" and "Made in Japan"...

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19. Creedence Clearwater Revival - 'Bayou Country' + 'Green River' + 'Willie and the Poor Boys' (January + August + November 1969)

Essentially the entire CCR discography, one of the biggest bands of all time, was released between May 1968 and December 1970. 1969 was the most productive one, with three classic releases - "Bayou Country," Green River," and "Willie and the Poor Boys." Song-wise, we're looking at "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising," "Lodi," "Down on the Corner," "Fortunate Son," and more.

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18. King Crimson - 'Starless and Bible Black' + 'Red' (March + October 1974)

Up next are prog fathers King Crimson - first the album that features an instrumental song called "Starless and Bible Black," and then another album that features a song with a lyric line "starless and bible black." Anyhow, 1974's "Starless and Bible Black" and "Red."

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17. Yes - 'The Yes Album' + 'Fragile' (February + November 1971)

Staying in the realm of prog icons, Yes are up next with two of their staple 1971 efforts - first "The Yes Album" and then "Fragile."

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16. David Bowie - 'Low' and 'Heroes' (January + October 1977)

Mr. Bowie takes the next spot with a set of albums he unveiled in 1977 - first "Low" and then "Heroes."

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15. AC/DC - 'High Voltage' + 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' (May + September 1976)

Taking things to the land down under, it's the two records that introduced the raw power of AC/DC to international audiences - the international release of "High Voltage" and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." Lotsa classics here too - "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)," "TNT," "The Jack," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Problem Child," and more.

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14. Periphery - 'Juggernaut: Alpha' + 'Juggernaut: Omega' (January 2015)

You could argue that this is a double album - and it is - but the releases were separate, with the records landing at No. 22 and No. 25 on the US charts, hence Juggernauts are legit for the list. Anyhow, this one brings us to more recent times, it's the almighty Misha and "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega."

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13. Opeth - 'Deliverance' + 'Damnation' (both recorded July-September 2002)

This week's Lucky 13 is the lovely Mikael and the rest of the gang. Technically, these two albums were not released in the same calendar year, BUT they were recorded at the same time, so we're gonna let it slide if that's OK with you. Anyhow, dedicated to Mikael's late grandma, the albums offer a stark stylistic contrast, with "Deliverance" being more classic heavy Opeth and "Damnation" being more on the mellower proggy side not too far from the band's current style.

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12. Rush - 'Fly By Night' + 'Caress of Steel' (February + September 1975)

Marking the grand entrance of Mr. Neil Peart into the Rush fold, up next are "Fly By Night" and "Caress of Steel," both released in 1975.

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11. Queen - 'Queen II' + 'Sheer Heart Attack' (March + November 1974)

A step away from the Top 10, you folks voted early Queen - their second and third album to be precise. Both unveiled during 1974, it's "Queen II" and "Sheer Heart Attack."

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10. Frank Zappa - 'Sleep Dirt' + 'Sheik Yerbouti' + 'Orchestral Favorites' + 'Joe's Garage Act I' + 'Joe's Garage Acts II & III' (January + March + May + September + November 1979)

So far, the list mostly featured two releases per year. So here's Frank with 5 of 'em.

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9. Motorhead - 'Overkill' + 'Bomber' (March + October 1979)

A fair share of what is universally acclaimed as classic Motorhead sound and an inevitable part of the band's live setlist came out in 1979. Published 7 months apart, these are the albums that brought us "Overkill," "No Class," "Damage Case," "Metropolis," "Dead Men Tell No Tales," "Bomber," and more.

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8. Alice in Chains - 'Sap' + 'Dirt' (February + September 1992)

Taking a grunge detour, up next are Alice in Chains with "Sap" and "Dirt." "Sap" is an EP and not a full-length release, but we lettin' it slide.

As late great Wiencon explained, "'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."

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7. The Doors - 'The Doors' + 'Strange Days' (January + September 1967)

When you release "Light My Fire," "Break on Through," "The End," "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times" within 9 months, you know your place in the pantheon is secured.

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6. The Beatles - 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' + 'Magical Mystery Tour' (June + November 1967)

Up next, The Beatles. They call the first one proto-prog, the second one's not too shabby either.

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5. Guns N' Roses - 'Use Your Illusion 1' + Use Your Illusion 2' (September 1991)

Up next are Guns N' Roses with their monumental "Use Your Illusion" double album. The two records were released as separate efforts, reaching combined worldwide sales of over 31,000,000 units. "November Rain," "Don't Cry," "Live and Let Die," "Bad Obsession," "You Could Be Mine," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Civil War," "Yesterdays," "Estranged," "Get in the Ring" - the songs really speak for themselves.

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4. Jimi Hendrix - 'Are You Experienced' + 'Axis: Bold as Love' (May + December 1967)

Kinda fascinating that the entire discography of The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released within 17 months... Anyhow, the two that came out in '67 bring us just a step away from the list's Big 3. Give it up for "Are You Experienced" and "Axis: Bold as Love"!

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3. System of a Down - 'Mezmerize' + 'Hypnotize' (May + November 2005)

The bronze medal this week goes to System of a Down and a whole lot of music they've released in 2005. Since these two albums, they've released a whole lot of nothing.

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2. Led Zeppelin - 'Led Zeppelin I' + 'Led Zeppelin II' (January + October 1969)

The silver medal goes to Led Zeppelin and all the goodies they presented in 1969. In terms of songs, we're looking at "Good Times Bad Times," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "You Shook Me," "Dazed & Confused," "Communication Breakdown," "I Can't Quit You Baby," "Whole Lotta Love," "The Lemon Song," "Heartbreaker," "Living Loving Maid," "Ramble On," "Moby Dick," and more. So yes, basically two full albums of bonafide rock classics.

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1. Black Sabbath - 'Black Sabbath' + 'Paranoid' (February + September 1970)

At the throne of UG this week, it's "Black Sabbath" from "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath. Other notable tracks released within these 7 months of 1970 - some of which happen to define the very core of metal music - include "The Wizard," "NIB," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "War Pigs," "Planet Caravan," "Faeries Wear Boots," "Electric Funeral," "Hand of Doom," and a few more.

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And that wraps it up. Hope y'all enjoyed the ride, stay tuned until next week for yet another edition of WQ!

53 comments sorted by best / new / date

    terranraptor
    Buckethead pike 102 to pike 219 in 2015 ?
    eddiehimself
    Quality, not Quantity...
    tonello
    I agree. Look Buckethead is undeniably good and a master of his instrument, but it seems like he just records anything, mixes it and then sends it off. To me, the skill required to play the stuff he releases does not trump the skill and time required to write an album with a full band, record each instrument, mix the whole thing, and then ship it off. Its easy to sit down with Pro Tools and shred for a minute and a half. 
    Bati
    Nah. Most guitarists would kill to release something as good as pike #218, let alone more than 100 other albums on that same year. Hell, to release a beautiful understated 15 min. song like "Rain Drops On Christmas" on the very next day? Jesus. Plenty of pikes are underdeveloped, but I'll never understand why some people think they take anything away from those that are perfect... Pikes #150 and #218 alone, say, would deserve a spot on a list like this, except this one is more geared towards epoch-making or classic albums than just killer I think. I'd take this two over any Periphery any day of the week though, but that's just me...
    LEHJOHND
    Im a little surprised KISS wasn't mentioned, I mean I know the U. G community isn't big on them but kiss and hotter than hell were released in the same year, dressed to kill and kiss alive both in the same year, destroyer and rock and roll over both in the same year and love gun and kiss alive II both released in the same year
    dewitt
    They were mentioned in the Wednesday post. Unsurprisingly, they weren't voted in. UG users have a vendetta against them because Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons aren't always very likeable. They should be there for a few different years in the 70s, though. 1976 was my favorite, I think (Destroyer and Rock And Roll Over).
    Panasonic3
    Not always likeable is putting it nicely. I would say pure evil.
    BlackDeath92
    Pure evil? Assholes would have been accurate, but pure evil is quite a stretch.  The hyperbole police are coming! 
    Spinnerweb
    I'm so happy Alice Cooper made the list, thank you to everyone who voted that option
    Carbin Monoxide
    Seriously, how is Devin Townsend not on here!? City + Ocean Machine (1997) Synchestra + The New Black (2006) Ki + Addicted (2009) Deconstruction + Ghost (2011)
    KBI2113
    80% of the albums on the list were released in either the 60's or 70's. Not saying they were bad albums, just stating it was a much different time for music back then. A lot more booming and focus on the music itself, not the promoting and touring.
    selkayann
    It might also be that artists were less controlled in the 60's and 70's, getting signed to labels was easier, and recording costs were lower. That way, artists were more comfortable with releasing more albums. Also, there was no YouTube and people would buy much more records than today, making the record industry more profitable than touring.
    ElPanda
    Plus they certainly weren't getting paid much for gigs until Zeppelin came along and changed all that. Record companies in the 50s and 60s required that you released singles and albums quite often, since that was the main income for both artists and companies.
    Spinnerweb
    Yep. That explains why bands were so keen on TV appearances in the sixties too, I think TV paid them better than shows.
    ElPanda
    I'd imagine TV appearances were more about promotion, which definitely affected album sales.
    bcwill58591
    what's amazing is i remember buying most of these when they first came out.man im getting old .
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    I really don't get why Black Sabbath is always put at the top of everything on here. Yeah they were debatebly the first metal band but that doesn't make them the best. I get bored fast listening to Sabbath.
    EtotheG
    Neither Bowie of Zappa are bands, but im'm just nitpicking.
    crosskip
    Bowie's lineup was sort of the same for both albums tho. And what an amazing lineup it was with Murray, Davis and Alomar!
    scottishmob
    Nice my nomination is on there! I'm gonna be at a Brian Wilson show this upcoming Monday too (driving all day and then all night to be there and back) so it's really cool to see this today. Lots of good stuff on here - so many kick ass albums. Music is the fucking best!
    warmachinerox87
    GN'R, Motorhead and Alice In Chains should be few steps higher (my opinion of course), but all in all... good list... great albums
    juzzadart
    When the Illusion albums are brought up no one ever mentions "Breakdown". Man that's a classic song!
    warmachinerox87
    Oh yeah... Especially that solo at the very end... Not every song is great on those two albums, but I love them all... Estranged, Coma, Double Talkin' jive, Right Next Door to Hell... All good
    spirosontic
    How about for the next one: Top non-frontmen bandmembers who later created their own thing? Like Josh Homme with QOTSA after Kyuss, Dave Grohl with Foo Fighters after Nirvana and so on? 
    Paro_metalhead
    Very good list apart from Use Your Illusion (both had a bit of filler imo). Some honorable mentions considering we've included an EP/LP above... Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet/Nil Recurring EP and In Absentia/Futile EP King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like The Sky/Float Along, Fill Your Lungs (they also have 5 albums being released this year!) Genesis - A Trick of the Trail/Wind & Wuthering
    withoutanyname
    I wonder where UG took their picture for this article, there is a nice publicity for Michel Pagliaro. He's a great Canadian rocker!
    Bubu7
     Since another couple of albums recorded in the same time but published over two years made the list I really expected to see Kid A + Amnesiac