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    Bands & artists with no bad albums

    How many rock musicians with careers spanning at least a decade (or 5+ albums) can you think of who've never released what you'd consider to be a bad album?

    Only factor in official, full-length studio albums comprised of original material. Live albums, compilations, EPs, covers albums, rerecordings, posthumous releases they didn't authorise, etc. don't count.

    Artists who passed away or retired after a couple of albums (e.g. Jimi Hendrix) don't count either. The idea here is to give some credit to the ones who had just as many opportunities to fuck up as their contemporaries but somehow managed to avoid doing so.

    #2
    I'm not sure I know any. I was thinking of Led Zeppelin, but I don't know whether they count with the rules you layed down, because they effectively "only" recorded eight albums in a ten years time span.

    For me, David Bowie comes real close. Even though his mid eighties albums "Tonight" and "Never Let Me Down" are far removed from his best albums, I still personally like some of the songs on both albums (Tonight: title track, Blue Jean and Loving the Alien, Never Let Me Down: Day in Day Out, Time Will Crawl), but whether they are good albums as a whole , perhaps not so much.

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      #3
      Led Zeppelin, definitely

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        #4
        Van der Graaf Generator
        Kraftwerk
        Decemberists
        Kate Bush
        Peter Gabriel
        Bryan Ferry
        Last edited by Yorkshire Square; 12-19-2021, 11:15 AM.

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          #5
          For me there are only 2 bands would make this list.

          The Beatles
          Led Zeppelin

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            #6
            Paul Simon passes the test with flying colours, for me. Hearts And Bones, One Trick Pony and more recently his Capeman project weren't commercially as successful as his others, but the songs are still great IMO. In fact, his preceding career in Simon & Garfunkel produced 5 albums with not a dud among them.

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              #7
              Genesis come close but even they had From Genesis to Revelation which was pretty awful- outside of that I like all their albums to at least a decent amount, with many being among my favourite of all.

              Yes are somewhat close also- they have made some average albums though in Keys to Ascension and Heaven and Earth, also maybe the debut album. Considering they have 22 official albums, they are still mightily impressive!
              The Definitive YES Albums

              -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
              -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
              -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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                #8
                Gotta be the Dan. Never disappoint. Brill building standard of songwriting straight outta the gate.

                Then continual refinement with added musical prowess and experimentation. Always clever and poignant lyrics. No embarrassing TV appearances. No stupid videos with permed mullets.

                Just coke and hookers on the QT

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                  #9
                  The Beatles definitely. Maybe Traffic, although I’m not very familiar with When the Eagle Flies.

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                    #10
                    I would say that Chicago, from Chicago Transit Authority through to Chicago VII made no bad albums.

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                      #11
                      I can't really opine, myself, just because I could make an argument for an album run, say, but there's still subjectiveness in the process. Like, it would be easier for me to consider what is a perfect album but not necessarily a flawless oeuvre. I think there can be more strong albums overall but most albums have a clunker or two or some filler. IMO.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
                        Gotta be the Dan. Never disappoint. Brill building standard of songwriting straight outta the gate.

                        Then continual refinement with added musical prowess and experimentation. Always clever and poignant lyrics. No embarrassing TV appearances. No stupid videos with permed mullets.

                        Just coke and hookers on the QT
                        Darn, how could I forget about the Dan. You're absolutely correct Sir!

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                          #13
                          The Police

                          5 LPs in 6 years, each with multiple hits, all good listens, All really good records.

                          For me, they fit the original criteria perfectly.

                          Ohhh how it pains me, lol, to write that, as my better half is thee Sting fan. 😊.

                          But i do honestly feel the band had quite the good run of it.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
                            Gotta be the Dan. Never disappoint. Brill building standard of songwriting straight outta the gate.

                            Then continual refinement with added musical prowess and experimentation. Always clever and poignant lyrics. No embarrassing TV appearances. No stupid videos with permed mullets.

                            Just coke and hookers on the QT
                            Yeah, Steely Dan by a mile. They never slipped even a little. I even consider the last two studio albums to be my favorite. Zep? Sure. Beatles, yep. I think XTC deserves a nod. The Police, Radiohead. There’s quite a few, still, most bands lose footing here and there.

                            I feel that way about Pink Floyd as well, but I know people are far from agreeing about the quality of The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Roundabob View Post
                              The Beatles definitely. Maybe Traffic, although I’m not very familiar with When the Eagle Flies.
                              I’ll agree with Traffic. Check out When the Eagle Flies! I have had that in my rotation for the past 6 months. Side one of that album in particular is something that I listen to over and over, though it’s all very good.

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