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#1 Entre_Perpetuo

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:04 AM

Many bands have an awesome, defining, breakthrough album. Some even have multiple. But few manage to follow up a career high with another great record. So here we’ll list albums that managed follow up a band’s career high successfully and live up to (or even beat) it!

1. Aerosmith - Rocks

How do you follow up one of the greatest pure rock and roll albums ever made? Do it again, but even better ;)

Stand out track: Last Child

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:09 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2.  The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:13 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:16 AM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 08 December 2018 - 08:04 AM, said:

Many bands have an awesome, defining, breakthrough album. Some even have multiple. But few manage to follow up a career high with another great record. So here we’ll list albums that managed follow up a band’s career high successfully and live up to (or even beat) it!

1. Aerosmith - Rocks

How do you follow up one of the greatest pure rock and roll albums ever made? Do it again, but even better ;)

Stand out track: Last Child
Agreed!!!!!

I selected "Hemispheres" as a follow up to "A Farewell to Kings" which is Rush at their best, in my opinion.

Where do you go from there?

A little closer to the peak of perfection.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:17 AM


1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:17 AM

Great thread idea EP.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:20 AM

View PostRick N. Backer, on 08 December 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:

Great thread idea EP.

Thanks! :)

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:23 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

Weirder, bolder, and rougher than Ziggy before it. But still an awesome album through and through. Stand out track: Drive In Saturday

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:27 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

6. Queen - A Day at the Races

(Insert my comments about Rush only change the band to Queen. A great one-two punch).

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:35 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races

7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (or the White album if you don’t count that)

In a way Pepper’s only hinted at the psychedelic possibilities in The Beatles music, but MMT cemented them. Sure half of the LP version was a compilation of American singles, but it became the only American version of a Beatles record to become the official version for a reason, and that’s because the songs flow well and make sense together. Stand out track: Stawberry Fields Forever.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:50 AM


1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 09:04 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 09:19 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

10. Yes - Close To The Edge

Fragile was awesome, it had Roundabout, it introduced Waksman to the band, and it really defines Yes’ sound. But CTTE went further on every front, subsequently becoming their landmark achievement among prog fans everywhere. With only three songs they transported listeners to fantastic places in their minds. Stand out track: Close To The Edge

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:10 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
10. Yes - Close To The Edge
11.  The Cars - Candy-O

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:31 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
10. Yes - Close To The Edge
11.  The Cars - Candy-O
12.  Def Leppard - Pyromania.  High N Dry was their "breakthrough" IMO.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:42 AM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
10. Yes - Close To The Edge
11.  The Cars - Candy-O
12.  Def Leppard - Pyromania

13. Tom Petty - Hard Promises

Another great way to follow up a career high, lead off with possibly your best song to date. Stand out track: The Waiting

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 11:02 AM


1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
10. Yes - Close To The Edge
11.  The Cars - Candy-O
12.  Def Leppard - Pyromania
13. Tom Petty - Hard Promises

14. AC/DC - Back In Black

So, after five albums you finally get your signature sound dialed in to a more radio-friendly version, putting out an album containing a fistful of hits, and your singer died?  Tough break.  How  do you recover from that?

By getting a new singer and putting out one of the top-selling albums of all time.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:28 PM

Every Zeppelin album except Led Zep I.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:33 PM

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
10. Yes - Close To The Edge
11.  The Cars - Candy-O
12.  Def Leppard - Pyromania
13. Tom Petty - Hard Promises
14. AC/DC - Back In Black

15. Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy

Hard to choose with Zep, as Mithrandir pointed out, but for my money Zoso is their best, so Houses is the follow up. And what a follow up it is! The band know their sound at this point, so they show it off with some of their best compositions while also experimenting with new sounds. Stand out track: No Quarter

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:39 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 08 December 2018 - 01:33 PM, said:

1. Aerosmith - Rocks
2. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
3. Rush - Hemispheres
4.  Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
5. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
6. Queen - A Day at the Races
7. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
8.  Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
9.  Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
10. Yes - Close To The Edge
11.  The Cars - Candy-O
12.  Def Leppard - Pyromania
13. Tom Petty - Hard Promises
14. AC/DC - Back In Black

15. Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy

Hard to choose with Zep, as Mithrandir pointed out, but for my money Zoso is their best, so Houses is the follow up. And what a follow up it is! The band know their sound at this point, so they show it off with some of their best compositions while also experimenting with new sounds. Stand out track: No Quarter
A monster of an album, but yet it is my least favorite Zeppelin album.




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