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    Soul artists/bands that had a classic streak of album runs?

    Which soul artist/bands do you feel had a brilliant streak of album runs? Here's a few that comes to mind.

    Al Green: Al Green Gets Next To You - Explore Your Mind

    Stevie Wonder: Music Of My Mind - Songs In The Key Of Life

    Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You - Young Gifted and Black

    Gil Scott Heron: Pieces Of A Man - Bridges

    Sly and The Family Stone: Dance To The Music - Fresh

    What about you? I know there's many more but those were the names who came to mind...

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    Prince - For You [1978] through The Love Symbol Album [O[+>] [1992]. Arguably the longest great run of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    Prince - For You [1978] through The Love Symbol Album [O[+>] [1992]. Arguably the longest great run of all.
    Is the Love Symbol album considered a "classic" though? I only ask is because Princes music after Lovesexy was... Pretty bad lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelSherry59 View Post
    Is the Love Symbol album considered a "classic" though? I only ask is because Princes music after Lovesexy was... Pretty bad lol
    According to Wiki, it was voted 14th best album of 1992, for whatever that's worth. And it still holds up to these ears today; the Purple One took a stab at a funk/soul/rock opera and slayed it.

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    I'll add:

    Roberta Flack, First Take through Blue Lights in the Basement
    The Dells There Is through Freedom Means
    Bobby Womack Communication through Safety Zone
    Esther Phillips From A Whisper ... through Capricorn Princess, and
    Labelle, Labelle through Chameleon.

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    Marvin Gaye-What's Going On thru I Want You
    Funkadelic-Funkadelic thru One Nation Under A Groove
    The Isley Brothers-3+3 thru Go For Your Guns
    War-All Day Music thru Why Can't We Be Friends
    Curtis Mayfield-Curtis thru Superfly [Soundtrack]
    Isaac Hayes-Hot Buttered Soul thru Black Moses
    Parliament-Mothership Connection thru Motor Booty Affair
    Earth, Wind & Fire-Last Day And Time thru Raise!
    Michael Jackson-Off The Wall thru Dangerous




    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 10-13-2021 at 11:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    Marvin Gaye-What's Going On thru I Want You
    Funkadelic-Funkadelic thru One Nation Under A Groove
    The Isley Brothers-3+3 thru Go For Your Guns
    War-All Day Music thru Why Can't We Be Friends
    Curtis Mayfield-Curtis thru Superfly [Soundtrack]
    Isaac Hayes-Hot Buttered Soul thru Black Moses
    Parliament-Mothership Connection thru Motor Booty Affair
    Earth, Wind & Fire-Last Day And Time thru[I] Raise!
    [/I]Michael Jackson-Off The Wall thru Dangerous




    Is such a shame what happened to Michael Jackson after 1991, he was just incredible during his adult career period from Off The Wall - Dangerous.

    Incredibly talented, troubled soul

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    The Stylistics debut album, Round 2 and Rockin' Roll Baby

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    Natalie Cole - Inseparable through Natalie...Live!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelSherry59 View Post
    Is such a shame what happened to Michael Jackson after 1991, he was just incredible during his adult career period from Off The Wall - Dangerous.

    Incredibly talented, troubled soul
    Yes indeed, Michael had so many problems after 1991 [among them child molestation charges, various health & financial problems]. IMHO his last great song was "You Are Not Alone" [from the HIStory set].
    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 10-13-2021 at 05:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    Yes indeed, Michael had so many problems after 1991 [among them child molestation charges, various health & financial problems]. IMHO his last great song was "You Are Not Alone" [from the HIStory set].
    To me his last good song was Break Of Dawn [[from his messy Invincible album, then again I suppose you could say both HIStory and Invincible are both trainwrecks) lol.

    Check the song out if you haven't heard it before

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    Rufus: Rags to Rufus through Street Player
    Chaka Khan: Chaka through I Feel for You
    Last edited by sansradio; 10-13-2021 at 09:12 PM.

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    This thread is a great idea, and I don't have a single argument against any of the responses. We've been lucky to have experienced multiple great series' of great lps from multiple great performers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    This thread is a great idea, and I don't have a single argument against any of the responses. We've been lucky to have experienced multiple great series' of great lps from multiple great performers.
    It was such a common thing back in the 60s and 70s, classic streak of album runs, sales barely mattered, it hasn't been like this since Prince and Michael Jackson... Who in my opinion were the last artists to have that great run of albums.

    Michael Jackson: Off The Wall - Bad or Dangerous [[depending on who you talk to) and Prince: Dirty Mind - LoveSexy

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    Millie Jackson - ALL of her Spring albums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Flo View Post
    The Stylistics debut album, Round 2 and Rockin' Roll Baby
    Agreed whole-heartedly. The Stylistics are most remembered as a singles band but they did indeed issue [[at least) these 3 great & cohesive lps in a row.

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    Sade I feel is another one, Diamond Life - Lovers Rock

    Donna Summer [[I know she's not really considered a Soul artist) but I think her classic album run makes it right?

    Love To Love You Baby through Bad Girls [[Casablanca years)

    Luther Vandross: Never Too Much through Any Love
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelSherry59 View Post
    Sade I feel is another one, Diamond Life - Stronger Than Pride during their peak in the 80s.

    Donna Summer [[I know she's not really considered a Soul artist) but I think her classic album run makes it right?

    Love To Love You Baby through Bad Girls [[Casablanca years)

    Luther Vandross: Never Too Much through Any Love
    I struggled with posting Sade because they're beyond category. I would definitely include Love Deluxe as part of their run. And amen to Donna and Luther.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    I struggled with posting Sade because they're beyond category. I would definitely include Love Deluxe as part of their run. And amen to Donna and Luther.
    I actually forgot about Love Deluxe and even Lovers Rock lol. Let me edit my post. Sade doesn't really have a bad album [[well except their last album in 2010).

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    I'd like to add:
    Ohio Players-Pain thru Honey
    The Spinners-Spinners thru Pick Of The Litter
    The O'Jays-Backstabbers thru So Full Of Love
    The Temptations-The Temptaions Sing Smokey thru Wish It Would Rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelSherry59 View Post
    I actually forgot about Love Deluxe and even Lovers Rock lol. Let me edit my post. Sade doesn't really have a bad album [[well except their last album in 2010).
    I second that. Whoo, Soldier of Love was a turkey [with the exception of the title track, IMHO].

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    O. M. G. HOW could I have forgotten my beloved Ashford & Simpson?

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    Every one of Barry White's and Love Unlimited's albums including those on Twentieth Century AND Unlimited Gold labels.

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    Diana Ross is another one: Diana Ross through Diana

    Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy Pendergrass through TP

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    Almost forgot one of my very favorites -- the late, great VAN McCOY-- ALL albums from Buddah through Avco through MCA labels.

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    May I also add the Three Degrees, with Maybe, The Three Degrees and International?

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