Nobody batted an eye at the Beatles releasing two albums in a year. (In 1965, they put out Help! and Rubber Soul, not to mention a movie and a few killer non-LP singles such as “Ticket to Ride” and “We Can Work It Out.” Oh, they also toured the States and John Lennon put out his second book.) These days, that level of productivity is much more uncommon, but nevertheless, I present you with my top five examples after 1970 of well-known musicians knocking out two good-to-great albums in a single year:
1. Elvis Costello, 1986: Blood and Chocolate and King of America
2. Al Green, 1973: Call Me and Livin’ for You
3. Prince, 1996: Chaos and Disorder and Emancipation
4. Beck, 1994: Mellow Gold and Stereopathetic Soul Manure (and One Foot in the Grave too!)
5. Elton John, 1975: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Rock of the Westies
(I didn’t count reissues, compilations, live records, remix albums, bootlegs, or mixtapes. I also didn’t count two albums released simultaneously, like Use Your Illusion I and II or Sweat and Suit–to me, that’s a double album that’s been split in half for marketing purposes.)
Who else belongs on the list?