I’ve recently been re-appreciating the sheer brilliance of Songs in the Key of Life and remembering the sequence of amazing records that preceded it and thinking about whether anyone else has released five consecutive albums of that quality. I think it’s really rare if we are honest about what constitutes a truly ‘classic’ album. Runs of three are relatively common but five is highly unusual.
The Stevie Wonder one is:
Music of My Mind/Talking Book/Innervisions/Fulfilingness First Finale/Songs in The Key of Life (all released within four years, the last of them not only a double but with an extra ep of material he couldn’t fit in)
Can any other artist match that?
I would suggest Bowie for Diamond Dogs/Young Americans/Station to Station/Low/Heroes but I know not everyone loves Diamond Dogs and Young Americans as much as me. Pinups gets in the way of earlier sequences.
Also Joni Mitchell- Blue/For The Roses/Court and Spark/The Hissing of Summer Lawns/Hejira and the first five Sabbath albums.
Hard to think of any others. Even bands I love and who have released loads of great albums like The Fall have not strung together five classics in a row.