I had a brainstorm to focus my latest article for PopMatters.com (“I Heard You Missed Us – We’re Back!”) on the fact that we’re hitting the five-year mark on how long it has been since one of my favorite acts, Fish, released a studio album of new material. Then it dawned on me that Van Halen was ending a 14-year silence this month. In recent years, Guns N’ Roses notorious 15-year delay between albums garnered lots of press. I started considering other acts who’d had long breaks and also posed the question on Facebook. I’ve organized the list based on longest waits first, but in the cases where an act has done it more than once, I listed other instances immediately below the first. Note: I’m only looking at album’s worth of new studio material. That includes “specialty” releases of new material for that act such as covers collections or Christmas recordings, but does not include live albums, compilations, remixes, or other reissues of previously released material.
* Does not include works composed, but not performed in full by the act
Resources and Related Links:
- My article for PopMatters.com: I Heard You Missed Us – We’re Back! (3/5/2012)
- Dave’s Music Database Facebook Note: Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums) (2/5/2012)