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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums

This list was originally posted on my Dave’s Music Database Facebook page (Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums) on 2/5/2012. It was updated on the blog on 3/5/12 and again on 6/14/12. Thanks to DMDB fans who contributed to this list!

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.


Some of the Longest Waits:
  • 36 years: The Yardbirds Little Games (1967), Birdland (2003)
  • 35 years: Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day (1970), Lookingafter (2005)
  • 34 years: The Stooges Raw Power (1973), The Weirdness (2007)
  • 32 years: New York Dolls Too Much Too Soon (1974), One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006)
  • 28 years: Eagles The Long Run (1979), Long Road Out of Eden (2007)

  • 28 years: The Slits Return of the Giant Slits (1981), Trapped Animal (2009)
  • 28 years: Cat Stevens Back to Earth (1978), An Other Cup (2006)
  • 27 years: Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (1978), In Space (2005)
  • 25 years: Bauhaus Burning from the Inside (1983), Go Away White (2008)
  • 25 years: Levon Helm Levon Helm (1982), Dirt Farmer (2007)
  • 25 years: Throbbing Gristle Journey Through a Body (1982), Part Two: The Endless Not (2007)
  • 24 years: The Cars Door to Door (1987), Move Like This (2011)

  • 24 years: The Who It’s Hard (1982), Endless Wire (2006)
  • 23 years: The Zombies Odessey and Oracle (1968), New World (1991); 13 years: The Zombies New World (1991), As Far As I Can See… (2004)
  • 22 years: Jeff Lynne Armchair Theatre (1990), Long Wave (2012)
  • 22 years: Mission of Burma Vs. (1982), ONoffON (2004)
  • 22 years: My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991), MBV (2013)
  • 22 years: The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight (1980), Nextdoorland (2002)
  • 21 years: The Vaselines Dum-Dum (1989), Sex with an X (2010)
  • 20 years: The Del-Lords Lovers Who Wander (1990), Under Construction (EP, 2010)
  • 20 years: Devo Smooth Noodle Maps (1990), Something for Everybody (2010)
  • 20 years: The Feelies Time for a Witness (1991), Here Before (2011)
  • 20 years: Steely Dan Gaucho (1980), Two Against Nature (2000)

  • 19 years: Grace Jones Bulletproof Heart (1989), Hurricane (2008)
  • 18 years: Was (Not Was) Are You Okay? (1990), Boo! (2008)
  • 17 years: Blondie The Hunter (1982), No Exit (1999); 8 years: Blondie The Curse of Blondie (2003), Panic of Girls (2011)
  • 17 years: The Go-Go’s Talk Show (1984), God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001)
  • 17 years: Kraftwerk Electric CafĂ© (1986), Tour de Force Soundtracks (2003)
  • 17 years: Steve Miller Band Wide River (1993), Bingo (2010)
  • 16 years: The Beach Boys Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 (1996), That’s Why God Made the Radio (2012)
  • 16 years: The B-52’s Good Stuff (1992), Funplex (2008)
  • 16 years: Gang of Four Shrinkwrapped (1995), Content (2011)
  • 16 years: Gil Scott-Heron Spirits (1994), I’m New Here (2010)
  • 15 years: Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie (1989), New Roman Times (2004); 8 years: New Roman Times (2004), virus_installer.exe (2012)
  • 15 years: Electric Light Orchestra: Balance of Power (1986), Zoom (2001)
  • 15 years: Roky Erickson All That May Do My Rhyme (1995), True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010)
  • 15 years: Guns N’ Roses The Spaghetti Incident? (1993), Chinese Democracy (2008)

  • 15 years: Nitzer Ebb Big Hit (1995), Industrial Complex (2010)
  • 15 years: The Rainmakers Skin (1996), 25 On (2011)
  • 14 years: Accept Predator (1996), Blood of the Nations (2010)
  • 14 years: Alice in Chains Alice in Chains (1995), Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)
  • 14 years: Lindsey Buckingham Out of the Cradle (1992), Under the Skin (2006)
  • 14 years: Crowded House Together Alone (1993), Time on Earth (2007)
  • 14 years: Emerson, Lake & Palmer Love Beach (1978), Black Moon (1992)
  • 14 years: Hooters Out of Body (1993), Time Stand Still (2007)
  • 14 years: Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors (1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991)
  • 14 years: New Kids on the Block Face the Music (1994), The Block (2008)
  • 14 years: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Universal (1996), History of Modern (2010)
  • 14 years: The Swans Soundtrack for the Blind (1996), My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (2010)
  • 14 years: Television Adventure (1978), Television (1992)
  • 14 years: Van Halen: Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)
  • 13 years: Jane’s Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual (1990), Strays (2003)
  • 12 years: Kate Bush: The Red Shoes (1993), Aerial (2005); 6 years: Aerial (2005), 50 Words for Snow (2011)

  • 12 years: The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane (1988), The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000)
  • 12 years: Wire The First Letter (1991), Send (2003)
  • 12 years: Hole Celebrity Skin (1998), Nobody’s Daughter (2010)
  • 12 years: The House of Love Audience with the Mind (1993), Days Run Away (2005)
  • 12 years: Billy Idol Cyberpunk (1993), Devil’s Playground (2005)
  • 12 years: Polvo Shapes (1997), In Prism (2009)
  • 11 years: ESG ESG (1991), Step Off (2002)
  • 11 years: Grandmaster Flash Flash Is Back (1998), The Bridge: Concept of a Culture (2009)
  • 11 years: Heart Desire Walks On (1993), Jupiter’s Darling (2004); 6 years: Heart Jupiter’s Darling (2004), Red Velvet Car (2010)
  • 11 years: Kiss Psycho Circus (1998) Sonic Boom (2009)
  • 11 years: No Doubt Rock Steady (2001), Push and Shove (2012)
  • 11 years: Portishead Portishead (1997), Third (2008)
  • 11 years: The Power Station The Power Station (1985), Living in Fear (1996)
  • 11 years: Bob Seger It’s a Mystery (1995), Face the Promise (2006)

  • 11 years: The Verve Urban Hymns (1997), Forth (2008)
  • 11 years: Scott Walker Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995); 11 years: Scott Walker Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006); 10 years: Scott Walker We Had It All (1974), Climate of Hunter (1984)
  • 10 years: American Music Club San Francisco (1994), Love Songs for Patriots (2004)
  • 10 years: David Bowie Reality (2003), The Next Day (2013)
  • 10 years: Bush Golden State (2001), The Sea of Memories (2011)
  • 10 years: Dinosaur Jr. Hand It Over (1997), Beyond (2007)
  • 10 years: Peter Gabriel Us (1992); Up (2002)

  • 10 years: Gin Blossoms Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996), Major Lodge Victory (2006)
  • 10 years: The Human League Secrets (2001), Credo (2011); 6 years: The Human League Octopus (1995), Secrets (2001)
  • 10 years: Journey Raised on Radio (1986), Trial by Fire (1996)
  • 10 years: The Knack Round Trip (1981), Serious Fun (1991)
  • 10 years: The Lemonheads Car Button Cloth (1996), The Lemonheads (2006)
  • 10 years: Matchbox 20 More Than You Think You Are (2002), North (2012)
  • 10 years: Steve Perry Street Talk (1984), For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • 10 years: Sade Lovers Rock (2000), Soldier of Love (2010); 8 years: Sade Love Deluxe (1992), Lovers Rock (2000)
  • 10 years: Suicide Why Be Blue (1992), American Supreme (2002)
  • 10 years: Supertramp Free As a Bird (1987), Some Things Never Change (1997); 5 years: Supertramp Some Things Never Change (1997), Slow Motion (2002)
  • 10 years: Stevie Wonder Conversation Peace (1995), A Time to Love (2005); 8 years: Characters (1987), Conversation Peace (1995)
  • 10 years: Yes: Magnification (2001), Fly from Here (2011)

  • 9 years: The Allman Brothers Band Brothers of the Road (1981), Seven Turns (1990); 9 years: The Allman Brothers Band Where It All Begins (1994), Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • 9 years: Leonard Cohen The Future (1992), Ten New Songs (2001); 8 years: Leonard Cohen Dear Heather (2004), Old Ideas (2012)
  • 9 years: Deep Purple Come Taste the Band (1975), Perfect Strangers (1984)
  • 9 years: Styx Edge of the Century (1990), Brave New World (1999); 7 years: Styx Kilroy Was Here (1983), Edge of the Century (1990)
  • 8 years: AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (2000), Black Ice (2008)
  • 8 years: Aerosmith Honkin’ on Bobo (2004), Music from Another Dimension! (2012)
  • 8 years: Boston Don’t Look Back (1978), Third Stage (1986); 8 years: Boston Third Stage (1986), Walk On (1994); 8 years: Boston Walk On (1994), Corporate America (2002)

  • 8 years: Chicago Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998), XXX (2006)
  • 8 years: Fleetwood Mac Time (1995), Say You Will (2003); 5 years: Fleetwood Mac Mirage (1982), Tango in the Night (1987); 5 years: Fleetwood Mac Behind the Mask 1990), Time (1995)
  • 8 years: Michael Jackson Invincible (2001); died in 2009; 6 years: Michael Jackson HIStory (1995), Invincible (2001); 5 years: Michael Jackson Thriller (1982), Bad (1987)
  • 8 years: The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005); 5 years: The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994)
  • 8 years: Rush Test for Echo (1996) Vapor Trails (2002)
  • 8 years: Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit (1993), Goddess in the Doorway (2001); 6 years: Mick Jagger Primitive Cool (1987), Wandering Spirit (1993)
  • 8 years: The Smithereens God Save the Smithereens (1999), Christmas with the Smithereens (2007)
  • 7 years: Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine (2005), The Idler Wheel… (2012)
  • 7 years: Garbage Bleed Like Me (2005), Not Your Kind of People (2012)
  • 7 years: Kansas In the Spirit of Things (1988), Freaks of Nature (1995)
  • 7 years: Meat Puppets Golden Lies (2000), Rise to Your Knees (2007)
  • 7 years: Morrissey Maladjusted (1997), You Are the Quarry (2004)
  • 7 years: Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), The Division Bell (1994)

  • 7 years: Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) The Rising (2002); 5 years: Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love (1987) and 1992’s double whammy of Human Touch and Lucky Town
  • 7 years: Tom Waits Real Gone (2004), Bad As Me (2011)
  • 7 years: The Wallflowers Rebel, Sweetheart (2005), Glad All Over (2012)
  • 6 years: Genesis We Can’t Dance (1991), Calling All Stations (1997)
  • 6 years: Fiona Apple When the Pawn… (1999), Extraordinary Machine (2005)
  • 6 years: Metallica Reload (1997), St. Anger (2003); 5 years: Metallica Metallica (1991), Load (1996); 5 years: Metallica St. Anger (2003), Death Magnetic (2008)
  • 5 years: D’Angelo Brown Sugar (1995), Voodoo (2000)
  • 5 years: Shania Twain Come on Over (1997), Up! (2002)
  • 5 years: The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989), Second Coming (1994)


    Still Waiting…
  • 34 years: Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door (1979)
  • 21 years: Roger Waters Amused to Death (1992) *
  • 20 years: Billy Joel River of Dreams (1993) *
  • 19 years: Steve Perry For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • 19 years: Pink Floyd The Division Bell (1994)
  • 19 years: Emerson, Lake & Palmer In the Hot Seat (1994)
  • 18 years: Black Sabbath Forbidden (1995), 13 expected in 2013!
  • 16 years: Genesis Calling All Stations (1997)
  • 15 years: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

  • 14 years: Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
  • 13 years: D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
  • 13 years: Kansas Somewhere to Elsewhere (2000)
  • 12 years: Garth Brooks Scarecrow (2001)
  • 12 years: Mick Jagger Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • 12 years: Electric Light Orchestra Zoom (2001)
  • 11 years: Boston Corporate America (2002), new album due in 2013?
  • 11 years: Shania Twain Up! (2002)
  • 11 years: Supertramp Slow Motion (2002)
  • 11 years: David Baerwald Here Comes the New Folk Underground (2002)
  • 10 years: Fleetwood Mac Say You Will (2003)
  • 10 years: Steely Dan Everything Must Go (2003)
  • 10 years: Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)
  • 10 years: The Allman Brothers Band Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • 9 years: Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
  • 9 years: Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)
  • 8 years: The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang (2005)
  • 8 years: Styx Big Bang Theory (2005)
  • 7 years: Tool 10,000 Days (2006)
  • 7 years: The Who Endless Wire (2006)
  • 6 years: Fish 13th Star (2007)
  • 6 years: Hooters Time Stand Still (2007)

    * Does not include works composed, but not performed in full by the act


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