4 Great Classic Rock Albums That Came Right Before the Breakthrough

Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy: Steely Dan's transitional album, where Donald Fagen took lead vocals, marking a shift toward their signature jazz-rock fusion.

Queen - Queen II: Queen evolves on Queen II, exploring epic productions in "The March of the Black Queen" and achieving pop brilliance in "Funny How Love Is."

U2 - October: Before their megastar status, U2's October laid the groundwork for their sound, featuring hits like "Gloria" and hinting at future greatness.

R.E.M. - Life’s Rich Pageant: Life’s Rich Pageant is R.E.M.'s bridge to mainstream success, showcasing Peter Buck's assertive riffs and Michael Stipe's evolving vocal clarity.