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Perfect Albums?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by jmaul, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. jmaul

    jmaul Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 7, 2008
    I was thinking recently of making a list of Perfect Albums- front to back, 100% solid classic legendary albums. There are a lot out there, and I'm sure a lot I don't know at all. This isn't for a listen all the way through with no skips thread, I mean PERFECT.

    Here are a few obvious ones I'll toss out:
    Beatles: Sgt. Pepper
    Pink Floyd: Darkside of the Moon
    Radiohead: OK Computer
    Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain

    All genre's and eras are fair game. Lets try to take it a step beyond just classic albums- plenty of great classic albums have flaws- the White album, or the Wall, for instance.

    Keep the list going, keep it strong- if there is any question at all then it doesn't belong.

  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Rush Moving Pictures


    The Leghounds-Date Your Daughters

  3. TeleDrifter

    TeleDrifter Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 13, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    4me..Harvest is perfect even with it's flaws

  4. Buxton

    Buxton Tele-Meister

    Mar 12, 2011
    Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
    Alan Jackson - A Lot About Livin..
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced..

    Off the top of my head

  5. José

    José Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2008
    Pet Sounds, a perfect album to me.

  6. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    Beatles: Rubber Soul
    Merle Haggard: Thats the way love goes, back to the barrooms, going where the lonely go, Big City
    Willis Alan Ramsey: Willis Allan Ramsey
    Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter
    Doc Watson: Red Rocking Chair, live with merle watson
    Mississippi John Hurt: Live (Best of MJH)
    Jackson Browne: For Everyman, Late for the Sky
    Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel
    Emmylou Harris: Luxury Liner, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
    Jayhawks: Rainy Day Music

  7. Travst

    Travst Tele-Holic

    Sep 22, 2008
    Birmingham, AL

  8. toddfan

    toddfan Tele-Holic

    Dec 15, 2010
    USA, Midwest
    Abbey Road-Beatles
    Pet Sounds-Beach Boys
    A Wizard A True Star-Todd Rundgren
    Easy Pieces-Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
    Love Bomb-The Tubes
    The Kick Inside-Kate Bush
    "Nazz Nazz"-The Nazz

  9. toddfan

    toddfan Tele-Holic

    Dec 15, 2010
    USA, Midwest


  10. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003

    The Million Dollar Quartet

    Iron Maiden-Killers

    Ramones-Mania (do greatest hits count? if so, also Chuck Berry-The Great 28)

  11. jmaul

    jmaul Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 7, 2008
    Greatest hits do not count, as it is a collection and not an album. In the words of Bruce McCullough, "Greatest Hits albums are for housewives and little girls."

    Live albums are borderline, IMO, since they are usually composite of multiple performances and frequently cleaned up in studio including overdubs and punch ins, etc. BUT I think a single live performance would absolutely qualify, such as Nirvana Unplugged...

  12. big-daddy-59

    big-daddy-59 Tele-Holic

    Mar 20, 2009
    Like a lot of folks,I've just never got "Astral Weeks" and Much prefer the classic "Moondance".

    and a few more

    Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
    Rage against the Machine-Rage Against the Machine
    Nirvana- never mind
    Dave Brubeck- Time Out
    Miles Davis-Kind Of Blue - this has to be in this list

  13. david fernley

    david fernley Tele-Meister

    Dec 1, 2009
    uk nottingham
    me to

  14. Alex W

    Alex W Friend of Leo's

    Beatles Revolver
    Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall

    nearly perfect: Nick Drake Pink Moon

  15. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    I think folk and blues get a pass on the live album stuff....

    BB King's "Live at the Regal" is a perfect record
    Freddie King's "Larger than life" is a mix of things, but perfect as is...

    Frampton comes alive could easily be called a perfect recrod (ohhh except for 'its a plain shame' which kind of was!)

    I think all of them are judgement calls, but blanket rules kind of don't work for me....

    the john hurt record I noted is perfect. it is live performances and has his greatest 'hits' (as if, right?) but, as a whole, if you listen to the record.. it is a masterpiece.

  16. Oster

    Oster Friend of Leo's

    May 18, 2003
    Muddy York
    Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols

  17. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    AC/DC- Powerage
    AC/DC-Highway to Hell
    AC/DC-Back in Black

  18. losergeek

    losergeek Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 28, 2010
    The Clash - London Calling

  19. jmaul

    jmaul Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 7, 2008
    I said "borderline", there is no blanket rule on the live stuff- AC/DC Live is basically a greatest hits and I'd have a hard time turning it down because it has a special place in my history.

    I just want to be clear that this thread is going to suck doo if we allow it to turn into a list of greatest hits live albums.

    And blues and folk are almost always better on live recordings, so I am with you there.

    All taste in all art is subjective and if you disagree with what someone else says here, let it go- no arguing- if people keep their posts and opinions genuine, there is no reason to try to shoot them down. All opinions are welcome here. Hopefully I can find some killer albums to purchase that I would never know about otherwise, and we can celebrate some of the monumental releases in music history.

  20. Suicideking

    Suicideking Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2010
    Palm Bay FL
    Exile On Main St.
    The White Album
    Music From The Big Pink
    Led Zeppelin I

    I do wanna give a shout out to Appetite For Destruction while it is not the perfect album I think that it was great for when it came out. In the era of hair metal these guys came out and brought us hard living straight up rock and roll. Just for that I think that G&R deserve some kind of honorable mention.

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