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  • Is there a perfect album?

    You know, one where every track is superb? Not counting compilation albums, of course.

  • #2
    Not my favorite album, and not even my favorite genre, but Them Crooked Vultures (Self-Titled) is the only album I can think of that I can put on, never want to skip a song, and am a bit disappointed when it ends.
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    • #3
      Your definition to perfect could be so subjective.
      One of my favorite albums ever is Lyle Lovett's Live with his Large Band. But if you hate Lyle Lovett, you'll not like the album.
      There isn't a song I skip on that album.

      So, I think everyone's interpretation will be different based on musical style preference.

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      • #4

        Revolver by The Beatles comes darned close IMHO... so does Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.

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        • #5
          Never a dull moment category: XTC - Black Sea
          Creativity unleashed: Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
          Melodic and harmonic perfection: J.S. Bach - Brandenburgs
          Knockout punch from start to finish: Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
          Perfect fusion of funk, jazz, and rock: Miles Davis - Theme from Jack Johnson

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          • #6
            Moby Grape - their self titled 1st album - amazing vocals, guitar arrangements, rhythmic drive
            The Allman Brothers - their self titled 1st album - great intros, the trippy sound of the Hammond with the double leads and double drums, Greg's vocals
            Most Beatle albums. Even something like "When I'm 64" on Sgt. Pepper. If you really listen closely it's great. And the same for most of their albums. I call it the "Beatles Treatment". The combination of inventive arrangements, vocal arrangements, studio wizardry. Crazy magic. So, most Beatle albums.
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            • #7
              Miles Davis - Kind of Blue the best selling jazz album of all time, documentaries and a book or two have been written about it.

              Hector Zazou - Songs from the Cold Seas & Sahara Blue - his production work was second to none

              Ellen McIlwaine - Up From the Skies:the Polydor Years what passion, emotional vibrancy one of the best slide guitarists and underrated

              Michael Shrieve and Steve Roach- The Leaving Time a unique blend of sounds-capes, rhythms , guitar washes

              Traffic - one of the best film soundtracks ever made

              Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings still a favorite electronic (with trumpet) album



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              • #8
                Originally posted by Anderton View Post
                Never a dull moment category: XTC - Black Sea
                Creativity unleashed: Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
                Melodic and harmonic perfection: J.S. Bach - Brandenburgs
                Knockout punch from start to finish: Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
                Perfect fusion of funk, jazz, and rock: Miles Davis - Theme from Jack Johnson
                That's not really an album

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pastor of Muppets View Post

                  That's not really an album
                  True - there was no such thing as audio recording back when it was composed, so there were no "albums", but they work really well as a (rather long) album-type listening experience, and there's a plethora of recorded versions available on CD.

                  IMHO the Brandenburg Concertos represent some of humankind's highest musical and artistic achievements.


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                  - George Carlin

                  "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                  - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                  "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                  - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

                    True - there was no such thing as audio recording back when it was composed, so there were no "albums", but they work really well as a (rather long) album-type listening experience, and there's a plethora of recorded versions available on CD.

                    IMHO the Brandenburg Concertos represent some of humankind's highest musical and artistic achievements.
                    I wonder if he ever performed in Russia? The live album would be 'Bach in the USSR'

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                  • #11
                    "Thursday Afternoon" by Brian Eno. Every song - and I mean every song - on this release freakin' rules.
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                    • #12
                      Paul Simon's There Goes Rhymin' Simon doesn't have a weak track IMHO.

                      Plus it's got at least two undisputed classics.

                      I'm a total Beatle freak, but every one of their albums has a track or two I can live without.

                      "Perfect" in this context I define as a good variety of tunes, each one stands on it's own merits, and the sum is greater than the parts. Just about impossible.

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                      • #13
                        Well...Most of those albums I consider perfect have already been listed or alluded to. I concur with davd indigo choices except that I think "Live At Fillmore East" is the the best album the bros did, and is indeed perfect.
                        I also think "Are you Experienced" is perfect...But no more perfect than "Axis Bold as Love".
                        I'd also offer up Eric Johnson's "Ah Via Musicom" as perfect....But you prolly hafta be a guitar player or Texan to concur with me on that one.
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                        • #14
                          Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is worthy, especially how the tracks blend together into one big composition.

                          Guns & Roses "Appetite for Destruction" comes very close.

                          Yes's "Close to the Edge" is worthy, but it's only three tracks, and "Going for the One" is equally worthy.

                          Asia takes a beating in many prog forums, but I gotta tell you, their debut album is pretty strong across the board.

                          Pearl Jam had a near perfect (or perfect) album with "Ten". Great songs, great engineering (I hate the engineering on their second album by comparison).

                          In jazz, I have a fondness for Wynton Kelly's "Full View", but that's not one of his more popular albums. Chick Corea's "Akoustic Band" is a great album from start to finish.
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                          • #15
                            I can think of a lot of albums that come close but miss with on or two songs... but the first album I thought of that comes close to perfection would be Signals by Rush.

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