Perfect Albums (Read 326 times)

     

    As far as perfect albums, I'd go with Revolver.

     

    I want to agree, but I frequently end up skipping Love You To. Sorry, George.

    Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
    We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes


    Fistmaster General

      To add to an already impressive list here, here are some of my votes for perfect

       

      Metallica - And Justice For All

      Alice in Chains - Facelift

      Blind Melon - Blind Melon

      Cake - Fashion Nugget

      INXS - Kick

      Faith No More - The Real Thing

      Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

       

       "I... am a fucking moron." - MattM

       

      jimmyb


        Like Blind Melon's "Bee Girl" video.

         

        Someone listed Meddle by Pink Floyd earlier in the thread. I bought a copy this weekend. Pretty good. You can hear the coming of Dark Side Of The Moon in it. I didn't hear any unifying themes, either musically or lyrically, though the song Echoes is an entire side and is  cohesive in it's journeying out and returning home by the end. One song on there is definitely a throwaway—the blues song with the dog howling all the way through it--a sound collage. Don't want to hear that one again. This record feels like a transition. A pulling away from any Syd Barrett influence and a leap towards that great trilogy that was to come. There's a Beatle's influence on this record. One melody reminds me of Dear Prudence. And I don't think there is Echoes without Revolution #9 first. This might not be a perfect album, but it's a perfect transition album. Only great bands have transitions like these. You can hear and feel the creative stretching.

        Log

        mab411


        Proboscis Colossus

          Yeah, I guess +1 for Appetite for Destruction. I've gone back and forth all day about it but if I were stranded on an island I would want it.

           

          This is the one that immediately came to mind for me, too.  From what I understand, the band already had some serious cracks in the foundation when they recorded it, but man, you sure can't hear it.

           

          Other ones that come to mind:

           

          Mother Love Bone - self-titled (actually two albums stuck together after Andrew Wood's all-too-soon death, but they each have a right to the title)

          Pearl Jam - Ten (which was a result of the situation just above)

          The Cure - Disintegration

          Extreme - Pornograffiti (the acoustic numbers sound a little out of place, though.  Weird that they were the two singles)

          Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience

          Beastie Boys - To The 5 Boroughs

          Yuck - Yuck

          "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people


          Girl Parts

            Ha, I haven't listened to Mother Love Bone in decades!  Blast from the past.

             

               

               

              Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience

               

               

              I saw you wrote this, and I thought "okay, maybe I'm missing something?". So, I listened to it on the way home from work today (dug it out of my wife's collection). I am so NOT with you on this. Maybe you have some kind of emotional attachment to this album, but I can't figure out anything musically redeeming about it (lyrically, vocally, instruments - nothing). Even if you liked the sound, you don't get embarrassed by Cajun and Cheatin'? I could hardly listen. But, all music is subjective, so, I guess I'm just interested in hearing what you like about this.

               

              I'll admit to having a bias against these dudes. I saw them live two years ago? for an acoustic set and they totally shipped it in (like forgetting lyrics, forgetting how songs end kind of ship it in).

               

              BTW, I always feel kind of douchy ripping albums or songs or movies or professional sports, because, shit - what have I done? I'm sure the lead singer of Gin Blossoms would come to my office and be all "Dude, this powerpoint deck lacks inspiration, and that chart showing your sales to steel and metals is inane, boring, and the colors SUCK.".

              Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
              We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

                 

                I saw you wrote this, and I thought "okay, maybe I'm missing something?". So, I listened to it on the way home from work today (dug it out of my wife's collection). I am so NOT with you on this. Maybe you have some kind of emotional attachment to this album, but I can't figure out anything musically redeeming about it (lyrically, vocally, instruments - nothing). Even if you liked the sound, you don't get embarrassed by Cajun and Cheatin'? I could hardly listen. But, all music is subjective, so, I guess I'm just interested in hearing what you like about this.

                 

                I'll admit to having a bias against these dudes. I saw them live two years ago? for an acoustic set and they totally shipped it in (like forgetting lyrics, forgetting how songs end kind of ship it in).

                 

                BTW, I always feel kind of douchy ripping albums or songs or movies or professional sports, because, shit - what have I done? I'm sure the lead singer of Gin Blossoms would come to my office and be all "Dude, this powerpoint deck lacks inspiration, and that chart showing your sales to steel and metals is inane, boring, and the colors SUCK.".

                 

                I agree in substance with everything you've said, but (all due respect to you and mab411),  I would not go to see them in concert for free (gas paid for, oil change thrown in).

                 

                MTA: At the very least I should put myself out there:

                 

                Simon and Garfunkel - Concert in Central Park

                U2:  Achtung Baby

                Public Enemy:  Fear of a Black Planet

                Norah Jones: Come Away with Me

                Norah Jones: Not too Late

                Miles Davis:  Kind of Blue

                Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

                Metric: Fantasies

                Eric Clapton: Timepieces I and II (more like compilations)

                Green Day: Dookie

                Green Day: Kerplunk (almost, as others have said).

                 

                I probably like an album or two worth of Red Hot Chili Peppers, but they put so much content in their albums (to their credit), that I am not sure any one of them is close to perfect. I liked Stadium Arcadium and By the Way.

                 

                Did Handel or Bach release any albums?

                "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

                jimmyb


                   

                  BTW, I always feel kind of douchy ripping albums or songs or movies or professional sports, because, shit - what have I done? 

                   

                  What a great line! Cool

                  Log


                    INXS - Kick

                    Huh, yeah, I really do like this album from beginning to end. Good call.

                    mab411


                    Proboscis Colossus

                       

                      I saw you wrote this, and I thought "okay, maybe I'm missing something?". So, I listened to it on the way home from work today (dug it out of my wife's collection). I am so NOT with you on this. Maybe you have some kind of emotional attachment to this album, but I can't figure out anything musically redeeming about it (lyrically, vocally, instruments - nothing). Even if you liked the sound, you don't get embarrassed by Cajun and Cheatin'? I could hardly listen. But, all music is subjective, so, I guess I'm just interested in hearing what you like about this.

                       

                      I'll admit to having a bias against these dudes. I saw them live two years ago? for an acoustic set and they totally shipped it in (like forgetting lyrics, forgetting how songs end kind of ship it in).

                       

                      BTW, I always feel kind of douchy ripping albums or songs or movies or professional sports, because, shit - what have I done? I'm sure the lead singer of Gin Blossoms would come to my office and be all "Dude, this powerpoint deck lacks inspiration, and that chart showing your sales to steel and metals is inane, boring, and the colors SUCK.".

                       

                      Fair enough.

                       

                      I'm not sure I can put my finger on what, exactly, I like about it (and my wife is about to get here, so I likely won't have much time now).  I can tell you, I don't think there's any particular emotional attachment to it, other than it came out during a time in my life I'm somewhat nostalgic about, maybe that's enough.  A friend of mine - okay, a girl I had a crush on at the time - and I had a running joke about how she thought the title of the song was "Hey Chelsea."  But that's far from the only song I like on the album, and there were other songs we had fun with that come from albums that I can't stand.

                       

                      I agree about the Cajun song and "Cheatin'," so I it's admittedly not a perfect album for me, but I guess I just consider most of the songs to be well-crafted, guitar-driven pop tunes.  It's certainly not at the level of a Dark Side Of The Moon or White Album from an artistic/expressive standpoint.  I can tell you I really like how the guitars sound, it might be those clean Strat arpeggio lines that do it for me.  I do like most of the lyrics that I remember - here again, not exactly Dylan, but good, earnest, straightforward tunes about heartbreak and hopefulness.

                       

                      *shrugs*  Diff'rent strokes.

                       

                      NaderAlfie - I like your list, and agree with you on RHCP.  So many albums with a MONSTER song or two, or three, but lots of - I hate saying this about such talented (IMO) guys - lots of filler.  With one glaring exception: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which I can't believe I didn't list.  I still remember listening to that one, on loan from a friend, and being blown away at each song that came up, not just "Give It Away," as I'd expected.  They haven't made an album like that before or since, IMO.

                      "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people

                         

                        *shrugs*  Diff'rent strokes.

                         

                        Understood, cool.

                         

                        And Nader's right, I should put myself out there too...there's a lot that's been mentioned, so I won't repeat any. Here's some proof that I'm hopeless stuck in the 90's (my guitar is permanently tuned down a half step as further proof):

                         

                        Live – Throwing Copper

                        Ben Folds Five – The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (even with “Your Most Prized Possession”, yes)

                        Fastball – All the Pain Money Can Buy

                        Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl (kidding, just seeing if you’re paying attention)

                        Jackopierce – Bringing on the Weather

                        Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
                        We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

                          Beck -- Odelay

                          Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros -- Streetcore

                          Runners run.

                             

                             

                             

                             

                            U2:  Achtung Baby

                             

                             

                            I probably like an album or two worth of Red Hot Chili Peppers, but they put so much content in their albums (to their credit), that I am not sure any one of them is close to perfect. I liked Stadium Arcadium and By the Way.

                             

                             

                             

                            Yes, and yes. I love Stadium Arcadium, both discs, start to finish. I LOVE By the Way, with the exception of Warm Tape.

                            HF #8206

                             

                               

                              Understood, cool.

                               

                              And Nader's right, I should put myself out there too...there's a lot that's been mentioned, so I won't repeat any. Here's some proof that I'm hopeless stuck in the 90's (my guitar is permanently tuned down a half step as further proof):

                               

                              Live – Throwing Copper

                              Ben Folds Five – The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (even with “Your Most Prized Possession”, yes)

                              Fastball – All the Pain Money Can Buy

                              Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl (kidding, just seeing if you’re paying attention)

                              Jackopierce – Bringing on the Weather

                              heh

                              "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

                                Ooooo. Cake's Fashion Nugget is a good call.

                                 

                                I almost never listen to albums all the way through, but one's been burning up my iPhone for a while now. I'm a dork:

                                 

                                Florence + the Machine-- Ceremonials