Perfect Albums (Read 326 times)

    The way things are going, threads like this will just be an homage to the dying art of the album. You can just sift through an album now on iTunes, and leave out what we think are the throw-aways. To go from those wonderful large album covers, on which one could clean seeds from Mexican dirt weed, to this cold downloading sans the art work and without respect for the artist's vision for the album as a whole, is a big change that I think the most creative artists among us will eventually embrace and figure out ways to give the listener a nice ride (that at the very least equals buying that album, going home and popping the vinyl on the turntable, and looking at the cover).

     

    Some albums are perfect. There are no throw-away songs. They are complete, and I never wish THAT song wasn't on there, or THAT solo, etc. And over time, they hold up, and even seem to get better.

     

    Here's a few that I think are perfect (no greatest hits records included):

     

    The Cars (first record)

    Blow By Blow (Jeff Beck)

    Revolver,  Abbey Road,  Rubber Soul,  Please Please Me (Beatles)

    The Doors (first)

    I'm Wide Awake It's Morning (Bright Eyes)

    Remain In Light,   Speaking In Tongues (Talking Heads)

    Songs in Red And Gray, Solitude Standing (Suzanne Vega)

    Wild Planet,  Cosmic Thing (B-52's)

    The Traveling Wilburys  Vol. 1

    Blood On The Tracks,  Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,  Love And Theft,  Blonde On Blonde, John Wesley Harding (Bob Dylan)

    Blue (Joni Mitchell)

    The Great Recession Goodbye (Dan Gilbert)

     

    There are more, but it's early, and I'm not thinking clearly yet.

    Feel free to post your list!

     

    --Jimmy Cool

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      Jane's Addiction - Nothing Shocking

       

      MUST be listened to in order from beginning to end for the full experience.


      day after day sameness

        "Some albums are perfect. There are no throw-away songs. They are complete, and I never wish THAT song wasn't on there, or THAT solo, etc. And over time, they hold up, and even seem to get better."

         

        Darkness on the Edge of Town -- Springsteen

        Born to Run - Springsteen

        Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams

        I've done my best to live the right way; I get up every morning and go to work each day...

          DMB--Under the Table and Dreaming

          Pink Floyd--Wish You Were Here

           

          .....Give me more time to think.

          zonykel


            AC DC - Back in Black

              DMB--Under the Table and Dreaming

               

              I don't disagree that it's a really nice compilation of Dave songs, and ends up working as an album - I guess I just remember waiting for it to come out, and we were all like "oh, I wonder what songs will be on it", and everyone guessing - because we already knew all the songs. I mean, they weren't written with an "album" in mind.

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

                 

                I don't disagree that it's a really nice compilation of Dave songs, and ends up working as an album - I guess I just remember waiting for it to come out, and we were all like "oh, I wonder what songs will be on it", and everyone guessing - because we already knew all the songs. I mean, they weren't written with an "album" in mind.

                 

                Oops--I didn't realize there was a criteria, except for being an album we love to listen to, start to finish. 

                  Unforgettable Fire -- U2

                  Grace -- Jeff Buckley

                  Kid A -- Radiohead

                  When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold -- Atmosphere

                  Quadrophenia -- The Who

                  My Aim is True -- Elvis Costello

                  The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars -- David Bowie

                  Sea Change -- Beck

                  And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

                   

                  Rob

                    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco

                    Closing Time - Tom Waits


                    Menace to Sobriety

                      Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy

                      The Police: Regatta de Blanc

                      and another vote for The Cars: The Cars.

                      Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go f*** himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.


                      Not dead. Yet.

                        Paul Simon - Graceland

                        David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

                        Grateful Dead - American Beauty

                        How can we know our limits if we don't test them?

                          Do movie scores count? If so:

                           

                          Powaqqatsi - Philip Glass


                          Not dead. Yet.

                            Powaqqatsi - Philip Glass

                             

                            I think you mean "Koyaanisqatsi"

                             

                            MTA.  Opps.  Didn't know there was a sequel.  My bad.

                            How can we know our limits if we don't test them?

                              Some great choices !

                               

                              No Pink Floyd ? I think I could put three of thier albums on that list. (mta: Sorry waytogo...missed that on the first run thru)

                               

                              Led Zepplin 4

                              Santana Supernatural

                               

                              I like all of Hermosaboy's picks

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