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Perfect albums

Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Mon Nov 17, 2003 8:02 pm

I was having a discussion with a baby boomer friend of mine the other day about the concept of 'perfect albums', meaning albums in which every track is outstanding, definitive, excellent, etc. Being a boomer, most of his perfect albums were from the 60's. His argument was that you need at least that much time to let an album stand the test of time. I say 'pish-tosh', a perfect album is a perfect album wether it was made in 1969 or 2003. For example, 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' (which I don't think anyone could argue about not being 'perfect').

Anyway, let's start a list of perfect albums where every single track shines and then argue the shit out of it. Let's restrict ourselves, too, to rock music from the last 25 years. Who knows, maybe we can come up with one of those stupid '100 Greatest Albums' list like Spin or NME.

Here's some of mine:

Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (as previously noted)
The Ramones - Rocket To Russia
Wilco - YHF
The Replacements - Let It Be
The Clash - London Calling
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
Devo - Freedom Of Choice
Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
Beck - Sea Change
The White Stripes - De Stijl
Husker Du - Flip Your Wig

Have at it!

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Postby Stacey K » Mon Nov 17, 2003 8:36 pm

I actually toyed with a list like this in high school. I wanted to print it in my newspaper column, but my editor balked because Britney and Nelly were conspicuously missing. So they're a little dated, and I hadn't discovered college radio yet, but here are some picks from early 2002:

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Are a Drag
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Bjork - Post
AC/DC - Back in Black
Weezer - the Blue Album
Incubus - Make Yourself
The Clash - London Calling (we agree, Shecky!)
Garbage - Version 2.0

Does it have to be the last 25 years only? "Pet Sounds" deserves a nod...

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Postby Tom4 » Mon Nov 17, 2003 10:14 pm

Weezer, Pinkerton
Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Radiohead, OK Computer
Radiohead, The Bends
Broken Social Scene, You Forgot it in People
Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Jeff Buckley, Grace
Spiritualized, Let it Come Down

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Postby dieblucasdie » Mon Nov 17, 2003 10:23 pm

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Eric B. and Rakim - Paid in Full
The Clash - London Calling (the grandaddy of 'em all)
Modest Mouse - Lonesome Crowded West
Pavement - Brighten the Corners (not their "best" album, but under the criteria, their most "perfect" album).

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Postby stev » Mon Nov 17, 2003 10:28 pm

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Perfect Albums

Postby O! » Mon Nov 17, 2003 11:54 pm

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (one of the most perfect ever)
Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Red House Painters - Ocean Beach
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Santana - Abraxas
Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
The Strokes - Is This It
The Cure - Bloodflowers (a fantastic record!)
The Beatles - White Album
Radiohead - Amnesiac

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Postby rw » Tue Nov 18, 2003 2:41 am

Just some off the top of the head:

Pinkerton - Weezer
The Mollusk - Ween
Mermaid Avenue - Billy Bragg and Wilco
London Calling - Clash
Nebraska - The Boss
Psychotic Friends Nutwerx - Fishbone
Nothing's Shocking - Jane's Addiction
Appetite For Destruction - GnR
Nowhere to Here - Blue Rodeo
Life's Rich Pagent - REM
Kiko - Los Lobos

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Postby wastro » Tue Nov 18, 2003 5:00 am

Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - In Utero
Weezer - The Blue Album
Weezer - Pinkerton
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Beastie Boys - Paul's Botique
The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
Clash - London Calling
Pixies - Doolittle
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

I'm sure there are tons more I'm leaving off, but these were the first to pop into my head.

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Postby DJMurphy » Tue Nov 18, 2003 9:54 am

Perfect, huh? That's a mighty tall order, but here's what I'd offer to the rock godz as perfect specimens:
    Loud Family, Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things
    Big Star, #1 Record/Radio City (they exist as one CD, therefore one in my mind)
    Verbow, White Out
    Elvis Costello, This Years Model
    Joe Jackson, I'm The Man (tough to narrow it down to one for JJ)
    Steely Dan, Katy Lied
    Jellyfish, Spilt Milk
    Husker Du, New Day Rising
    Sugar, Copper Blue
    Primal Scream, Vanishing Point
    Teenage Fanclub, Songs From Northern Britain (although they had individual moments that exceed it, this coheres the best as a unit in my mind)
    Afghan Whigs, Black Love
    David Bowie, Diamond Dogs
    Joe Walsh, But Seriously, Folks...
    Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, L.A.M.F.
    Material Issue, Freak City Soundtrack
    Neil Young, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    Richard & Linda Thompson, Shoot Out The Lights
    Urge Overkill, Exit The Dragon
    Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold As Love
    and yes, of course,
    The 'Mats, Let It Be
    MBV, Loveless and
    Pixies, Surfer Rosa.

To qualify this long-ish list, perfect album means that all of the songs fit with each other as a unit, and you aren't tempted to hit the track forward button during the listening, for fear that you'll miss an iota of the experience. If given time, I'm sure I could find more.

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Postby ryanking » Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:22 am

Afghan Whigs- 1965

Comeback from depression, on fire with lust, cinematic in scope, and every track completely kicks ass from beginning to end.


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