Perfect albums

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Mixmaster Shecky
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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Thu Nov 20, 2003 12:27 am

Jake wrote:As a matter of fact, they are the kings of rock, there are none higher. Mixmaster Shecky should call them sire.


Woo, I'll just let that one hang there.

But I intended no slight to the mighty RUN-DMC, just wondering if you should file them under rap or rock. Either way, they go in the 'R' file.

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Postby DJMurphy » Thu Nov 20, 2003 10:57 am

Stacey K wrote: That's so funny, Murphy. I came upon some Mudhoney song during my radio show last week that I just knew I had to play but when I tried editing out the FCC-no-no word the first time, it didn't work. When the word came around again I panicked, fired the mike up, and hummed over it. It sounded really dorky.

The other trick I'd use, same situation, is to scream over the curse. Like in the Replacements' "My Favorite Thing", the line "I don't give a single shit" became "I don't give a single [loud, comical scream]." As campy as it sounds, it worked, and it was fun. My listeners would call and told me they thought it was funny, plus they got to hear songs they normally wouldn't hear on the radio. Sounds like a win-win to me...

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Postby infectiousdisease » Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:08 pm

Aaah...most of what I was going to say has already been said about a million times over. But I can't go without re-voting for...

The White Stripes- De Stijl
Weezer- The Blue Album

And I would put Deep Purple's Machine Head on the list too, but that falls outside 25 years.

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Postby Charli » Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:26 pm

Personally I hate the idea of having to restrict my version of perfect to a specific code of time, mainly because that would include my having to leave out what I believe is the most perfect album ever(and like I said, my opinion) which would be Electric Warrior . The album that I discovered as a young girl, which would spur on a longstanding obsession with Marc Bolan, leading to the tattoo of him on my arm. Ahhh...ok.

That said, I'll give you only a very few choices:

GBV- Alien Lanes
Wilco-Summerteeth
Joseph Arthur- Come to Where I'm From
The Wrens- Meadowlands

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Postby el supremo » Fri Nov 21, 2003 8:53 pm

i'm just not really comfortable with shecky's definition of a perfect album: "meaning albums in which every track is outstanding, definitive, excellent". maybe i'm just an impatient listener, but i can't think of a single album that doesn't have at least 1 or 2 tracks i feel like skipping every time. it doesn't even mean they're duds; it just means that i don't feel like putting in the listening effort to that particular track.

there are a few albums that i would consider perfect, like maestro subgum's [/i]lost lost lost, aphex twin's drukqs, prefab sprout's two wheels good, and talk talk's spirit of eden. these albums are perfect in the sense that the artists weren't creating music; the music was channeled through them. only those who are possessed can make perfect music.

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Postby Urj » Sat Nov 22, 2003 10:34 pm

Hey, everybody. This is my second post. I'm far too lazy to bother registering, and my attention span is short enough that this could well be my last post. Anyway, I'm bored presently, so here are my suggestions for perfect album-listenin', in no order other than in which ones spring to mind first:

Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
The Band - The Band
Wilco - Being There
Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Dylan - Desire
Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Dylan - Highway 61
Dylan - Time Out of Mind
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
Sloan - Between the Bridges
EC and the Attractions - Blood & Chocolate
EC and the Attractions - This Year's Model
The Clash - London Calling
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Lou Reed - New York
Velvets - The Velvet Underground
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Tom Waits - Mule Variations (Oooh! Controversy! Mmm!)
Beck - Mutations
Bob Mould - Workbook
Husker Du - Warehouse: Stories and Songs
Constantines - Shine A Light
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Richard and Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights
Elliott Smith - XO
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos
Hayden - Skyscraper National Park
R.E.M. - Automatic For the People

And more that I can't think of at the moment.[/u]

Guest

Postby Guest » Sun Nov 23, 2003 2:58 pm

DJ murphy is an idiot for those comments on exile on main st. comments

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Postby DJMurphy » Mon Nov 24, 2003 2:55 am

...and Guest is a chickenshit for not including a name. Regardless, those are my opinions, you're entitled to yours. Besides, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and thinks that everyone else's stinks. No problem. Tell me, why am I an idiot again? For daring to claim a sacred cow isn't perfect to all of us? (God forbid he hear my qualified criticisms of Sgt. Pepper!! The horror!!) Some might argue that Exile's imperfections make it perfect; fair enough. If you notice, nowhere did I say Exile was a shitty album. In fact, it's excellent, and their greatest alongside Some Girls and Sticky Fingers. It's just not my definition of perfect.

COMMENTS???

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Postby SchroederJr » Mon Nov 24, 2003 3:56 am

Dismemberment Plan - Change
Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I (though I Love a Magician nearly pulls it down. I think it's placement on the album and the last 30 seconds make it genius)
-Honestly, Is Terrified is also a very good contender for this list. It doesn't really reach the new territory that they're later releases do, but it still nails every song. No, it's not as genius, but it such a phenomenally fun album, it's quickly becoming one of my road-trip-sing-along favs (on par with Blue Album).

Weezer - Pinkerton
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Radiohead - Kid A
Jump, Little Children - Magazine
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
MBV - Loveless
R.E.M. - Document
R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi
- This one'll probably draw a lot of disagreement, but this album pins down REM as REM if you ask me. It's one of the most enigmatic albums I've ever heard, covers the whole spectrum (full out rocker, heart-felt ballad, piano pop, experimental), and just surprises you with every song that hits.
R.E.M. - Up
- Ya love it or ya hate it.
Rufus Wainwright - Poses
Twothirtyeight - You Should Be Living

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Postby dieblucasdie » Mon Nov 24, 2003 2:04 pm

Hmmm... I'm down with the Bob Dylan sweating as much as anyone else, but "Time Out of Mind?" Come on now...


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