"Perfect" albums

Posted by: Quiz_Beagle

"Perfect" albums - Tue Aug 12 2008 02:32 PM

Normally, when you buy an album (or CD if you insist) there is always a track or two that you skip over, no matter how good the rest of it is. Does anyone have any albums that they think are "perfect"? I'm using this to mean that you enjoy all the tracks, no exceptions. In my wildly eclectic collection, I think there's just two, maybe three. I'll put forward 'Carry on up the charts' and 'Bat out of Hell'. Anybody got any "perfect" albums they'd like to share?
Posted by: Gatsby722

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Aug 12 2008 05:49 PM

At some point in my life, I think I was asked this question (and kinda racked my brain on it - there seems to always be at least one stinky track, I decided at the time). But then I remembered one exception - at least as far as the albums I ever listened to, keeping in mind that there are likely millions I have never heard. But that one 'perfect'-ish one, in my opinion, was "Tapestry" by Carole King. Not a song on it that I didn't like ...
Posted by: agony

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Aug 12 2008 08:41 PM

"Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkle, "Sergeant Pepper" by the Beatles, and "Guitar Town" by Steve Earle.
Posted by: quogequox

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Aug 12 2008 09:12 PM

London Calling by the Clash
and almost Making Movies by Dire Straits if it wasnt for Les Boys
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Aug 12 2008 09:59 PM

Gordon by Barenaked Ladies
Boston by Boston
Posted by: clipperraider

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 02:39 AM

Quote:

London Calling by the Clash





quogequox, I agree wholeheartedly!
Posted by: rogue

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 08:08 AM

I list these as perfect albums from 2008, so far-

She & Him "Volume One"
The Incredible Vickers Brothers "Gallimaufry"
Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause "The Rustic Contemporary Sounds of Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause"
Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves "Roll With You"
Duffy "Rockferry"
The Tallest Man on Earth "Shallow Grave"
The Explorers Club "Freedom Wind"
Al Green "Lay It Down"
Smokekiller "13"
Walter Meego "Voyager"
Hold Steady "Stay Positive"
Posted by: wayman71

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 08:27 AM

I lean toward the heavier stuff -

Def Leppard's "Pyromania"
Posted by: Professer

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 08:48 AM

A night at the opera by Queen,

A pure classic album that i find is as exciting to listen to today as it was when i first bought it originaly back in 1975
Posted by: KrivoyRog

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 09:21 AM

"Vehicles and Animals" by Athlete
"Heaven or Las Vegas" by the Cocteau Twins
"Sea Change" by Beck
"Kasabian" by Kasabian
and an oldie to finish,
"Argus" by Wishbone Ash
Posted by: Quiz_Beagle

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 02:19 PM

Quote:

A night at the opera by Queen,

A pure classic album that i find is as exciting to listen to today as it was when i first bought it originaly back in 1975




Has that got "Year of '49" on? I love that track But unfortunately it's probably the only Queen song I really like...sorry
Posted by: agony

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Aug 13 2008 05:05 PM

OK, couple more - "Who's Next" and the Eagles "Desperado".

As for "London Calling" - I agree wholeheartedly for Record One, but for some reason never could get into Record Two. I think I only listened to it three or four times, while the other was worm out.
Posted by: losthusker

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Sep 05 2008 05:23 PM

Hi, nice to meet everyone here. I hope you don't mind me digging up a relatively old thread for my first post.I'll break mine down by decade.

60's Beatles "Abbey Road"
70's Springsteen "Darkness on the Edge of Town.
80's Midnight Oil "Diesel and Dust"
90's Pearl Jam "Ten"
00's Bright Eyes "Lifted"
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Sep 05 2008 05:49 PM

In no particular order:

Queensryche-Operation:Mindcrime
Slade-Slayed
Queen-Queen II
Muse-Absolution
Beatles-Abbey Road
Various-Rocky Horror Picture Show original soundtrack
ELO-Eldorado
Twisted Sister-Under The Blade
Who-Who's Next
Kiss-Lick It Up
Joe Jackson-I'm The Man

This could go on forever.... I'd better leave it there.
Posted by: BurgGurl

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Sep 05 2008 07:40 PM

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

I can just turn it on and let it play like one long song....

I agree with Gats on Tapestry and ClaraSue's Boston pick

as well as

Blood On the Tracks - Bob Dylan
Beautiful Girls Original Soundtrack - Various Artists
Night Moves - Bob Seger
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
The Bends - Radiohead
Hotel California - Eagles
Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains
Revolver - Beatles
That's the Way of the World - Earth, Wind & Fire

I could come up with some others later, I'm sure
Posted by: Taesma

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Sep 11 2008 11:56 PM

Led Zeppelin 1. Or 2. No, 1. Or maybe both...
Posted by: ecnalubma

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Sep 12 2008 12:51 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with ClaraSue on Gordon by Barenaked Ladies.

I would also like to add Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo. The first album I every bought with my own money, and I listened to it to death!

Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega is another album I will listen to every track on.
Posted by: stuthehistoryguy

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun Sep 14 2008 05:23 PM

"Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
"Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos
"Sticky Fingers" and "Beggars Banquet" by the Rolling Stones
Posted by: Pagiedamon

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun Sep 14 2008 08:56 PM

These may not be "perfect" to anyone else, but I can listen to every single track on "Appetite for Destruction" (Guns N' Roses) and "Four" (Blues Traveler).
Posted by: ktstew

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Sep 15 2008 08:58 AM

Tracy Chapman - album of the same name

James Taylor -Mud Slide Slim

John Hartford -Mark Twang

Joan Baez - Farewell,
Angelina

Led Zepplin- Led Zepplin

Bob Dylan - Desire

Ray Charles -Best Of the Atlantic Years

Leon Russell- And the Shelter People

AND I would
almost say so about Carole King's Tapestry -but for the cut 'Smackwater Jack'

Doors - Soft Parade
Posted by: BurgGurl

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Sep 16 2008 09:26 PM

Chiming in once again to add Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here".

I should have added it to my list just over "Dark Side" and after listening to it again tonight in memory of Richard Wright I had to come back to give it highest honors.
Posted by: ecnalubma

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Sep 16 2008 11:47 PM

I'll certainly give you 'Four' by Blues Traveller, Pagiedamon. I forgot it from my own list.
Posted by: strnog1

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Sep 17 2008 11:57 AM

Have to add both "Hounds of Love" and "The Dreaming" by Kate Bush, as well as "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Abbey Road".
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Nov 06 2008 08:31 AM

Adding to my list:

The latest Disturbed CD "Indestructible" is awesome. I like all songs on it.
Posted by: lynn-ann

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Nov 06 2008 10:32 AM

For me the perfect album or albums are:

James Blunt - 'Back To Bedlam'
James Blunt - 'All the Lost Souls'
I just can't stop playing them. I never skip over a song. I just love his music.
Posted by: themonarch

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Nov 06 2008 01:20 PM

I'll go with

"Magical Mystery Tour"- The Beatles
"1984"- Van Halen
"Master of Puppets"- Metallica
"Rust in Peace"- Megadeth
Posted by: wildginge

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Nov 06 2008 08:14 PM

My Top 10:

Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan
Forever Changes - Love
The Wall - Pink Floyd
Kid A - Radiohead
On The Beach - Neil Young
Blue - Joni Mitchell
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One - Yo La Tengo
Veedon Fleece - Van Morrison
Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush
Posted by: Suerreal

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Nov 07 2008 12:00 AM

Eagles - Hotel California
Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel
Gordon Lightfoot - Summertime Dream
Harry Chapin - Verities and Balderdash
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
Beatles - Abbey Road
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Posted by: Squisher

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Nov 07 2008 08:14 PM

For me, I'd have to say:

From my youth: "1999" by Prince. I wore that tape out!

In adulthood: "Temple of the Dog" and "So Real: Songs by Jeff Buckley"
Posted by: glendathecat

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Nov 08 2008 07:13 AM

Has to be 'Free all angels' by Ash.
Posted by: IngridK1

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Nov 10 2008 01:39 PM

All music have a place in my heart but if i may high light:
Scorpions-Platinum Collection
GNR-Use Your Illusion
Lynyard Skynyrd- Gold
Enigma
The Doors
These are but a few.....
Posted by: nikskrish

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Dec 22 2008 10:11 AM

In my opinion: Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited"; The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"; Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"; The Beatles' "Revolver"
Posted by: nikskrish

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Dec 22 2008 10:14 AM

Oh and fogot to add Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run"...
Posted by: Number1Zero

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jan 15 2009 08:12 PM

A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
Barenaked Ladies - Gordon
Audioslave - Audioslave
Rob Zombie - Past, Present, and Future
Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
The Kill Bill soundtrack
The Ocean's 12 soundtrack
Posted by: PDAZ

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Jan 16 2009 04:09 PM

Beatles "Abbey Road"
U2 "Joshua Tree"
Springsteen "Born to Run"
Radiohead "OK Computer"
Dylan "Blood on the Tracks"
Posted by: poneke

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Mar 24 2009 04:36 AM

One of my favourite "bath time" albums is

Acoustic Soul/ India Arie

Candles, bubbles,mudpack applied...I get out all wrinkly and relaxed
Posted by: maria300

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Apr 06 2009 12:13 PM

AC/DC "Highway To Hell"

Meatloaf "Bat Out Of Hell"


how ironic they both end in hell lol
Posted by: ysmay

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Apr 06 2009 03:39 PM

Some of mine were mentioned:

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon
Tracy Chapman (s/t first album)
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
Jethro Tull - Stormwatch
David Bowie - Man Who Sold The World
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust...
David Bowie - Low
David Bowie - Heroes
(I could go on with Bowie, but those are the top) :0

and (only older Canadians would even have a hope of remembering this one)

Poppy Family - Which Way You Goin Billy?


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Posted by: Tredici

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Apr 08 2009 09:59 AM

Suereal has a list I could work with. Fabulous to see someone remembering the genious of Harry Chapin. -- And I would throw the late Jim Croce's "Photographs and Memories" in that category, too.

I think I would have to remove Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson though. I like both albums but would probably replace them with

Janis Joplin - Pearl

Crosby Stills and Nash - Deja Vu

Of course Carol King's "Tapestry" has been mentioned.

A few others that I wore out Pat Benatar's "In The Heat of the Night." Kansas "Dust in the Wind". Oh sheesh, lots and lots more. But I thought I would drive my Mother mad with the "Easy Rider" soundtrack. (-8
Posted by: Anton

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Apr 08 2009 02:12 PM

I have two. "Piece of Mind" and "Somewhere in Time", both by Iron Maiden. If live albums count, then I will add "Decade of Aggression" by Slayer.
Posted by: ArlingtonVA

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat May 16 2009 06:24 PM


Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead, but I noticed no one mentioned Never Mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols.
Posted by: BurgGurl

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun May 17 2009 06:15 AM

Ahh, this thread wasn't 'dead', it was just 'dormant' and you've revived it!

BTW, that album is a classic!
Posted by: Jahlove

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun May 17 2009 12:41 PM


Sisters of Mercy: First and Last and Always


Not everyone's cup of tea but, for me, every track's a winner.
Posted by: Skyflyerjen

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun May 17 2009 08:04 PM

I do have a lot of CD's I can pop into my player, without skipping over songs, but these are my favorites:
The Moody Blues- Greatest Hits
Dido- No Angel
Three Doors Down- The Better Life
Steve Miller Band- Greatest Hits
Lily Allen- Alright, Still
Seal- System
innerpartysystem
Shinedown- The Sound of Madness
Garden State Soundtrack
Oasis- (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Muse- Absolution
The Rasmus- Dead Letters
Posted by: DuckofWar

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Jun 29 2009 05:55 AM

Hmm

The Slider and Electric Warrior by T.Rex

Aladdin Sane by David Bowie

Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield

The Division Bell by Pink Floyd

all worth 10 / 10 in my opinion
Posted by: Soulbait

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Oct 24 2009 01:02 AM

Looks like these are all mostly older stuff, mid 70's to mid 80's, but I can still listen to them straight through.

Pink Floyd ~ Wish You Were Here
Supertramp ~ Crime of the Century
Willie Nelson ~ Stardust
Nash the Slash ~ Children of the Night
Bob Marley ~ Legend (i know its a compilation...but still)
Joe Jackson ~ Look Sharp
Jeff Wayne ~ War of the Worlds
The Cars ~ self titled
the The ~ Soul Mining
Human League ~ Dare!
Simple Minds ~ New Gold Dreams
Enigma ~ MCMXC A.D.
Blue Rodeo ~ 5 Days in July
Faithless ~ Reverence
Posted by: livvycat

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Jan 09 2010 11:00 AM

I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers album "Blood Sugar Sex Magic".
Posted by: honeybee4

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Jan 09 2010 02:20 PM

Hot August Nights, 1972 live, double album by Neil Diamond. I love it.
Posted by: laughinglion

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jan 21 2010 09:44 PM

A few of my personal choices are
Quadraphenia-the Who
Arc of a Diver -Steve Winwood
Sandinista-the Clash
Workingman's Dead-Grateful Dead
Posted by: brekek

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Feb 13 2010 12:07 PM

Brand New Eyes and All We Know is Falling - Paramore
Posted by: EmmaF2008

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Jun 16 2010 02:22 PM

Hmm was just having this discussion the other night in the pub. Mine would be:

The The "Mind Bomb"
David Gray "White Ladder"
Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"
Bob Dylan "Blood on the Tracks"
Guns 'n' Roses "Appetite for Destruction"
Damien Rice "O"
Mundy "24 Star Hotel"
Radiohead "The Bends"
Portishead "Dummy"
Nirvana "Nevermind"
Posted by: Iceman61

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jun 17 2010 07:35 PM

Sammy Hagar "Standing Hampton" is one album/compact disc that I always tell people that they need for their collection. They are hooked once they listen and pass it on to others.
Posted by: pyonir

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jun 17 2010 08:09 PM

I like a lot of older rap and newer independent rap, but I know they aren't very well liked around here. So I'll just stick to one from that genre (although I could list probably 10-15 "perfect" albums).

That would be Nas - "Illmatic".

A couple others have mentioned are on my list:
Nirvana - "Nevermind"
GnR - "Appetite for Destruction"
3 Doors Down - "The Better Life"

I would also throw in the "Once" soundtrack and Static X - "Wisconsin Death Trip".
Posted by: Bridie

Re: "Perfect" albums - Fri Jun 18 2010 03:25 PM

Two albums where I never skip any songs are
Cross Road-Bon Jovi
Villains-The Saw Doctors
Completely different styles of music but every track a winner.
Posted by: rustymutt

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Jan 21 2012 10:16 PM

The Beatles Abbey Road, and Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Live Bullet.
Posted by: george48

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Jan 21 2012 11:11 PM

1)Tom Petty- Into The Great Wide Open
2)Leonard Cohen-Ten New Songs
3)Bob Marley and the Wailers-Legend
4)AC/DC-Back in Black
and whoever mentioned The Poppy Family, I remember them well.
Posted by: nitram67

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sat Jan 21 2012 11:53 PM

I'd have to add:
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy-Sarah Mclachlan
Document-R.E.M.
Operation:Mindcrime-Queensryche
Posted by: pollucci19

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun Jan 22 2012 08:23 AM

Had to really think hard about this lot .... Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks". Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and The Cars "Heartbeat City" are the few where I could listen to each and every track

there are soooooo many out there though where there's just that one track that sees me head for the skip button
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun Jan 22 2012 11:59 AM

In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
The Extremist - Joe Satriani
Low - David Bowie
Posted by: themonarch

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jan 26 2012 07:54 PM

Nice pick on King Crimson. I've listed some on here already but here are a few more. Each one has something different to bring to the table enjoy.


"Eldorado, a Symphony"- Electric Light Orchestra
"Close to the Edge"- Yes
"Abigail"- King Diamond
"Focus"- Cynic
"The Mantle"- Agalloch
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jan 26 2012 09:05 PM

"Sigh No More"- Mumford and Sons.
"Fleet Foxes"- Fleet Foxes.
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"- The Beatles.

And possibly

"OK Computer"- Radiohead, but I haven't listened to it startto finish yet.
Posted by: Anton

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Jan 26 2012 09:13 PM

Originally Posted By: AntonLaVey
I have two. "Piece of Mind" and "Somewhere in Time", both by Iron Maiden. If live albums count, then I will add "Decade of Aggression" by Slayer.


You forgot Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, stupid.
Posted by: anatalee

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Feb 27 2012 05:05 AM

hi!
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Feb 27 2012 09:59 AM

Additional:

'Takk' and 'Agaetis byrjun' - Sigur Ros
'Victor' - Alex Lifeson
'Presto' - Rush
'Statosfear' and 'Exit' - Tangerine Dream
'Dune' - Klaus Schulze
Posted by: mehaul

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Feb 27 2012 02:49 PM

"Moondog" (1969) by Moondog (even with the additional dozen tracks added for the CD)
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: "Perfect" albums - Mon Feb 27 2012 03:28 PM

"Wish you were here" - Pink Floyd
"EC was here" - Eric Clapton
(only just then realised the similarity in titles!)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Feb 28 2012 05:04 PM

I agree with sisterseagull about "In the Court of the Crimson King"

Did Queen ever put out a 'bad' song on any album?
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: "Perfect" albums - Tue Feb 28 2012 07:16 PM

"Beggar's Banquet" - Rolling Stones
"Desire" - Bob Dylan
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Feb 29 2012 04:07 AM

Being perhaps controversial, can you name the one song that stops an otherwise great album being "perfect"?

I'll start the ball rolling with:

1/ Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy" ruined by "The Crunge"

2/ At the risk of being accused of heresy, "Abbey Road" ruined by "Octopus's Garden"

3/ Pink Floyd's "Final Cut" ruined by "Not now John" (and it's not the swearing, I just dislike the song)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: "Perfect" albums - Sun Mar 04 2012 08:49 PM

I just heard The Clash's "London Calling" album for the first time (years late still counts though similar to horseshoes?)

I was impressed with every offering.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: "Perfect" albums - Thu Aug 09 2012 09:30 AM

Seems I can't edit my original post, so I'll just quote my first post now that I've thought of some more.

The originals still stand:
"Sigh No More"- Mumford and Sons.
"Fleet Foxes"- Fleet Foxes.
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"- The Beatles.
But to that list I add:
"Helplessness Blues" by Fleet Foxes
"The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd
"Abbey Road" and "Revolver" by The Beatles
"Illinois" by Sufjan Stevens
"Ägætis byrjun", "( )" and "Takk..." by Sigur Rós
"Oh, Inverted World" and "Chutes Too Narrow" by The Shins
"For Emma, Forever Ago" and "Bon Iver" by Bon Iver
"I Want That You Are Always Happy" by The Middle East
"Picaresque" by The Decemberists
"Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys
"Every Kingdom" by Ben Howard
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: "Perfect" albums - Wed Sep 12 2012 07:26 AM

I know I have at least one or two (or three) others, but the one that comes to mind is “Awake and Alive” by Skillet.