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Which albums do you consider to be 'perfect', by that I mean these are the albums you can listen to that consist of only great songs, no filler?

 

Ill start off with:

 

D'Angelo - Voodoo

Nas - Illmatic

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Frank Ocean - Blonde

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall/Thriller

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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I was having this conversation with a mate the other day. I agree re. Kanye, Amy and Pink Floyd.

 

I'll add:

 

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens

High Violet - The National

Funeral - Arcade Fire

Untrue - Burial

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

 

Probably lots of others that I'm missing.

 

 

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I’m afraid to say that there’s only one, and that record is ‘In A Silent Way’ by Miles Davis. An lp so good that when I make music I won’t let myself listen to it because it’s just ‘Well, what’s the point?’


I can’t even articulate why it does that to me or how deeply it moves me, It just does. There are lots of brilliant records,  including those with no filler. But there’s only one that’s perfect. 

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Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra

Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis

Giant Steps - Coltrane

No Way Out - Chocolate Watchband

Jeff Mills - Waveform Transmission Vol 1

Nuances - Preserve The Sanctity Of Sound

Tropic Of Cancer - Restless Idylls

Eno - Music For Airports, Ambient 1

Aphex Twin - Richard D James

Human League - Dare

A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory

Buddy Holly - Reminiscing

I - AR Kane

Faust - Faust IV

Stooges - Funhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Jashin said:

I’m afraid to say that there’s only one, and that record is ‘In a Silent Way’ by Miles Davis. An lp so good that when I make music I won’t let myself listen to it because it’s just ‘Well, what’s the point?’


I can’t even articulate why it does that to me or how deeply it moves me, It just does. There are lots of brilliant records,  including those with no filler. But there’s only one that’s perfect. 

Great choice, and Miles Davis is (un)arguably the greatest artist who ever lived. 

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John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Gang of Four - Entertainment

Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children

Fugazi - 13 Songs

Grant Green - Green Street


Possibly loads of others now that I think about, although there are loads of great albums where there’s a song or two I skip.

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Arthur Verocai — Arthur Verocai. I’ve talked about this before on here and bent many an ear in real life about it. From start to finish it is flawless and everyone should listen to it at some point. 
 

Norman Connors — Take it to the Limit. He’s a massively underrated artist in my opinion and this album is his best. If you like soul then it’s unmissable.

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Massive Attack - Blue Lines

 

I’d also agree with Sign o’ the Times. So many superb songs and amazing lines - The Ballad of Dorothy Parker has loads. 
 

Malibu - Anderson Paak. The guy is a polymath and this album shows his incredible range of talents. 
 

Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder. 

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Just been looking through my list, I'm still searching for the perfect album, but until then these all come pretty close to it. I'm glad it doesn't exist, because otherwise I would have given up on new music. After so much hype and prophecy, its heartening to see so many artists still releasing albums as that yardstick of judgement.

 

All the obvious ones covered, I went through a few and picked out those that are perfect in vision and execution, they exist in their own beautiful ecosystem with peerless vision and time and place. 

 

Altern 8 ‎– Full On .. Mask Hysteria
Associates ‎– Fourth Drawer Down
Beastie Boys ‎– Paul's Boutique
Boards Of Canada ‎– Music Has The Right To Children
Bob Dylan ‎– Blood On The Tracks / Blonde on Blonde
The Dave Brubeck Quartet ‎– Time Out
The Cinematic Orchestra ‎– Motion
Cocteau Twins ‎– Blue Bell Knoll
Coldcut ‎– Let Us Play!
The Congos ‎– Heart Of The Congos
The Cure ‎– Disintegration
David Bowie ‎– Hunky Dory
David Holmes ‎– Let's Get Killed
David Sylvian ‎– Brilliant Trees
De La Soul ‎– 3 Feet High And Rising
Dead Kennedys ‎– Plastic Surgery Disasters
DJ Shadow ‎– Endtroducing.....
Duran Duran - Rio
Electric Light Orchestra ‎– Out Of The Blue
Faith No More ‎– Angel Dust
Fishbone ‎– Truth And Soul
Flying Lotus ‎– Cosmogramma
The Future Sound Of London ‎– Dead Cities
The Human League ‎– Dare
Jane's Addiction ‎– Ritual De Lo Habitual
Japan ‎– Tin Drum
Jeff Buckley ‎– Grace
Kate Bush ‎– Hounds Of Love
Kendrick Lamar ‎– Good Kid, M.A.A.d City
Kraftwerk ‎– Computer World
Led Zeppelin ‎– Physical Graffiti
Massive Attack ‎– Blue Lines
Metallica ‎– Master Of Puppets
Miles Davis ‎– Kind Of Blue
The Mothers Of Invention ‎– Burnt Weeny Sandwich
My Bloody Valentine ‎– Loveless
Oneohtrix Point Never ‎– Replica
Paul Simon ‎– Negotiations And Love Songs (1971-1986) - a bit of a cheat, but a great comp)
Parliament ‎– Osmium
Pixies ‎– Doolittle
P J Harvey ‎– Is This Desire?
Prefab Sprout ‎– Swoon
Prince ‎– Sign "O" The Times / Purple Rain
Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Sigur Rós ‎– ( )
Slayer ‎– Reign In Blood
The Smiths ‎– The Queen Is Dead
Sonic Youth ‎– Goo
Talk Talk ‎– Spirit Of Eden
Talking Heads ‎– Fear Of Music
Tears For Fears ‎– Songs From The Big Chair
Television ‎– Marquee Moon
The The ‎– Infected
Todd Rundgren ‎– A Wizard, A True Star
Tortoise ‎– Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Tom Waits ‎– Swordfishtrombones
Underworld ‎– Dubnobasswithmyheadman
Vangelis ‎– Blade Runner
Venetian Snares ‎– Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
Scott Walker - The Drift
The Who ‎– The Who Sell Out
Yello ‎– 1980 - 1985 The New Mix In One Go
 

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1 hour ago, englishbob said:

Sonic Youth ‎– Goo

 

Even with the last 30 seconds of Mildred Pierce? :o

 

My choice for closest-to-perfect Sonic Youth album is Daydream Nation. (No, I don't skip Providence!) And Sister is not far behind, followed by A Thousand Leaves.

 

Others that come to mind:

  • Bjork - Post, Homogenic and Vespertine
  • Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  • Blondie - Parallel Lines

 

It's surprisingly hard for me to think of things I'd be willing to nominate for this. Even with my favourite albums that I'd rate five stars, I'd hesitate to call them "perfect", and couldn't claim that all the tracks are consistent enough for me never to skip one track. Even on something like The Beatles' Revolver, which is my easy go-to answer for Favourite Ever Album, I can't pretend I'm in the mood for Yellow Submarine every time I listen to it, or that Doctor Robert and I Want To Tell You are as good as the best songs on there. (I'd say similar things about Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road and Rubber Soul.)

 

Even some of my favourite, most consistently good musicians never made albums I'd put in the perfect category. REM, for example: as great as Lifes Rich Pageant, Document, Out of Time, Murmur and Automatic For The People are, they all contain dips I'm less keen on.

 

Can we nominate compilations? Because if so I'm going to say that:

  • the first disc of And I Feel Fine... The Best Of The I.R.S. Years is the most consistently good disc REM ever released.
  • the best album by The Who is Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy.
  • The posthumous Jimi Hendrix collection Voodoo Child is a stronger collection from start to finish than any of his Experience/Band of Gypsys albums.
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I'm not sure if these are "perfect" but I love every song on them.

Grandaddy- The Sophtware Slump
Depeche Mode- Ultra

The Cure- Pornography
Wire- 154
Iggy Pop- The Idiot
 

Ladytron's Witching Hour almost made the list but Last One Standing is pure filler.

 

3 hours ago, cubik said:

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Perfect from the first note to the last


... and this.

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Off the top of my head:

 

Daft Punk - Discovery

Kelley Polar - Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens

Metro Area - Metro Area

Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records

Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

Baby D - Deliverance

 

Looking through my collection:

 

Air - Talkie Walkie 

Breakbot - By Your Side

BT - ESCM

Dexter Wansel - Life on Mars

George Benson - Give me the Night

Giorgio Moroder - E=MC2

Goldie - Timeless

Gonzales - Solo Piano

Herbie Hancock - Headhunters

Jamiroquai - 1/2/4/5

Kerrier District - Kerrier District

The Knife - Silent Shout

Castlevania IV soundtrack

Kuedo- Severant

Lionel Richie - Can’t Slow Down

Lone - Reality Testing

Madvillain - Madvillainy

Mylo- Destroy rock and roll

NERD - In Search Of

Ridge Racer Type 4 soundtrack 

Nuyorican Soul

Oattes Van Shaik - The Limit

Prince - Dirty Mind

The Prodigy - Experience

Rage Against the Machine

Sasha - Airdrawndagger

Sasha & Digweed - Northern Exposure

SBTRKT

The Shamen - Boss Drum

Steely Dan - Aja

Trentemoller - The Last Resort

Ulrich Schnauss - Far Away Trains

Underworld - Second Toughest

 

(More than I thought! - and that’s just what I have on CD)

 

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Only a few more from digital and vinyl

 

CFCF - On Vacation 

Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up

Space Dimension Controller - Welcome to Mikrosector-50

Vangelis - Blade Runner soundtrack

 

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Other perfect albums on my list:

 

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Totally opened my eyes to hip-hop and is still one of the hardest hitting sonic experiences ever committed to vinyl. The benchmark for golden-age hip hop IMO.

 

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Call it Britpop/Indie/Rock/whatever you want. I'm calling it fantastic.

 

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It's already been mentioned in here, an absolute masterclass in a band re-inventing themselves and in sampling as an art form.

 

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Talking of sampling as an art form, De La Soul managed to even make skits massively entertaining.

 

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This one needs to be considered within a time capsule or an alternate reality where Morrissey didn't turn into an complete an utter ultra right wing bell-end.

It's technically a compilation, but a great body of work by four people, three of whom didn't end up being racist arseholes.

 

Other albums on the list:

Fur and Gold - Bat for Lashes

Kick up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose - Cooper Temple Clause. A massively underrated band.

Rest Proof Clockwork - Plaid

Music Has The Right To Children - Board of Canada

Deadringer - RJD2

100 Broken Windows - Idlewild

Dig Your Own Hole - The Chemical Brothers

 

 

 

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Loving the replies, I intend to listen to as many as I can that I am yet to hear.  As it goes, I have been working my way through the Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums list (currently listened to around 100 or so of them) so I expect many of these will come up in due course.

 

Love the Public Enemy mention, but for me it has to be Fear Of A Black Planet.

 

I am going to add this also after much deliberation :)

 

Childish Gambino - Because The Internet

 

 

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1 hour ago, acidbearboy said:

Only a few more from digital and vinyl

 

CFCF - On Vacation 

Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up

Space Dimension Controller - Welcome to Mikrosector-50

Vangelis - Blade Runner soundtrack

 

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...Even some of my favourite, most consistently good musicians never made albums I'd put in the perfect category. REM, for example: as great as Lifes Rich Pageant, Document, Out of Time, Murmur and Automatic For The People are, they all contain dips I'm less keen on.

 

 

Agreed. REM are one of my favourite bands of all time. I'm much more into heavier/weirder stuff these days, but they're still up there. But yes - they've always managed to ruin a potentially perfect album with at least one track I don't get on with. My favourite of theirs, Murmur, is bookended by Radio Free Europe (which I like as a track, but don't think it fits here), and West of The Fields, which I'm just not that keen on. Fables of the Reconstruction starts with Feeling Gravity's Pull, which is a no no. Automatic is almost full of belters, but a couple let it down. (I think their most consistent album might be Reckoning - it's by no means my favourite, but it just works as a whole for me.)

 

My nomination:

 

Catherine Wheel: Adam and Eve

 

Am I allowed to ignore hidden "bonus" tracks? In which case Orange Goblin: Time Travelling Blues (the hidden bonus track is kinda fun once, but the rest is a perfect stoner rock album). I'd actually forgotten the bonus track existed until I just checked - I simply have never let the album play that long in years.

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23 hours ago, Vespa Alex said:

Guns N Roses. Appetite For Destruction. 
 

Metallica. Master Of Puppets.  


Crossing over to another thread, but I sat and just listened to Appetite this evening. Despite having heard it hundreds of times, it’s still outstanding, and I’m sure there were details I’d not picked up on before. 

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