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Truly great albums with no duff moments

Discussion in 'music' started by sadcafe, Jan 14, 2013.


    BLACKMASS pfm Member


    I missed out:
    David Bowie-Hunky Dory
    Husker Du-Warehouse songs and stories....
  2. Nic P

    Nic P pfm Member

    A very thought provoking OP. Lots of great albums mentioned in this thread, but few IMO have 100% great tracks. I think the artist that gets closest most often for me is Bowie ... and I think Aladdin Sane is closest to perfection. I would have to listen again to Marianne Faithfull's Broken English but I think this gets close too. For me not a single Beatles, Cohen, Dylan, Beach Boys, Abba, Mitchell (plus many others) ... achieves perfection, but many are truly great.

    Thanks to the OP for starting a very interesting thread.

    Nic P
  3. formbypc

    formbypc pfm Member

    With you all the way on the above (almost), but isn't Godbluff the weakest of the Rockfield trilogy? Still Life and World Record both have their noses in front, leading by a short head...

    Mind you, I think there's a good case to be made for Maida Vale ...
  4. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    Maida Vale is a compilation so a bit of a cheat :D

    God Bluff is succinct, sharp, perfect. No wasted moments. Still Life is great but "Childlike Faith" is too long and overwrought and "World Record" has "Meurglys III" which suggests they had 60% of an album and needed to pad it out - quite unusual for a VdGG album.
  5. docstocker

    docstocker pfm Member

    Helen Watson-blue slipper
  6. Nic P

    Nic P pfm Member

    I know "best of" albums are cheating ... but many of them don't get a perfect 10 out of 10. Bob Dylan "The best of the original mono recordings" gets 15 out of 15 plus a 10+ for the SQ. If I had to own a single CD - this is it.

    Nic P
  7. chainrule

    chainrule gordon

    ironically, i find most "best of" albums not to represent the artist's best work. they tend to be more of a "what will sell the most" album.
  8. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    Gonna throw in The Sex Pistols NMTB, bloody great album, played at such a fast pace it's hard to spot the mistakes ☺
  9. freddiekaberman

    freddiekaberman pfm Member

    Surely Hotel California - it is so cohesive from start to finish, a real work of art IMO
  10. sadcafe

    sadcafe pfm Member

    Perhaps this should be a new thread, best of albums that truly are best of.....
  11. mrlamonta

    mrlamonta pfm Member

    One of my choices would be April by Sun Kil Moon. I can find no duff moment in there.
  12. Gracey

    Gracey pfm Member

    Hybrid - Wider Angle
  13. sadcafe

    sadcafe pfm Member

    Interesting to see this topic covered on the BBC 4 Danny Baker series about Albums. He stated that there are very few albums without some wayward moments. His guests agreed. My original choice of Ziggy was mentioned as one of the few perfect albums. One guy (the Smiths producer) even said it was deliberate to throw the rest of the album into stark relief !

    Did Benny the Bouncer really make the rest of Brain Salad Surgery sound better?
  14. Muttley2

    Muttley2 pfm Member

    Robert Plant- Fate of Nations is one i keep coming back to. Probably his best post zep album.
  15. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    More often the band changed labels and their actual best tracks don't belong to the compiler
  16. biquer

    biquer Member

    Paul Simon's Graceland.
  17. Adam D

    Adam D Where's the bear?

    Seal I and Seal II.
  18. martin dawson

    martin dawson pfm Member

    The beauty of the Love LP - Forever Changes..............completely sublime


  19. Mescalito

    Mescalito pfm Member

    I'm sorry, HC belongs in the "Truly dull albums with no redeeming moments" thread IMHO:)

  20. Mickj7

    Mickj7 Active Member

    Exodus - BMW
    Real Folk Blues - John Lee Hooker
    Boxer - The National
    HooDoo Man Blues - Junior Wells
    Parsley Sage Rosemary Thyme - S&G
    Bridge Over Troubled Water - S&G

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