Perfect Albums!

Share Button

With the exception of the obvious album, I’m gonna try and mention a few that don’t normally come up when this list is contemplated.

Interestingly enough, my first pick goes in a direction that most who know me wouldn’t suspect… Perfect album?

Time Out – Dave Brubeck

Set a standard of what a great jazz album should be, and marked a generation of jazz artists. Sticking with jazz-ish type stuff…..

World Gone Strange – Andy Summers

If the first song, title track, doesn’t bring a huge smile to your face opon first listen… Yer dead to me! Fine collection of songs.

And now to the more conventional.

Dark Side Of The Moon –

Well, you know who. If I were to pick only one album to demonstrate the “perfect album”, this is THE perfect album. Song composition and selection? Musicianship? Production? This isn’t even a favorite album of mine… don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it’s not one of my all time favorites… but it is perfect in every way.

Now on to more standard fare:

Breakfast In America – Supertramp.

Breakfast never sounded so good! Yum!

Crowded House

I would have picked “Together Alone” as it’s a fine album, but the song “Black And White Boy” is the chink in the armor on that one.

Since I’m going on about a Finn, I might as well include the other one.

Everyone Is Here – The Finn Brothers

If you love harmonies, and song that talk about real life stuff, like, oh, the jealousies and healing of the relationship that happens between two incredibly talented brothers, here is the perfect album.

Candy-O – The Cars.

Their debut is stellar. This follow up probably doesn’t get the accolades it deserves because of the stunning debut. Both albums are quirky, but equally as stunning.

Triage – David Baerwald

You’ll not find a darker, politically charge and perfect rant of an album than this. And, at the end of the slow-burn rant, this thing ends with one of the most beautifully expressed songs about loving someone that I’ve ever heard.

And, finally

Bellybutton – Jellyfish

This is PERFECT pop! Yes, it might rot your teeth with its sweetness, but the musicianship is SOOOOOOOOO good, you’ll not mind the multiple trips to the dentist to have those cavities filled! Trust me on this one!

4 Comments to “Perfect Albums!”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, September 18, 2012 @ 3:18 am

    What do you consider the “obvious one”? Abbey Road? The White Album? Those would be my picks. Though I think Days of Future Past is up there, for me anyway.

    Many of the Moody Blues albums of the 70s had a theme that was maintained throughout. “To Our Children’s Children’s Children”, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”, and “In Search of the Lost Chord” to name a few. I don’t love every song on every one of these, but they all have some very good and underrated arrangements. The opening intros are usually very unique, especially TOCCC. I mean where else where else will you find a lyric like “Blasting billowing bursting forth with the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes…”

  2. By Sonicfrog, September 18, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    The “Obvious One” was DSOTM. Perfect in just about every way. Every single song is good or great – you can easily play it from beginning to end without wanting to skip a song, which makes the Moody albums you cite intelligible) – and the production is top-notch.

    ” I mean where else where else will you find a lyric like “Blasting billowing bursting forth with the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes…””

    I don’t know…. But I did write a lyric about a stoner with a one-track mind, and when he went to sit on the lawn in the park, all he could think of was

    “grass grass grass grass, grass grass grass”.

    That comes close…. Doesn’t it???? 🙂

  3. By Wesley M., October 8, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    “Breakfast in America”…First non-film score LP I ever bought. Looked a little strange up against all those Jerry Goldsmith albums, but hey, what’re you gonna do?

  4. By Sonicfrog, October 8, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    That was the first full album I learned to play on bass.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply