A Perfect 10.0
How many perfect albums do you have in your collection?
By perfect I mean every single song a winner, produced right and sequenced right. An album that you can listen to multiple times over several years and still say “wow, this still sounds fantastic”. A record that doesn’t get old or boring but maybe even gets better over time.
Although there are many albums in my collection I consider to be great albums there are only a select few that I would consider “perect”, based on the criteria outlined above. London Calling by the Clash is one. So is Jesus Of Cool by Nick Lowe. The Beatles had a few, although I would probably discount Sgt Peppers due to the “Reprise” at the end (not a ‘real’ song in my opinion thus disqualifying it). From the Britpop era I would have to say The Monday’s Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica and The Boo Radleys Giant Steps. I love Caribou’s Andorra and would currently classify it as ‘perfect’, but I haven’t lived with it long enough to judge it so yet. Dave Edmunds Get It qualifies. So does Bob Dylan’s Hwy 61 Revisited. David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Pet Shop Boys Introspective, The Doors debut, and Lou Reed’s Transformer fit the bill. I gotta include Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack in there as well. My friend RUMPROAST sent me some albums through the mail a while back that I’d forgotten over the years which I still deem pretty close to perfect, as well as some new ones I’m sure will be included in this list in the near future. Some albums I used to to think were perfect at the time now sound dated and, well, not so perfect. And Philbert, ornery cuss that he is, has introduced me to singers/ songwriters/ bands from the 60’s and seventies that made absolutely stunning releases that I would have never heard were it not for him slipping them in my “in-box” at work for me to peruse. Thanks fellas!
Like I said, I know they’re out there and of course it’s subjective, each of you will have a different list. But as John Prine once sang, “That’s The Way The World Goes ‘Round”.
Let’s see what you can come up with.