So the thought of perfection came up this past week, not sure where or why, but I took a note that a good idea for a Hidden Treasures post would be to think about perfect albums. You know, those albums with no filler, every track is special, every track is awesome! If you threw a dart at the track listing theres no chance of it landing on a bad song... you get the idea.... I'm not talking about the biggest blockbusters or the most popular albums at one time or another, but the ones you may may have missed out on. So I wanted to share perfect album hidden treasures this week.
So does the perfect album exist? What is it? And what other albums do you consider "perfect" that we need to know about!
PLAYLIST --> http://www.podsnack.com/CA69EFD9E8C/avzu57x7
Michael Schenker Group
1 - Comin' Right Down On Top Of Me
April Wine is a perfect example of a band that critics loved to loathe in the 1970s and 1980s -- you could fill an encyclopedia with all the negative reviews that First Glance received in 1978. Critics detested commercial hard rock/arena rock items like "Hot on the Wheels of Love," "Roller" and "Get Ready for Love" with a passion, but fans of the Canadian band paid no attention and bought the album anyway. First Glance wasn't meant to be challenging or cutting-edge; April Wine's mission was to pull the listener in with infectious grooves and hooks and enable him/her to escape -- and this album definitely accomplishes those things. One of April Wine's finest releases, First Glance is easily recommended to hard rock enthusiasts.
I only know one of these album (MSG), and it doesn't seem perfect to me at all. I bought it back in '82, and wasn't really impresed. But as we will soon discover on all our top 10-lists, we all have different taste in what is a bad or good album (newest Plant, perhaps?).
I can't find any hidden perfect albums, so a few perfect albums IMO are:
Exile On Main Street
Led Zep IV
Highway To Hell
Who's Next (I'm sure you agree, Scott)
Cheap Trick (1977)
Screaming For Vengeance
Once Upon A Time (Simple Minds)
The Joshua Tree
Oh, and I've got a hidden one:
City Boy's "Book Early".
Who's Next is the ultimate Perfect album with ultimate perfect song - Baba O'Riley! Never to be duplicated...
Some others I deem "perfect":
Kansas--in The Spirit Of Things
Cheap Trick--Cheap Trick ('97)
Savatage--Poets & Madmen
Porcupine Tree--In Absentia
Raven--All For One
Toto--Falling In Between
Warrior--The Wars Of Gods And Men
Supertramp--Brother Where You Bound
Little River Band--Playing To Win
Alcatrazz--Disturbing The Peace
Peter Frampton--Breaking All The Rules
on my list, and there's probably quite a few more but I'll stop there.
I had that Poco album on 8-track. Got it in a cutout bin. As the review says, it started off rockin' and then kinda lost the rock. So i didn't care. Then I listened to a few years later and kinda liked it. Then I didn't listen to it ever again and this is the first time I've heard something other than the hits since way back then. That song is decent, I suppose. Therefore, it is not a perfect album.
Yeah, Opus X is perfection.
Not big into Santana during this time in their career. This song really didn't do anything for me, therefore it is not a perfect album.
Yes, "Assault Attack" is PERFECTION. Michael has never had an album come close to this.
I would consider the followup to this April Wine as definitive and very close to perfection. Of course there's the next album as well, but "Harder.....Faster" is much more of a perfect album than this one, which isn't bad, but pales in comparison to the next two Winey albums. Therefore, it is not a perfect album.
4/5 at one time, 3/5 now.
I cannot give this post a perfect score. It wasn't perfection. You tried, but you failed.
Another great idea for a play list! But, for me, none of these albums would be "perfect" for me. But if Scott feels they are....then they are perfect. For him. And that's the beauty of music.
Honestly, I dont know if I personally would ever think of any album as perfect. To me, that means more than just every song being good. Or even great. To me, a perfect album is where every single section, or note, of every single song is perfect. And I just dont know that I would call any album perfect. Not even the self titled discs from Big Jim Slade or King Karma.
For me, the closest to perfect I can think of would be "Holy Diver", and "Back In Black". Some UFO might be perfect..."Force It", "Obsession", or maybe "Walk On Water". But I just dont know if even GREAT releases are perfect. But a great idea and post, none the less.
Holy Diver is a great addition to the conversation! A very nice pick!
You know I had 'Rock and Roll is a Vicious Game' queued up and ready to go until someone posted a cover of it the other day, then I had to pick another track, good thing any of them would work!!
Great lists! Some I need to check out... Heres some additional ones for me
Some hidden gems...
I've got a few here that aren't necessarily hidden, but perfect none-the-less:
Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
Boston - Boston
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Van Halen - II and Fair Warning
Winger - Pull (this one is hidden)
Guns n Roses - Appetite For Destruction
REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
Journey - Escape
Night Ranger - Dawn Patrol
John Mellencamp - Scarecrow
The Smithereens - Especially For You
Queensryche - Empire
Eagles - Hotel California
Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
Rick Springfield - Living In Oz
Loverboy - Get Lucky
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes
Queen - News Of The World and The Game
Bad Company - Run With The Pack
...and my newest addition:
Big Wreck - Ghosts
Nice list! Agree with everything but Winger and The Smitherweenies...
Smithereens understood. But is the Winger one you've heard and didn't get, or you haven't heard it? Just curious.
I thought you weren't looking for blockbusters or popular albums? If not, then these are the two perfect album, ever:
Pink Floyd--The Wall
The Beatles--Abbey Road