Monday, October 13, 2008

Perfect Albums?

It's a holiday Monday, so what better time to indulge in some pointless list making? In this case, the impetus is this post over at Concurring Opinions, in which Deven lays out his "perfect" albums.

On a fundamental level, I quibble with examples of "perfect" anything - humanity is a flawed enterprise, even at its best, and nothing we make can really be "perfect." But on a more practical and more fun level, here's the albums in my collection that have obtained the fabled "10 of 10" rating in my inventory program, which is close enough (as they say) for rock and roll:

  • Dave Brubeck - Time Out
  • echolyn - Suffocating the Bloom and mei
  • Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Live Art
  • Genesis - Selling England by the Pound and Seconds Out
  • Gentle Giant - Octopus
  • Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of the True
  • Bruce Horsnby - Harbor Lights
  • Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins - Dancing
  • King Crimson - Discipline
  • Marillion - Brave
  • National Health - Of Queues and Cures
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia di un Minuto
  • Ritual - The Hemulic Voluntary Band
  • Paul Simon - Graceland
  • Sting - Bring on the Night
  • Yes - Close to the Edge
There are lots of greats that come up just short, with 9s (55 of them to be exact), that might make the list if I really wanted to think about it.

So what are your "perfect" albums?


RedZeppelin said...

Genesis - Duke
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (and I'm not even a huge Stones fan)
Pearl Jam - Ten
Led Zeppelin - II
The Doors - The Doors
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
B.B. King - Live at the Regal

I could go on and on...

JDB said...

Interesting choices, Red. Kind of Blue was mentioned in the post at OC - I've honestly never been able to get into it. Too "blue" for my tastes, I guess.