I have no idea who this guy is – he’s probably just some guy – but his musical tastes and mine are so congruent that I have 49 of the sixty albums on his list. What I don’t have is Radiohead or Wilco, but given how much of what he does like that I like too, I’m going to check both bands out right away – probably by getting their stuff at Amazon where I can buy the CD and get the MP3 versions tossed in for free – for less money, usually, than the cost of buying the MP3 album verusions alone. (It’s called “Autorip ” – check it out. If you see that word next to the CD, that’s the deal. Buy the CD and have “hard copy”, and get the MP3 cuts uploaded to the Amazon cloud, where you can immediately download them and slap them on whatever player you want to.
But that’s not what this post is about. It’s a leadin to what I really wanted to get started, but I can’t find the original blog post I wanted to cite. Anyway, as best as I recall, the blogger was asking about “perfect” albums – that is, albums without a single bad or even average cut on them. He named three Dylan efforts (the one’s you’d expect, although I hate Everybody Must Get Stoned, so for me that disqualifies Blonde on Blonde. A couple of Beatles disks, including, of course, Sgt. Pepper’s, which to my mind hasn’t aged nearly as well as Revolver or Rubber Soul – or, for that matter, Meet the Beatles. Oddly enough, I seem to recall that both My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes were mentioned, but I can’t recall which of their albums were cited. Oddly because those happen to be just about the only two “contemporary” bands (other than Ike Reilly and the Assassination) whose work has caused me to buy more than one of their albums (in Reilly’s case, I bought them all).
So, here’s the deal: What are your nominations for “perfect albums,” why, and what is your favorite song on each one?
As for me, I’ve never understood why either Sgt. Pepper or Pet Sounds should be ranked ahead of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, which I consider the finest rock album ever cut – not a single cut on the thing is less than great, and more than a few are iconic. But that’s just me. I have twenty-some Dylan Albums and all of Ike Reilly’s six albums in regular playlist rotation on my mobile sound machines. That’s the background music for my daily bike rides.
Anyway, show’em or fold’em. (I’ll leave this top o’the blog through tomorrow so everybody gets a chance to play….)