Name an album that you think is perfect from beginning to end.

Name an album that you think is perfect from beginning to end.
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Plenty of albums have one or two great tracks, but once in a while, an album will be near-flawless from start to finish. Name an album that you think is perfect from beginning to end.

Rui's picture

Samba Meu by Maria Rita. I've had many hours of pleasure already listening to it.

Barry, UK's picture

At the risk of stating the bleedin' obvious, there is Dark Side of the Moon. More surprisingly, I'd like to suggest Goldfrapp's Seventh Tree.

D.A.B., Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Pink Floyd's The Wall.

ld's picture

Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

df's picture

Ah, I love this challenge. I've got a long list, but here are some that immediately come to mind and eschewing many of the obvious ones (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Miles Davis...). Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden. Mike Oldfield: Five Miles Out. Kate Bush: The Hounds of Love. Genesis: Duke. Peter Gabriel: So. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The Alan Parsons Project: Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Alan Poe. Laurie Anderson: Mister Heartbreak. Van Morrison; Astral Weeks. David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Yes: Close to the Edge. Billy Joel: The Stranger.

lcaramujo's picture

Get Lucky by Mark Knopfler.

Jeff's picture

Laurie Anderson: Big Science. XTC: Skylarking.

Olen White's picture

Music from Big Pink is damn near perfect. The mastering and overall sound of Aja is really impressive as well.

Philip's picture

Just got the new Anouar Brahem CD, I think its the best ECM I have ever heard.

JH's picture

Two of my favorite all time albums. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. And also Tool's Undertow album. They will both take you on a delightful sonic journey!

Tim K's picture

Jeff Buckley: Grace. Porcupine Tree: In Absentia. The Cars: The Cars. The Police: Synchronicity. Rush: Moving Pictures. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue. Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus. Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Steely Dan: Aja. Supertramp: Breakfast in America. Pink Floyd: Animals. Jethro Tull: Aqualung. How much space do I have here?

Dr.  Pepper's picture

Sgt. Pepper

JoeL's picture

Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus

jim Frank's picture

Terminate Damnation by Becoming the Archetype. Best heavy metal drum sound I've ever heard.

DAP's picture

Hot Rats by Frank Zappa.

Alan Ingles's picture

Rip Masters: Back to the Honky Tonk. Roars from start to finish—nothing fancy, just good time music from someone who is having a bunch of fun!

GK's picture


Jeff Porter's picture

Frank Zappa: Jazz From Hell

Jim Dandy's picture

There aren't many in my 50-year collection but here are a half dozen that I can recommend Herb Alpert's Rise, Chuck Mangione's Feels So Good, Stan Kenton's Kenton '76, Frank Sinatra's Live at the Sands, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and Carol King's Tapestry.

Gregg's picture

Zappa's Apostrophe. Every lyric is right on, not to mention some great guitar playing .

Juan Hitters's picture

Lontano by the Tomasz Stanko Quartet (ECM).

rpeluso's picture

Highway 61 Revisited, Sgt. Pepper—that's two, though.

Bill Armstrong's picture

Steely Dan: Gaucho

Rolemfat's picture

Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scott's. Perfect sound, perfect picture, perfect performances, perfect guests.

Dave Bennett's picture

I can think of a few. Let It Bleedand Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen. Led Zeppelin II. No Beatles albums because there was always one really bad song.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Arleen Auger: Love Songs

Kim L Mag's picture

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons! Never tired of it.

Vade Forrester's picture

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban Overture. (Harmonia Mundi HMU 807441 SACD)

Thomas Beach's picture

Green Day: Dookie. If I could have just one album for the rest of my life, this could be it.

Doug Bowker's picture

Obviously, Kind of Blue. Plenty more in jazz. In rock there are many also. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, The Clash's first album, all of REM's first four albums, Meat is Murder by the Smiths, The Fleet Foxes, Treasure by the Cocteau Twins. Really, you could fill a few pages worth from all genres...