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Flawless Album Suggestions

Well, I think it is safe to say anyone reading this article is an Audiophile, Audiophile wannabe or somewhere between the two. I also think that the threads on this website are a great resource for any grade of audiophile to mine for new and excellent music to discover. One of the threads I found to be interesting and very helpful is the Flawless Album Suggestion thread. What is a "Flawless Album"? Well here is the definition as laid out in post 1 of the thread

 

"The criteria is simple: Original albums only, no live album, no greatest hits album, no Classical album unless its original (read 20th, 21st century material that is on one of its first cds, this rule is in because somebody argued for an album with Beethoven's 5th and 6th on it and well it is flawless)"

 

Pretty clear. This thread is/was exact what I was looking for when I first came to the site. A quick and easy to understand listing of, potentially, all my new, next favorite music, all in one place. And that is/was true, except, the thread is now 58 pages long. There is A LOT of really great music listed here. It was going to take determination to go through it and find all of it. What I needed was a somebody crazy enough to read through all the pages and posts of the thread. Someone nuts enough to collect the names of all these Flawless Albums, put them into a list that could then be sorted, tabulated and easily searched. Funny enough, I knew just the nut job to do it.

 

That list is attached here. Flawlessalbumrecommendations.docx 53k .docx file

 

There were 1455 different albums suggested. While going through the posts I naturally came a crossed many posts that suggested previously suggested albums. There 298 different albums recommended multiple times. These duplications offer additional valuable information. One person’s garbage is another person’s GOLD, so if more than one person has recommended a particular album there might be a higher chance that there will be others who really enjoy the music as well. With that in mind I went ahead and tabulated the number of times each album was recommended.

 

The following list is those albums that had multiple recommendations, the number in ( ) is the number of times it was suggested. Multiplerecommendationalbums.docx 22k .docx file

 

There were 43 albums that were recommended (5) of more times and those albums are posted below.

There are a few obvious albums and a few that were surprises for me in this top 43 list.

 

I personally want to thank everyone for posting your suggestions in the Flawless Album thread. I hope that people will continue to post more and more suggestions.

I am always looking for new, exciting music to discover. I'm sure that somewhere in these lists are many of my new absolute favorite albums, and I just don't what they are yet. Hopefully that is the case for many of the people who read this as well.

 

 

TOP 43 Suggested FLAWLESS Albums:

 

Arcade Fire - Funeral (6)

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (5)

Brian Eno - Another Green World (5)

Charles Mingus: The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady (5)

Daft Punk - Discovery (12)

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (5)

Depeche Mode - Violator (6)

Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (5)

Hanz Zimmer: Inception soundtrack (5)

Jethro Tull - Aqualung (5)

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (6)

Joni Mitchell - Blue (5)

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (6)

Led Zeppelin - IV (6)

Mastodon - Crack the Skye (5)

Mastodon - Leviathan (5)

Megadeth - Rust in Peace (5)

Metallica - Master of Puppets (8)

Michael Jackson - Thriller (6)

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (16)

Nick Drake - Pink Moon (6)

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (15)

Pink Floyd - Animals (12)

Pink Floyd - Meddle (5)

Prince - Purple Rain (5)

Radiohead - OK Computer (14)

Radiohead - The Bends (7)

Rush - 2112 (5)

Rush - Moving Pictures (6)

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (5)

Steely Dan - Aja (5)

Talking Heads - Remain in Light (8)

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (6)

The Beatles - Revolver (7)

The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (11)

The Clash - London Calling (5)

The Who - Who's Next (7)

Tool - Lateralus (12)

U2 - The Joshua Tree (8)

V - Blood on the Tracks (8)

Van Halen - Van Halen (5)

Weezer - Blue album (7)

Yes - Close to the Edge (7)

Comments (32)

Amazing list. Although the band name is Tool, not Tools, and the album is called Lateralus and not Laturalus. Aside from that, great read.
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (16)
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (15)
Pink Floyd - Animals (12)
 
 
Rush - Moving Pictures (6)
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (5)
Steely Dan - Aja (5)
Talking Heads - Remain in Light (8)
 
 
Tool - Laturalus (12)
U2 - The Joshua Tree (8)
my desert island disc (100 albums) is probably better , well it does not have arcade fire or weezer which also backs my theory up :-p 
Thanks for taking the time to compile the list. One suggestion, adding an actual hyperlink back to the original thread in your opening paragraph may be helpful to those interested in reviewing the source. Thanks again!
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (DSOM) was mentioned in the thread and is not in the document.   I'm also surprised Daft Punk Random Access Memories is not there, I'll have to join the thread!
Great resource.
 
Here is a Google Sheet document with the data in a tabular form. You can sort by artist, album, frequency.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1y9V9-wiDUMirHFDGS4BDfykq8CyKtrA-WcUoehQr0VA/edit?usp=sharing
Thanks for the list. One typo: spelled Lateralus
Also, isn't "Blood on the Tracks" a Bob Dylan album? I realize I'm an old dude, but I haven't heard of "V", and it's hard to google "v"
A collection of treasures listed here. Thank you!
Very disappointed here. You'd think these "flawless" albums would have some variety, complexity, or layering, right?
 
Wrong. Half of these are rock albums (not a single electronica album), and 3/4 of these are literally one instrument and one person singing. I didn't realize how much nostalgia bias these old geezers have.
 
I'll be waiting here in case someone gives an album without a darn bass guitar.
Oh, and forget hearing something that sounds new. Pretty much everything here sounds like it was from the 60's, regardless of when it was published.
Audio is pretty much old geezers game so don't be surprised.
"3/4 of these are literally one instrument and one person singing"
 
I'm not sure you understand the work literally. Which albums are just "one instrument and one person singing"? I'm familiar with most of the albums, and I don't see any solo albums. All seems to be the full group.
@Yethal You'd be surprised. There's a startling amount of 20 yr olds that have a passion for this hobby.
 
@Allanmarcus Any of the rock, country, or blues albums - take your pick. It may not be literally 2 people, but even in Wish You Were Here everything's painfully straightforward. You have him singing (a bit of chorus here and there), the guitar doing its 3 chords or so, and some simple drum in the background.
@avitron142 - I know, I'm one of them. But the core demographic of Head-Fi, InnerFidelity and other audio sites are people twice my age with twenty times as deep pockets as mine.
@avitron142  interesting choice for an example. Wish You Were here has multiple synthesizers, guitar, wine glasses filled with fluid, (multi-tracked wet fingers circling the rims),  classical and jazz violinists, saxophone, drums, bass guitar, and various tape effects. It's anything but a straightforward album, and not 2 or 3 people. Wish you were here is one of Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time (211), plus many other accolades. Most importantly, it was engineering extremely well.
 
Now electronica. Let's talk straightforward. Sure, one has to be creative to make good music, but push a few buttons and sound comes pounding out. Talk about boring. :-)
@Allanmarcus - Not all electronic music is like that. Please listen to the Vapor album by Yosi Horikawa (which should be on that list too btw). Excellent album both for casual listening and for benchmarking a headphone's soundstage potential.
@Allanmarcus That's a shame really, because I don't here any of that here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXdNnw99-Ic . I don't know where the rest of the album lies, but if it's anything like that (main) song, I'm not hearing anything but the guitar and vocals for most of the song. Are we talking about two different songs? Wish You Were Here, unless there's two songs by that name, does not seem to have much detail at all.
 
As for the engineering, yes, Pink Floyd is quite famous for that. His other albums can be a real joy, but that song sounds to me like some average country artist. Sorry for being blunt.
 
Electronica... take a good look here https://youtu.be/M5mQMN1KktY?t=707 . There's more attention to detail in the first 15 seconds than almost any of these 1 hour albums. I actually found this album yesterday, so it's not like I had it up my sleeve shoving it out to audiophiles lol. I'm not a complete fan of the song/album, but check out even the song before and the song after, and that's just one example of what good electronica sounds like.
 
Not to mention this free album https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_j2Wh7Chq0iaCkM_L4Q0Rw76ZTJgZ8mV . Pick any song (and I mean any, although the 2nd is the most simplistic) from that album, and it's loaded with layering and detail. I hear multiple instruments at any given time, and there's more than a country singer here.
 
And that's a free album. The artists aren't big, they aren't Pink Floyd or someone famous with high-end equipment - they just wanted to make a tribute to a video game's soundtrack. You know what? They're a lot more than pushing buttons.
@avitron142  and @Yethal  thanks for the suggestions. I will take a listen. As for the Wish You Were Here song, that is only one song on the album, possibly the least good song. The wiki post is about albums, which has become a bit of a lost art in the iTunes era of single song downloads. Also, listening to anything via YouTube will never give you the lossless experience. I recommend you listen to the whole album, lossless, preferably pre-medicated.
 
Also, Pink Floyd isn't one person, it's a band.
 
With the Wish You Were Here song, I hear at least two guitars, synth, drums, and bass. I have no idea how you cannot hear that.
@avitron142  regarding The Flashbulb - Arboreal. Ouch, it made my ears bleed a little. So much distortion. Some rather boring music. Reminded my a long elevator ride. A few of the songs weren't bad (to me), but as an album, a long way to go before "flawless". As for Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation, sure, it's fun, but nothing special. Bubblegum electro-pop to me. Sounded like garage band loops mostly. Complicated is isn't. Sorry.
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