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...

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.

    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 second attached list is those albums that had multiple recommendations, the number in ( ) is the number of times it was suggested.

    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 - Animals (12)
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (25)
    Pink Floyd - Meddle (5)
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (15)
    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 - Abbey Road (12)
    The Beatles - Revolver (7)
    The Beatles - Rubber Soul (6)
    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)

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  1. kamitaji
    Good choices, but no Van Morrison for an audiophile list!!!
    Lemme help by introducing you to Astral Weeks. It has an amazing mix of genres, heavenly vocals and rock’s most sophisticated lyrics. I recommend listening to it using Sennheiser 650 or similar.
    You should also try Veedon Fleece where Van Morrison displays his wide vocal range - almost to the point of showing off. Use Stax, Susvara headphones or similar.
    A third addition I’d suggest is Joni Mitchell’s Hejira. Each song displays a different style (folks, jazz, blues, rock and even pop). All linked by incredible guitar playing, urbane lyrics and memorable stories. Use B and W P9, Focal headphones or similar.
  2. hopbird
    I love Arcade Fire and Funeral but don't think it or any of their albums are particularly well-recorded.
  3. BadReligionPunk
    I agree with quite a few on the list. My personal favorite albums not on the list is the Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We. Super clean production. Beautiful vocals, clean toned guitar work via Roland JC90, rich organic analog warmth, and actually a full album of really catchy good pop songs.

    The other would be Air, Moon Safari. Dear god is that an example of beautiful production...
  4. cosmonought
  5. Jerpipe
    I listen to heavy music which means FLAWLESS is going to expose all the ****ty recording
  6. Deano55
    Thanks for all of the effort of tabulating and correlating the results. I now have some new directions to run down recordings.:smile_phones:
  7. tjc303
    Seems odd that no female vocalists made the combined list. Every portable player seems to use Nora Jones as the album art. :wink:
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    1. tjc303
      Other than Joni Mitchell...
  8. Bansaku
    I am utterly shocked that Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (or Brothers in Arms) was not on this list!
      sublime9, DarrinC and DanPerezSax like this.
    1. DanPerezSax
      That's the best sounding LP in my collection.
  9. Cold Train
    Michael Jackson's BAD as well, very very good mastering
  10. Cold Train
    Michael Jackson's Thriller, this is my test album for all my gears and nothing comes close in terms of mastering quality