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Albums without a single bad track on them

  • 12-06-2020 10:35am
    Registered Users Posts: 15,345 ✭✭✭✭

    Had a look and couldn't find a thread (so apologies if such a thread does exist)

    I saw some promoted facebook thing a few weeks back listing albums that didn't have a single bad track on them, and thought of a few myself, and would love to hear some others examples of the 'perfect' album.

    So in no particular order, I think the below albums are examples of albums that don't have a single bad/weak track on them... (album covers shown because why not?)

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Not a whole lot needs to be said really, it's just fantastic from start to finish.

    Red Hot Chill Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    A Funky masterpiece, have been listening to this lately for the first time in years, and every single track is just brilliant.

    Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
    A masterpiece, but Evil Empire & The Battle of Los Angeles could also easily make this list as in my opinion, everything they did was just spectacular (even Renegades, the cover album they did).

    in fact, feck it;
    Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire
    Evil Empire simply takes up where their debut left off, track after track of absolute belter.

    Leftfield - Leftism
    For me, one of the 2 groundbreaking electronic music albums that will just never get old. Still as amazing and fresh sounding today 25 years after its release as it was back in 1995.

    Daft Punk - Homework
    the 2nd groundbreaking electronic music album in my opinion. Daft Punk before the masks, before the pyramids, before the light shows. It's just perfect.

    Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    Another band that could justifiably have multiple entries on this list, but for me
    The Suburbs is a masterpiece.

    Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
    Solid album that doesn't put a foot wrong really.

    The Beatles - Revolver
    Not a whole lot to say about Revolver, other than it's brilliant.

    Bjork - Debut
    Precedes Leftism & Homework by a few years, but nonetheless excellent electronica. (one blip on an otherwise perfect album is The Anchor Song, but it's allowed based on teh strength of every other track).

    DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
    Sample City, but crafted by a master of his art.

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    probably not one for the purists, but an excellent album that doesn't put a foot wrong!

    Metallica - Black Album
    again, the die hards will probably disagree, but its a stonker from start to finish.

    LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
    Another band that could easily have multiple entries on this list, but This Is Happening stands out for me.

    This list could clearly go on and on, but I'll leave it there, and over to you to let us know what in your opinion is a perfect album..

    honourable mentions;
    Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
    House of Pain - House of Pain
    Portishead - Dummy
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    plus I'm sure many many more.......



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,811 ✭✭✭Relikk

    The Jam - All Mod Cons

    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    Kraftwerk - The Man Machine

    The Who - Quadrophenia

    Yes - Close To The Edge

    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

    Frank Zappa - Apostrophe

    The Smiths - Meat Is Murder

    King Crimson - Red

    Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,837 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    Fleetwood Mac - Tusk. A double LP of 20 tracks, all killer.

    Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson. 28 minutes of bliss.

    Slayer - Reign In Blood. No let up from start to end. Similar length.

    Nick Drake - Pink Moon. Another 28er. Not a second wasted.

    ABC - The Lexicon Of Love. Perfectly programmed and performed synth pop.

    Prince - Sign Of The Times. Another double, utter perfection from start to finish.

    Style Council - Our Favourite Shop. Love The Jam and Weller solo but this is the peak.

    Zombies - Odessey & Oracle . Enduring psych masterpiece.

    Genesis - Invisible Touch
    Peter Gabriel - So
    These were on the one C90 on a 1986 summer holiday. I had no other tapes. Always associate them with each other. Invisible Touch is five pop singles + 1 and then two prog classics Domino and The Brazilian. So is a fascinating album in how it's constructed - the So DNA disc with the 2012 Super Deluxe Edition shows how it was created.

    The Cure - Disintegration. There's a caveat. The LP has 10 songs but was a terrible pressing. The 12 track CD is the one to own but the extra pair are superfluous; just programme it to skip Last Dance and Homesick.

    Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Stunning debut.

    Felt - The Splendour Of Fear. Six tracks, only two with lyrics. Long guitar passages.

    The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace. My first, accessible in parts with pleasant weirdness.

    Pet Shop Boys - Discography. Here's how you do a compilation. Every single, in its single version, in the order they were singles. Why do so many other artists get it wrong? Greatest Hits & Best Of LPs stuffed with album versions instead of radio edits etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,034 ✭✭✭DellyBelly

    INXS - Kick
    Westlife - coast to cosdt
    Take That - beautiful world
    Beatles - Revolver
    Oasis - standing on the shoulder of giants

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    The Revenants Horse of a Different Colour. Check it out

  • Posts: 7,792 ✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA

    Edit: Fk the "purists"

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,279 ✭✭✭✭Tony EH






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  • Registered Users Posts: 296 ✭✭Bus Boy

    DellyBelly wrote: »
    INXS - Kick
    Westlife - coast to cosdt
    Take That - beautiful world
    Beatles - Revolver
    Oasis - standing on the shoulder of giants

    Westlife and Take That?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,837 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    Great call on INXS Kick.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,152 ✭✭✭TheRiverman

    Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,837 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR


    That's the sleeve of the Thriller single - but I know what you mean. Still think Bad has the edge. I saw him live in Cork then. Great memories.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,837 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

    Also The Wild, The Innocent and The E-Street Shuffle

    and the 10 track version of The River if it had ever come out like that.
    The River: Single Album
    CD3-1 The Ties That Bind
    CD3-2 Cindy
    CD3-3 Hungry Heart
    CD3-4 Stolen Car (Vs. 1)
    CD3-5 Be True
    CD3-6 The River
    CD3-7 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (Vs. 1)
    CD3-8 The Price You Pay
    CD3-9 I Wanna Marry You
    CD3-10 Loose End

  • Registered Users Posts: 143 ✭✭Mrdata.

    Nas - Illmatic

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,268 ✭✭✭Thrashssacre

    Opeth - my arms, your hearse

    not a weak track to be found, fantastic flow to the album right the first way through, pity the band never reached those heights again afterwards.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,353 ✭✭✭KaneToad

    Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
    U2 - Rattle & Hum
    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
    Rodriguez - Cold Fact
    Springsteen - Nebraska
    Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
    Nirvana - MTV Unplugged

  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭AVFC.Stephen

    Was asked before if I was stuck on a desert island and had to listen to one album over and over.. what would it be? Took quite some time to come up with the answer

    The beatles. The white album

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,191 ✭✭✭RandomViewer

    John Cougar Mellencamp ,American Fool

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,948 ✭✭✭✭nullzero

    The Smiths-The Queen is dead

    Oasis-Definitely Maybe

    Verve-A Storm in Heaven

    The Beatles-Abbey Road


    Alice in Chains-Dirt

    Paul Weller-Stanley Road

    Radiohead-The Bends

    Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin 3

    Glazers Out!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,268 ✭✭✭Thrashssacre

    nullzero wrote: »
    The Smiths-The Queen is dead

    Oasis-Definitely Maybe

    Verve-A Storm in Heaven

    The Beatles-Abbey Road


    Alice in Chains-Dirt

    Paul Weller-Stanley Road

    Radiohead-The Bends

    Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin 3

    Ah now some of the non single tracks in nevermind are shocking tbf, agree on the rest though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,290 ✭✭✭✭retalivity


    Rory Gallagher had a heap of great albums, but this live one is his best work and is a real tour de force.

    The strokes - Is this it. 30mins that soundtracked my life in college

    Paul Simon - Graceland

    Bob Dylan - Desire/Highway 61 revisited

    Justice - Cross

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  • Registered Users Posts: 951 ✭✭✭Neames

    Pearl Jam - Ten

    Little Green Cars - Ephemera

    The Cure - Disintegration

    The Smiths - Strangeways here we come

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,948 ✭✭✭✭nullzero

    Ah now some of the non single tracks in nevermind are shocking tbf, agree on the rest though.

    I used to be of that mindset but over the years they've become the highlight for a lot of my listens.

    Glazers Out!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,290 ✭✭✭✭retalivity

    KaneToad wrote: »
    Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
    I was thinking this, but i hate 'beside you'- ruins the whole flow of the album. The version on TB sheets is much better

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 122 ✭✭Chicoso

    The Smiths - The Smiths

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,290 ✭✭✭✭retalivity

    nullzero wrote: »

    Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin 3

    'Hats off to Roy Harper' says hello

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,837 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    Chicoso wrote: »
    The Smiths - The Smiths

    Shocking production though. Was underwhelmed when I heard it in 1984.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,948 ✭✭✭✭nullzero

    retalivity wrote: »
    Hats off to Roy Harper says hello

    Ha ha, I've become more tolerant of it over the years, led Zeppelin 3 is one of my favourite albums, if I was comparing it to led Zeppelin 4 I find the battle of evermore to be a bigger deal breaker. 3 is a brilliant album that does so many things and changes gears so effortlessly, although you are correct, hats off to Roy harper is an acquired taste.

    Glazers Out!

  • Registered Users Posts: 219 ✭✭greensausage

    Muse - absolution
    Eminem - Marshall mathers lp

  • Registered Users Posts: 205 ✭✭BurnUp78

    Had to laugh at Dark Side of the Moon being the first in OPs list. Great gig in the sky is fecking awful!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,297 ✭✭✭✭SteelyDanJalapeno

    Stone Temple Pilots - Core