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Songs that you consider almost perfect recordings.


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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 8:25:42 AM PDT
D. Simpson says:
Here's another "almost perfect" recording: "Bohemian Like You," by Dandy Warhols. It's derivative of "Brown Sugar," but the riff is slightly different enough to be its own. It's high energy and has high production values.

And speaking of the Rolling Stones, my favorite of theirs is also a very simply-structured song: "Gimme Shelter."

Simon & Garfunkel: "At the Zoo" on the "Bookends" album. "The monkeys stand for honesty, giraffes are insincere, and the elephants are kindly but they're dumb, orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages, and the zookeeper is very fond of rum...." Clever lyrics! Great vocals.

My definition of an "almost perfect" recording is the kind of song that, if you are driving and have just arrived at your destination and the song is on the radio but not over yet, you have to listen to until it ends. I do this often. Do any of you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 9:16:31 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
D. Simpson has hit it on the head. If you can't leave the car until it's over, THAT'S a perfect tune. And yes, I do do this a lot..

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 10:49:20 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 12:50:29 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
Bill:
I'm no Anne Murray fan but I will admit "Danny's Song" is 1 of 2 of hers that I will actually listen to when it's on the radio. ("You Needed Me" is the other if anyone cares..)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 12:52:45 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
I see nothing to "No..No..No" about. Bread may be whipping boys for the critics but I'm not sure why. They wrote some truly poetic soft rock and have a little more depth to them than the hits indicate. Tracks like "Mother Freedom" show they could rock when they chose to. "Diary" I still consider one of the most TRULY romantic songs ever (Gates desires the happiness of his intended more than his own, even if it means she's happy by being with someone else). "If" is also sterling.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 1:03:47 AM PDT
Digital Bath by the Deftones.

It's been on my playlists for half a decade and I'm still noticing new parts of the song.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 1:47:58 AM PDT
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icedog409 says:
"Good Vibrations" The Beach Boys
"Something", "I Want to Hold Your Hand" The Beatles
"Stairway to Heaven" Led Zepellin
"You SHook Me All Night Long" AC/DC
"Exodous" Bob Marley
"Gimme Shelter" Stones

and "Blowin in the Wind" may be the best song ever written but I'm not sure the "recording" couldn't have been better.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 8:15:28 AM PDT
I'd add...

For What It's Worth-Buffalo Springfield
Gimme Some Lovin'-The Spencer Davis Group
Roundabout-Yes

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 8:53:36 AM PDT
D. J. Coyne says:
So many great songs have already been posted, but I have one to add:

They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play), by the Spinners. Full version only - the shortened radio version is fantastic, but the long version is sublime.

I'll wait in the car for this one to end. When I listen to it on CD or my Ipod, I'll play it again. I'll even hang around a store just to hear it all the way through.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 5:41:10 PM PDT
lifewontwait says:
Reynardine by Fairport Convention
Venus in Furs - Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
Waitin' For My Man - Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
In the Pines - Nirvana (Unplugged..)
Malibu - Courtney Love
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds

more later...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 7:00:46 PM PDT
J. Cohn says:
Supper's Ready - Genesis. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Musical World!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 10:23:45 PM PDT
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Bill Mobley says:
Greg
The problem is I think there are a lot of music critics who are great critics for hard rock, blues, Jazz and R&B. They just don't like groups like Bread. There is a bias against soft rock. There are even music critics who hates Paul Simon. Hating Paul Simon definitely shows some sort of bias. These critics are like parents who refuse to find anything of value in their kids rock albums. They simply don't like the music anyway. There needs to be a good critic of soft rock. All we hear from now is people who hates the music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 10:37:58 PM PDT
The Velvet Underground: "There She Goes Again"
David Bowie: "Aladdin Sane"
Gary Numan: "Are 'Friends' Electric?"

Lots and lots more.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 11:09:13 PM PDT
C'mon now. Practically anything by the Beatles or anything sung by Brad Delp such as More than a Feeling from Boston.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2007 8:16:03 PM PDT
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Ace Rockola says:
Green Grass & High Tides by The Outlaws. It was recorded fantasmagorically ! The guitars are so clear and distinct. My fav of all-time.

Another recent pick for me is Suavecito by Malo. This band had Carlos Santana's brother in it, and was their only hit in the U.S. It's really mello, but it has this unique sound to it that just pops, mainly due to the trumpet(s).

Oh, and many songs by the late, great Eva Cassidy. Fields of Gold, in particular, from "Live from Blues Alley" recording.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2007 8:23:02 PM PDT
Music Fan says:
Blue by the Jayhawks

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2007 9:37:32 PM PDT
flackhead says:
"5 minutes after 3" By loudflower(look'em up)
"Sister Awake" and "Requiem"(So. Freaking. Powerful.) by The Tea Party
"Streamline" By System of a Down
"Instanbul(Not constantinople)" By They Might Be Giants
"We Dance Alone" By Beck
"El Manana" and "Dirty Harry" By Gorillaz

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 9:53:13 AM PDT
Dixie Chicke Little Feat

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 10:14:14 AM PDT
HardyBoy64 says:
Almost everything by The Carpenters:

Rainy Days and Mondays, Solitaire, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, and the list goes on.

Perfect recordings, IMO.

I also think "Eye in the Sky" by Alan Parsons Project is a great record.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 10:25:01 AM PDT
Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone - recorded in one take - perfection............

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 6:49:50 PM PDT
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What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

perfect Christmas song - White Christmas - Bing Crosby

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 6:50:53 PM PDT
I love The Carpenters music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 12:03:50 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
I'll second Louis' What a Wonderful World. That song is sheer bliss...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 1:08:21 AM PDT
C. Marshall says:
I love the Carpenters music as well. A bit cheesy at times but Karen Carpenter's voice was so absolutely pure.

Also:
"More than this" by Roxy Music
"Avalon" by Roxy Music
"Jenny C" by Peter Buffet (KTCZ Keepsakes version, NOT the studio release version)
"A Long December" by Counting Crows
"Clocks" by Coldplay
"Possession" by Sarah McLachlan
"To Ulrike M." by Doris Days
"Un Dia Normal" by Juanes
"Runaway" by Janet Jackson (always reminds me of Taiwan....)
"Backfire" by Aimee Mann
"Walk on" by U2
"I love you goodbye" by Thomas Dolby
"All at Sea" by Jamie Cullum
"Ordinary World" by Duran Duran
"Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band
"Round of Blues" by Shawn Colvin

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 2:33:07 AM PDT
'You Set The Scene' - Love
'Jungleland' - Bruce Springsteen
'Dance Away' - Roxy Music
'A Day In The Life' - The Beatles
'Canned Music' - Dan Hicks
'Walk Away Renee' - Left Banke
'Black Pearl' - Sonny Charles & The Checkmates
'Coldest Days Of My Life' - The Chilites
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