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?
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