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Songs that you consider almost perfect recordings.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 6:17:53 PM PDT
Tero says:
Some albums seem that way. Some albums I can't skip any songs. Especially live albums.

I am not too concerned with the recording techniques. These I could play hundreds of times

Animals-Its My Life
Allman Brothers-Revival
Astronauts-If I had a Hammer
Blues Magoos-Aint Got Nothing Yet
Jeff Beck-Beck's Bolero
Beatles-Please Please Me
Chuck Berry-Come On
Arthur Brown-Fire
Bonzo Dog-Piggy Bank Love
Black Flag-TV party
Jimmy Cliff-The Harder They Come
Dire Straits-Sultans Of Swing
Dick Dale-Miserlou
Fairport Convention-Walk A Mile
Eek A Mouse-Ganja Smuggling
Equals-Baby Come Back
Eric Clapton-Layla
Cheap Trick-Mandocello
Crickets-As Sweet As You Are
Cream-World of Pain
Chicken Shack-Some Other Time
English Beat-Mirror in the Bathroom/Twist and Crawl
Elvis Costello-Peace Love Understanding
Dead Kennedys-Holiday in Cambodia
Dylan-Like a Rolling Stone
Doors-Light My Fire
Devo-Whip It
Dr. Feelgoood-Roxette
ELO-Roll Over Beethoven
Fleetwood Mac-Show Biz Blues
Family-Weaver's answer
Flying Lizards-Money
George Harrison-Cracker Box Palace
Gunclub-She's Like Heroin
Arlo Guthrie-Alice's Restaurant
Genesis-Battle of Epping Forest
Strawbs-Winter's Song
Horslips-Bim I stigh agol(gaelic)
Hurriganes-Get On
Grateful Dead-Touch of Gray
Hendrix-All along the watch tower
Elton John-Funeral for friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Jefferson airplane-Embryonic Journey
J Tull-Nothing is easy
Leo Kottke-Pamela Brown
Kraan-Holiday am Martterhorn
Kraftwerk-Showroom Dummies
Kinks-Waterloo Sunset
John Lennon-Instant Karma / Cold Turkey
Nick Lowe-So it goes
Laika and the Cosmonauts-Avengers Theme
Metallica-The Unforgiven
Taj Mahal-Johnny Too Bad
Paul McCartney-Maybe I'm Amazed
The Move-Do Ya

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 2:53:19 PM PDT
Mark White says:
Spanish Caravan-The Doors
Baby Blue-The Original Animals version
Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray-Patsy Cline
Sultan of Swing-Dire Straits
Straight to the Heart-Navarro

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 1:15:23 PM PDT
J. Reich says:
Fields of Gold- Sting
White Rabbit- Jefferson Airplane
Delta Dawn- Helen Reddy

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 12:58:11 PM PDT
"Tin Soldier" by the Small Faces; "Don't Let Me Down" by the Beatles (really!)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 8:36:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2008 8:39:05 AM PDT
lobo65 says:
Last Resort--The Eagles
More Than A Feeling--Boston
Mother, Father--Journey
Forever Blue--Little River Band (lead vocals by John Farnham)
El Paso--Marty Robbins
The Reach--Dan Fogelberg
Smoke From A Distant Fire--Sanford Townsend Band
I Will Still Love You--Stonebolt
Love Song--Tesla
The Price--Twisted Sister
Blinded By the Light--Manfred Mann
I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)--Steelheart
Can't Cry Any More--Kansas

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 8:08:06 AM PDT
The Actor says:
"Every Breath You Take" by The Police would probably get my vote for the most perfect pop recording, taking all elements into account. "A Day In The Life" by... well, you know... and "God Only Knows" would also get my vote.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2008 7:20:44 AM PDT
Rainbow says:
"Long Distance Lover" by Reba McEntire.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2008 12:38:44 PM PDT
"Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles. I wouldn't change a note.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2008 9:45:11 AM PDT
The first one that popped into my head:
Stevie Wonder's version of "For Once in My Life." Every detail -- Stevie's vocal performance, his harmonica solo, the arrangement -- contributes to the foreward momentum. And speaking of the solo, it gets my vote for most perfectly constructed and "felt" solo on a pop record.
And how about Aretha's version of "Respect"? Again, every detail falls into place perfectly. Musically, her timing and taste are extraordinary.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2008 6:03:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2008 4:46:07 PM PDT
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John
Candle in the Wind (the original) - Elton John
Nikita - Elton John
Careless Whisper - Wham
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
El Shaddai - Amy Grant
Memories - Barry Manilow
I Write the Songs - Barry Manilow
Eternal Flame - Bangles
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
Don't Speak - No Doubt
Angels - Robbie Williams
Supreme - Robbie Williams
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2008 12:12:22 PM PDT
Conviction of the Heart- Kenny Loggins (great message and a great choir, no one sings it like that man)
Meet Me Half Way- Kenny Loggins
Sailing- Chritopher Cross
You're the Inspiration- Chicago (why did pick this as one of the worst songs of all time, I think it's a masterpiece)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2008 12:31:24 PM PST
takethekman says:
Is It Any Wonder? -- Keane

Just the right amount of punch; And it's all over in about 3 minutes...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2008 12:06:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2008 3:44:15 PM PST
Off the top of my head, here goes:

Hallelujah -- Jeff Buckley, but the song was written by Leonard Cohen (best song interpretation here!)

One hundred years -- The Cure; also A forest, The figurehead, Cold, The drowning man, Faith, The kiss, Just like heaven, Like cockatoos, Prayers for rain and Same deep water as you, Fascination Street, The walk
Stripped (Highland mix) -- Depeche Mode -- one of their best mixes, but Enjoy the Silence was their best melody. "The things you said" gets my vote for best vocals. Home may be their most interesting. Behind the Wheel/Route 66 their most riveting. Also Strangelove, A question of lust, It doesn't matter two, Shake the disease, World in my eyes, Higher love, In your room
Rent -- Pet Shop Boys; also Can you forgive her? Home and dry, Go West, West End girls, Flamboyant, Always on my mind, Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off of you), and many others
Sweet dreams are made of this -- Eurythmics
There is a light that never goes out -- The Smiths, and Every day is like Sunday, etc.
Human behaviour -- Bjork; also Isobel, Bachelorette, Pagan poetry, Army of me
Situation -- Yaz
Dream Attack -- New Order, also Vanishing point, True faith and Blue Monday
The Dreaming -- Kate Bush; also Cloudbusting, Running up that hill, Rocket's tail, This woman's work, and many many others
Missing -- Everything But the Girl
Country feedback -- REM, and many others
Angry chair -- Alice in Chains, also Would, Man in the Box, Over now, and others
Pumpkin -- Tricky
Angel -- Massive Attack, also Daydreaming, Karmacoma, Three, Weather Storm, Teardrop
Cornflake girl -- Tori Amos; and Precious things, Winter, Horses, Caught a lite sneeze, Bells for her, and many others.
Climbing up the walls -- Radiohead; also Creep, Exit music (for a film), and many others

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2008 8:31:14 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2008 6:03:24 AM PST
Hugo says:
Kashmir-Led Zeppelin
Tunnel of Love-Dire Straits
Camouflage-Stan Ridgeway
Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)-Mark Knophler
Take a Chance on Me-ABBA
Memories Can't Wait-Talking Heads
Boy in a Bubble-Paul Simon
Tusk-Fleetwood Mac
Empty Handed Heart-Warren Zevon

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2008 10:01:15 PM PST
Funknpunk says:
Good Vibrations-Beach Boys
Suite:Judy Blue Eyes -CSN
I SawThe Light-Todd Rundgren
Groovin'-The Rascals
Aqualung-Jethro Tull
Like A Hurricane-Neil Young
Steppin' Out-Joe Jackson
Stiilwater (Love)-The Four Tops
Crystal Blue Persuasion-Tommy James & The Shondels

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2008 8:57:48 PM PST
Eagles - Hotel California

Songs of excess and longing with great harmonies
Don Felder rules!!!

God Only Knows - the Beach Boys
- enough said

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2008 12:52:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2008 12:57:35 AM PST
lead says:
some songs that I have actually thought "that's a perfect song". they absolutely hold my interest from beginning to end, they say what they want to say and are accompanied by some great moving music (yeah, most of it is a classic rock list; i still haven't pulled most of myself out of that era yet!)

a day in the life gets my vote as the all time perfect song

and a few others that come to mind:
most of the medley on abbey road, hey jude, etc. etc...
bicycle by queen (i also understand why you may hate this song--that's why it's perfect!)
(i agree with bohemian rhapsody as well. in fact, many of queen's songs have great structure and could be considered perfect)
stairway to heaven (and many other classic rock staples)
roundabout and close to the edge by yes
rock and roll hoochie koo (?) (rick derringer)
do you feel like ido (live) by peter frampton (just thought so yesterday as a matter of fact!)
free bird (another long one that holds up from beginning to end)
another being uriah heep's salisbury (nearly perfect at least)!
many kinks' songs: waterloo sunset being the most popular; do it again, shangri-la
father and son by cat stevens
neil young--hurricane!!! heart of gold, rockin in the free world, love and only love, be the rain
many johnny cash songs, especially on the American lable; the live version of fulsom prison blues, tons and tonnes...
feeling stronger every day by chicago
clapton, etc. layla
jim croce's i've got a name
most of CSNY's Deja Vu
dozens of dylan songs
eagles hotel california
jimi purple haze, watchtower
judy collins both sides now
pink floyd comfortably numb
stones gimme shelter
todd rundgren onomatopoeia
simon and garfunkle sound of silence, homeward bound, America
supertramp hide in your shell, logical song, goodbye stranger
patty smith dancing barefoot
james taylor fire and rain
violent femmes add it up, out the window, do you really want to hurt me? (cover)
hey nonny nonny
the who won't get fooled again, who are you
sam phillips power world
creep by radiohead

sorry so much of it is typical!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2007 10:39:16 PM PST
Abe says:
I'd add:
Love's in Need of Love Today - Stevie Wonder
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Natural Woman, Respect, & Dr. Feelgood - Aretha Franklin
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
Get Here - Oleta Adams
A House is Not a Home - Luther Vandross
I Left My Heart in San Franciso - Tony Bennett

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2007 7:25:34 PM PST
Stef says:
Visions- Stevie Wonder

I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)- Stevie Wonder

These two selections are only a fractionof the many near perfect recordings that Stevie Wonder has made.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2007 1:56:56 AM PST
I've already submitted my [rather lengthy] list, but I've gotta second "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel. Really great song!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2007 1:50:26 PM PST
TR says:
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Rag Doll - The Four Seasons
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2007 10:19:08 AM PST
D. Garrison says:
"Ghost Love Score" - Nightwish
"The Poet and the Pendulum" - Nightwish
"Blood Sugar Sex Magik" The entire record - Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Classic Girl" - Janes Addiction
"Jane Says" - Janes Addiction
"Iron Man" - Black Sabbath
"Sunless Saturday" - Fishbone

So so many others!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2007 9:33:47 AM PST
Hvacrmitch says:
In no particular order, I submit to you:
"The One That Got Away" -- Tom Waits
"The Summer Wind" -- Frank Sinatra
"Tequila Sunrise" -- The Eagles
"I Can Hear Music" -- The Beach Boys
"Stateboro Blues" --The Allman Brothers
"The River" --Bruce Springsteen
"Mother and Child Reunion" --Paul Simon
"The Boxer" --Simon & Garfunkel
"Honky Tonk" --Bill Doggett
"You Were On My Mind" --We Five
"Dream A Little Dream Of Me" --Mommas and Pappas [Cass Elliot]
"The Boys Are Back In Town" --The Busboys
"Mack The Knife" --Bobby Darrin
"Legs" --ZZ Topp
"Beat Me Daddy, Eight to The Bar" --Commander Cody
"Rocky Mountain Way" --Joe Walsh
"Little Pink Houses" --John Mellencamp [Cougar optional]
"Georgia On My Mind" --Ray Charles
"Back To The Island" --Leon Russell
"Heartbreak Hotel" --Elvis
"Smoke On The Water" --Deep Purple [live OR studio, no matter, both great]
"Cadillac Ranch" --Bruce Springsteen

That's all for now, maybe later.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2007 11:11:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2007 11:13:52 PM PST
"Dazed and Confused" Led Zep
"The Look of Love" Dusty Springfield
"Nights in White Satin" Moody Blues
"Born to Run" Bruce Springstein
"Bang, Bang" Nancy Sinatra
"I'll be There" Jackson 5
"To Sir With Love" Lulu
"Sympathy for the Devil" Rolling Stones
"Galileo" Indigo Girls
"Born to be Wild" Steppenwolf
"It Was a Very Good Year" Frank Sinatra
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