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Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by Fixxer315, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. Fixxer315

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    There are good albums, there are great albums, but what about perfect albums? By perfect, I mean an album in which there is not one single song that isn't awesome in one way or another--an album in which you would not change a single thing. Here are some that I consider to be perfect.

    Metallica--Master of Puppets: It starts and ends with perfect thrash fury in Battery and Damage Inc, but in the middle there is quite an amazing range, from melodic (Welcome Home/Sanitarium, title track bridge) to epic furiosity (Disposable Heroes), to grinding stomping (The Thing that Should Not Be & Orion). There is nothing about this album that is not excellent in one way or another.

    WASP--Crimson Idol: In a just world, this would have been the album that broke WASP through to the mainstream, as it's one of the best concept albums of all time. Blackie Lawelss really poured his heart into this album and it showed. Murders in the New Morgue is one of the most aggressive songs in the band's catalog, while The Idol is a true epic.

    Iced Earth--Dark Saga: This album marked an interesting change for the band, as they became more focused on shorter songs, and it worked. Matt Barlow settles in as the singer, letting his emotions dominate the music, while the riffs from Schafer are as good as ever. Although every song is awesome, highlights include the emotional A Question of Heaven and the furious Violate.

    Rush--Power Windows: I had considered Moving Pictures, but IMO, Vital Signs doesn't match up to the rest of the album. On the other hand, Power Windows is excellent on every level. Some may not have liked the heavy synths of this album (and indeed throughout much of the 80's for this band), but I really enjoyed the sound, from the up-tempo opener in Big Money, to the atmospheric closer in Mystic Rhythms.

    Dream Theater--Images and Words: This was a close one, as I'm not much of a fan of Another Day. However, it works for what it is trying to do, so I'll let it slide, since the rest of the album is so awesome, particularly Pull Me Under, Metropolis and Learning to Live.

    Pink Floyd--The Wall: No explanation is truly needed here, but suffice it to say, this is a truly emotional roller-coaster of an album that is unforgettable. Gilmour is particularly great here, with memorable riffs (Young Lust, Another Brick in the Wall), and solos (Mother, Comfortably Numb).

    So, what would you consider to be a perfect album?
     
  2. BrandSpragins

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    This is a good one and will be interested in seeing what others feel as perfect albums. Good topic here.

    The Great Escape - Seventh Wonder
    The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X
    Love and War - Lillian Axe
    Mechanical Resonance - Tesla
    Master of Puppets - Metallica
    Monumentum - Eclipse
    Lost in the Wild - Melidian
    Screw It - Danger Danger
    Transcendence - Crimson Glory

    Brand
     
  3. Torn2Shreds

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    Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
    Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
    Ratt - Out Of The Cellar
    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
    King Diamond - Abagail
    Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil
     
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    Judas Priest - Stained Class, Screaming for Vengeance, Turbo, Painkiller
    Symphony X - Iconoclast (Two disc version)
    Therion - Gothic Kabbalah
    Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave
    Amorphis - Silent Waters
    Metallica - Ride the Lightning, (Black album)
    Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional
    Manowar - Fighting the World, Kings of Metal
    Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising, Jomsviking
    Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
    Slayer - South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss
    Wrathchild America - Climbin' the Walls
    Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy
    Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin, No More Tears
    Dio - Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, Dream Evil
    Savatage - Power of the Night
    Rush - Fly by Night, 2112, Roll the Bones
    AC/DC - Let There Be Rock, Highway to Hell
    Rainbow - Rising
    Pantera - Cowboys from Hell, Vulgar Display of Power
    Dream Evil - The Book of Heavy Metal
    Coverdale/Page - (Self - Titled)
    Led Zeppelin - II
    Shadows Fall - The War Within
    Slipknot - All Hope is Gone
    Van Halen - (Self - Titled), II, 5150, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
    Whitesnake - Slide it in, 1987, Slip of the Tongue
    Bad Company - Dangerous Age
    KISS - Creatures of the Night, Animalize, Revenge
    Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies
    TNT - Knights of the New Thunder, Tell No Tales
    Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin, Club Ninja, Heaven Forbid
    Primal Fear - Nuclear Fire, Black Sun
    Axel Rudi Pell - Oceans of Time, The Masquerade Ball
    Pink Floyd - The Wall, Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Division Bell
    Luca Turilli - The King of Nordic Twilight
    Saxon - Power and the Glory, Crusader, Sacrifice, Battering Ram
     
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    VenomGA At War With Stan

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    there are only 2 perfect albums on my book:
    Slayer-Reign in Blood
    Metallica-Master of Puppets

    there are many albums close, but these are the only 2 perfect from beginning to end.
     
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    Seasons in the Abyss
     
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    Scar Symmetry - The Singularity Phase 1

    Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto

    I'd have to do some thinking to come up with any other "completely perfect wouldn't change the tiniest detail" albums.
     
  8. Sir Exar Kun

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    Mad props for including Lillian Axe on your list! L&W is a GREAT album ("Letters in the Rain" is a KILLER track!), but this D2 inclusion shocks me to no end...... There's some good stuff on this disc, but there's some crazy crap on here too......
     
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    Spiderpact West Bench White Trash

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    Equilibrium - Sagas
    Nightwish - Oceanborn
    Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
    Edguy - The Savage Poetry
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    In Flames - The Jester Race
    Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
    Saigon Kick - Water
    Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth
    Naglfar - Sheol
    Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
    Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
     
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    I don't know if I'd consider these "perfect" albums, but they're definitely up there among my personal favorites.

    As far as "perfect" albums, I'd go with:

    Opeth - "Blackwater Park"
    Tool - "Lateralus"
    Metallica - "Master Of Puppets"
    Agalloch - "The Mantle"

    On the border would be: Isis - "Oceanic"
     
  11. happytimes

    happytimes Franky

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    Well, off the top of my head:

    Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
    Frank Zappa - Apostrophe
    Spock's Beard - Snow
    Gentle Giant - The Power and the Glory
    Mind's Eye - A Gentleman's Hurricane
    Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls
    Spastic Ink - Ink Compatible
    Ayreon - The Human Equation

    I'm pretty sure there are more, but I am old and forgetful and these are the ones burned into my memory.
     
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    Hey there Sir Exar Kun,

    No doubt about Letters In The Rain - I love that song but my fav from the album is Ghost of Winter. That song just does it for me and Ron's vocals on this entire album are awesome.
    D2 - This one just does it for me. The first one was so polished and safe - good songs for sure - but just just felt like the record company made them go out with it. Screw It came out and it was raunchy and fun - this felt like the real D2 and I love every second of it. Ted Poley is a great singer and still sounds good today.
     
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    King Lek King of Lekworld

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    After doing a little thinking.....not as many as i would have thought, especially metal....at least that come to mind right now.

    Queen: A night at the Opera.....especially when taking in consideration their whole catalog. This album is just about everything Queen was in under 43 minutes....without all the fill.

    Pink Floyd: Dark side of the Moon is definitely a perfect album...but really thought Wish You Were Here was....well....more perfect, if such a condition can really exist. The instrumental soundscape was groundbreaking and is what today, is still emulated by so many.

    Black Sabbath: Masters of Reality....really felt their writing, on all levels peaked here. There is a seamlessness within and between that I have never found on any other Sabbath related disc.

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    Live Albums - not a big fan of them, yet two i find to be perfect:

    Rod Stewart & Faces: Coast to Coast: Overture & Beginners....9 songs total, 6 covers.....by far some of the best versions of the covers i have ever heard. This album absolutely captured the performance and Stewart 's personality. A hard to find album.

    J Geils: Blow Your Face Out...absolutely captured what a live J Geils experience was....most live albums miss the mark, not here.

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    You would think I'd have something current....oh well, the one and only that comes to mind, and still a few years old:
    Kingcrow: Phlegethon......so much within is so familiar, yet...is not so by any means....perfection.
     
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    Blind Guardian-Nightfall in Middle Earth
    Helloween-Keeper 1 and 2
    Iron Maiden-Seventh Son and Somewhere in Time
    Overkill-Horrorscope
     
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    NorseBlood franks n steins

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    Accept - Blood of the Nations
    Black Sabbath - Sabotage
    Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side
    Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy
    Dokken - Under Lock and Key
    Ensiferum - Iron
    Iced Earth - The Dark Saga
    Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Judas Priest - Stained Class
    Kamelot - The Black Halo
    Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
    Nightwish - Wishmaster
    Rush - A Farewell to Kings
    Savatage - Live Devastation
    Scorpions - Tokyo Tapes
    Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous

    I'm sure I'll think of something else later..
     
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    Maybe perfect is a little over the top for ANY set of songs, but THIS live recording is pretty damn close. What a phenomenal live show. Just re-bought the remastered version on CD, just because.

    Good call!
     
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    NorseBlood franks n steins

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    That Savatage "Live Devastation" is also real good & its one of my favorites. Its not easy to find, but if you can find a copy get it. The production isn't polished, but that is part of the appeal. Its definitely Savatage in all their 80s glory.
     
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    It's not produced at all—it's a collection of bootleg recordings. And yes, there are a shocking number of copies out there for an album that was never officially released. (*wink*)
     
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    I'll go with....

    Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
    Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
    Kontrust - The Butterfly Effect
    Gojira - Magma

    and my wildcard and one of my faves

    Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
     
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