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Objectively, what do you think is the best album of all time?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lettheflamesbegin, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. theaveragecoffee

    theaveragecoffee Well-Known Member

    New York
    In terms of sheer playability and listenability, nothing for me tops Kind of Blue or Endtroducing.
  2. captainsolo

    captainsolo Forum Resident

    Murfreesboro, TN
    New Adventures in Hi-Fi is my overall best album ever made choice but it’s usually a toss up between that and Quadrophenia.
  3. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

    south florida, usa
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    Exile On Main St.
    Kind Of Blue, Ballads
    Azymuth: Telecommunication, Light as a Feather, Outubro, Cascades. (Just for something - if you like Brazilian.)
  4. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    Using album sales is about as objective as you can get. The best-selling album of all time is Thriller.
    Best-selling album

    Another potential objective measure is the length of weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. According to Wiki, that’s the West Side Story soundtrack which was #1 for 54 weeks.
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  5. couchguy

    couchguy Forum Resident

    IMHO.. Exile on Main Street is the best album .....but there a few dozen albums right there with it
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  6. joy stinson

    joy stinson Secret friend

    Dickson. Tn
    For its cultural and musical influence ..pepper
  7. styler

    styler Forum Resident

    Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

    theres a lot of perfect or close to perfect albums out there, off the top of my head: Pretenders S/T; Clash London Calling; Miles: Kind of Blue; ACDC: Back in Black; Doors: LA Woman; definitely a couple of Led Zep albums... so many to choose from.
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  8. joy stinson

    joy stinson Secret friend

    Dickson. Tn
    Great stuff on your list for sure.
  9. Deja Doh

    Deja Doh Forum Resident

    Pasadena, CA
    1965 - Highway 61 Revisited. There are a number from which to choose.
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  10. jimmydean

    jimmydean Forum Resident

    Vienna, Austria
    also one of the best movies of all time
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  11. jrcure

    jrcure Forum Resident

    The Cure - Disintegration.
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  12. Geordiepete

    Geordiepete Tippet tyer

    I'm clicking Like on this again!
  13. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    I'm not sure what Pepper's cultural significance is. It's not autentic psychedelia, it's not saying anything, doesn't have a message.

    Musically it's much easier to see its relevance - other artists started making thematic albums with lots of overdubs.
  14. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks The Buzz Driver

    DuBois, PA
    Best LP of the last 20 years, from the tape to the lathe:
  15. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    The thing with Kind of Blue is that while it might have been recorded in two days, it took far longer to be able to create music like that--many years of practicing an instrument, learning theory (whether in a traditional manner or not--you don't play like that if you don't understand a lot about theory), listening to others, playing with others, etc. All of that sort of work, where it's building on a tradition that was many decades in the making, is preparation for recording an album like Kind of Blue, and if you don't do that preparation, you can't successfully play that sort of music.
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  16. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    I use one of those mircowave "air poppers"--basically it's just a rubber bowl with a lid where you can throw the kernals in plain/dry, and it pops that way. It's a healthy snack when you eat it that way. I just add a small amount of olive oil-based "butter" when it's done so it's not quite so dry/rice cake-like to eat (and sometimes some raw crushed garlic--I put raw, crushed garlic on all sorts of things).
  17. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    But really, maybe at least as long as the creator says so, couldn't every single thing be completely/perfectly successful on its own terms? No matter what something is like, someone could say, "That's exactly what I intended it to be like."
  18. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    The cultural significance can just be the reactions to it, the importance of it to a particular population, etc.
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  19. fishcane

    fishcane Dirt Farmer

    Finger Lakes,NY
    Dark side of the moon
  20. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    Although I think as a film I liked Powaqqatsi even more--it was especially powerful on a big screen in the theater, which I was lucky enough to see when it was released. I also like the Powaqqatsi soundtrack as much as Koyaanisqatsi.

    The third part of the trilogy, Naqoyqatsi, didn't click with me as much on either end, though I did still like it.
  21. jcarr73729

    jcarr73729 Forum Resident

    All opinions are subjective, and most of the answers so far are predictable for this forum.
    I may not like the answer, but the only objective measure is the album that sold the most units.
  22. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

    My (totally intuitive) guess is that if you were to do a Rotten Tomatoes type survey (limited to voters who generally enjoy the type of music on the album)*, the winner would be Kind of Blue.

    *In other words, a person who had no interest in jazz would not be counted for jazz albums. And before someone tells me that such a poll would be impossible - well, yeah.
  23. Karn Evil 9

    Karn Evil 9 Black Labs Matter

    Alachua, FL
    No argument whatsoever. Start to finish. But I simply could not pick just one album. Sometimes, I'm in the mood for Floyd. Then it's got to be DSOM or WYWH. Or The Beatles. In that case, Abbey Road. Or The Stones. Sticky Fingers or Let It Bleed. But if I was stranded on a desert island with just ONE album, Zeppelin IV is a solid pick. It would beat "The Best of Terry Jacks".
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  24. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    True, though that would also apply to albums like Rumours, Dark Side of The Moon, Hotel California etc...very popular and apparently important to a lot of people, but a bit unclear why.
  25. Phil12

    Phil12 Radiant Radish

    No such thing.

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