Poking around on Facebook today, my friend Casey asked “I want to know your 3 perfect albums. Not your personal favorite albums, but 3 albums you think are excellent front to back… Song track order, theme, build…”
I hastily composed my list – perhaps too hastily? – and this is what I came up with:
Big Country – The Crossing
The Beatles – The White Album
Superdrag – Head Trip In Every Key
A decent sampling across decades, I thought. She mentioned that she likes good production & sequencing, and I’m wondering now if I made the right choices. But these are, to me, “all killer, no filler,” a statement that will cause many people to disagree with me just over The White Album. I love that record specifically because it is all over the place – it encompassed the past, present, and future of pop music, all on two discs.
The Big Country record I’ve loved since it was released. I first heard the chiming bagpipe guitars of “In a Big Country” and had to hear more – I may still have the cassette somewhere. I listened to it constantly on my Walkman (along with Rush’s Exit…Stage Left and the Police’s Ghost In the Machine). When I was working at a small company back in 2003-2004, one of my co-workers happened to be a Big Country fan as well and got me back into their other records. I hadn’t given those records much of a listen – I liked the singles “Wonderland” and “Look Away” but for some reason didn’t connect with the album tracks until 2003. For the record, I think Stuart Adamson was one of the best rock guitarists, ever. I think I may have already mentioned that in this blog before, but he was.
The Superdrag album I declared the best album of 1998, and I still think so. If you think there’s a better album from that year, go listen to Head Trip in Every Key, listen to your album, come back and tell me if you still think your album is better. You might still, but hopefully you’ll agree that HTiEK is a great record, too.
So – what would your 3 perfect albums be?