Are there any albums you consider perfect?

My daughter gave me an ipod for my birthday and I have been loading music to it slowly. As a perxon who listens to albums start to finish I have been loading albums I consider high quality beginning to end.
Makes me wonder how many perfect albums there are out there. Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic" is to me perfect. What I mean by perfect is not one sound needs to be added or subtracted to make it better. Funny thing is, "Pretzel Logic" is not my favorite Steely Dan album, but its sound is perfect. I can only come up with a few.
Pink Floyd, "Wish You Were Here"
Tears For Fears, "Songs From The Big Chair"


The first couple that leap to mind are Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and the Beatles' "Rubber Soul."
The Beatles "Abby Road"

Four talented musicians making one last attempt to work together. What a way to put a band to rest!
For me it is "The Captain and me" and
"What were once vices are now habits" by the Doobie Brothers that are two nearly perfect albums back to back that show a band at its writing and performing peak.
Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Hotel California by the Eagles
I 2nd Hotel California
Marvin Gaye "What's Going On", Tears for Fears "The Seeds of Love", Kinks "Something Else by the Kinks", Badi Assad "Chameleon", Ben Harper "Welcome to the Cruel World", Radiohead "In Rainbows", Calexico "Carried to Dust", Los Lobos "Kiko", Masters of Reality "Sunrise on the Sufferbus", Tom Waits "Swordfishtrombones", Rush "Exit...Stage Left", Leonard Cohen "Live in London", Miles Davis "Someday my Prince Will Come", Andrew Bird "Nobel Beast", Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro"
So many across so many genres:

Alternative: Dave Mathews "Busted Stuff", Liz Phair "Exile in Guyville", Pavement "Crooked Rain", R.E.M. "Life's Rich Pageant", The Replacements "Let It Be",
Americana: Calexico "Feast of Wire", Dave Alvin "Ashgrove", Willie Nelson "Teatro"
Aussie: Paul Kelly "May 1992"
British: Radiohead "Amnesiac", The Who "Sells Out"
Canadian: Rufus Wainwright "Poses"
Hardcore: Fugazi "13 Songs"
Indie: Anthony and the Johnsons "I am a Bird now", Cat Power "Jukebox"
Irish: The Pogues: "Rum Sodomy & The Lash"
Punk: The Clash "London Calling"
R & B: Aretha Franklin "Young, Gifted, Black". Steve Wonder "Songs in the key in life"
Reggae: Bob Marley: "Songs of Freedom"
Rock: Steely Dan "Countdown to Ecstacy"
Ska: The Specials "The Specials"
No album is perfect of course but these just seem to flow so well from beginning to end IMO.

In no particular order:

Abbey Road
Hero and Heroine
Kind of Blue
Ten Song Demo
Thick as a Brick
The Royal Scam
In Rainbows
Exile on Main Street
Heart Like a Wheel
Songs For Distingue' Lovers
Brandenburg Concertos
Bare Trees
Swings Schubert Alley
In the Wee Small Hours
ZZ TOP Trez Hombres... MOODY BLUES Days of Future Past..... LED ZEPPELIN Houses of the Holy.... THE DOORS 1st LP....... JOE JACKSON Night and Day.... HEART Dreamboat Annie........ DAVID BOWIE Ziggy Stardust... WILLIE NELSON Stardust....... PINK FLOYD Animals.... BB KING Live in Cook County Jail.... STEVE MILLER Fly Like an Eagle... FLASH AND THE PAN 1st .. IAN HUNTER Never Alone with a Schizaphrenic..................... SPIRIT Twelve Dreams of DR Sardonicus.......................... ROLLING STONES Goats Head Soup.... Queen 1st LP............ ALAN PARSONS Tales of Mystery and Imagination.............. BEATLES Rubber Soul.... CHRIS ISAAK Heart Shaped World.... DIRE STRAIGHTS Brother in Arms.... THE WHO Who's Next..... SUPERTRAMP Crime of the Century... CSN+Y Dejavu ...... ELVIS COSTELLO My Aim is True.... LOWEST OF THE LOW Shakespere My Butt......Thats a few off the top of my head that well maybe not perfect but one can easily listen to the entire album versus 1 or 2 songs .
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Beatles - Abbey Road

Stone Temple Pilots - Core

Sade - Promise

U2 - The Joshua Tree

Tierney Sutton - Dancing in The Dark

Shelby Lynne - Just a Little Lovin

The Police - Synchronicity

Stealy Dan - Aja

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Led Zeppelin - II

The Beatles - Sgt Peppers
Good question.

The answer is "probably not" (at least for pop/rock).
A couple of Beatles records (add Revolver to the list) come close, but I can't think of any other band that matches their track to track consistency. I guess that there's always a track or two that I tend to skip. Graham Parker's "Squeezing Out Sparks" and "Who's Next" might deserve some consideration.

If we're allowed to cheat, a couple of "Live" albums come to mind, but that's like picking a Greatest Hits compilation.

For Jazz, Duke Ellington's "Far East Suite" and "Intimacy of The Blues" get awfully close, as do a few others (Body&Soul, Nancy Wilson w/ Cannonball Adderly, Kind of Blue).

I second the following suggestions:

Marvin Gaye "What's Going On
The Beatles "Abby Road"
Hotel California by the Eagles
Willie Nelson "Stardust"

Here's a few more:

Allman Brothers "Live at Filmore East"
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Guns and Roses "Apetite for Destruction"
Nirvana "Never Mind"
Bob Marley 'Exodus"
Bruce Springsteen "Born To Run"
Derick and the Dominoes "Layla"
I need to add:

The Eagles - Hotel California

Tears for Fears - Seeds of Love

The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
The Yes Album
Stop Making Sense
Who's Next
Led Zep II
Steely Dan -Do it Again
The Band
Allman Brothers -Eat a Peach
SRV -Couldn't Stop the Weather
A Hard Days Night
Rubber Soul
Bonnie Raitt Give it up
Dire Straits- Brothers in Arms
Grateful Dead -American Beauty
Grateful Dead -Europe 72
Jackson Browne -Running on Empty
Joni Mitchell -Court and Spark
Little Feat- Waiting for Columbus
Pink Floyd -DSOTM
Quincy Jones - The Dude
Sanatana- Abraxas
Sheryl Crow -Tuesday Night Music Club

If you're into some acoustic guitar-
Craig Chaquiso - Acoustic Highway
to add to your Tears for Fears list---

if you don't have, find a copy of a 12inch single for "I believe" , it was recorded live studio and the audio is incredible. I second the Seeds of Love, especially if you can find a Japanese CD release
afghan whigs "gentleman"
mark lanegan "bubblegum"
bob dylan "time out of mind"
joni mitchell "hejira"
laurie abderson "life on a string"
peter gabriel "us"
shirley horn "may the music never end"
emmylou harris "wrecking ball"
paul simon "surprise" and "your the one"

i'm sure i am leaving out a few...maybe the twilight singers "blackberry belle" or the gutter twins "saturnela"...
william lyall-solo casting
I think there are lots. A few are:
Led Zep-I, II and III
Beatles-Rubber Soul, Revolver, St Peppers, Abby Road
Van Morrison-Moondance, Asteral Weeks
Who-Who's Next
Queen-Night at the Opera
Rolling Stones-Let it Bleed
Roxy Music-Avalon
EVa Cassidy, Songbird
If what counts is just the music, and not the sonic quality of the recording, my nomination is "Projections," by the Blues Project, ca. 1967.

Disclaimer: 95% of my collection and my listening is to classical music.

-- Al
Yes, but that doesn't make it perfect. It only makes it perfect to me.

"The Hermit of Mink Hollow" by Todd Rundgren won't make too many lists of "great" or "perfect" albums, but that record has a certain magic for me that few other records have. The "magic" I refer to goes way beyond the music itself, which I would simply categorize as "quite good". It has a "sound", and a "feel" to it that have a profound effect on me. It's like the difference between hearing an old record and thinking "That's an old song." and hearing a record and really feeling like it's 1975 again and the music is brand new.

But, you see, I had as much a part in making it perfect as Todd did. Because it isn't just the music. It is the music, and my reaction to it, that creates "perfection".

Live, or theme based albums seem to flow the best.

Frank Zappa, Live at the Filmore East
CSNY, 4-way Street
The Who, Tommy
Boy, my standards seem to be doing me no favors. Love many tracks on nearly all of the albums suggested, but I don't think there's a single one (save maybe Abbey Road) I'd listen to straight through. I'll just go ahead and say it: don't think I've encountered an album I'd consider perfect. Not by a very, very long shot.

Now that you've got an ipod, you may well realize that the only thing close to a "perfect" album is the playlist that suits your fancy, stringing the high points together just so from many, many albums.

Near-complete non sequiter -- reminds me of a Danish fellow named Donald I met on a train when I was but a wee lad who explained that, as swell as it was living all over the world, in the end it renders you somewhat of a permanent nomad. Comes the point where no one country is "home" save the pastiche compiled of the best parts of many places within the four walls of your house. There's a lot of truth in that. And, have to say, feel much the same way about music. The only approximation of perfect is borrowed bits from all over. The real value of the ipod is making that whole process fantastically easy. Or, maybe it's just me.
OK Computer by Radiohead is in my opinion the best album of the past 15 years.

All time? Maybe Transformer by Lou Reed.

Your point is taken , but I would argue that you didn't have quite as much a part as Todd did because that record IS nearly perfect (as in the absolute truth dictated by the supreme being). However, IMHO, "Nearly Human" comes even closer to that ideal.

Yes, I drink the cool aid and am a charter member of the Todd is God club. (A fair number of reasonably prominent musicians are members, as well). The lack of recognition in the "mainstream" music press for Rundgren's best work says (again IMO) more about the critics than the music. In my book, you never need apologize for choosing Todd above all others.

Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn
Yes - Relayer The Yes Album and Close to the Edge
Savoy Brown - Jack The Toad
Who's Next and Tommy - The Who
Hope - Klaatu
In The Court Of the Crimson King - King Crimson
Moonmadness, Breathless, and Stationary Traveler - Camel
In The Land Of Grey and Pink - Caravan
Love and Theft - Bob Dylan
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Band On The Run - McCartney
Foxtrot and Selling ENgland By The Pound - Genesis
Tab in the Ocean - Nektar
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Springsteen
Grand Illusion - Styx
Machine Head - Deep Purple
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Let It Bleed - The Stones
American Beauty - Grateful Dead
Moving Waves - Focus
John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic
The Stranger - Billy Joel
The Cars
THe B52s
Abba Greatest Hits
Electric Nights - Jim Capaldi
Brothers and Sisters - Allman Brothers
Aja - Steely Dan
Meddle and Animals - Pink Floyd
The Doors and LA Woman
Rubber Soul and Hard Day's Nght - The BEatles
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and "The Sun Years"
Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Musically if not sonically.
Exodus-Bob Marley-Time Magazine Album of the 20th Century
Lindsay Buckingham. Out of the Cradle. Awesome from the first note to the last. No filler. After hearing this, there is no doubt Buckingham was the engine that powered Fleetwood Mac at it's peak. I agree on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Other contenders: Tommy Bolin, Private Eyes. Tasty rock and roll from a little appreciated artist. Sonically well recorded.Very dynamic. Todd Rundgren's Nearly Human has great energy and excellent sonic qualities. Recorded live in studio. Elvis Costello, My Aim is True. Punky perfection.
Neutral Milk Hotel-In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Built To Spill-Keep It Like A Secret
Global Communication-76:14
Steve Roach-The Magnificent Void
Nick Drake-Pink Moon
Miles Davis-In A Silent Way
Pink Floyd-DSOTM
If you've not listened yet, try The Decemberists, The Crane Wife. Very well recorded, great instrumentals, great music.
Nothing's perfect, but still:

Born to Run
Kind of Blue
Waltz for Debby
After the Goldrush

Just a few off the top of my head. There are several classical pieces that I might consider "perfect" too.
Forgot "Catch a Fire" By Bob marley and the Wailers
Although I don't think there is a "perfect album" there are several that I consider near perfect in the fact that I can listen to the first song thru until the last with no thought of skipping one:

Roxy Music Avalon
Bryan Ferry Boys and Girls
Moody Blues First 7 albums
Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
Aftermath (US pressing)
Beggars Banquet
Boston Boston
Cars Cars
Kitaro Silk Road
Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries
Eric Johnson Tones

And several others already mentioned
Britney Spears, 'baby one more time',
Rock solid bottom, perfect mid, and a top end sweeter
than a pound of honey.
John Hiatt- Bring the Family
Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" is one of my favorites. If you like "Pretzel Logic", I think you would like it as well.
All Bon Scott AC/DC LP's
Aerosmith- Rocks
Saga- Worlds Apart
Billy Squire- Don't Say No
Rush- Moving Pictures
Dido- No Angle
Bruce Springsteen- The Rising
Journey- Look Into The Future
Sweet- Desolation Boulevard
The Cutting crew albums are perfect, on classical music genre.
I was listening to the Japanese SHM-CD Dire Straights "Brothers In Arms" the other day. This is IMO close to a perfect album.
Miles - Kind of Blue
I don't have an album to add to what's already on the list, but I wanted to thank all the contributors thus far. I've learned of several new albums that are now in my Amazon shopping cart.
Tvad, you reminded me that I might add "Deadwing" by Porcupine Tree to the list. I know that's not your Fav PT album though. Musically, I might also consider FOABP in the list, but the thematic material covered there is so bleak that it makes me think twice.
"Deadwing" is a very good one, to be sure.

I can think of many more perfect album sides than I can perfect albums.
I think also their are a couple of major groups whose primary albums as a group together are close enough to perfect to acknowledge as a whole:

The BEatles
The Moody Blues
The Doors

The Moody Blues in particular deserve credit in that they have been around for so long compared to the other two and I cannot think of any Moodies album is not near completely enjoyable for me.
I think perhaps one needs to be a fan, but I'll add Emerson, Lake & Palmer's self titled debut LP.
On the ELP front, Brain Salad Surgery is also worth consideration.
Yeah, I love "Brain Salad Surgery", but Benny the Bouncer blows it for me. Otherwise, it's a perfect LP, IMO.
"Yeah, I love "Brain Salad Surgery", but Benny the Bouncer blows it for me. Otherwise, it's a perfect LP, IMO."

Point taken, but even BTB is fine in the context of the rest of the album.

ELP liked to lighten up most of their albums with at least one lighter cut like BTB, FBOFW. I think their producers made them do it so to show that they had a sense of humor and lightness to go along with the rest of the stuff often criticized as "pretentious" by the pop/rock media.

Then again I loved "Cie La Vie" when it used to be played on the radio (and still like it) so you have to take my opinions with a grain of salt. IS there any song more schmaltzy and over the top than that?
"Emerson, Lake & Palmer" does not have a lighter cut.

We'll have to agree to disagree about BTB.

A perfect album usually generates no disagreement, which is why "Brain Salad Surgery" isn't a perfect album, IMO.