July 21, 2003

Some Absolutely Perfect Music

From a 2002 topic called "Absolutely Perfect Music" in the Music conference on The WELL, people were invited to list songs they considered absolutely perfect. Here's part 1 of a list of songs that came to mind that I considered and still consider absolutely perfect. The list is in no particular order:

       "Theme from Shaft", Isaac Hayes
       "Overture", The Who (on the Tommy LP)
       "To The End of the World", Pat Metheny 
       "Good Vibrations", Beach Boys
       "Kind of a Sid and Nancy Song", the Ex-Idols
       "Crying", k.d. liang (off her live album)
       "Disenchanted", Gigantic
       "Watching the Detectives", Elvis Costello
       "Adagio for Strings", Samuel Barber
       "Is This Love", Bob Marley
       "Scheherazade", Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
       "Sana", Kanda Bongo Man
       "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", U2
       "La Mer", Debussy
       "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", Paul McCartney
       "Georgia On My Mind", Ray Charles
       "Father and Son", Cat Stevens
       "Pushin' Too Hard", The Seeds
       "Reeling in the Years", Steely Dan     
       "Make Use", Robert Pollard
       "Tangled Up in Blue", Bob Dylan
       "Tequila Sunrise", The Eagles
       "New World Symphony", Dvorak
       "Beetlebum", Blur
       "Light My Fire", The Doors
       "America", Simon and Garfunkel
       "Say It Over and Over", John Coltrane Quartet
       "Without You", Nilsson
       "Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)", Aram Khachaturian
       "It Was a Very Good Year", Frank Sinatra
       "Stairway to Heaven", Led Zepellin
       "The Kids Are Alright", The Who
       "Bernadette", The Four Tops
       "Chain Gang", Sam Cooke
       "Beware of Darkness", George Harrison
       Side 2 of Abbey Road LP, The Beatles
       "Happy", The Rolling Stones
       "Legend of a Mind", Moody Blues
       "Surf's Up", The Beach Boys
       "Soul Sacrifice", Santana
       "Beautiful Day", U2
       "What's Going On", Marvin Gaye
       "Sultans of Swing", Dire Straits
       "Lies", The Knickerbockers
       "Suzanne", Leonard Cohen
       "Dreams", The Cranberries
       "Across the Universe", The Beatles
       "Fat Man in the Bathtub", Little Feat (from live LP)
       "Don't You Forget About Me", Simple Minds
       "Victoria", The Kinks
       "The Sensual World", Kate Bush
       "Detouring America With Horns", Yo La Tengo
       "Little Fluffy Clouds", Orb
       "Wondrous Stories", Yes
       "The Rock", The Who
       "Avalanche Aminos", Guided by Voices
       "Norwegian Wood", The Beatles
       "1952 Vincent Black Lightning", Richard Thompson
       "Go to Montecito", The High Llamas
       "River", Joni Mitchell
       "Spy In the House of Love", Was (Not Was)
       "Talk", Phish
       "Pictures at an Exhibition", Mussgorsky
       "Won't Get Fooled Again", The Who
       "Sango Ya Mawa", Patience Dabany & Tabu Ley Rochereau
       "The Warmth of the Sun", The Beach Boys
       "Black Muddy River", The Grateful Dead
Posted by brian at July 21, 2003 08:22 PM

Okay! Burn me a CD and send it on!

Posted by: Van der Leun at August 4, 2003 06:14 AM

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