Remove one song from an almost perfect album to make it a perfect album

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For example, I would remove "Get it Hot" from AC/DC's Highway to Hell.

I would also get rid of the Cult's cover of "Born to be Wild" off of Electric.

cw28 (cw28), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I would also get rid of the Cult's cover of "Born to be Wild" off of Electric.

Oh god, so OTM.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo........... Leave Electric alone!

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

One bad track...

hope this helps (zebedee), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Remove "Across The Universe" from Young Americans.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'Bengali In Platforms' off 'Viva Hate'.
That really long one at the end of The Polyphonic Spree's 'The Beginning Stages Of...'.

Herein lies the power of iTunes - one swift delete and these songs are erased from history (or my iPod, at least).

Mog, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'd remove the live cover of "Light My Fire" from the end of Massive Attack's Protection, and the live track from the end of The Prodigy's Experience.

Wooden (Wooden), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Amen to the Prodigy - it's an okay track but it really does feel tacked on at the end.

Of course there are loads of famous Beach Boys ones - Student Demonstration Time and Transcendental Meditation being two. Controversially, I'd have left Good Vibrations off of Smiley Smile as it totally ruins the mood of that album.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take "Of Course…" off Ritual De Lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take Maggot Brain off of Maggot Brain!!!

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take Ritual De Lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction.

danh (danh), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

take "fever" of off superpitcher's here comes love

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh god, so OTM.

i'm new here. what's OTM mean?

cw28 (cw28), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take Revelation off Da Capo.

Take the tracks from the EP you've got left and include them as bonus tracks on the end of Love.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The track with the singing from Venice by Fennesz. The rest of the album is an 8 or 9 out of ten easy. That track is about .000005.

hmmm (hmmm), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

otm= on the money

Magic City (ano ano), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take "Diamonds in the Mine" from Songs of Love & Hate and "Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" from Blood on the Tracks and they would be perfect albums. Well, perfect for me anyway. Both fine songs, but misplaced.

Charlie Rose (Charlie Rose), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take "Within You Without You" off Sgt. Pepper.

Joseph McCombs, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "Octopus' Garden" off Abbey Road. Every other track on it is sublime.

I know that's two.

Wooden (Wooden), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'd remove the live cover of "Light My Fire" from the end of Massive Attack's Protection

So, so right.

Also:

Take "Don't Stop" off The Stone Roses
Take "Someone Like The Moon" off His'n'Hers

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Remove Meat Is Murder from Meat is Murder ....

svend (svend), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Maggot Brain?!?!

Oh well, whatever...I'd purge "Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be" from Let There Be Rock, "Tea For One" from Zep's Presence, "3-Minute Rule" from Paul's Boutique and the title cut from Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy.

Oh, and "Dreams" from Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Nothing wrong, I just don't like it.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 13:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

10 min wack gtr solo before the funk comes = party pooper

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there is no wronger answer than "maggot brain".

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Take "Young Lovers Do" off Astral Weeks.
Or "I Love You Because" off Sun Sessions.

Burr (Burr), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

d'yer maker or whatever the fuck it's called and the crunge from houses of the holy.
I'm with you on getting rid of fever from the superpitcher lp.

simon 803 (simon 803), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

take #6 off of room on fire. whats it called? "between love & hate", thats it.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

aww man - the crunge has that awesome keyboard sound, though. thats the song that makes that album interesting to me, and makes it more than just led zeppelin V. not that i have a problem with another LZ album like the first 4, but i think their attempts to expand their sound are usually interesting, and a lot of times successful.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Definitely replace "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again" on Can't Buy A Thrill. Otherwise, it's perfect.

Maybe "The Murder Mystery" from The Velvet Underground.

I don't like "Good Vibrations" tacked onto the CD and tape versions of Endless Summer.

I've never much liked "She's Out Of My Life" on Off The Wall.

"O My Soul" is a good song, but a rather sluggish (and lengthy) opening for Radio City.

More:

"Thorn Tree In The Garden" from Layla.

"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" from Discography (Pet Shop Boys)

"Snappin' & Trappin'" from Stankonia

"In Love With You (ft. Stephen Marley)" from Mama's Gun (Erykah Badu)

Comments?

Bradley, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's no exactly a "perfect" LP, but "Pawn Star" on De la Soul's "AOI: Bionix" is far worse than any other track on that album.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Another candidate: "Mind Sex" on Dead Prez' "Let's Get Free".

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"The Murder Mystery" is without a doubt my vote for GOT TO GO.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ooh ooh - in addition the fact that every outkast album is at least 15 minutes too long, "mamacita" totally distinguishes itself as being the wooooooooorst song on the otherwise flawless aquemini. theres nothing else id cut, but i do with it were like 55 minutes instead of 73 or whatever.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"...every outkast album is at least 15 minutes too long..."

I totally agree with you. However, I'm looking at Aquemini and Stankonia, and I don't know what I'd take off. I picked on "Snappin' & Trappin'" because it follows "Gasoline Dreams," "So Fresh, So Clean" and "Ms. Jackson," and just kills the momentum.

On a side note, "Kim and Cookie" is the best thing ever.

Bradley, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

10 min wack gtr solo before the funk comes = party pooper

wack???!!

Take "Stand" off of Green. It wouldn't end up a perfect album, but for me it'd make it the last early REM album instead of the first late REM album.

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

play like your mama just died.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'Light my fire' and 'born to be wild' - absolutely; surprised no-one's mentioned 'Sloop John B' on Pet Sounds, though.

falseazure, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Dreams" from Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Shouldn't it be "Songbird"? That's the dud one for me.

JP Almeida (JP Almeida), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

automatic for the people minus everybody hurts is quite perfect in my memory, right?

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ehh - i like "sloop john b" there. not every song that sticks out as different on an album is bad - some albums benefit from homogeneity (loveless), but i dont think every album should be like that.

BTW, yknow what another good homogenous album is that ive never seen mentioned here? cass mccombs's A. a friend of mine pointed out that listening to the whole thing makes him feel totally drunk, and i agree.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Closed Groove" - the last song from Stiff Little Fingers' Immflammable Material. Get rid of this clunky attempt at new wave-y robot rock and you have a record that absolutely lives up to its name.

Bren, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nashville Skyline - "Lay Lady Lay"

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nashville Skyline - "Girl From the North Country"

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh, every hair of "Optimistic" straight out of Kid A.

Salvador Saca (Mr. Xolotl), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And no "Go to Sleep" or even "Sail to the Moon" on Hail to the Thief. That album needs strings, as beautiful as it is.

Salvador Saca (Mr. Xolotl), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

automatic for the people minus everybody hurts is quite perfect in my memory, right?
I'd rather remove "Man on the Moon" to make that album perfect- my guess is that the removal of Everybody Hurts is only because it was so overplayed at the time. The rest of that album maintains a somber mood, broken up only by "Moon".
When I got my first CD burner (a 2x speed model), I re-burned Automatic to remove Man on the Moon and instead replaced it with New Orleans Intrumental No. 2, the B side from the Man on the Moon single.
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Also worth removing is just about every skit from albums- it's even worse when the skits are tacked on the beginning or end of the song, ala Lauryn Hill's Miseducation. At least when they are given their own track numbers, they can be skipped on CD players and deleted off Ipods, etc. The first skits I can remember marring an otherwise awesome album? ATCQ's Midnight Marauders- although looking back, that woman's voice is a lot more soothing than most of the skits I've heard since.

mclaugh (mclaugh), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hah. let's just get rid of this little bit here that wakes me up just before i totaly fall asleep before the last song fineshes.

danh (danh), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Something The Boy Said"

bahtology, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 21:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is easy--come on lady, "Kiss That Frog". Sheesh, Pete.

John 2, Thursday, 12 August 2004 02:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

re Nashville Skyline: You'd think Johnny Cash and Dylan would have been a little better together, but you're so right, Peter.

I would submit "Within You Without You" from Sgt. Pepper to this unglorious list.

jim wentworth (wench), Thursday, 12 August 2004 02:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Time" and "Cracked Actor" (that guitar sound!) are actually my favorites off the album. I think maybe the mark of a great album is that everybody disagrees about what the best stuff is on it.
Anyway, it's maybe the first time glam really entered creep-out territory where the decadence is mean-spirited rather than kitschy (proto-Marilyn Manson, except not shitty), which is something "significant" in my book

punksishippies, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 08:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Feel "Time" is kinda overwritten and never liked the chorus of "Cracked Actor" much, sorta clumsy lyrics? But yeah, nothing wrong with a divisive album

niels, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 09:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp I like Cat Food, but it is a bit of an outlier. Remove it and you'd basically be listening to In The Court part II

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 09:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

remove "Lyrical Gangbang"

almost wanna say remove "She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina" from Arthur but the album really doesn't work as well without it! Who'da thunk it

Wimmels, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

... also it's great.

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

See, what looks like filler is actually "light relief"

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Remove "Hippy Boy" from The Gilded Palace of Sin. I've listened to that album around a hundred times; I've heard "Hippy Boy" maybe twice.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

OTM removing "Lady with the Grinning Soul" would be criminal !
The only song I hate on Aladdin Sane is "let's spend the night". Awful.

Feel "Time" is kinda overwritten

What do you mean ? lyrically ?

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, lyrics don't do much for me - a bit pretentious, lack humor, that wanking line always annoyed me - but mostly the composition and scope of the song always seemed to me - wrongly, perhaps - a failed attempt at repeating or outdoing what was so effortlessly achieved w Life on Mars

niels, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

hum. OK. Well, his lyrics were often kinda pretentious and humorless in these days, weren't they ? (the whole Burroughs, cut-up approach...).
I like "Time" a lot although it's not a favourite. To me it's more a 20s cabaret/Kurt Weill hommage than a remake of Life on Mars.
It's darker and more decadent so the lyrics fit pretty well.

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like the Brecht/Weill mood opening - but where's the storytelling?

Is Time meant to be a personification if so what's up with "Time – he flexes like a whore / Falls wanking to the floor" apart from empty provocation?

"We should be on by now" is a good line, also nice melodically, but the "La la" melody is Bowie trying to be awful clever as I hear it

But no more hating from me

niels, Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

While it does groove, i could do without...

"Hyperactive" from Thomas Dolby's The Flat Earth

bodacious ignoramus, Thursday, 25 August 2016 17:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This idea for the Flat Earth is really intriguing.

campreverb, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the recording or the theory? ;)

bodacious ignoramus, Thursday, 25 August 2016 23:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I wonder what of ppl listening to Paul McCartney's Tug of War bother with "Ebony and Ivory", and what % just turn it off at the end of "Dress Me Up As A Robber"? I'm not sure that Tug of War would quite make a *perfect* album even without "Ebony and Ivory", but I'd certainly put it in the category of "albums that are really good the whole way through and then have an incredibly bathetic final track"

soref, Thursday, 25 August 2016 23:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Remove "Goin' Home" from Aftermath.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 26 August 2016 02:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the theory. I re-listened to 'The Flat Earth' though and concluded that removing 'Hyperactive' would make it more internally consistent.

campreverb, Friday, 26 August 2016 04:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

regarding "Ebony and Ivory" I've never hated that song (the melody is nice) but totally understand why people would hate it (the production, arrangements..., among other things !).
the demo version is pretty sweet. very simple. a kind of lullaby.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dioouGXLiRg

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 26 August 2016 09:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Tug Of War is a remarkably strong and overlooked album, but I'd be tempted to take off 'Ballroom Dancing' too. The other Wonder collab on that album is a slammer!

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 26 August 2016 11:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There are no perfect albums. They're all flawed in some way.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Friday, 26 August 2016 11:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

you're flawed in some way

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 26 August 2016 11:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

As is everyone, including you. Well observed, by the way. Gold star.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Friday, 26 August 2016 12:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

But, y'know, to be fair, I've never once thought that XTC were an "'80s synthpop band", so clearly the ability to listen and comprehend what I'm hearing isn't one of those flaws.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Friday, 26 August 2016 12:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I like the "Ebony and Ivory" demo as well, that version would have fitted nicely on McCartney II. I think the song would be a lot more tolerable as one of McCartney's non-specific "why can't we all get along" neurotically-anxious-under-the-surface lullabies, rather than awkwardly trying to make it "about" racism.

soref, Friday, 26 August 2016 19:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I always stop Help! before "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". Feels tacked on.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

I always skip "Something Big" on Jim O'Rourke's Eureka. Those fucking singers and that chorus... I mean, I know there's gotta be some intertextual reason for having the Hawaiian chorus in there, just like the over the top SNL sax on "Through the Night Softly," but when that "THERE'LL BE JOY AND THERE'LL BE PLEASURE" warble comes on I abandon ship.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

Surprised the removal of "Nothing Like You" from Miles' Sorcerer hasn't come up yet.

― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:03 AM (three weeks ago)

Haha, just discovered this album and did a search to see if this was mentioned

Josefa, Thursday, 8 September 2016 07:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'd suggest removing "It Ain't No Use" from The Meters' Rejuvenation... It's not a bad tune per se, but a sprawling 12 minute hippie rock jam on an album full of tight incredibly funk numbers (the second longest tune is less than half the length of "It Ain't No Use") feels wrong.

Tuomas, Thursday, 8 September 2016 09:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Also, remove "Purple Rain" from Purple Rain. The rest of the album is filled with energetic pop-funk numbers and idiosyncratic slower jams ("The Beautiful Ones"!) exploring Prince's psychosexual tics in ways rarely heard in mainstream pop. And then it ends with a pointlessly stretched-out, run-of-the-mill hair metal power ballad with lyrics that'd make Bom Jovi proud.

Tuomas, Thursday, 8 September 2016 09:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

I like "Purple Rain" but I agree it's the least interesting song on the album.
Also I have never liked "Let's go crazy" much...
The album would be better with "Sex Shooter" and "Jungle Love" instead !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 September 2016 10:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

And "Erotic City"!

"Let's Go Crazy" works better as the 12" extended mix, and "I Would Die 4 U" even moreso. In fact, the 10 minute version of the latter is clearly the best single from the album.

Tuomas, Thursday, 8 September 2016 10:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

is there an equivalent thread where you add one song to a classic album to make it better ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 September 2016 11:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

cos PR with "Erotic City" would be great indeed !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 September 2016 11:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

yall are INSANE

MatthewK, Thursday, 8 September 2016 12:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

Bon Jovi's spirited use of cliches is not to be confused with Prince's simplicity, not to mention the use of a striking image (uh "purple rain").

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 September 2016 12:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

Maybe so, but even with genius lyrics it'd be by far the most boring song on the album.

Tuomas, Thursday, 8 September 2016 12:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

Challops

niels, Thursday, 8 September 2016 20:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

"My Rival"

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 8 September 2016 20:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

thought you were talking about like flies on sherbert for a second and was ready to internet fight you. anyway back on track, i've been listening to green's s/t a lot and technology, while not awful, seems pretty unnecessary and is the only track i ever skip on this record.

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 15 September 2016 01:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Born in a Mourning Hall" on Blind Guardian's Imaginations isn't a bad song, but it kind of lags in between two great ones....so that one.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 17 September 2016 15:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yes, I'll match him whim for whim now" is the key Gaucho lyric.

simmel, Monday, 19 September 2016 14:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

i don't know if there's a thread about it, but my platonic image of the first roxy music album includes "virginia plain". same goes for _nothing can stop us_ and "shipbuilding".

a confederacy of lampreys (rushomancy), Monday, 19 September 2016 15:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Hymn of the Big Wheel

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 19 September 2016 15:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"Bodysnatchers"

niels, Saturday, 26 November 2016 18:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

Remove "Across The Universe" from Young Americans.

Remove it, place it in lead lined box and dump in somewhere in the North Atlantic. Talking of shitty Beatles' covers, someone please build a time machine and go back and tell Jimmy Webb to not to bother with a finger popping version of "Ticket to Ride" and not to stick it right in the middle of the 5th Dimension's "Magic Garden", like fresh dog turd on fine Persian rug.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Saturday, 26 November 2016 19:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

... lost an 'a' or two there.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Saturday, 26 November 2016 19:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

this is probably not going to go down well but I don't think removing "Beside You" from Astral Weeks would harm it much

niels, Monday, 17 July 2017 15:19 (one week ago) Permalink

It's not my favorite song, but it's certainly one of Richard Davis' more intriguing performances on the record. And less Richard Davis would make for a worse Astral Weeks.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 17 July 2017 15:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I think I might prefer an instrumental version

the sequencing doesn't help it any either

niels, Monday, 17 July 2017 15:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Blasphemers

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:11 (one week ago) Permalink


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