Playlist: Episode #1025, Feb. 4, 2024 – Perfect Albums

This one is kind of “inspired” (stolen) from a post that Leeroy Stagger made on Facebook a while ago, asking for recommendations for “perfect albums front to back.”

Most of my very favourite albums, and the majority of the albums that I listen to, seem to have at least one track that I, personally, could do without. When I’m listening to certain records, I know exactly which track(s) I’m going to skip. I’ve made playlists where I’ve “fixed” albums by removing a track or two. I guess I’m kind of hard to please. But every once in a while, I encounter an album where every track works and I wouldn’t dare skip any of them. It’s harder than you might think to find an album with no weak spots. I can immediately think of a few, but I can think of WAY more where there’s one or two tracks that I don’t love as much as the rest.

With that in mind, I did a deep dive into my collection looking for albums where I don’t think there’s a weak track. Because it’s difficult and my collection is kind of diverse, I couldn’t limit it just to the standard singer/songwriter fare, so you’ll hear a few things on this show that you wouldn’t hear otherwise on the program.

I didn’t have time to relisten to them all, so I can’t guarantee that every album played or mentioned in these three hours is perfect, but I can definitely guarantee that diving into any of these albums will be worth your time and very rewarding!

And because this show was pre-recorded and I put a lot of thought into it, I’m calling it one of the occasional “standby” episodes of the show that I might pull out again some day when I can’t make it down to the station.

I sure hope you enjoy this one almost as much as I enjoyed putting it together. If not, I’m sure I’ll be hearing from a few people wondering what the heck I’m doing playing some of this stuff.

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Leeroy Stagger – Petrified World – Everything Is Real – CDN

Lowest of the Low – St. Brendan’s Way – Shakespeare My Butt… – CDN
Spirit Of The West – Political – Labour Day – CDN
Skydiggers – Even When You Fall – Road Radio – CDN

John Bottomley – You Lose And You Gain – Blackberry – CDN
Jim Bryson – 26 Miles By Car – The Occasionals – CDN
Oh Susanna – Back Dirt Road – Johnstown – CDN
Del Barber – If I Told You that I Loved You – Love Songs for the Last 20 – CDN – WPG
David Francey – Border Line – Torn Screen Door – CDN

Fred Eaglesmith – Drive-in Movie – Drive-in Movie – CDN
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lace and Pretty Flowers – High or Hurtin’: The Songs of Willie P. Bennett – CDN
Mike Plume Band – If There Ever Was a Fool – Song and Dance, Man – CDN

Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me – Moondance
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Positive Vibration – Rastaman Vibration
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Rude Mood – Texas Flood
The Jeff Healey Band – My Little Girl – See The Light – CDN
Van Halen – Light up the Sky – Van Halen II

The Pursuit Of Happiness – Killed By Love – Love Junk – CDN
The Northern Pikes – Wait For Me – Secrets of The Alibi – CDN
The Tragically Hip – Pigeon Camera – Fully Completely – CDN
Huey Lewis & The News – Honky Tonk Blues – Sports
Loverboy – Emotional – Get Lucky – CDN

The Traveling Wilburys – Not Alone Any More – Vol. 1
Steve Earle – You Belong To Me – Copperhead Road
Radney Foster – Nobody Wins – Del Rio, TX, 1959

John Blek & the Rats – Cities Keep Changing – Leave Your Love at the Door
The Jayhawks – Angelyne – Rainy Day Music
Lucinda Williams – Metal Firecracker – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Rodney Crowell – Come on Funny Feeling – Fate’s Right Hand
Kieran Kane – Cool Me Down – Dead Rekoning

Christina Martin – Guard Your Heart – Two Hearts – CDN
Shannon Lyon – Since I’m Loving You – Wandered – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Skydive Home – Hanging the Battle-Scarred Pinata – CDN
Matt Mays & El Torpedo – Travellin’ – Matt Mays & El Torpedo – CDN

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Rattlin’ Bones – Rattlin’ Bones
Lynn Miles – Flames Of Love – Love Sweet Love – CDN
Jeffrey Gaines – No, I Don’t Think So – Jeffrey Gaines
Sunparlour Players – If the Creeks Don’t Rise – Hymns for the Happy – CDN
Alejandro Escovedo – Real As An Animal – Real Animal

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