[Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.]
People love to talk about music. A story about Ken Caillat's new book covering the inside story behind the Fleetwood Mac album, "Rumours," had several readers gushing about their own favorite albums. Seems there are all kinds of "perfect albums" for all kinds of tastes.
Take a look at what readers said, and then let us know what "perfect albums" pop up into your mind. Do people still think albums are still a big deal? And, for that matter, what are the qualities that make a great album?
Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' at 35: Still the 'perfect album'
"Rumours" takes this reader back.
mikrik13: "The first time I heard this album being played in a music store on the main drag in Morgantown, WV. I thought it was amazing. Purchased it at that moment. Everyone I played it for in Buckhannon, WV, thought it was magical. Anytime I wish to jump back into my college days in the early '70s, I play this music."
One reader gave their Top 5 list, including "Rumours."
JRJNJNY: "Besides all of the Beatles' perfect albums (i.e. "Abbey Road," " Sgt. Pepper," the "White Album," "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver"). there are five albums that I consider a journey or a perfect force in music from 1955 to today ... in order:
1. "Rumours" (Fleetwood Mac)
2. "Bat Out of Hell" (Meat Loaf)
3. "Led Zeppelin 4"
4. "The Joshua Tree" (U2)
5. "Dark Side of the Moon" (Pink Floyd)
MaynardKrebs: "I'll concur with the Meat Loaf, but I'd scratch the Zeppelin for 'Hotel California.' "
yohi60: " 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' still gets a lot of play."
There were several votes for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."
derbymike: "A very popular album. I have to side with Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' coming out in early 1970s and staying on Billboard Top 100 until end of 1990s. Seems more what is the word, groundbreaking."
One reader wanted to report an "inaccuracy" of sorts in the article, even going so far as to critique the punctuation.
MrBones: "I think there's a typo in the article. It says "Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' at 35: Still the 'perfect album'," but I'm pretty sure it was supposed to say 'Ramones' 'Rocket to Russia' at 35: Still the perfect album' (and no quotes around 'perfect album' in this context).
There were others who had thoughts on Fleetwood Mac.
AmLowLife: "I always liked Fleetwood Mac's 'Fleetwood Mac' album better than 'Rumours.' "
JAB62: "Compared to other stuff out then, this album was weak to a 15-year-old in 1976-77. Zeppelin was cranking, The Eagles, Boston, Foreigner, all had better stuff but the radio loved it. I never bought it and can't really stand it. Almost as much as 'Bat out of Hell,' which was utter garbage. And later, I had a band that used to play 'Rumours' stuff because we had male and female singers. Still didn't like it but I appreciated Lindsay's playing."
Sonner LeCloche: " 'Rumours' was an OK pop album; I preferred its predecessor. For that matter, I preferred all versions of pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac AND 'Buckingham-Nicks' to the merged band. Maybe I just wanted two bands instead of one."
PaulBoomer: " 'Kiln House' and 'Then Play On' were Fleetwood Mac's best albums, by far."
But the "Rumours" album was the source of unforgettable memories for some.
CITADEL4U: "In 1977, looking for a new music cassette tape to try out in the radio of my just purchased used 1973 Jaguar XKE V-12 Convertible (absolutely the most beautiful car ever built), a guy at the University of South Carolina music store handed me a copy of the new, just release, Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours,' album cassette tape. He said it was great, and I would probably like it. Like it indeed: for over 35 years I still like it in: cassette tape, CD, MP3, MP4, iTunes; it just keeps getting better and better. I just wish I still had that old Jag, and the girls that came with it."
Emesis: "LOL. I had a customized Chevy van with a fridge and a bed in back. Had the overhead console with an 8-track, cassette, and a Cobra CB radio. I wish I had now just 1% of the girls I had back then!"
Indeed, several looked back fondly.
yohi60: "I miss the days when an album would come out ... Beatles, Dylan, Eagles, Stones. Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac ... and a big party would break out where the album in question would be played for hours. Music was a communal experience in those times."
Some of our readers wrote extended comments about their views.
murkoscreen: "This is a good album, but I never considered it 'great'.' 'Gold Dust Woman' is the best song on here, although I like 'Dreams.' I think there is more hype here surrounding this album than music. Not to take away from Fleetwood Mac, it's good music, just not my taste. As for 1977, the fact that Slowhand by Clapton did not win the Grammy is a travesty. This is akin to giving the Oscar to 'Dances With Wolves' instead of 'Goodfellas.' Yeah, they're both good, but c'mon. SMH. As for other offerings in 1977, and I don't even like punk rock, you've got The Ramones, The Clash, Cheap Trick, Iggy Pop and The Sex Pistols dropping some serious new music on the scene. Perhaps the people of the time can be forgiven for lack of vision. Pink Floyd, 'Animals.' is a better album, and it's not their best, and so is 'Farewell to Kings' by Rush, again, not their best, but superior in my opinion. Both of those groups are so good they are in a class of their own, so Grammys could be forgiven for not awarding them. I just think Fleetwood Mac is sort of a dead end. It may be good listening for fans, and amenable to corporate promotion, but it's not the best music of the year or era, by far. By far! You also have Queen, Ted Nugent, and AC/DC dropping albums I would consider more important. The premier act of the year, Zeppelin, was on tour in 1977, selling out four, five, six and seven nights IN A ROW all over North America, and not getting much press for it. So yeah, I'm going to come on the Fleetwood Mac tribute article and mention other acts. Sorry (well, no I'm not.)"
pmalte: "I agree. For me, the bar was already set too high by groups like Crosby Stills & Nash for 'Rumours' to approach greatness. It still seems an archetypal late '70s AM sound - bland, easily digested, creamy and pleasant. Sung by nice looking, ultra-well-groomed people. Not a teaspoonful of rebellion or risk in that entire album, to my thinking. So, naturally it was very popular."
The following reader, and others, weren't so sympathetic.
"Sorry, Murk, I’m going to have to disagree with you. 'Rumours' was the best album of 1977. I will agree that Led Zeppelin was the better band (although not in 1977). Eric Clapton is also a greater artist, but he never really had that peak moment that could compare to 'Rumours.' Rush and Queen are in the same league as Fleetwood Mac, although the HoF doesn’t seem to give the Canadian trio their just due. Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Clash (Iggy Pop is garbage) were bringing us new and innovative music, which was great, but it wasn’t nearly of the caliber of Fleetwood Mac. Pink Floyd was an awe-inspiring band for about five years of their four decades as a band, but 'Animals' doesn’t compare to 'Rumours.' AC/DC was putting out great music at that time, and an argument could be made that they are the greater band. But their output in 1977 did not outdo 'Rumours.' Cheap Trick is just a very good band. Ted Nugent is a useless hack. I hated 'Dances With Wolves.' "
And again, we heard from Pink Floyd fans. And even a Yes fan.
Dr_Loomis: "I was with you until your blasphemy against Pink Floyd. May the ghost of Syd Barrett visit you in your sleep and steal all of your weed."
DemandSide: "I would pick 'Close to the Edge' "
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