It’s pretty easy for most listeners to put a halo effect over their favorite albums. While critics like to endlessly nitpick on what an album could have been, there are always those records that seem to be absolutely perfect from top to bottom. Then again, no one is without flaws.
Even on some of the greatest albums ever made, you can typically find some unplanned mistakes that found their way into the final mix. From an out of tune note to an accidental clipping of the mic, there are always a few rough edges even around the best stuff.
Unless your band is designed to have been polished to near perfection (Def Leppard, Queen, etc.), you’re always going to find little imperfections even in your best material.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. While musicians may drive themselves to insanity trying to get the perfect take of a song, there are also fans who absolutely love the rough edges of their favorite albums. Rather than detract from the album experience, these mistakes end up giving these albums a certain character beyond just a handful of great tunes.
These records have withstood the test of time, but that hasn’t changed the flubs these artists have made along the way.