I think if your out there killing it a pitchy vocal or a slight rushed tempo doesn't matter. To me that's better than a sanitized technically perfect vocal karaoke performance.
Exactly.So many elements contribute to the totality of music that summarizing them along strict lines is a challenge.
I'll always consider "No Quarter" to be Zeppelin's masterpiece. That comment might seem untenable, given how much great material they produced, but there's something about "No Quarter" that surpasses their other tracks to me. It transcends the boundaries of music in inarticulate ways.There are other kinds of perfection besides technical. For example Zeppelin's "no quarter" performance on their 1973 live album. It's perfect in the artistic sense, that had it not been recorded it would have been truly tragic.
I cut my drumming teeth on the paranoid albumAs of late, I've developed a renewed interest in Black Sabbath's early work (for instance, the Paranoid album). The unadulterated, analog nature of it all really inspires me. It shapes an atmosphere infused with "imperfect" energy, a transmission of blood, bone, and muscle only humans can supply. And, man, Tony Iommi was one great guitarist. Bill Ward had some fabulous material to place in his proverbial pocket. What a lucky drummer.
Sums up the attainable nicely for us mere mortals.It's awesome when super talented artists go for perfection, but when lesser musicians try, the music sounds less interesting and inspiring than if they went for a good vibe.
It is a big moving target for me. If I was into a band like dream theater, I expect a certain level of perfection. but at a punk show, eh…