Looking Forward to Looking Back: 10 Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2012 

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Perfect from Now On by Built to Spill
The Anniversary: 15th, Released in 1997

The Perfect from Now On that we know and love was actually the third attempt at making the album. The initial stab had Doug Martsch playing every instrument on the album, with the exception of drums, until he and producer Phil Ek decided something was missing. Specifically: other musicians. So they brought in a bassist and drummer, and nearly completed the record, before it was destroyed by heat. More rehearsal and seemingly hundreds of overdubs later, the band finished Perfect from Now On, an album that lived up to the first word in its title. What Built to Spill fan wouldn’t love to hear the original, Martsch-heavy mix, if only to expand our appreciation of the finished product that much more?

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