Particularly well-recorded albums - post here

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  1. 2016aug29

    2016aug29 Supporting Member

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    Got tips to great-sounding, well-recorded, audiophile-grade albums? Post it here! Please list

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    - Artist
    - Genre
    - Label (good for exploring other artists on the same label)
     
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    - The Astounding Eyes of Rita
    - Anouar Brahem
    - World music
    - ECM

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    Beautiful-sounding album. Instruments are oud, bass clarinet, bass, darbouka and bendir. Heard it first on a high-end hifi system, and it was breathtaking.
     
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    Donald Fagen "Morph the Cat". I still use it as a reference for evaluating speakers of all types (studio monitors to big PA systems).
     
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    This is outstanding on the Acoustic Sounds vinyl re-issue - so warm and organic, almost glows. Mono, from 1950!

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    Anything by Prince, M Jackson, Tom Petty. I use the album from the movie Sneakers to set my subwoofer and bass.
     
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    Blues For Allah

    ..Or as my beloved Dan once said 'the Dead album to shake out all the 'turkey fans.
    Ever heard where good clean electric can go :>) Almost no FX.
    I imported the CD into my DAW at one point as 'source for experimenting with FX.
     
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    anything from Siouxsie and the Banshees
     
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    I'm particularly fond of his work. Btw, ladies of the canyon are terrific.





     
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    black acetate
    john cale
    avant rock
    emi

    unfold ordinary mind
    ben goldberg (nels cline on guitar)...
    avant jazz
    bag productions

    bill frisell with dave holland and elvin jones
    selftitled
    jazz
    nonesuch
     
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    Sounds great! The bass on the first track goes SO deep.
     
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    Yep, the bass guitar and kick drum sounds are some of the best I have heard. The entire CD is so well recorded, mixed and mastered. Low frequency extension with clarity and punch.

    That CD has so much more bass than most, yet it is perfectly balanced. It makes other CD's sound bass shy. I tune sub and mains balance using that track.
     
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    Anything by AC/DC. Drums are punchy and guitars are crunchy. Great dynamics and superb mastering.
     
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    there's not a lot of non-classical albums that would even be competitive but there are some. e.g.:
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    Very well balanced indeed. But it's like the bass track is doubled with one being one octave lower or something. At any rate it's not wall shattering or in your face. Cool.
     
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    - Kari Bremnes
    - Løsrivelse
    - Pop (ish)
    - Kirkelig Kulturverksted (Norwegian label with excellent production)

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    The Trinity Session
    A remarkable sense of the space in which it was recorded, as well as details like the clanking of the heating system.

    Recorded direct to DAT in a Toronto church.
    After the album was released the band was at a party and another artist asked them about the recording budget for their record.
    "Two fifty" they said.
    Guy says "A quarter million doesn't go nearly as far as it used to."
    "No, two hundred fifty dollars. We had to pay the janitor to come back and lock up the church."
     
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    Los Lobos
    Kiko
    Producer Mitchell Froom and engineer Tchad Blake are among the best in the business. Superb sound staging, a modern update of certain 60s studio techniques. Great tight bass and drums, and exceptional guitar tones.

    Lyle Lovett
    I Love Everybody
    An underrated, almost forgotten album, but has a really distinctive "dry" recording techniques that work beautifully with Lovett's voice. See if you can pick out then-Mrs. Lovett (Julia Roberts) in the "choir" of the title track.

    Shelby Lynne
    Just a Little Lovin'
    Some of the best recorded female vocals ever on a record in which Lynne channels Dusty Springfield, and the production team emulates the world-class sound of the original tracks.
     
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    Dawn, who is singing "Mother's Child" is the daughter of Anne Murray, who sang Songbird and was booed off the stage by fans of her then-unknown opening act--Bruce Springsteen--in Central Park in 1974.
    The guy playing mandolin seems to be Stuart Duncan. I couldn't find liner notes but I'd bet these are largely first-call Nashville pros.

     

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