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  1. CheckSix

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    Some of my faves on vinyl that I don't think were previously listed here…

    Jazz:
    Patricia Barber - Café Blue on Premonition
    Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop on Blue Note / Music Matters
    Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue on Blue Note / Music Matters
    Illinois Jacquet - Bottoms Up! on Prestige
    Illinois Jacquet - Swings the Thing on Verve / AP Mono 45rpm
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage - on Blue Note / Music Matters
    Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles - on Blue Note / Music Matters
    John Coltrane - Blue Train - on Blue Note / Music Matters

    Rock:
    Yes - The Yes Album on Atlantic and it has to be a 1st pressing, GP mastered, Monarch pressing preferred.
    (a TYA alternative that is pretty good is the Friday Music 45rpm)
    Yes - Fragile on Atlantic, 1st pressing, GP mastered, Monarch pressing preferred.
    Anything other than these is pretty lifeless. If you want to hear great bass and real dynamics, these are the ones to get.

    Supertramp - Crime of the Century - MFSL
    The Band - The Band - MFSL
    John Mellencamp - Uh-Huh on Riva Records, 1st pressing, Robert Ludwig mastered
    Michael Jackson - Thriller on Epic, 1st pressing
    The Police - Synchronicity on A&M Records... First pressing on Quiex Audiophile Translucent Purple Vinyl

    World Music:
    Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth - MFSL
    Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser - MFSL


    This is enough for now.... I'll add more later.
     
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    Here's a list of Bob Ludwig's mastered LP's I found on the Steve Hoffman Forum.... It should guide you on what to look for... as always, his scribed RL should be in the deadwax runout for it to be legit. The many I have from this list sound great!

    .38 Special - Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
    .38 Special - Special Forces
    Abercrombie, John - Timeless
    Accept - Balls to the Wall
    AC/DC - Back in Black
    AC/DC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You
    AC/DC - Who Made Who
    AC/DC - Fly On The Wall
    AC/DC - ’74 Jailbreak
    Akkerman, Jan - Profile (Focus guitarist)
    Adams, Bryan - Cuts Like A Knife (Canadian)
    Ambel, Eric - Roscoe's Gang
    Anderson, Laurie - Big Science
    Arcadia - So Red The Rose
    Asia - Astra
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - Third Annual Pipe Dream
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - Champagne Jam
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - Dogs Days
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - Are You Ready?
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - A Rock and Roll Alternative
    Aztec Two-Step - Second Step
    Bad Brains - I Against I
    Bad Company - Runnin With The Pack
    Band, The - Stage Fright
    Band, The - S/T
    Band, The - Milestones (S/T & Music From Big Pink - Dutch 2fer)
    Band, The - Moondog Matinee
    Band, The - Rock of Ages
    Basie, Count - Sixteen Men Swinging
    Bee Gees - Odessa (RSO)
    Betts, Dicky - Highway Call
    Bjork - Homogenic
    Blackfoot - Siogo
    Bley, Carla - Social Studies
    Blind Faith - S/T
    Bohemia Deviations - S/T
    Bowie, David - Never Let Me Down
    Bowie, David - David Live
    Bowie, David - Let's Dance
    Bowie, David - Tonight
    Brahms - The Four Symphonies (Solti/London)
    Brewer & Shipley - Tarkio
    Brown, James - Hot Pants
    Brown, James - The Payback
    Brown, James - Soul Classics
    Buchanan, Roy - S/T
    Buchanan, Roy - In the Beginning
    Buchanan, Roy - That's What I Am Here For
    Buckingham Nicks - S/T
    Buckley, Tim - Lorca
    Buck Pets, The - S/T
    Cactus - Restrictions
    Cactus - One Way or Another
    Carter, Elliott - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (The Composers Quartet)
    Carter, Elliott - Double Concerto, Duo for Violin and Piano
    Carroll, Jim - Catholic Boy
    Child, Desmond & Rouge - Runners in the Night
    Climax Blues Band - Sense of Direction
    Cochrane, Tom - Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
    Cocker, Joe - Civilized Man
    Cold Blood - S/T
    Collins, Judy - Recollections
    Collins, Judy - So Early In the Spring
    Collins, Lyn - Think (About It)
    Collins, Phil - No Jacket Required
    Chick Corea - Delphi 1: Solo Piano Improvisations
    Corea, Chick - My Spanish Heart
    Costello, Elvis - Spike
    Costello, Elvis - All This Useless Beauty
    Coulson, Dean, McGuinness, Flint - Lo and Behold
    Cream - Heavy Cream
    Crosby Stills Nash & Young - American Dream
    Crumb, George - Ancient Voices Of Children
    Crumb, George - Makrokosmos, Volume I
    Curry, Tim - Fearless
    Curry, Tim - Simplicity
    Curry, Tim - Read My Lips
    Daltry, Roger - Under a Raging Moon
    Davies, Dave - AFL1-3603
    Davis, Miles - Decoy
    Deep Purple - In Rock
    Def Leppard - High N Dry
    Def Leppard - Hysteria
    Def Leppard - Pyromania
    DiMeola, Al - Elegant Gypsy
    DiMeola, Al - Electric Rendezvous
    DiMeola, Al - Cielo e Terra
    DiMeola, Al - Casino
    Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
    Dire Straits - Brother in Arms
    Dire Straits - Extended Dance Play
    Dire Straits - Alchemy
    Dokken - Under Lock And Key
    Dokken - Back For The Attack
    Donovan - Essence to Essence
    Doors, The - S/T (red label big E reissue)
    Doors, The - The Soft Parade
    Duran Duran - Arena
    Edgar Winter Group - They Only Come Out At Night
    Eric Martin Band - Sucker For A Pretty Face
    Europe - The Final Countdown
    Fagen, Donald - Nightfly
    Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
    Ferry, Bryan - Boys & Girls
    Ferry, Bryan - Bette Noire
    Fitzgerald, Ella - The Cole Porter Songbook (2 LP)
    Fixx, The - React
    Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits (1971 -- the Peter Green years)
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Fleetwood Mac - Penguin
    FM - City of Fear
    Focus - Focus 3
    Focus - Live at the Rainbow
    Focus - Dutch Masters
    Foghat - Fool for the City
    Foghat - Live
    Foghat - Stone Blue
    Foghat - Boogie Motel
    Foghat - Rock and Roll Outlaws
    Foley, Ellen - Nightout
    Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
    Foster, Stephen - Songs By Stephen Foster (Nonesuch)
    Free - The Free Story
    Gabriel, Peter - Security
    Gallagher, Rory - Irish Tour
    Gallagher, Rory - Sinner....And Saint
    Gallagher, Rory - Tattoo
    Genesis - Invisible Touch
    Good Rats, The - Live At Last
    Granz, Norman - Jam Session
    Haden, Charlie & Bley, Carla - The Ballad of the Fallen
    Hall and Oates - Big Bam Boom
    Hall and Oates - ROCK 'N SOUL PART 1
    Hall and Oates - H20
    Hall and Oates - Voices
    Headpins - Turn It Loud
    Hendrix, Jimi - Band of Gypsys
    Hendrix, Jimi - Hendrix in the West
    Hendrix, Jimi - Cry of Love
    Hendrix, Jimi - War Heroes
    Hendrix, Jimi - Rainbow Bridge
    Honeymoon Suite - S/T
    Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
    Humble Pie - Performance: Rockin' The Filmore
    Humble Pie - Town & Country
    Ian, Janis - Between the Lines
    Incredible String Band, The - I Looked Up
    INXS - Shabooh Shoobah
    Isley Brothers, The - In the Beginning (w/Jimi Hendrix)
    Jackson, Joe - Big World
    Jagger, Mick - She's the Boss
    James Gang, The - Miami
    James, Melvin - The Passenger
    Jameson, Nick - Already Free
    Jarrett, Keith - The Köln Concert
    Jarrett, Keith - Standards, Volume 1 (US)
    Jazz Giants - '56 (Polydor Reissue)
    Jefferys, Garland - Rock And Roll Adult
    Jeremiah, Aliotta Haynes - (title?)
    Jett, Joan - Album
    Joel, Billy - The Stranger
    Joel, Billy - 52nd Street
    Journey - Captured
    Journey - Escape
    Journey - Raised on Radio
    Katrina & The Waves - S/T
    Katrina & The Waves - Waves
    Kinks - Sleepwalker
    Kinks - Low Budget
    Kinks - Schoolboys in Disgrace
    Kinks - Give The People What They Want
    Kinks - Preservation: Act 1
    Kinks - Preservation: Act 2
    Kinks - Word of Mouth
    Kinks - Soap Opera
    Kiss - Alive!
    LA Getaway - S/T
    Larkins, Ellis - A Smooth One
    Laughing Dogs, The - S/T
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
    Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
    Lewis, Huey & The News - Fore
    Linhart, Buzzy - Buzzy
    Lockwood, Didier - Surya
    Loggins, Kenny - Celebrate Me Home
    Los Lobos - Kiko
    Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music
    Lou Reed - Lou Reed Live
    Love - Four Sail
    Love - Revisited (compilation)
    Madonna - Like a Virgin
    Manchester, Melissa - Bright Eyes
    Mandrill - S/T
    Mangione, Chuck - Tarantella
    Mangione, Chuck - Children of Sanchez
    Martino, Donald - Triple Concerto + Milton Babbitt: Arie da Capo
    Max Webster - Million Vacations
    Mayall, John - The Turning Point
    Mayall, John - Back to the Roots
    McCartney, Paul - McCartney (RL/LH combo?)
    Mellencamp, John - Uh-Huh
    Mellencamp, John - Scarecrow
    Metheny, Pat and Mays, Lyle - As
    Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
    Metheny, Pat - The Falcon and the Snowman
    Metheny, Pat - Still Life Talking Metheny, Pat - Letter from Home
    Michael Stanley Band - You Can't Fight Fashion (Original US Promo)
    Molly Hatchet - The Deed is Done
    Monk, Meredith - Turtle Dreams
    Moreira, Airto - Seeds on the Ground
    Morrison, Van - His Band and his Street Choir
    Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
    Nektar - Remembering the Future
    Nektar - Down to Earth
    New Jersey Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Music (Nonesuch H-71291)
    Nirvana - In Utero
    Northern Pikes, The - Big Blue Sky
    Nova, Aldo - S/T
    Nova, Aldo - Subject... Aldo Nova
    NRBQ - Scraps
    Nyiregyhazi, Ervin - Nyireghazi Plays Liszt
    Osbourne, Ozzy - Bark at The Moon
    Parker, Charlie - Charlie Parker Sides (Polydor)
    Parker, Graham And The Rumour - Stick To Me
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Better Days
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Keep on Moving
    Payola$, The - Hammer on a Drum
    Peel, David & The Lower East Side - The American Revolution
    Petty, Tom & the Heartbreakers - Let me up(I've had enough)
    Phantom, Rocker & Slick - Men Without Shame
    Poco - Legend
    Police, The - Synchronicity
    Potter, Don - Over the Rainbow
    Pretty Maids - Future World
    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
    Queensryche - Empire
    Rare Bird - Born Again
    REM - Life's Rich Pageant
    REM - Green
    Renaissance - Scheherezade and Other Stories
    Renaissance - Turn of the Cards
    Renaissance - Renaissance
    Rifkin, Joshua - Piano Rags by Scott Joplin Volumes I & II
    Rodgers, Nile - B Movie Matinee
    Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
    Rolling Stones - Dirty Work
    Ronstadt, Linda - Silk Purse
    Roxy Music - Avalon
    Roxy Music - Flesh & Blood
    Rundgren, Todd - Todd
    Rundgren, Todd - A Wizard, A True Star
    Rush - Moving Pictures
    Rush - Exit…..Stage Left
    Rush - Signals
    Rush - Power Windows
    Rush, Tom - New Year
    Rypdal, Terje - Descendre
    Scorpions - World Wide Live
    Scratch Band, The - S/T
    Seals & Crofts - Down Home
    Seatrain - S/T (Capital green label)
    Sebastian, John - John B. Sebastian
    Setzer, Brian - The Dirty Boogie
    Shaw, Tommy - Girls With Guns
    Simon, Carly - first album (S/T?)
    Simon, Carly - Come Upstairs
    Slade - Slade Alive
    Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On
    Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh
    Small Faces - Small Faces (Immediate)
    Smith, Patti - Horses
    Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - Love Is a Sacrifice
    Spiders From Mars - S/T
    Springfield, Dusty - Dusty in Memphis (? Small RL, either Ludwig or Rob Grenell)
    Springsteen, Bruce - Born in the USA
    Springsteen, Bruce - The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
    Springsteen, Bruce - Greatest Hits
    Spyro Gyra - Catching the Sun
    Spyro Gyra - Access All Areas
    Spyro Gyra - Freetime
    Stackridge - Pinafore Days
    Stackridge - Extravaganza
    Stealers Wheel - Ferguslie Park
    Steeleye Span - Please to See the King
    Steely Dan - Gaucho
    Steely Dan - Greatest Hits
    Steely Dan - Gold
    Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles
    Sting - Nothing Like the Sun
    Stylistics - S/T
    Supertramp - Free as a Bird
    Sweet, Matthew - Earth
    Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan - Brief Replies
    Til Tuesday - Welcome Home
    Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox
    Thomas, B.J. - Raindrops keep Fallin' On My Head
    Thomas, B.J. - Greatest Hits Volume 1
    Tony Orlando And Dawn - Greatest Hits
    Toronto - Head On
    Triumph - Allied Forces
    Triumph - Thunder Seven
    Triumph - Stages
    Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia
    Vangelis - China
    Van Ronk, Dave - Van Ronk
    VanWarmer, Randy - Warmer
    Various Artists - The Guitar Album (Polydor)
    Vela, Rosie - Zazu
    Vital Information - S/T
    Waite, John - Ignition
    Walt Michael and Tom McCreesh - Dance Like A Wave Of The Sea
    Warwick, Dionne - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
    Warwick, Dionne - Soulful
    Warwick, Dionne - Golden Hits Part 1
    Warwick, Dionne - Golden Hits Part 2
    Warwick, Dionne - Very Dionne
    Webster, Ben - Soulville
    West, Leslie - Mountain
    White, Jack - Blunderbuss
    Winchester, Jesse - S/T
    Yes - 90125
    Zappa, Frank - One Size Fits All (remaster)
    Zappa, Frank - Sheik Yerbouti
    Zeno - S/T
    ZZ Top - Deguello
    ZZ Top - Fandango
    ZZ Top - El Loco
    ZZ Top - Eliminator
     
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    Big list!

    I can verify Duguello by ZZ Top. It's a very vivid and present LP.

    While I trust the RL in the runout groove to deliver good sound, my favorite Roxy Music Avalon is a Japanese pressing. This is an exception to the truism that the country where the master tapes were made will produce the best issue. Japanese pressings generally feature high quality vinyl and flat surfaces, but many are lightweight in the bass. Not Avalon, it's magic.
     
  4. CheckSix

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    Polydor EG or Virgin EG?
     
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    XTC Nonsuch, just sounds amazing
     
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    While I was looking through my LPs for Avalon, I stumbled across my two copies of Security by Peter Gabriel. Since I was on a geek-out mission anyway, I thought I'd compare them. Though they both sound great, I'd give the slight edge to my garden variety Geffen pressing (mastered by R Ludwig) over my Quiex II Promo (mastered by TOWNHOUSE LONDON). How's that for useless minutiae?

    Back on the thread topic.
    Three more records that are very well recorded:

    Night and Day by Joe Jackson
    Stardust by Willie Nelson
    Their Satanic Majesties Request by the Stones (Surprise!) 1967 London US press
     
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    Effin awesome intel! Thanks!

    I just listened to some new (old) LPs I just acquired last Friday. Picked up 11 records. Some of them were quite good... especially the Bernie Grundman mastered... Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel.
     
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    In throwback mode, YES to the person who cited Badfinger Straight Up. It was one of my early favorites as a young teen and sounds fantastic as rediscovered today.

    While there are many records to cite, I want to shine a light on Josh Rouse's 1972. It is gorgeously recorded and mixed. I recently updated my home stereo with the KEF LS50 Wireless system (unbelievably awesome...) and have been intently listening like I haven't in years. I'll come back with more recommendations, but for something new on this list, check out 1972...
     
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    Thanks for that list of Ludwig mastered albums. I can attest to the great sonics on the 80s releases from Rush, the Police, Def Leppard. The two Springsteen studio albums listed are the best in terms of sonics as well. From that list, if you never heard them, seek out:

    Roy Buchanan s/t
    Billy Joel The Stranger
    Buckingham Nicks s/t
    Zeppelin II
    Back in Black and '74 Jailbreak
    Scorpions World Wide Live is an excellent live recording as well

    Al DiMeola Casino is great on the original CD as well as the RL LP
     
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    Exactly. You are one of the few people I've ever heard mention this great record. Their second release is also awesome.
     
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    I've used this recording as a sonic reference for every sound system setup, car and home.
     
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    Though I am not a hip-hop/rap fan, Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" was a breakthrough in the genre as it sounded "clean" - you could actually hear individual guitar notes and other instruments - and many live instruments were used in recording which was anathema to hip-hop at the point in time
     
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    Missing from the RL list is that great Bruce Springsteen Box: Live 1975-85. I remember people waiting on line outside the record stores to grab this one when it came out.
     
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    I find the new Marcus King Band "Carolina Confessions" to sound extremely nice on vinyl. So much room for the instruments and vocals to breathe.
     
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    To add to the list for pop, rock, folk and blues:

    Peter Gabriel - So
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Paul Simon - Graceland
    Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
    Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
    John Mellencamp - Lonesome Jubilee
    King Crimson - Larks Tongue in Aspic
    Rush - Permanent Waves
    Willie Watson - Folk Singer 2
    Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
    Talking Heads - entire catalog
    Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane - Rough Cut
    Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle
    Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All
    The Zutons - Who Killed The Zutons?
    Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner

    It’s harder to list poorly recorded & engineered jazz records than it is to list the good sounding ones, but here’s a few I go to as references when I make any changes to my system:

    Sonny Rollins - Saxaphone Colossas
    Bill Evans - Sunday at Village Vanguard
    Paco De Lucia, Al De Meola & John McLaughlin - Friday Night In San Francisco
    Sax for Pax - Moondog
     
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    Years ago I read in a stereo publication that one of the best recorded albums for evaluating reproduction of the human voice in song is Dusty Springfield’s The Look Of Love.

    edit: forgot to mention any of the Flim and the BBs albums - especially the early ones. They’re all extremely well recorded with excellent clarity, separation and transients.
     
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    Now you can score it cheap used. I see that thing for $20-30 all the time...LP Version.
     
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    If you like jazz trios with quirky lyrics, Dave's True Story's first album is for you. It is a little bit hard to find, but it is out there and can be bought for a reasonable price.
     
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    It was a huge seller, I'm sure there are many, many copies out there.
     

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