Reference CDs

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  1. Scott Whigham

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    I'm on a big kick to get some fabulous reference material and I thought I'd share some of my recent additions/favorites and hope you'll share some of your finds this year!

    The ones I've added this year would be:

    Alison Krauss - Paper Airplanes (is it possible to have a better vocal??!?!?!) (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar in a mix, resonator)

    Victor Villadangos - Tango Argentino (classical guitar)

    Mew - & The Glass Handed Kites (electric guitar)

    Michael Landau - Tales from the Bulge (electric guitar) - I just melt.......

    Michael Landau - Organic Instrumentals (electric guitar, acoustic guitar in a mix) - it's not better sounding the TFTB but it has some new tones on it

    Doug Young - Closing Time (acoustic guitar)
    Michael Hedges - Breakfast in the Field (acoustic guitar)
    Martin Simpson - Cool and Unusual (acoustic guitar)
    Tony McManus - The Maker's Mark: the Dream Guitar Sessions (acoustic guitar)

    I'm trying to find a CD version of Andy Timmon's Ear X-Tacy too!

    Anyone else gone through a recent quest like this? I have my other faves too (Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and more) but these are "Things I've Bought this Year".
     
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    Mickey Hart et al: Dafos.

    Exquisitely recorded multi-percussion weirdness with one earthshattering kaboom in the middle. [insert Marvin the Martian Image here]
     
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    These cd's really seem to help me.

    Madonna ...I think its like a best of
    Micheal Jackson...again best of
    Rammstein...reise reise
    Metallica's Black album
     
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    Not a recent release, but one of my all time favorite best produced and engineered albums is:

    Spilt Milk by Jellyfish
     
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    The ones I use these days? JET - Get Born, Foo Fighters - Wasting Light, Nirvana - In Utero, Adele -21 (don't judge, it SOUNDS great, what vocals should sound like...), The Hives - Your favorite new band

    Ones that have hit my shelf this year? The black keys discography (ok, I was late to the party). Their latest album got me onto them, though I prefer their first album now. Can't say I've picked up anything else worth mentioning yet...at least as reference material, plenty of stuff I've picked up because I enjoy it, wouldn't use it as reference though. (eg Slash's solo one a year ago, I like it through my stereo, hate it through my monitors, mastered too hot for my reference tastes haha.

    Forgot to mention, JET - Shaka Rock, probably the best thing they've done since their first album sound wise, musically, and just as an album...plenty of CDs coming out that sound more like a compilation than a proper Album.
     
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    Well, that made my day. :)
     
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    Nothing to add (I don't know what I'm doing recording wise so you don't want my advice) but here for ideas. Great thread Scott.

    I would also love to hear WHY people use the recordings they use (much as Scott did in his OP).
     
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    Ha! I never put two and two together to realize that was you. Great sounding CD!
     
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    Absolutely one of my favorite albums!!!

    I completely fell head over heels for that sound - so much in fact that I've been trying my best to get as close as possible without having to invest in Overbuilt amps.

    Freakin album has cost me some serious dough - new amp, new guitar, new pedals

    I still want/need a baritone danelectro....

    Anyway...went off on a bit of a tangent...sorry!

    2 albums i love using for reference:

    Happiness...is not a fish you can catch - Our Lady Peace

    El Cielo - Dredg

    I find those albums to be extremely well balanced - and the production is just perfect.
     
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    Just ordered four more:

    Sara Bareilles - Kalliedoscope Heart (vocals, slickness of production)
    Miles - Kind of Blue (feel, bass, cymbals)
    Michael Jackson - Thriller (thanks for the reminder!)
    Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning (whole thing)
     
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    Dada - "Puzzle".
    I love the live-ness of the feel (though it is not a live album), all the tones, and the spaciousness in the mix. Killer CD.
     
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    If you're gonna get thriller, you gotta get Off The Wall as well, just as good an album IMO. They both sit next to Sgt. Peppers on my desk.
     
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    Good idea

    Hears what i said:
    Why? Mainly because with the music i mix, i go for that big guitar sound, but my philosophy is that vocals should still be the main focus for the stuff i mix (hard rock/indie rock/acoustic), so thats why the Adele album is in there, because the vocals just sit right. The Hives are in there for when i want to get a little more of a "garage" feel to the stuff. All in all, its a list of albums that aren't recorded perfectly, but have a good vibe going about them, not over produced.
     
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    I have my reference cd's to kinda help me get a starting point. As my friend put it, audio landscaping, every instrument has its place and depth. I dont emulate any reference cd's but EQ helps me alot to.

    Also its nice to take a break and listen to other music just to clear your head up.
     
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    Jakob Dylan - Seeing Things
    John Mayer - Continuum
    Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire / Gold
     
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    For years, Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" has been recommended.
     

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