Audiogon Honor Roll of Dynamic Recordings

This thread is intended to be an extension of the list compiled by Bob Katz at Digital Domain, on this page:

The above list of recordings and this thread relate to the widespread use of dynamic range compression in order to make a recording sound 'louder'.

Here we hope to assemble an Audiogon Honor Roll of Recordings which demonstrate excellent dynamic range. Please list your favorites and be sure to include some notes explaining your nominations to this Honor Roll.
Unfortunately, most recordings are produced to sound appropriate on boomboxes and car stereos, so when you play them on a great hifi, the dynamic range is severely compromised. Some recordings, however, are produced for the film industry (soundtracks) and have great dynamics. When my dad was in the theater business in the 70's he received a promotional vinyl copy of the soundtrack "Children of Sanchez" by Chuck Mangione. I dragged it out a few weeks ago and was totally blown away by the dynamics - I couldn't believe it! The first cut begins with chuck singing along with a Spanish guitar. Midway, the drums roll in with tremendous "thwack" and realism that is truly awesome. Once the cut ended I was stupefied to find my heart racing and my hand gripping the listening chair! I thought, "why can't all recordings be this good?...why can't CD's do this?...Why do we have to resort to film soundtracks to experience this kind of dynamic range? It is most interesting to hear what vinyl is actually capable of (or any recording media, for that matter). So, without hesitation, the vinyl copy of "Children of Sanchez" by Chuck Mangione is a must for this list. Good luck finding it though.
Seasoned said "Why do we have to resort to film soundtracks to experience this kind of dynamic range?"

It is because they go by a standard whereas there is none in the recording industry. That is why, in my posts regarding playback levels, I recomend a certain level of playback volume. Guess what that standard is,,.83db! The same as the film industry. At this level you can tell who mastered their record correctly and who did an awful job of it because they masterd it at this level. And that adjusting the volume or bass levels never has a positive impact on a poorly mastered LP. The LPs that sound great at a this level are the ones mastered correctly. You can listen to other (poorly recorded/mastered) LPs, just make sure you don't adjust your system to a poorly mastered LP! And also realising/understanding them for what they are.
I agree with Children of Sanchez - Chuck Mangione.

I would add George Benson Weekend in LA Live. "On Broadway" is one of those numbers you can really crank and it just sounds better and better...never harsh - the drums sound real.

Another good one for dynamics is Sheffield Labs Drum Track - I played this a couple of days ago to some visiting guests and they all remarked that it sounded like someone was playing a real drum set. It is a shame that you have to go to a demo disc to find such realism...sadly compression is ubiquitous and has been with us since the 60's (although admittedly it got much much worse in the late 90's )

Of course, the lack of a realistic percussion sound is the most obvious characteristic of "compressed" recordings.
recordings from Crystal Clear. Cal Tjader on CC was great too. These D2D's were put on CD using the master laquer!! Therefore no noise floor like the Sheffield and other D2D's made from the studio tape. If you can find them LaserLight released them. They are OOP but I often see them and for a good price.