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.
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