1. Tears for Fears - Seeds of Love
2. Anita Baker - Rapture
3. Pink Floyd - Dark Side
4. The Eagles - Hotel California
5. Steely Dan - Aja
I don't have a vinyl rig anymore, but get to enjoy one occasionally at my friend's place. He has one recording that consistently raises the hairs on the back of my neck and is just gorgeous:
The Nutcracker Suite - The Royal Ballet - Ernest Ansermet
From my vinyl days, most memorable are:
Muddy Waters: Folk Singer
Pop Pop - Rickie Lee Jones
Jazz at the Pawnshop (got entirely sick of that record though, but atmospherically/sonically it is excellent)
Scenes from a Childhood - Schumann (someone help me - this was an audiophile version by one of the boutique companies...maybe direct to disc...can't recall the performer or label, but always liked the performance and sonics in reproducing a piano)
Keeping myself away from classical music recommendations for a moment...
Paul Simon, Graceland - Columbia 25447 (yes, it's got a bit of digital edge to it, but marvelously recorded and performed otherwise. Just play "Under African Skies" for a real sonic delight.)
Sonny Boy Williamson, Keep It To Ourselves - Alligator AL 4787
Linda Ronstadt, For Sentimental Reasons - Asylum 60474
ZZ Top, Tres Hombres - London XPS 631 (yes, the Steve Hoffman mastered reissue from Rhino is really good.)
Emerald Forest, Soundtrack - Varese Saraband STV 81244 (outstandingly good)
After the Ball, Joan Morris and William Bolcom - Nonesuch H 71304 (takes me days to get this record out of my head each time I hear it.)
some good ones named so far.
Dire Straits-love over gold
supertramp-crime of the century
Thirty Seconds to Mars-a beautiful lie
Plus any Blues, early Stones, marshall tucker, and alternative from Muse, The Verve, Incubus, Raconteurs, The Nationals, Keane, Shins, Modest Mouse, Broker Bells...
I picked up a mint copy of "Crime of the Century" as some of you have picked.. and I must say..
I had owned the CD in the past but the vinyl experience exposed a very translucent, ethereal quality that you can't get to on CD. The entire album sounded much more psychedelic and dreamy, with incredible detail in the mixes that were right there for you to hear. It was clearly mixed for the "audiophile" in mind.
A agree, an absolute sonic masterpiece that can surely rival any rock recording I have ever heard.
impossible... like division by zero. my head would explode if i attempted to reduce the all time best list down to the top five. so i'll just throw a few out
there that may be relatively overlooked. the first one is becoming scarce; but the rest are available and ridiculous bargains. what they have in common is a
natural 'live' sound.
1) cha, cha, cha Live at Grossinger's / tito puente . an old rca LSP title. hard to find now, but well worth the search.
2) Aretha Live in Paris. atlantic. recorded in the Olympia Theatre.
3) We're All Together Again For the First Time / brubeck, desmond, mulligan,
alan dawson, & jack six. atlantic 1641-2. also recorded in the Olympia
Theatre, paris. dawson & six are nothing short of inspired, delivering a master class. you don't need to spend for the mofi, the original release
4) 'Together' flip phillips & woody herman. century cr-1c90 (d2d) some of
the most naturally recorded and lyrical playing you will ever hear.
5) Michel Legrand Recorded Live at Jimmy's / with phil woods, ron carter,
grady tate, and george davis. rca bgl-1-0850 if you don't have this record, just get over to ebay and grab one. there're are plenty.... you'll be glad you did.