too many great recordings with huge differences in the presentation. given its impact on the world at the time and nothing before was remotely like it..sgt pepper.
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Thanks for the suggestions - Just ordered one and I will stop buy and pick up the other on my way home tonight.
Citizen, by Steely Dan and I would have to put that at the top of my list. These guys were genius' in the care they took in how an album was recored imho.
Elliot Scheiner is the man behind Steely Dan, The Eagles and others ....for the longest time he used Yamaha NS-10's which goes to show that a pure genius can work with anything and make it sing beautifully.
I'm not going to name a best, but it was interesting for me to see Eden Atwood mentioned. Her version of "Blame It On My Youth" on her 45rpm Groove Note vinyl LP "The Ballad Session" is one of my favorite demonstration pieces. It starts a cappela and then the bass joins and finally Tom Harrell on flugel. Her voice is perfect for that song, the bass is incredibly well recorded and Harrell's flugel is so soft an lifelike (I play trumpet and flugel) that it gives me chills. The surfaces are dead-silent and this is a perfectly preserved musical event.
I can't put it up there with Ella's best recordings, like "Take Love Easy" with Joe Pass on guitar, but it IS a wonderful recording. Hmm, why haven't I bought the rest of Eden's discography??? Gotta get busy...
Alright, you got me, poor use of English and poor description. I should say a recorded base line which can be reproduced successfully on a good system. I should say that Waterfalls is one of the most startling recordings I have heard. The other is the legendary Dali Demo CD, particularly Hugh Masekela's " Coal Train". Anyone unmoved by the anger in that, has'nt a soul
"Ultimate in playback and listening" ? Well, I'll offer these on vinyl... Next week, I might offer a different list.
Stravinsky - Firebird, Dorati/LSO, Mercury/Classic Records 45 rpm reissue (with the Speakers Corner reissue different but still very good)
Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Danon/RPO, Chesky CR42, reissue from the Readers Digest box set, recorded by Kenneth Wilkinson
Kodaly - Hary Janos Suite, Kertesz/LSO, King SuperAnalogue reissue of Decca SXL 6136, another Kenneth Wilkinson/Kingsway Hall recording
Malcolm Arnold - Eight English Dances, Arnold/LPO, Lyrita SRCS 109, yet another remarkable Wilkinson recording
Music for Baroque Cornette, Klimo OW 004
Music for Baroque Violin, Banchini -vn, Klimo OW 002
La Spagna (Music of Spain in the XV-XVI-XVII Centuries), Gregorio Paniagua/Paniagua/AtrmMMadrid, BIS LP 163/164
Villancicos (Spanish Songs of the 15th-16th Centuries), Gregorio Paniagua/Paniagua/AtrmMMadrid, Harmonia Mundi HM 1025
Rossini - Overtures, Gamba/LSO, Decca SXL 2266 Speakers Corner reissue
Rossini - Sonate a Quattro, Salvatore Accardo, et al, Philips 4759648 (2LPs) - reissue
Miklos Rozsa - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Hendl/DallasSO, Heifetz -vn, RCA LSC 2767 45rpm Classic Records reissue
Royal Ballet Gala Performances, Ansermet/RoyalOperaH Covent Garden, RCA LDS 6065 45rpm Classic Records reissue box set
Joni Mitchell - Blue, the Rhino reissue mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray
Neil Young - Greatest Hits, Reprise 48935 Classic Records reissue
Ossian - Seal Song, Iona IR 002
Tannahill Weavers - Cullen Bay, Green Linnett SIF 1108
June Tabor and Martin Simpson - A Cut Above, Topic 12TS410
The Who - Who's Next, Classic Records reissue
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Absolute Originals, 45 rpm box set, mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray
Lightin' Hopkins - Last Night Blues, with Sonny Terry, Prestige Bluesville, 45rpm Analogue Productions reissue
Kenny Drew - Undercurrent, with Freddie Hubbard and Hank Mobley, Blue Note ST 84059 - 45rpm Music Matters reissue (get any of the Music Matters 45rpm reissues)
Hank Mobley - Soul Station, Blue Note ST 84031 - 45rpm Music Matters reissue)
A friend recently lent me this CD and it just blows me away played on any system I have (I have listened to it about 15 times in the last week!)
Mark O'Connor, Jon Burr & Frank Vignola: HOT SWING!
Released in 2001 on OMAC records, this live performance recorded in February 2000 in Morristown NJ is fantastic, both in terms of music and production. O'Connor's performance in particular is off the hook, especially if you are partial to Stephane Grappelli and acoustic swing jazz. The tone of O'Connor's violin captured on this recording is the sweetest and most natural sounding I have heard on red book CD to date. It makes the Sony classical recordings of strings sound like they are being played on a steel body instruments in comparison. If this type of music is your bag, I highly recommend you check out this CD.
Bongo, that is a great track! My wife use to hate when it came on the radio (it was really overplayed here in Austin). I however think it is a really well performed track, especially their harmonizing...a great matchup. Sadly I don't own this since it was played a lot, now I need to go buy the CD this weekend.
Love it so much for the reasons you state: the simplicity of the storyline, how the instruments create a special vibe that speaks to the feeling of longing and regret at the core of it, the rootsy soundscape, and the call and response between the singers that pull the song along to its finish. It has a magic that seems to raise the bar.
Other songs for me that have that special magic include "Careless" by Paul Kelly from Australia, "Safe European Home" by the Clash, "Trapped" by Bruce Springsteen, and "Mercy Mercy Me" by Marvin Gaye.
Best Jean Sibelius symphonies analog recordings ? Lorin Maazel´s on DECCA in the 60´s are the best I have heard.