The Elton John SACDs sound terrific!
Best recording: Prières sans Paroles, French music for Trumpet and Organ, played by Håkan Hardenberger, Simon Preston (on the BIS label)
Favorite Recording: tough, but a few might be the Benjamin Britten Cello Suites played by Peter Wispelwey (Channel Classics), the Mercury reissues (several, but the Janos Starker Bach cello suites is excellent); and personally I like Appalachian Journey
Like the above posters some that I truly enjoy are:
Beck - Sea Change
Elton John - Madman across the Water
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Alison Kraus & Union Station - Live.
Los Lobos - This Time
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
I am a casual classical listener and the SACD of living stereo's Heifetz double concertos is pretty amazing.
A friend has the (red rose) Levison Demo disc and some Chesky Sacd's that are fun to listen to.
Tpreaves asks a good question. Find what you like and try it (IF it is available on SACD), otherwise, what's the point?
Just because a disc is SACD doesn't mean it's that great. I have many, many SACD's and some are very good and some aren't. I have exchanged emails with a half dozen or so audiophiles who prefer the popular Allison Krause Live CD over the uber expensive collectible SACD - so go figure. I have found over the years that many of my non-SACD discs by First Impression Music, Sony Red's, Telarc, Mapleshade, EMI Classics, etc. are every bit as good or better than many of my SACD's. There are well known SACD review websites I need not mention here, you know them or will find them. I don't know your music tastes, but give these non-SACD's a test drive and hear what think:
Grieg, Peer Gynt, Sir Thomas Beecham, EMI Classics
Jacques Loussier Trio, The Brandenburgs, Telarc Jazz
Mozart Symphonies 38 & 41, Rene Jacobs, Harmonia Mundi
Brian Bromberg, Wood, Artisan Music
Sonny Rollins, A Night at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note
Melodia Para Congas, Jungle and the Saxophone, Mapleshade
Master of Chinese Percussion, Yim Hok-Man, FIM
It's about the music (the source) above all else!
Chuck Ainlay was behind this landmark production, which was done at Mark Knopfler's Studio
It would be great if we could put together a list of SACDs that are well recorded. I recently purchased two SACDs -Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon, and Santana, Supernatural - and they were extremely poor recordings.
I am trying to build a collection of more mainstream music SACDs but it seems I have to go through quite a few bad ones to get to the keepers.
Just a general vote for Blue Coast Records. Small ensemble jazz and folk.
No particular favorite yet but the latest from Jenna Mammina is outstanding.
Fabulous attention to detail, and a lot of it is straight to DSD, as opposed to coming from analog masters.
Of course, since they are local to San Francisco, I’m a huge fanboy. :)