It depends on my mood. Only Kidding! Naziskinheads"Die! Die! Die! Its a sort of opera. Independent label, of course.
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I'll second Rushton's mention of the "Firebird" and add:
Mendelssohn "Mendelssohn in Scotland" 45rpm Decca reissue
from Speaker's Corner
"Autumn Yearning Fantasia" and "River Of Sorrow" FIM 002 and FIM 003 from First Impression Music
Ray Brown Trio "Soular Energy" Pure Audiophile PA-002
Count Basie Orchestra "88 Basie Street" 45rpm reissue of the Pablo 2310-901
Sorry, I couldn't stick to just one ;)
Tough question for me, I always get involved in the music and ignor the recording quality, or I don't like the music and get rid of it. That said, I put on the Reference Recording of Copland's music. The first cut, Fanfare for a Common Man is fairly dramatic. With full range speakers the combo of the drums and brass will fairly shake the room with big tight bass. Sort of like some of the old Telarc recordings, but far more musical. The 3rd Symphony on this disc is excellent as well.
My second choice is also a Reference Recording on LP - Professor Johnson's Amazing Sound Show. Mostly recorded on tape in the late 50's - its just amazing, the quality of the sounds, especially for those of you who think the possibiities have come a long way since then. It has a cut of some African drumming that should really get you blood up!
really, slappy?!? on my system, it's well-engineered only as far as stereo effects go. beyond that, you can hear all of the digital alterations to his voice, there's no depth whatsoever, it all has a very plastic sound to it. don't get me wrong, i love the album and i'll never let recording quality affect what i listen to, but keep in mind that i have notoriously revealing speakers and i was far from impressed with it.
In CD, Alice in Chains Unplugged (Believe it or not)
In Mono Vinyl Any Excello orange label.
In Stereo Vinyl I got the T-Bone Walker Blues by Roy Gaines
In 4-Track open reel Beethovens' Ninth,Deutsche Grammophon
Berlin Philarmonic 7.5 IPS, mastered by Ampex ( Despite the technological advances in reproduced sound, nothing and I mean nothing will surpass 2 & 4 track open reel )