FIY, one of best Bass Test Discs

Thought I'd put you all onto a disc that has helped me assess the quality of the bass in my system. It's the best disc I've ever encountered for this purpose.

Jonas Hellborg's THE SILENT LIFE

Yes, it's weird in a way; solo electric bass. The whole disc. Can be a bit much, but man can you hear incredible detail, and you can hear if your bass has what it really takes to do SERIOUS bass.

There are many discs with electronic bass that go lower, I'm sure. And there are probably beautiful discs that have symphonically produced passages that plumb the depths of one's subwoofers. I haven't explored those genre's much. Maybe someone has a great test disc in those categories.

But this one is great for it's genre. "Melt the strings fast" bass in portions of the disc. You should be able to hear every note played. If you can't your bass lacks definition. You should be able to hear the individual vibrations of the low strings on track 8. If not, you're missing a lot of richness.

Finally, let the question never be asked again, "Do I really need a pair of subwoofers...?" This disc is proof positive of the stereophonic nature of the low end. If you do want the best in reproduction, you need either mains that reach the 20's or twin subs. I know many will disagree; they may have affinity for monitors, or listen primarily to solo voice. To each his own, but I'm convinced a person is missing out greatly if the system cannot reproduce accurately the lower frequencies from 20's through 80's hz.

Oh, no, it's not about loudness, but authority and presence in the low end. This disc will let you hear if you have it or not. And it does not take a rich man to achieve this. My speaker system (speakers alone, not cabling) was assembled well below $4k, thanks to Agon.

This is one obscure disc, but what a kickin' experience with a boss bass system!!
I'm a bass fan myself and will definitely check out that disc...another all bass disc that i have that might interest you is 'SuperBass 2' on telarc's Ray Brown, John Clayton and Christian McBride all on standup acoustic bass'...I bought the disc on a whim as I'm not into Jazz all that much...and it is definitely cool...i think you might like it.

thanks for the recommendation.
And while your at it, give a listen to Tony Levin's (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) solo disks. Also Michael Manring (Windham Hill bassist extraordinaire) is a very musical virtuosic bassist with some wonderful recordings. As a bass player myself I find that accurate reproduction of this instrument is extremely rare.
Victor Whooten, the amazing bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, has a number of excellent solo albums featuring his bass gymnastics. For that matter most Flecktone albums are great bass testers for this very same reason, Victor Whooten. He's just fantastic.
Just what all of my neighbors want to hear......
Keep the good bass recomendations coming. Lots of good stuff out there for detailed bass. Love teh upright bass. Any accustic bass recomendations would be most appreciated.
Bignerd 100,
If you love upright bass (so do i) pick up a copy of Brian Bromberg's "Wood". Great recording and great playing!
The Sheffield Drum Record with Jim Keltner and Ron Tutt on drum sets.This was recorded live, no tape, direct to disk straight onto the cutting lathe.The Record id.# was LAB 14.
This may be a collectors LP by now in NM LP condition.BUT the drums sound like its the real deal,fast,low,loud,dynamic punch,natural cymbal reproduction
that you can really hear properly.Not like a modern digital recording with highs sounding strangely different in the digital domain on cymbals