Thanks Ralphp_nj, I owe you one.
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yo ralph! finally a gd cd that audiophiles might admire. being a >middle-aged deadhead, i say, "it's about time." IMHO, american beauty, mars hotel and terrapin station (particularly remastered on mfsl vinyl) are among the great rock recordings of the past 30 years, right up there w/ the white album & sgt. pepper. there are also some heavy duty numbers on dick's picks. need all of 'em tho to appreciate the differences.
not surprising that the greatful dead cd sounds great - that band was more concerned w/audiophile-type sound quality at their shows than any other band before or since, *period*. no one else has even come close. the g-d even got writen up in s'phile, due to their extreme concern for sound quality. a recent excellent recording - on vinyl! - is the buena-vista social club (also awailable on cd). this is a must-have for anyone interested in cuban music - the songs *and* the sound-quality are outstanding. doug
gosh...if you like those dead discs...you MUST go purchase the sets from David Grissman. He has a company called "Dawg Productions" and the label is "Acoustic Productions". There are several Garcia/Grissman discs and one with Tony Rice. All acoustic, and all HDCD! They are some of the best sounding discs that I have ever heard. Try "Shady Grove"...you can't go wrong! PS...Grissman on mandolin, Jerry on acoustic. Have fun!
mfgrep: i agree on grissman's stuff. besides "shady grove," my faves are "not for children only" and "the pizza tapes." i also recommend the acoustic sound samplers called "100% handmade sound." there are 5 volumes in this series, each with a great variety of well-recorded acoustic artists. another great sounding new release is paul simon's "your the one." i saw simon last week perform at the fillmore auditorium (now resurrected in denver); one of the best concerts i've ever attended, and i've been to lots.
Your right about the Grissman stuff sounding great - I have an LP of his quintet called "Acousticity" (or something like that) which is one of the best sounding recording I own. However, I'm going to start new thread called "Hidden Audiophile Classics" where we tell each other about all these older recordings that sound great but have not been praised for their sonic merits. I was hoping to use this thread as a way of finding out about "new" releases that sound really good.