Depends on music you listen to.
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Rickie Lee Jones - Self Titled - 45rpm or Steve Hoffman 33rpm reissue
Gary Karr - Adagio D' Albinoni - Cisco/King Analog
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Self Titled 45rpm
Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall
Tie for 5th:
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 45rpm reissue
Lightning Hopkins - Goin Away 45rpm reissue
Yeah, those damn 45s are so pricey, but many are the ones you always want to play! Cheers,
I'm more partial to original pressings than re-do's, though it's on a case-by-case basis. That said, the 45 rpm SRV set that Chad did has some very impressive tracks, Tin Pan Alley (Dark Side of Town) among them. Agree re Live at Massey Hall- also wonderful. Frankly, the RLJ album is good even as a standard issue Warner pressing from back in the day. (I published a shoot-out of multiple pressings, including various remasters, a month or so ago).
I don't listen just for sonics, but they are important. If you are going to buy older records, Warner Green labels are almost consistently good, and some are fabulous sounding- many are things you can find in a used bin for almost nothing. I'm just scratching the surface here, and obviously, it depends on your taste- Hoodoo Man Blues 45rpm by chad is excellent, given the difficulty and cost of finding a minty first pressing. I've collected a considerable number of old Vertigo Swirls and Island pink labels- most are gems, sonically and musically, though some of the music is dated or less accessible unless you are into that period (UK/psych/prog).
Peter: System-wise I am looking at a VPI Classic Signature turntable with a 10" JWM classic 3-D printed arm; Ortofon Windfeld MC Phono cartridge, and an Allnic H3000LCR tube phono stage. Cabling will be by High Fidelity.
I know its not the best in the world, but should prove to be a very nice-sounding place to start. There are already mostly purchased - just awaiting delivery.
As mentioned the genre is a good place to start because the
best Jazz pressing and recording can mean nothing if you're into Polka. But in Rock I suggest:
Mobile Fidelity(MF)-- Release of "Little Feat-Waiting for Columbus"
Friday Music(FM)-- any Yes re-release has been very good
but Close to the Edge is a favorite
StarFaith Records--Santana-Shape Shifter
MF--Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms
Sundazed--Stevie Ray Vaughn-Couldn't Stand the Weather
and the list goes on and on......
enjoy your new dimension of music appreciation
Theo - thanks
Zd543 - because there is not enough of me to go around. I also don't have years and years within which to make these choices. I of course will make the ultimate choice of what I purchase. I believe that by vastly shrinking my purchasing universe based upon my fellow audiophiles' favorites, I will come across many, many more high quality albums than I ever could on my own.
Agree with PBN's suggestion. Also check Elusive Disc.
On the home page look at the left hand column under Browse. Click on "Elusive Disc Picks". That will open to music recommended by various sources. Click on any of the names and it will open to give you a choice of formats, including vinyl.
That's a very tall order with no hint of your musical tastes. I took a look at the Acoustic Sounds list to see if my favorites were there. Two out of three isn't bad. My choices would be "Tea for the Tillerman" (Cat Stevens); "Court and Spark" (Joni Mitchell); and "John Wesley Harding" (Bob Dylan). Your choices may vary but you won't go wrong with these titles.
Thank you all very much so far. My musical tastes are pretty much all over the board, so I really appreciate all suggestions.
A side benefit I hadn't counted on is that I get to build another music collection with favorites that are not in my digital collection, as well as new music I was unaware of. Bringing back all sorts of great memories.
Your beginner turntable set is killer 😊.and welcome to analogue world!
Caution.....once you hear what analogue can do,you will forgot all your CD 😁 collection!!!
As mention above the most LP I got is from elusive disc,mostly jazz female.
As my top 3 :
Vanessa Fernandes,use me 45 rpm
Jacintha,here to Ben 45rpm
Anne bisson,blue mind
The content question runs to taste, but....
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall always pops up on these lists - for good reason.
Bill Berry "For Duke" is another regular on these lists. The Ellington "Queen Suite/Small Band" LP on Pablo is rarely mentioned, but should be, IMO.
Muddy Waters "Folk Singer" and Ry Cooder "Jazz" are two more chalk choices.
The Leonard Bernstein/NY Phil LP of Bartok's music for "Strings, Percussion & Celesta" is one of the better SQ recordings I own.
I also like Allen Toussaint's The "Bright Mississippi" quite a lot.
All of the early Rickie Lee Jones LPs (especially "Pirates") sound great, IMO.