I picked up Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, "Out in California" after reading about it as the Stereophile ROTM. I haven't been able to stop listening to it since I got it, it's fabulous! Very highly recommended!!
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88 Basies Street on the JVC label was mentioned in a TAS reveiw and I ran across it on vinyl, if the CD sounds nearly as good it is wonderful. A couple of other CDs I picked up from TAS reveiws that have a high "fun factor" are "Mardi Gras Mambo" by Cubanismo and "Hotel Child" by Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos. Just a change of gears, great sound on both. I like the new Santana better than the last one and it sounds less compressed (to me).
Yes, another great review that led me to a great disc was in Hifi+. The CD is Derrin Nauendorf "Live at the Boardwalk" a live acoustic set with Derrin playing guitar and singing accompanied by a percussionist. Awesome! There is a nine minute Vodoo Child that's amazing and the rest of the tracks are originals. To order the website is www.derrinnauendorf.com. I was the first person in the states to get this CD and I've only had it for three days. Well worth the effort.
All the above recomendations are very nice. I even learned about a few myself. About a week ago, I decided that my CD collection was lacking any Rolling Stones CDs. Yes I have them on vinyl , DVD and even a nice LD. On the Rock music forum at Audio Asylum, was comment that the newest compliation, Fourty Licks had decent sound. I bought it, went home, powered up, flipped the V12i to ultra linear and waited a half hour. I returned, inserted Fourty Licks into my Cary 308T w/Mullard long plates and sat down to listen . The Stones have never sounded this good, even through my HT system. I did try switching to Triode, but lost a little of the dynamics that makes you want to get up and boogie. On the other hand, Diana Krall "Live in Paris" and Patricia Barber "Verse" are better in triode.