I'll gladly 2nd the Floyd but animals instead dogs in particular
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Most all "metal" sounds best at pounding volumes. One Classical piece that i've found that sounds great with peaks at your seated listening position of appr 110 dB's is Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, particularly "Allegro Molto". The dynamic contrasts of this piece are nothing less than stupendous. Sean
"The Sound of Glory"...SACD...Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Several hundred voices, orchestra, monster organ. This can never sound too loud.
Sousa marches also sound good loud.
On the other hand, I sometimes find myself playing music like a violin concerto too loud. The total SPL is not too loud, but I suddenly realize that, because of the way the recording has been mixed, the solo violin is louder than any real violin can play.
These days, very little.
At age 20-21 it was any one of the first five Chicago albums, Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" or "Let it Bleed", miscellaneous Moody Blues, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick", ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery", maybe some America or ELO, while I was trying to stay awake at 2AM typing up a paper due the next day. With a couple of Miller's, worked like a charm.
Hmmm. Obviously haven't done that in a while. Have to try it again when the rest of the family is out.
Tvad: I'm far from an expert as far as Classical music goes. I haven't heard a million different versions of this piece to make comparisons to, but i know what i like and i like this one. I'm sure that there are some here that can provide several tips as to very fine recordings of this masterful work that i don't even know exist.
Having said that, someone that is not familiar with this piece might want to give the all digital ( digital recording, digital mixing, digital mastering ) from Deutsche Grammophon a try. I can't directly link to the specific recording due to the way that they have their website set up, but you can do a search for either of the following. It might be easier to cut and paste either of these into their search engines, so for your convenience, do that before clicking on the link.
The Who - "Who's Next, "Quadrophenia"
Stones - "Jumping Jack Flash","Gimme Shelter."
Doors - "Morrison Hotel", or "LA Woman"
Bowie - "Young Americans"
Robin Trower - "Bridge of Sighs"
Audioslave - "Audioslave"
Allman Brothers - "Eat a Peach", "Live at Fillmore East", "Live 1st and 2nd set", "Hit the Note"
Zappa - "Apostrophe/Overnite sensation", "Roxy & Elsewhere."
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give it away."
Free - "Molten Gold Anthology"
Jimi Hendrix - "Smash Hits."
Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Couldn't Stand the weather."
Talking Heads - "Burnin down the house."
Cream - "Disreali Gears."
Son Volt - "Wide string tremola."
Rory Gallagher - "Calling Card."
Delbert Mclinton - "Live" 2-cd set.
Savoy Brown - "Street Corner Talking."
Luther Allison - "Live in Chicago."
"Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" - the soundtrack! Man, when Dick Van Dycke and Sally Ann Howes hit those high notes with the pre-amp cranked all the way up to '11' there's always a few windows that need replacing the next day. Yani is a close contender, but the accoustics aren't quite as good on his albums. And then there's those kids, and the flying car that floats like a boat too! And the joyful, gleeful singing that goes right to your very core.....it's like they're all right there in your listening room; the recording is THAT good! No need to wait for the MFSL release that is forthcoming, no doubt. You heavy-metal fans don't have any idea what you're missing!
I'm going over Nrchy's house! His wife is not an attenuator! I applaude her, especially for their "Animals" (Pink Floyd) pick and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". (Our family theme song). Both are untouchable, although I do find that I play the Doors "Strange Days" at higher volumes.
Too add to the lists, you should hear Bizet "Carmen", Jack Johnson, Damien Rice "O", and the past three Flaming Lips albunms at higher volumes.
Tower of Power - What is Hip and Oakland Zone
Cold Blood - First taste of Sin
Blood Sweat & Tears - New Blood
Gino Vannelli - Powerful People
Gladiator, Titanic and Robin Hood soundtracks
Ron Nielsen - Holidays & Epiphnanies
Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
Eiji Oue, Reference Recordings - many
Respighi Feste Romane - MFSL UHQR - Maazel