Cowboy Junkies- Trinity sessions
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To show off bass and dynamic
Poem Of Chinese Drum - Master Of Chinese Percussion
To show off vocal
Flying Cowboys, Rickie Lee Jones
The Best Of Bonnie Raitt
To show off piano dynamic
To show off violin
Selections from The Miracle Makers
To show off pipe organ
To show off scale and symphony
A Dark Knight - The Dark Knight Soundtrack
To show off a little bit of everything
FIM Audiophile Reference IV
Chesky CD31, Dvorak's "New World Symphony," The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jascha Horenstein (recorded in 1962, which you won't believe if you hear it!).
Sheffield Lab, Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Erich Leinsdorf (I have it on the original direct-to-disk LP, but it is presently available on CD).
Sheffield Lab, "The Sheffield Track Record" (ditto re LP & CD).
I always take some poorly recorded CD's, too. Some essential music isn't available as a good recording and it is nice to know if new equipment makes it unbearable to listen to. It can infuriate salespeople because they of course frequently stack the deck with their own outstanding demo CD's to make their stuff sound great. The real world isn't as peachy as stereo shops and it is nice to know what you're getting into rather than be unpleasantly surprised after plunking down your dollars.
To show off:
Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
Blue Moon Swamp - John Fogerty
The Essential Michael JAckson
The Beatles Live at the BBC (who knew some of these could actually sound very good?)
The Classic Concert (Torme + Co.)
Black, Brown and Beige and Far East Suite (Ellington)
The Planets - Dutoit/Montreal Symphony
"Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition; Stravinsky - Three Dances from Petrouchka " (Dorian CD) Jean Guillou, organ
The very rare Romper Room series is where I go for my reference. This is only one, but the whole series is great - a real test of a system's musical prowess! Unfortunately LP's only, but you could transfer them with the right tools.
Corrine Bailey Rae Self Titled-Female Vocals
Beth Orton Comfort Of Strangers-Female Vocals
Ryan Adams Heartbreaker-Male Vocals
Jeff Buckley Grace-Male Vocals
Jazz At The Pawnshop-Soundstage and Depth
TV On The Radio Dear Science- Dynamics and Bass Response
Eagles Hell Freezes Over-Live Performance
Greatful Dead Reckoning-Live Performance
Alejandro Sanz...multi grammy winner, good production, tight band, live show kicked my ass in Atlanta. No es lo Mismo is the one to buy/play as it really differs in subtle to dynamic within the tracks. A mix of K. Lang songs that I compiled and burned are very realistic sounding. I like to play J L Ponty's live at semper...No absolute time is the track... and watch friends faces looked confused when they finally hear the applause and realize it is a live recording...lot's of fun.
Currently I am listening to a cd that I produced for a band I also manage. The name of the band is 5north and we recorded the album here on Long Island in a pretty decent studio. All of the tracks were recorded using Pro Tools with using some GOOD equipment. We wanted to keep it simple going in and add flavor afterwards. One acoustic song we recorded analog then into Pro Tools, you can actually here a fault in the tape reel, which I think is awesome. 5north is an alternative rock band but they do have a softer side. The cd was master at Sterling by Justin Shturtz who is Ted's right hand man. I love to send out a few copies or I could send over some WAV files for opinions I am very curious to see what real people think. Friends and Family of course say its great but this forum will be the true test :)
just shoot me a message, if interested.
Thanks Guys and enjoy, new Sade is coming out next week.
Currently I am using these
-We Get Requests-Oscar Peterson K2HD LIM
-At The Blue Note- Keith Jarrett ECM
-Harry Belefonte At Carnegie Hall Hugo LPD45
-Master of Chinese Percussion K2HD LIM
-Brothers in Arms-Dire Straits
-Monty meets Sly and Robbie-Telarc
-Kind of Blue- Davis
-Something Else-Cannonball Adderley
-Triodion Avro Part Hyperion
-Tumbleweed Connection Elton John