Here are a few:
The Bad Plus - "Give" - phenomenal recording with some great, deep upright bass and bass drum
Green Day - "American Idiot" - again some terrific punchy and deep bass drum sound. Actually, one of my reference recordings for rock drum reproduction.
Sting - "Brand New Day" - overall, an exceptionally well recorded disc. The first track opens with a pedal note so low, the first indication I have that it's playing is when my windows start to shake.
tubular bells mike oldfield
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo"
For organ music, which can, depending on the instrument and the organist, have the deepest bass of all instruments, check the thread Organ CDs with really deep bass.
Moby - "Play"
Flaming Lips - "Soft Bulletin"
Soundtrack to "Thin Red Line"
....and I've got Hz envy.....
Shawn Colvin, "A Few Small Repairs".
Airto, "Promises of the Sun".
Last, but not least, when the late Jaco Pastorius slamms his completely detuned E string on Joni Mitchell's "Cotton Avenue" from her album "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" all time stands still.
The Chemerani Trio "Qalam Kar" - Persian percussion trio (father and sons I believe). Not only will it exercise the low end, but it'll throw a soundstage that'll give you whiplash.
What about The Crystal Method, Vegas and Legion of Boom... that super low bass only electronic music can give...
Also Progigy The fat of the Land (Smack my Bitch up will blow your speakers if you do't know the song... watch out for the start of this one!
Elton John's "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" in SACD has several cuts with terrific low end.
Congo soundtrack or anything from Holly Cole (losts of string bass).
Check out Bettye Lavette's "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise." My left kidney stopped working for a minute from all the pounding. :)
Since there continues to be such a generously informative list growing from this thread I respectfully list 3 more entries:
Virtuoso Pieces of Chinese Percussion Yim Hok-Man (SACD) The cut on this disc which also appeared on the Burmeister CD sampler is stunning !!
The best of Mickey Hart (DVD Audio) Not only are there many great low end festivities on this disc but the surround quality is first rate as well if you are into such things...
Peter Gabriel - Long Walk Home (redbook) I believe this one is out of print and harder to find. This is craziness - trust me!!!
Wow!! I have an ever growing wealth of material to buy!!! This is fun!
Marianne Faithfull - Kissin Time
UB40, Contaminated Minds, we all know how the reggae loves deep deep bass and this track on their "Signature" album is a great example of how low you can go.
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition has some pretty low organ notes on it and, believe it or not, the soundtrack to Titanic, specificly "My Heart Will Go On". It has some sub 20hz on it. Well, you asked for 3 so I'll throw in my first fav, Purple Haze by Jimi. No one said I couldn't be eclectic.
OK, here's #2 for me:
Laurie Anderson, "Bright Red" - The first cut, "Speachless", is a workout for any system. The lows are contrasted against some shimmering highs of cymbals and triangles and the like.
Shadowfax "The Odd Get Even", Yello "One Second" and HEM "Rabbit Songs".
The soundtrack comment by Onemug reminded me of another Audiogon member who often uses the soundtrack to "Batman Begins" to test gear. That soundtrack has some ball shaking bass.
Yes, I meant to type ball, not wall.
That Mino Cinelu disc I mentioned at the beginning of the post is SO worth seeking out if you guys don't have it. The recording is astounding in spots. Besides the fact that it throws low end like no other disc I've heard, it also appears to throw surround or holographic type imaging in spots like in the first 3 minutes on the disc - similiar to a 'Q-sound' type mix like Amused To Death. This is a disc everyone in the group should at least hear.
Digital Fox Vol. 1 & 2. Direct to disc recoreded both in analog (on Crystal Clear records in 1977) and on DAT (subsequently released on vinyl on the Ultragroove label and offered in 1983, I believe). I have both on vinyl and (suprise, suprise) prefer the Ultragroove. It is the greatest pipe organ recording extant and the overall finest one I have ever heard, period. A genuine slab buster.
Soundtrack "The Lost Highway". With artists ranging from Angelo Badalamenti to Rammstein, eclectic is the operative word but there are several tracks with lows that will rearrange the pix on your walls for you.
Bella Sonus "Enamoured". Saved the best for last but recommending it may not help because it went out of print about 2 years ago. From the boutique Neurodisc label, it is the finest example of redbook I have ever heard. Musically it's hard to pigeonhole as there are elements of trance/electronica, chant, some flamenco even. Recording quality is pure and crystalline and the majority of cuts are punctuated with way down low enduring synth lines that'll leave your Reimers gasping, I promise you. This is the one disc I chose to send to George Louis to be my test mule for his Reality Check process. Buy it without a second thought if you can dredge it up.
As a post script to my previous post, the fox in the "Digital Fox" is, of course, Virgil Fox and that is available on both vinyl and redbook. After rereading my post of yesterday, I would like to clarify that I consider the vinyl Ultragroove to be the finest recfording I have heard period, not just in the pipe organ genre. Hope you get to experience it sometime.
I have both the CD and the original Crystal Clear vinyl of the Fox recordings. While I love old Virgil's style and exciting interpretations, it should be noted that there are those who do not appreciate the, uh, innovative and colorful registrations he used (for the same reasons they probably don't like Jean Guillou). And I disagree about the recording quality only in that I find it way too close-up a recording, with virtually no hall ambience at all. I can see where atrahern, as an organist, might have a different perspective than those sitting in the audience(I've noted this from singing in our choir loft vs. sitting in the church for an organ recital), but the fact is a recording of an organ recital is also supposed to be a recording of the space in which that organ is located, and The Digital Fox has none of that. In this regard, I would put a number of other organ recordings, especially the Priory recordings of European organs, the Mercury recording of Dupre at St. Thomas and the RR Felix Hell disc (which also has limited hall sound, though more a function of the recording venue), above this album sonically. Still, Fox was always my favorite organist, and the Fox recording is a lot of fun to listen to, far more exciting than anything Michael Murray has ever recorded IMHO, and has plenty of bass. An interesting side note on The Digital Fox--it was recorded Direct to Disc on the vinyl, so there are a few clinkers in there; however, the CD was made from digital tapes and was able to include some edits to fix up the few mistakes. Personally I prefer the vinyl version, the mistakes give more of a feeling like you're listening to a live performance.
I have been able to go to CDUniverse and sample many of the recommended recordings. They are so varied in style and there are so many fabulous recordings!! I need a bank loan!! I encourage all of you to check them out and if anybody has any more to recommend.....?
RCP, greetings from the Chocolate City. There's no doubt about it, Virgil definitely schmaltzes up the interpretations to a certain degree but when compared to the many other various "...by the book..." versions out there that seem so wooden and lifeless that it communicates to me a sense that Fox is in total control whereas these other organists are a little cowed by the whole scenario, much like a 12 year old might feel at his first organ recital with the parents and all the world watching.
I am a bit taken aback by your finding the recording to lack spaciousness and hall ambience. I can assure you that is decidedly not the case on the Ultragroove vinyl. The venue comes off as a cavernous space with decay and reverb that trails off forever. I have the RR Felix Hell disc and would agree it is lacking in this regard and most definitely to the UG. I virtually never listen to my Crystal Clear vinyl copy because I so much prefer the UG. I will now go back and refresh myself with a critical replay in the near future. Incidentally, my recollection of the liner notes on the UG tells me that the performance on that label was a seperate one from the CC so it is very possible that miking was altered between them. It's funny actually, because the UG was recorded on DAT at a sampling rate below the current redbook standard (37,500 hz) so it is counterintuitive that it would take precedence over the CC but the ears say otherwise.
On a final note I must confess that I am lucky enough to be able to experience vinyl replay on a Walker TT. I bought one 9 years ago from Lloyd back in the days of his company's infancy. He gave me a real good deal on a table he'd been dragging around to all the shows so that I could afford it. In the pantheon of the Walker customer base, I'm sure I fit into the trailer trash section---probably a section of one. I only bring up the table because it is a champeen at detail and ambience retrieval. If there is any flesh, it will flesh it out. Certainly this has impacted my perception of the UG pressing.
Don't be a stranger.
try the Gladiators "Proverbial Reggae" on Virgin.
Fragma - Risk my Soul track 12 of the Embrace CD. Delivers subsonic punches underpinning a soaring ballad in a classic Euro Trance style song featuring a female vocal. Definitely a foundation shaker of a ballad. Great use of dynamic range in an uncompressed techno love song. You will not hear the bass unless you can go to 30 or less.Fragma Embrace
Sandra Collins - Marscruiser Not alone tonight - track 10 of CD 2 of the Perfecto Presents series by Paul Oakenfold. This uplifting rock song within a Techno framework shows Sandras great sense of timing, rhythm, and trippy basslines. Combining some of the fat bass of Emerson Lake and Palmer synths and arena rock bass makes this anthem to not being alone a great sing along song that you cannot get out of your head.
A great female vocalist singing about not being alone tonight. Sandra Collins Part 2
That Mino Cinelu disc I mentioned at the beginning of the post is SO worth seeking out if you guys don't have it.
Hear here! I agree!
Massive Attack - Mezzanine.
Maurice Durufle - Complete Organ Works (SACD)
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Works
Wow! It was wild to see my post from 10 months ago refreshed and responded to again !! So cool!! Only a group like this continues to respond and help others with the knowledge they possess! That is so rare and so nice! I will add a few more ideas for you in a different vein:
Me'Shell N'Degeocello: You can't go wrong with most of her material - all her albums sport some really deep low end bass in an R&B style that is atmospheric, intelligent and highly, highly musical. Try Peace Beyond Passion, Comfort Woman or her latest disc - name escapes me - newest disc is more jazz oriented in nature but very hip.
Prince - New Power Generation - Love him or hate him - this disc sports some funky, funky low end. Not to mention, if you and the Mrs. are in need of a little 'somethin' 'somethin' to set things in motion this disc has some spots to get freaky!!
Marcus Miller - most of his newer material is dripping with low end funk. However, the first track that pops into my head is his remake of 'Boogie On Reggae Woman'. Now THAT'S a rump shaker!!
I would love to hear more from all of you if you still are game for suggestions. ESPECIALLY considering, as if the Tetons weren't enough, I went over the edge and added a 1000 watt Reimer sub w/ a 15 inch driver to my setup. My system is now equivalent to a wrecking ball of low end when it calls for it without being the least bit boomy. Just ask Neil over at Clearsound - he'll tell you!!