If the stuff I like gets the toes tapping it's all good.
These SOUND LIAISON album downloads have gotten incredible reviews and they do live up to the hype. Especially the One Mic recordings are a must have if you have a decent system.
1. Carmen Gomes Inc. Up Jumped The Devil,
...."This is some of the best sounding drum sound I have ever heard on a recording. Very dynamic and not reserved. The sound of the double bass is full, rich and powerful where needed but with no hint of bloat. And the guitar.....It is clear and reverberant. Naturally, not with added reverb. Of course, the vocals are captured beautifully. Carmen is right there in front of you. This recording doesn’t take you to the recording studio. Even better, it brings the recording studio to your listening room. Very few studio recordings do this. The drums to the left, Carmen in the middle in front of the instruments and the bass just to the right of her and the guitar to the right side of the soundstage. The sound is totally three dimensional. You almost feel like you can reach out and touch everyone. The sound is totally open with natural decay and depth. It is stunning. It really is. No hyperbole."....
2. Reinier Voet & Pigalle44; Ballade pour la nuit
.....These guys and this recording just rocks. Pace, rhythm, tone and soundstage are just off the charts.
3. Sound Liaison’s DXD Music Sampler
There are some audio enthusiasts who claim that high-resolution digital recordings offer no audible improvement over conventional Red Book CDs. I could not disagree more, but what about 96 kHz vs. DXD at 352.8 kHz? I found the 96 kHz files to be excellent, but by comparison the 352.8 kHz originals have a bit more air and space in the sound, even with my OPPO player down-sampling them to 176.4 kHz. The DSD comparisons are interesting. I found the DSD files to be a bit “warmer” but I could not help wondering if there’s some sort of euphonic coloration going in the conversion process. At times, I felt that the DSD files had a slightly larger and more precise stereo image. That may seem strange, but I can only report what I heard. It’s possible that my reactions to the warmth and the imaging are due to the simpler analog filtering in DSD playback.Sound Liason’s DXD sampler, The Visual Sound, offers some of the most realistic sounding recordings I’ve heard, in enjoyable selections performed by excellent musicians. Most of the music on this sampler is decidedly laid-back, and audiophiles looking for an in-your-face sonic spectacular will likely miss the point. For engineer Frans de Rond and the excellent musicians heard on these recordings, it’s all about subtlety and refinement. Musically perceptive listeners will appreciate the efforts of all involved in making these fine recordings.
4. Carmen Gomes: Don't You Cry
5; Gidon Nunes Vas - EMBRACE ME
I'll stick to non-classical here.
David Bowie's "Heathen." Yeah, it's a CD but it sounds excellent.
"Villancicos," Atrium Musicae de Madrid. Harmonia Mundi France, LP.
The Beach Boys -- Endless Summer. Capitol Records LP set.
Thriller -- Michael Jackson LP.
Frank Sinatra. Any Capitol Records LP, but my best ones are are in a three LP set from France called "Swinging, Sexy, Sinatra."
Roy Orbison. A two LP set from Rhino Records called "For the Lonely."
Big Daddy's two LPs from Rhino -- "Big Daddy" and "And Meanwhile, Back in the States."
Looking for a Home by Keith Greeniger and Kai Dayan
Recat by Richard Villalobos and Max Lodebauer
Just a Little Lovin' by Shelby Lynne
Babylon Sisters by Steely Dan
Opalesque by Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock
Poinciana by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack Dejohnette (live in Paris)
(La) finta giardiniera, movement: Geme la tortorella by Regula Mühlemann: Mozart Arias
Not showing off at home, but take CD's to listen in a store, primarily to listen to speakers. (don't take LP's), you do not know if their TT system is setup correctly, CD will send the same thing everywhere you go.
1. Rebecca Pidgeon's voice, mentioned above, is pure, let's you know right away about highs/mids balance, not much imaging revealed
2. Casandra Wilson's voice tells you a lot more about upper bass and midrange. Blue Light Till Dawn album. Terrific Imaging from fabulous musicians. Solid center image of her voice, verify no frequency variations l to r.
3. Duet: Enough is Enough (no more tears) by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, the blending and distinction of their individual voices is incredible.
4. War of the Worlds, incredible range, and specifically to hear Richard Burton's voice. You can readily tell if it's right or wrong.
5. Friday Night in San Francisco, 3 World Class Guitarists play together
Best Imaging Test: Side 2, tracks 2 and 3. My LP beats my CD, but you need a CD version to rule out any misalignment of TT, then use it to refine your TT, it is a great help refining anti-skate
6. Eurythmics, Annie Lennox's Voice and Dave Stewart's sound/imaging variations
7. Andreas Vollenweider, White Winds, A Sonic Feast
Charlie Byrds fine direct to disc LP on Crystal Clear is also a great demo LP. I find most d2d records are good for dynamics but the music is usually lame and tame.
Of course Norah Jones Come away with me lp is great I don’t know why is a stand out number.
XLO reference recording test and burn on CD has some excellent music on it.
I also find The Band The Band 45 rpm release very rewarding.
Terry Bozzio one of my favorite drummers! I lucked out and saw him perform at a local Guitar Center Clinic. Talk about small venues. Worlds largest drum set. If you’ve never seen it, check it out on YouTube.
Behind the Veil- Jeff Beck, CD Guitar Shop- Terry Bozzio on drums.
I agree Paul Simon’s Graceland is incredibly well recorded! One of the best.
My two favorite tracks are Boy in the Bubble, and Graceland. I have been using those two tracks to demo speakers for years. Another Paul Simon track I use is, Ten Years.
Alison Krauss has a sweet voice. My favorite track by her is, Baby, Now That I’ve Found You - Live Version
Twenty Test Tracks! Some of my favorites....
Avalon - Roxy Music
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
That Voice Again - Peter Gabriel
El Macho- Mark Knopfler [ One of my subwoofer test tracks]
Seven Days - Sting
Pearl On The Half Shell - Weather Report
The Gift Of Time - Jean Luc Ponty
Every Word - Sade
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
African Night - Al Di Meola
Morph The Cat - Donald Fagen [Subwoofer Test Track]
Trellis - Synergy [If you have a strong enough system, go for it!]
Leather Cats - Oregon
So Long Mickey Mouse - Return To Forever
Alone In The City - Chris Botti
She - James Newton Howard
Spiral - Vangelis [Favorite Electronica Track]
Espana - Patrick O' Hearn
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Day Breaks - Live On KCRW - Norah Jones
Glad some of you found some of these Gems. Here's some more:
Hotel California Live -The Eagles Hell Freezes Over [That percussion intro]
School Days - Stanley Clarke
I'll Find My Way Home - Vangelis
Street Talk - Stanley Jordan
Overjoyed - Victor Wooten [Beautiful acoustic bass]
Justice's Groove - Stanley Clarke
Spanish Harlem - Rebeca Pidgeon [My number one test track for female vocals!]
Against Doctor's Orders - Kenny G
Can't Let Go - Joan Armatrading [Another great female vocal but with with crystal clear electronic Keyboard]
She - James Newton Howard
You And Your Friend - Dire Straits
Inch Worm - Patricia Barber
Sleep To Dream - Fiona Apple [Subwoofer Test]
Words Of Wonder -Keith Richards [Subwoofer Test]
Sign O'The Times - Prince
Viola Fora De Moda - Ana Caram
There is a new fabulous recording with Reinier Voet from Pigalle44.
''Each recording starts and ends with the main artist alone in the hall. The only interplay being the acoustics of the hall and his own mind. No audience is present except the ghosts from the past. When the band enters, the music must create an Arch, going from the single instrument performance to the more complex band performance and back to the last solo performance. The same principle goes for the engineering; each recording starts out with only one microphone (stereo). As the music gains in complexity more microphones may be deployed, the only limit being the imagination and technical skills of the recording engineer. The producer and engineer must make the album feel as one, it should have a unifying 'sound', despite the different recording techniques employed.
All Sound Liaison albums have the Frans de Rond Visual Sound signature; great depth, clear placement and an almost physical presence of the musicians. Especially our One Mic recording series has been noticed in the world of audio recording. When the Josephson C700S microphone is used to its fullest, the result is a completely phase coherent recording with placement depth and superior realism''.