Neil Cowley Trio - Displaced
Main system: Musical Fidelity AMS 35i / Focal 1028be / Electrocompaniet EMC 1UP / MIT AVt MA / Matrix 12 xlr cables
Bedroom: Laptop(Qobuz) / Chord gem / Rega Brio-r / KEF LS50 / TQ black
Charlie Jefferson wrote:Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra - Solti/Chicago SOClear Spot - Captain Beefheart & Magic BandPrairie Wind - Neil YoungWest Side Story - Andre PrevinSurf's Up - David Thomas & Two Pale BoysRemain In Light - Talking HeadsTusk - Camper Van BeethovenHot Shots II - The Beta BandLuna - The AliensScratch My Back - Peter GabrielElysium - Pet Shop BoysGaucho - Steely DanPaul's Boutique - Beastie Boys To name but thirteen.
Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra - Solti/Chicago SO
Clear Spot - Captain Beefheart & Magic Band
Prairie Wind - Neil Young
West Side Story - Andre Previn
Surf's Up - David Thomas & Two Pale Boys
Remain In Light - Talking Heads
Tusk - Camper Van Beethoven
Hot Shots II - The Beta Band
Luna - The Aliens
Scratch My Back - Peter Gabriel
Elysium - Pet Shop Boys
Gaucho - Steely Dan
Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
To name but thirteen.
It never occured to me that David Thomas did stuff outside of Pere Ubu - a big thanks!
To the OP - stuff other people's suggestions & take music you know well, both well-recordered & poor.
I stumbled across an old cd in the glove compartment of my car the other day .Radiohead . Kid A .May not be to everyone's taste but will sure give your system a good test .Some tracks may sound like a mass brawl with only instruments used as weapons .some tracks are stunning .big soundstage ,vast amount of musical instruments and sounds getting thrown at you from all directions.I might even slip into the straight jacket and give it another go in the morning . Good Luck !
I own (and love) Kid A.
I actually prefer it to OK Computer, which tends to sit nearer the top of many "greatest ever albums" polls. I think it's an excellent test disc, too!
I should probably also clarify (as per my original post) that I'm not auditioning a new CDP. I bought it already and it's being delivered tomorrow. I'm reallly looking for a few CDs to get the absolute best out of it futher down the line (and perhaps expand my musical horizons in the process).
Some interesting and useful suggestions so far. Thanks to all that have contributed and apologies that I haven't had time to reply to all posts.
One I came across the other day is Mari Boine, a norwegian from the far north, her albums are well recorded, 8 Seasons is a bit too electronic for me but her Balvvoslatjna or Gula Gula are more acoustic. For more ideas have a listen to Radio Paradise online.
Also try John Hiatt Bring the Family album.
Female vocals try Kathleen Edwards, Catie Curtis, Patty Griffin and Thea Gilmore.
Male vocals try Ray LaMontagne and Damien Rice.
One remaster I have found to sound brilliant is Talk Talk The Colour Of Spring. Recorded at Abbey road, the production sounds absolutely amazing and on the first track you get piano, double bass and lush orchestral strings, which make for a great test.
I also recommend the 2009 remaster of Kraftwerk The Man Machine, this version of The Robots is simply the best and will test bass response rather nicely.
Have fun with your new toy.
Five from the classical world:
Greig Songs - Anne Sofie Von Otter / Bengt Forsberg - A Gramophone record of the year it is simply beautiful; one of the greatest recordings of solo singing ever made.
Tallis - Spem In Alium - There are lots of excellent versions but the Naxos version is cheap and good!
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture - Mercury Living Presence (Recorded in 1958 it's still going strong - the live cannon are dramatic)
Dowland Lute Music - Nigel North on Naxos (any of the 4 volumes) - A real test for a hifi because it is so spare. Just a lute player in a room, the notes should be pure and emerge against silence (except for hearing the player's fingers moving on the strings).
Saint-Saens Organ Symphony (No 3) - Barenboim, Chicago SO - Lovely tunes and very exciting when the organ joins the ochestra. (I play it when my neighbours are out so that I can have it loud.)
Marantz PM8005 / SA8005 / KEF R700s / AKG K702
Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin'. The title track sounds amazing. It is so well recorded that the first time I heard the song, I swore that must have been what SACD was all about... Nope, plain Red Book, but excellently miked and mastered.
Joshua Redman – On The Sunny Side Of The Street. His debut album, from 1993. Saxophone jazz (in this song accompanied by the fantastic Christian McBride on double bass). Easy on the ears, and a great recording too.
The preacher asked her. She said: "I do". The preacher asked me. She said: "Yes, he does too!".
Covenanter wrote:Five from the classical world:Greig Songs - Anne Sofie Von Otter / Bengt Forsberg - A Gramophone record of the year it is simply beautiful; one of the greatest recordings of solo singing ever made.Tallis - Spem In Alium - There are lots of excellent versions but the Naxos version is cheap and good!Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture - Mercury Living Presence (Recorded in 1958 it's still going strong - the live cannon are dramatic)Dowland Lute Music - Nigel North on Naxos (any of the 4 volumes) - A real test for a hifi because it is so spare. Just a lute player in a room, the notes should be pure and emerge against silence (except for hearing the player's fingers moving on the strings).Saint-Saens Organ Symphony (No 3) - Barenboim, Chicago SO - Lovely tunes and very exciting when the organ joins the ochestra. (I play it when my neighbours are out so that I can have it loud.)Chris
great selection, Chris. The Grieg songs were one of my cd choices when I selected my Krell and Sonus faber system. My cousin wrote the translations!
Also, I favour the Tallis Scholars in Spem as I went to school with their engineer!
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Just been listening to Jeff Talmadge - Gravity, Grace and the Moon on spotify, seems a very good recording, very clear and plenty of dynamic range.
Also try Steve Hoyem - Prisoner of the road, amazing voice.
Oh and try the Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Sessions.
you might wanna find out how it behaves with heavy riffing guitars as i found out plenty of amps 'prefer' piano or acoustic,dance..no wonder with such music they all get good vibes.. :shame:
I always recommend Deep Forest by Deep Forest for the surround sound you get from stereo speakers.
Another in this vein is Goodbye Country Hello Nightclub by Groove Armada.
Other good listens, Who - Live at Leeds and the Beatles re-releases of a couple of years back. The Mono collection is supposed to be the best for production [original] values but they are at least an arm and half a leg.
Apple lossless - Netgear Nighthawk - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40.
AVI ADM 9T used in my wife's system
Take the MUSIC YOU LOVE. Surely you buy a HiFi to listen to that.
Thanks again for the all suggestions.
I think there are now more artists/albums listed than I can possibly work through. Some relatively arbitrary googling of names to follow...
Just to reiterate, I'm not taking music anywhere. My new CDP is being delivered tomorrow and I thought I'd compile a list of potential purchases that would sound great. I agree entirely that it's essential to listen to music you know when auditioning. There's no clear point of reference otherwise.