As I have only just set up a great sounding Hi-Fi, I am keen to know what well recorded CDs to purchase. So far my favorite is Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin
Probably an Opus 3 sampler ... but there are others. BBC Jazz Awards, through the years, are very good too etc.
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I don't think I could narrow down my CD collection to 1 best recorded CD as some have deliberate audio quirks while others are very smooth, clear but to some may sound sterile.
I find some 80's CD's sound very good and you can crank up the volume as they have less 'dynamic range compression'
A few examples from my collection:
Billy Joel – Greatest Hits
Roy Orbison – in Dreams the Greatest Hits
Texas – Southside
80's CD's can be picked up cheaply from charity shops so you won't loose too much money if you don't like them!
If I had to recommend something from my collection based purely on recording quality it would be:
The Best of Dire Straight & Mark Knopfler. Standard or special edition.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Plays the Music of - REM
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One of the best sq cd's i have is a deluxe version of rumours by Fleetwood Mac(2disk).I was thinking of getting the sacd version too but the standard cd is so clear defined and full i'm not sure now. Emeli Sande sounds pretty good too. I have a give away disk called carling cool cut's....Gary Newman's cars is awsome and must be played very load...that is the law.
Pink Floyd's One foot in the Door is a realy good remaster,very full,even on See Emily play
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I can name a few, but don't know what kind of music you are into, so no matter how good the recording, you may not like the content...
Megan Henwood, Making Waves
Melody Gardot, My one and only thrill
Sting, Nothing like the sun
Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
or if you like a bit of electronic- VCMG, SSS
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Steely Dan - Aja
Pink Floyd - DSOTM, WYWH.
My very best would be Shelby Lynne - Just a Little Lovin', with the title track being my favourite. It's a very dynamic recording, with an excellently recorded voice, a taut, deep bass guitar, sparkling cymbals and a gorgeous Hammond organ.
Do you use Spotify? http://open.spotify.com/track/4aw3fSvZdrmapQvPTklwqw
Concur with you on this, very well recorded.
Excellent CD with shades of Dusty..............
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Shelby Lynne - Just a Little Lovin' is a good one.
Check out Patricia Barber's cds as well, esp. Cafe Blue. MAny other similar jazz singers are well recorded also like Anne Bisson - Blue Mind.
For Dynamic Range try Steve Earle Copperhead Road.
Other good ones inc. Dire Straits, maybe Love Over Gold is my pick.
Joe Jackson - Body and Soul.
Kraftwerk - Autobahm.
Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth.
Ray Montford - Many Roads.
Lisa Gerrard - The Silver Tree.
Many Jazz recording are well done, to many to mention maybe ECM recordings are the best, try Collin Walcott Cloud Dance.
Best world music I hav eheard is a rare cd by He Xun-Tain - Tathagata you can hear samples on Amazon.
A few of the CDs I use for demoing kit:
Nick Drake, Bryter Layter (not my spelling!)
Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Sessions (spaced out C&W recorded over one night in a hugely atmospheric church)
Pearl Jam, Ten (especially 'Jeremy': great recording of the texture and dynamics of electric guitars and basses)
Elvis Costello, This Year's Model (the punk era never sounded this good)
Anita O'Day, Anita Sings the Most (the vocals are nicely recorded, the Oscar Peterson trio perhaps a bit too far back though)
What classical music are you listening to?
It's difficult to say, my minds gone blank. Possibly Nils Lofgrens Acoustic Live maybe?
However, if you want to test your system try something like this..
I bought some cables and stuff from MCRU and they threw in this demo disc for free. Top notch quaility, and if you ever wonder what all these terms that get bandied about on these forums willy nilly, then take a listen and see if your system passes muster.
There's a quite spectacularly good version of Spanish Harlem by a singer called Rebecca Pidgeon on there that's just sublime.
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Give by The Bad Plus sounds rather good as does Pablo Honey by Radiohead.
Enjoy your new gear!
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Yes Nils Lofren Live is very good, also Alison Krauss Live is excellent as most of her albums are.
+1 for Alison Krauss especially track 7 "It doesn't matter" from the "So long so wrong" album the voice is so clear and there is some great guitar and bass too
I always take this to demos and even had the dealer asking what it was so they could get one for the shop!
If you like more electronic music, you could try William Orbit, Leftfield and Massive Attack.
Reggae, Bob Marley Exodus.
Blues, Eric Bibb - Deeper In the Well.
what about barry white hes like a fat james brown hes bad mother f**ker
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