- Any Dire Straits albums. Wonderfully produced. Private investigations is a nigh impossible track to get "right", so it's used as my main demo for new equipment
- Seal: Seal aka Seal II
- Damien Rice: O - On a good system the production value and levels of intimacy are breaktaking
- Michael Buble: Self titled album and also "It's Time". Excellent big band stuff in the days before he became a smug t**t
- Pink Floyd: The Wall
Agree with the DS part. Damien Rice O is pretty compressed and on some systems the bass is boomy.
That's interesting to know about "O". I've always found it excellent on my setup
Depends which pressing you get, some of the remasters are more compressed - http://www.dr.loudness-war.info/index.php?search_artist=&search_album=love+over+gold
I try to get original 80's CDs when I can; they are usually better recorded and mostly cheaper although some of the early Dire Straits CD's can fetch quite a bit.
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With digital recordings like Brothers In Arms it's probably best to hunt down an original 80s CD in good condition. With CDs cut from analogue tapes the decision is less clear-cut, and paradoxically frustrating.
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Several, but of late, just about anything by the Dead Can Dance is worth hearing. Magnificent recording / production quality.
Apart from their last one for sound quality, otherwise I would agree, same for Lisa Gerrard who I mention above.
The new live one? In Concert? Thought it was rather good!
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it's great to my ears. The audience is very well captured and mingled in the recording too.
I also like Angus & Julia Stone. Listening to 'A Book Like This' at the moment. As to Julia's voice: you love or hate it, nothing in between!
For blues lovers: try Hans Theessink. He recorded several albums without artificial sound effects, just the real room acoustics. 'Slow Train' was recorded in a house in Styria (with 3 singers from Ladysmith Black Mambazo as background choir - very Graceland from time to time), and 'Bridges' in an old church in Tuscany. Sounds very natural indeed.
On my system most Fleetwood Mac. Some SRV or Peter Green does the trick too.
Saying that, I think Portishead Dummy is wonderfully produced and their live in New York album is outstanding.
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Yes, agreed. Thought it sounded excellent. Am considering going to see one of their European gigs seeing as the Roundhouse show was sold out.
Incidentally, the new Caro Emerald CD - The Shocking Miss Emerald - is very good as well. Nice sound to it.
Blood Money - Tom Waits
The Infotainment Scan - The Fall
Gaucho - Steely Dan
Vauxhall & I - Moz
In On The Killtaker - Fugazi
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Know what you mean about Julia Stone... been tempted by that album for a while.
Received today Over Land and Sea by Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk... not available on Spotify though, superbly well produced CD.
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Simple Minds before they became all comercial had a quite brilliant early album... 'Celebration'. (1982 Virgin Records Ltd)
It's an amazing sounding CD so loud and open sounding ( mega clear, I mean) ... it's wow !
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So far :)
Sore subject with me. I pre-ordered it on Amazon literally weeks and weeks ago and sure enough over the last weekend I got an email from Amazon saying it had been dispatched with an expected delivery date of.....13 May. What? 13 May? For chrisake is someone hand delivering it on a pony? Nor is she available on UK spotify for some reason. And then they wonder why illegal downloads (in general) are rife...
I'm with you GMK - Damian Rice O is suberb both musically and as a recording. Also, in the same league, is Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
No I meant the studio album Anastasis.
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