- 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.
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.
Yes agree about Dire Straits the the 80s cds have more DR than the 90s ones.
Received today Over Land and Sea by Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk... not available on Spotify though, superbly well produced CD.
Don't know them. What kind of music is it?
If you like Damien Rice you may want to check out Stephen Fretwell - Magpie.
Some more good ones: Blue Nile - Hats, Steely Dan - Aja and Mary Black - No Frontiers.
I suppose it would be classed as folk/pop... here's a ling to a review and
full length track off the album
and mp3 samples can be heard through Amazon.
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Their other album is on spotify as well.
Yes, Stories from Home... not quite as good imo though.
I agree entirely with one of the first posters (BigH) about Aja by Steely Dan and the two Pink Floyd albums. Indeed, Aja would probably sound superior if it was cut into a wax coated cylinder - then again, I'm biased as it is my favourite album of all time. I would also chuck in the Columbia Jazz Contemporary Masters issue of The Elegant Gypsy by Al di Meola as another high quality CD.
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Devin Townsend - Terria
Opeth - Ghost Reveries.
Most Porcupine Tree/ Steven Wilson stuff sounds great, P.T's 'The Incident' sounds excellent.
Metallica - Metallica ('The Black Album')
Anathema - Weather Systems. Sounds great but can be a bit bass heavy
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Level 42- Level 42
Robert Plant- Fate of nations
George Benson- Breezin
Anything recorded by Lonnie Liston Smith.
& how about songs in the key of life - stevie wonder
Strangely enough all the above are 20th century original masters
A few more I forgot to mention:
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds.
Supertramp - most try Crime of the Century, Breakfast in America.
Bob Marley - Exodus (get the Tuff Gong issue).
Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi, maybe not the greatest recording but not bad by todays standards.
Apart from their last one for sound quality...Anastasis.
Thought it was excellent too. Very hard to fault their canon. One band that pays a lot of attention to detail with their work. Very refreshing.
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Which ones? Pet Sounds has tons of masterings - I like Joe Gastwirt's Stereo/Mono release, but there's others out there.
Supertramp, the original A&M discs are very good. Not heard the remasters but seeing as I have a pathological dislike of them by and large....!
My personal favourite for sound quality is Radiohead - In Rainbows
Michael Jackson's bad gets my vote.Spike lee documentry on how it was recorded worth a look.Also recomend radioheads recordings especially, in rainbows,
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