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Some - not all - of my all time favorites which sound spectacular to my ears and have been used to test many hifi systems:

Mary Black - The Collection; and The Holy Ground.

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense.

Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi

The Eagles - greatest hits

Dire Straits  - Brothers in Arms; and On Every Street

Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins (LINN recordings)

Adele - 21

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Annie Lennox - DIVA

The B52'S - The B52's

The Beautiful South - Blue is the Colour

Chris Rea - God's Great Banana Skin

Tracy Chapman

Tom Petty - greatest hits

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Ali Farka Touré - Niafunké

Sara K - Hell or highwater

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Antonio Forcione - Tears of Joy.

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Rethep wrote:

Sara K - Hell or highwater

 

Not bad but I prefer Hobo, I find Stockfisch recordings too closely miked.

 

 

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This is brand new and I've only heard it on headphones so far but it is clear to me that this is a brilliant recording of some superb performances:

"Sogno Barocco" Anne Sophie von Otter - Naive V5286  - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sogno-Barocco-Baroque-Dream-Sofie/dp/B0089N47KE/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1373498233&sr=1-1&keywords=von+otter

Surely one of the greatest voices of our time, von Otter is supported here by the lovely Sandrine Piau.  I suspect that the repertoire won't be appreciated by the majority on this forum but I also suspect that this recording will challenge many highly regarded equipment setups.  Laughing

If you like great singing try this.  It is going immediately onto my list of "auditioning" CDs.

Chris

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This is brand new and I've only heard it on headphones so far but it is clear to me that this is a brilliant recording of some superb performances:

"Sogno Barocco" Anne Sophie von Otter - Naive V5286  - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sogno-Barocco-Baroque-Dream-Sofie/dp/B0089N47KE/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1373498233&sr=1-1&keywords=von+otter

Surely one of the greatest voices of our time, von Otter is supported here by the lovely Sandrine Piau.  I suspect that the repertoire won't be appreciated by the majority on this forum but I also suspect that this recording will challenge many highly regarded equipment setups.  Laughing

If you like great singing try this.  It is going immediately onto my list of "auditioning" CDs.

Chris

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Covenanter wrote:

This is brand new and I've only heard it on headphones so far but it is clear to me that this is a brilliant recording of some superb performances:

"Sogno Barocco" Anne Sophie von Otter - Naive V5286  - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sogno-Barocco-Baroque-Dream-Sofie/dp/B0089N47KE/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1373498233&sr=1-1&keywords=von+otter

Surely one of the greatest voices of our time, von Otter is supported here by the lovely Sandrine Piau.  I suspect that the repertoire won't be appreciated by the majority on this forum but I also suspect that this recording will challenge many highly regarded equipment setups.  Laughing

If you like great singing try this.  It is going immediately onto my list of "auditioning" CDs.

Chris

This looks excellent. I have some of her Mahler and Sibelius stuff. And I picked up your earlier recommendations of Bach, Bellini and Dowland -- all tremendous. Particularly enjoying the Bach Motets.

cheer

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Gene Loves Jezebel - Heavenly bodies

very well recorded/ mastered! 

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Funny.  When I looked at just the heading of the OP's first post, Nitin Sawney's amazing album, "Philtre" immediately came to mind.  Then I opened the thread and noticed the OP's opening suggestion was by the same artist! 

 

These also are stunningly produced...

 

Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11

David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive (re-mastered)

I am Sam - Music from and inspired by the motion picture (modern interpretations of Beatles numbers)

The Unthanks - Last

Radiohead - Amnesiac

Corinne Bailey Rae's eponymous first release

Supertramp - Crime of the Century (re-mastered)

Decca's DDD recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.1 / Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini; by Vladimir Ashkenazy

Beck - Sea Change

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Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries

Ray Montford - Many Roads.

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matt49 wrote:

Covenanter wrote:

This is brand new and I've only heard it on headphones so far but it is clear to me that this is a brilliant recording of some superb performances:

"Sogno Barocco" Anne Sophie von Otter - Naive V5286  - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sogno-Barocco-Baroque-Dream-Sofie/dp/B0089N47KE/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1373498233&sr=1-1&keywords=von+otter

Surely one of the greatest voices of our time, von Otter is supported here by the lovely Sandrine Piau.  I suspect that the repertoire won't be appreciated by the majority on this forum but I also suspect that this recording will challenge many highly regarded equipment setups.  Laughing

If you like great singing try this.  It is going immediately onto my list of "auditioning" CDs.

Chris

This looks excellent. I have some of her Mahler and Sibelius stuff. And I picked up your earlier recommendations of Bach, Bellini and Dowland -- all tremendous. Particularly enjoying the Bach Motets.

cheer

Matt

I'm really pleased you have enjoyed the recommendations.  I am just listening to the von Otter on speakers and it is tremendous.  I am sure you will love it.

Chris

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Leeps wrote:

Decca's DDD recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.1 / Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini; by Vladimir Ashkenazy

I think this is the Concertgebouw/Haitink version and if so then it is indeed very fine.  The older analogue version with Previn and the LSO (Piano Concerto No 2 / Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini) is also excellent.  For a more modern version try Stephen Hough/Dallas SO/Litton on Hyperion (all 4 concertos + the Rhapsody).  Although live recordings they are spectacular and Hough's playing is a revelation.

Chris

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Ozric Tentacles - Strangeitude.

Patricia Barber - Companion.

Marillion - Marbles.

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia.

Roxy Music - Avalon.

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours.

Eagles - Hotel California

Supertramp - Crime of the Century.

Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing.

Arne Domnerus - Jazz at the Pawnshop

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90125 by Yes is brilliantly done, sounds great on vinyl too. Fragile and The Yes Album (quite often used by reviewers in magazines as a test disc) and Hell Freezes Over by The Eagles ain't bad too.

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