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  • Best music recordings you've ever heard?

    What's the best recorded music you've ever heard in terms of sound quality? It doesn't have to be your favorite music or even something that you like, although of course, it usually is. But what is the best sounding music recordings you've ever heard?
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    Actually I was pretty impressed by the Bare Naked Ladies Stunt album. It had a certain clarity, depth and layering of sound that I haven't heard for a while (granted the album is from '98).

    Then for a completely raw approach, Eva Cassidy's "Live at Blues Alley" is haunting and beautiful in it simpleness.

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    • #3
      Paul Simon - Graceland
      Buena Vista Social Club
      Getz/Gilberto recordings from the 50's (60's?) - Awesome, considering the technology that they had at the time.
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      • #4
        Paul Simon - Graceland
        Buena Vista Social Club
        Getz/Gilberto recordings from the 50's (60's?) - Awesome, considering the technology that they had at the time.


        +1 Graceland... That's a great album.

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        • #5
          As far as contemporary albums go it would easily be this -

          Arve Henriksen - Cartography

          Absolutely stunning production and quite a beautiful album too boot (even if it's not my usual listening fare) - was introduced to it by a dear friend. Wonderful stuff none the less and here's a little snippet for you to enjoy below.


          This is equal parts haunting and mesmerisingly beautiful - please take the time to listen.

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          • #6
            While there are many tremendous albums with supurb recording, John Kay, "Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes" is my favorite and has, to me, the absolute best drums I've heard on any recording. The rest of the production is outstanding as well.
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            • #7
              Beatles - Sgt Peppers
              Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon
              Boston - Boston
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                Pat Olson commented
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                Definitely agree with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.  Never really thought about the Boston album but I do believe you are right on the money on that one too! 


            • #8
              All I know is my toilet bowl has some great reverb. Never recorded it.
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              • #9
                Anything with Rudy Van Gelder's name on it.
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                • #10
                  Actually I was pretty impressed by the Bare Naked Ladies Stunt album. It had a certain clarity, depth and layering of sound that I haven't heard for a while (granted the album is from '98).

                  Then for a completely raw approach, Eva Cassidy's "Live at Blues Alley" is haunting and beautiful in it simpleness.


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                  • #11
                    Best music recordings you've ever heard?


                    Debussy, Preludes Book I Images Book I, Claudio Arrau, Philips

                    Bruckner Symphony No. 7, Berliner Philharmoniker, RCA Victor Red Seal

                    Frederico Mompou, impresiones intimas, charmes, Ensayo label

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                    • #12
                      For acoustic guitar Micheal Hedges Breakfast in the Field
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                      • #13
                        I love this version of Holst's The Planets. Charles Dutoit-Montreal Symphony Orchestra, from the 80's.



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                        • #14
                          Recorded live in the studio by Bob Clearmountain. Clearmoutain, of course, is known for his mixing. But here, he produces and engineers as well. Christian McBride, Joe Sample and Steve Gadd along with Brooke singing and playing guitar. All live. I love this...

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                          • #15
                            I have a pretty decent, though aging, stereo. At the end of the vinyl era, I was buying a number of 'audiophile' recordings, a number of which are still among the best sounding recordings I own. I think it's due to the care that was taken, from the recording or transfer to the pressing, to ensure that the results were the best possible. That seems to be much less important these days, though there are exceptions.

                            My list -

                            Vinyl -

                            Telarc
                            Oscar Peterson (not sure which) you can hear the keys click on the sax, and the foot tapping/seat creaking at the piano.
                            Stravinsky - Firebird
                            Moussourgsky - Night on Bald Mountain/Pictures at an Exhibition
                            1812

                            Mobile Sound Fidelity Labs
                            Dark Side of the Moon (also on CD)
                            In the Court of the Crimson King (also on CD) - King Crimson
                            Days of Future Passed - Moody Blues (has an unmatched silky smoothness)

                            CD -
                            Jorma Kaukonen - Blue Country Heart (saw a pic of them sitting in a circle in the studio; great recording)
                            James Taylor - Hourglass (Grammy for engineering)
                            Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Toward Ecstacy
                            Stones - Bigger Bang - (much of it has an unfinished rawness like their early 60's work)
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