Your best recorded album?

Erich posted:
TOBYJUG posted:

 

Tobyjug, Is vinyl what you have? Mine is aiff 24/192.  Have you compared both?

I do have an original issue vinyl up in the loft but no TT at the moment. Ripped from the cd boxset, so maybe not the best way to hear it .   AIFF 24/192 would sound great at bringing out the effort S & G put into it.

Here are the tracks I used to audition speakers, chosen across the various genres I enjoy and because I know them so well. Not all of them fit into the best recorded etc category, but if speakers don't reduce me to shivers or tears when these tracks play, well, 'nuff said...

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use both vinyl and High res as listen to both  (FLAC 24 Bit transcode to WAV through NDX)  below are my prefered choices

Peter Gabriel releases - SO US - his 3rd album Melt stunning recordings on vinyl or The Who Tommy, The Coral, Julia Holter First Aid Kit Stay Gold

for High Res - happy to use a mix of the below

  • London Grammar Hey Now
  • Paul Simon either Graceland or Rythem of the Saints
  • Roger Waters The Wall Live -
  • Grace Jones - Slave to the Rythem - hot remix Trevor Horn
  • Gary Numan The Pleasure Principal 
  • Elton John Captian Fantastic and the brown dirt Cowboy
  • Tori Amos The Beekeeper

Now that The Beatles in mono are out it brings out all the detail they put in the studio. I had a new friend over and talking about a RollingStone article about Revolver , and drugs of course, he much more experienced being in San Francisco for 20+ years. I put it on and he couldn't believe what he was hearing, then I trumped it with Sgt Peppers, what an afternoon.  I'm all for the White album being my favorite even with all the unusual songs and #9. I've always thought of that as the big knockout, showing that they were really beyond "Beatles" and John's mind on LSD.  Consider that they were into a lot of avant guard performances in London, they were going beyond R&R.  Just most people weren't ready for it, and still aren't.

On Tidal I get to hear a lot of Paul's CDs and he's gone into creating dance grooves and some of those soundscapes late career.

mudwolf posted:

 I had a new friend over and talking about a RollingStone article about Revolver ... I'm all for the White album being my favorite even with all the unusual songs and #9. I've always thought of that as the big knockout, showing that they were really beyond "Beatles" and John's mind on LSD. 

I found the Rolling Stone article (The Beatles' Acid Test) very well-written and informative. Seemed grounded, though so much conjecture surrounds the Beatles who knows about the accuracy? Using similar conjecture and based on the theme of Lennon's tracks, I suspect his contributions to The White Album were more strongly influenced by heroin than acid, although as stated in the article the life altering effects of LSD can't be overlooked.

just re listening to Roger Waters Amused to Death thanks to this thread and have discovered that my CD Rip from EAC is appreciably better than Tidal's version. Utterly fantastic!

 

Another one for you folks to check out is Sara K. Any of her albums as they are all equally fantastically produced but I have the CD version of her album Water Falls. "running away from you" is my favourite track and was discovered due to a DVD from B&W being given with a speaker purchase many years ago. The DVD included a PCM copy of a live performance which was fabulous but not a patch on her studio recordings. Enjoy.

That's a very difficult question. At the moment I'd say Pink Floyd - "The Final Cut", and Roger Waters, "Pros ans Cons of Hitchhiking" Both these albums are far from being my favorite music, but I do sometimes enjoy them. They were recorded, using Holophonics  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holophonics

In places the sound, especially vocal, can be frighteningly realistic and spacious, even on speakers. If you are of a nervous disposition, do not listen via Stax headphones.

 

 

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