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Old 10th September 2004, 01:15 AM   #91
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Believe it or not, the double vinyl slab of the Foo Fighter's "the color and the shape". They could've squeezed it all on one vinyl album, but they didn't. Lot's of vinyl real estate and it sounds it - very uncompressed, and hey, I love the music.

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Old 30th September 2004, 07:24 AM   #92
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Everything from Dire Straits, Björk and Goldfrapp.


I would never use Goldfrapp as an audiophile reference. Just for
pleasure. mmmmmmmmmmmm.




yes i agree for goldfrapp



Björk is not all good.

Vespertine album is excellent: track 2 is fantastic for true, real, crispy voice that should be heard very focused in the middle of the soundstage. The a LOT of texture and subtilities effect in this album.

However, it is REALLY hard to beat infected mushroom - Converting vegetarians : CD2 for extreme quality sound recording and 3D effect soundstage.
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Old 30th September 2004, 07:52 AM   #93
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Default Keith Jarret Vienna Concert

[QUOTE]Originally posted by joensd
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Wanted to mention his "Köln concert" but didn´t as it is live and a bit noisy but what a great piano player!
Get a rush on that album too.

The Vienna concert is probably his best live solo piano recording IMHO.
The KJ trio album, "The Cure" is also very good.
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Old 30th September 2004, 08:17 AM   #94
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Default Another few

Janis Ian, Breaking Silence. It has it all, dynamics, beutiful voice, detail etc. Recorded on tube gear by I think Doug Sax.

The Vivaldi Four Seasons recorded on the BIS label. In 10 or so years of selling specialist HiFi this remains the most incredibly vivid and dynamic beautiful version I have heard.

Midnight Sugar, on the Blind Mice Label. I can not remember the Japanese names of the trio. Awesome, also done on tube gear.

Pink Floyd, The Wall

Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu, west african blues with a difference with a great additional bunch of musos incl. Jim Keltner

For sheer atmosphere, Jazz at the Pawnshop

Most of Ben Harper albums are well recorded.

Ennio Morricone soundtrack to the Mission. I have a Jap vinyl pressing which makes all and sundry wonder about the merits of CD after doing an AB comparison

I have a bunch of Audiophile Label CDs but often the musical content is just boring. One of my current favourites though is Monty Alexander, Goin' Yard on Telarc. Jazz Reggae.....

Jacques Loussier Bolero on Telarc is also fun.

Arvo Part, Tabula Rasa on Deutsche Gramaphon

I am sure there are many more but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.


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Old 6th November 2004, 09:33 PM   #95
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I'm hoping someone here might remember an audiophile label that I know used to exist but I'm not sure if they still do. Unfortunately I don't remember the name so all I can do is describe the recording and hope someone else knows it.

This was a label from sweden that put out vinyl recordings. The one I heard was organ and choir, and the only track I can remember the name of was a choral performance of Silent night but in German. The rest of the stuff wasn't christmas related. Sorry to be so vague but its all I can remember. It was a stunning recording though so worth asking. It towered above anything else I ever heard on the system I listened to in those days. It was like the entire wall was radiating sound and the tone was the richest and most musical I've ever heard. I really hope the label survived the transition to digital.

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Whoops, jumped the gun. I found it on google. The label is proprius. I think the specific release is Cantate Domino. It looks the same and the description is right.

If you like organ and/or choral you must hear this. Even if you can just tolerate it, its worth hearing. The site explains that it was recorded in a church with a revox reel to reel and two pearl microphones.

Small disclaimer first though. I'm about %80 sure this is the recording. If it has Silent night than Im %98 sure but there is no listing of tracks on the site. I haven't heard the cd or sacd version either.

here's the site:

http://www.proprius.com/

heres a brief review, guess this is it.

http://www.tnt-audio.com/edcorner/holidaymusic_e.html
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I'm a fan of Pierre Boulez. And for a reason I don't understand, his recording (old and new) with The Cleveland Orchestra always seem to have magic in them that I haven't found in his other recordings. So, I recommend Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, and both old and new of Debussy.

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"Hossam Ramzy – Further Journeys into pure Egyptian Percussion".

Simply breathtaking. If you have a high-res system with good bass and/or subs your in for a real treat. Prepare to be physically 'beaten up' by drums - literally! The recording captures the sound of the drum skins as well as the resonant effect of the drum itself, and the ambiance of the room too.

Lots more interesting percussion stuff here:

ARC Music

I worked there for a while and had the chance to explore the vast tombs of world music on offer. Not once did I encounter a bad recording and the above mentioned album in particular was awesome!
some of the Spanish acoustic guitar CD's were particularly good too.

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Some "audiophilisticianmaniaks" will want to hang me high and short for that, but...
LL Cool J's album entitled Exit 13 is pretty well done (except the lead tune "It's time for war" where the symphonic-style background is lousy and compressed).
Just listen to track 2 "Old school new school" at maximum level ...
The sound of the album remains generally very clean and detailed even at *very* loud level.

PS 1: please, be assured that I normally recommend Diana Krall, Patricia Barber, Ry Cooder, Dire Straits and the usual sonically correct stuff as well, which is more my kind of music...

PS 2 : the album is available for 5 Euro$bucks (or less) at Amazon.com
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Old 5th January 2009, 11:27 PM   #99
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Default Re: Another few

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The Vivaldi Four Seasons recorded on the BIS label. In 10 or so years of selling specialist HiFi this remains the most incredibly vivid and dynamic beautiful version I have heard.
Hi Guillaume,

Your recommendation caught my eye, but there are a couple of versions of this showing on Amazon - which were you referring to please:

Arte dei Suonatori or Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble

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Old 11th January 2009, 01:24 PM   #100
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For those who like blues:
I can recommend to have a look at the production of the Music Maker relief foundation.
I bought a very nice compilation titled "The last and Lost blues survivors", distributed under the label Dixiefrog, dated 2005.

There are a number of *very* well recorded songs. See for instance on CD1 "Waiter" by Captain Luke and Cool John: one voice, one guitar (what a voice and what a guitar!).
Most soundtakes were made in the MM studio and they sound very natural, lots of space between the musicians, excellent bandwidth, punchy bass, clean voice etc. (only the stereo image is at times somewhat funny, but very nice). On CD1, see the bassline on track 6, foottaps on track 18. Pura Fé's well-known song " Wait 'till you come back again" is on track 7, and Sol's punchy modernised "Black Mattie" on track 11; both were recorded at MM studios...

Gret job and a nice tribute to many elderly musicians. The records can be purchased directly from the Musicmaker.org website at good prices (and people would do a good action); sadly, shipping costs to my country are more expensive than the CDs themselves.
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