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Old 3rd November 2005, 02:37 PM   #41
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I use several different ones.
But the one of which many exhibitors recently wanted to know what it is (the product manger of Final even wanted to buy the CD from me) was:

Track 12 (bonus track), "When all is said and done"
From: "Funky ABBA" by Nils Landgren
Performed by: Benny Andersson (piano) and Viktoria Tolstoy (vocal)


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Old 4th November 2005, 07:03 AM   #42
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Oregon -"Beyond Words" album (1995 Chesky,original issue),track 6 - "The Silence Of A Candle".
Simply,amazing trio (piano,English horn and upright bass).
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Old 8th November 2005, 10:29 PM   #43
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How about any of the Stereophile CDs made for this purpose?

One of them (I forgot which) has the song "Eden" by Corey Greenburg (the guy on the diynetwork channel's Home Theater howto show). He used to (maybe still does) write for audio publications.

Anyway, that song Eden is "interesting". It sounds like really distorted guitar music played backwards.

Oh, one of the very best all-time recordings (IMHO) is the Weaver's Reunion Concert on the 180 gram Analogue Productions pressing. The vocals are simply outstanding, with a "you-are-there" feeling. While listening to it through a really good system, the audience clapping is very 3-dimensional, with a very deep and wide soundstage.

I just discovered that this album is selling for $75 new from Acoustic Sounds!!
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Old 8th November 2005, 10:53 PM   #44
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Old 9th November 2005, 07:33 AM   #45
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Parsons is good and also the Sheffield lab test CD .

For Bass and drums-The next revolution in cd technology XRCD. Those Japanease drums are a great workout for a system.

For Jazz- Girl talk , Tsuyoshi Yamamoto trio TBM recordings
Blow up, Isao Suzuki TBM recording
Das mikrofone vol ll, Tacet recording

For classical- Die Rohre-The Tube, Tacet Recording

Rock- The Wall, MFSL recording

Vocals- Patricia Barber Companion XRCD FIM recording.

There are more but these seem to be my favorites.
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Old 13th November 2005, 06:47 AM   #46
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Diana Krall's When I Look in Your Eyes is absolutely magical!

The song "I've Got You Under My Skin" is great. I was just looking at the liner notes and it says she used a Neumann microphone. I think that is one of the reasons her voice sounds so natural.

Another reason this is such a great recording is that it was mastered by Doug Sax who is one of the founders of Sheffield Labs, the people that did those great direct-to-disc records.

This CD is a must have if for no other reason than to see how good a recording can be.
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Old 16th November 2005, 07:58 PM   #47
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Old 4th December 2005, 11:34 PM   #48
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our current (comedy) test track is "the shen" by the isreali psy-trance band "infected mushroom". eight and a half minutes of crazyness- if your system can handle the deep, fast bass, insane left/right steering and dynamics of the piece you'll collapse in fits of giggles due to the otherwise sheer awfulness of the track.
Hard to explain it really- a lot of beats per minute but really well produced- i hate the music but as a demonstation of the speed and dynamics of a system its excellent.

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Old 6th December 2005, 02:49 AM   #49
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Mostly I use, Paul Simon - The Obvious Child.
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Old 6th December 2005, 05:35 PM   #50
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Autobahn from Kraftwerk (new live double CD)
only in the German-Version ,
i think english version is with overdubs unsw.
at the whole album you can hear the different sound
of the different locations over the world !
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