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Have to agree regarding the GRP label. EMI, Telarc, & Blue Note as well.

I've got an Old School Soul Party 3 Disc Compilation that has quite a few tracks that were really well-recorded.

And check out the Digital BASSics Compilation for some excellent SQ Bass tracks. ;)




No offense taken!

And Radiohead and Beck are two of my favorites as well, and I completely agree regarding the SQ on most of their albums.

Here is the first "public" performance of Subterranean Homesick Alien and a "different" track from Beck... "Mexico" by Beck - KCRW Rare On Air.

Headphones can be a great reference for tuning your car or home system as it takes the "room" out of the equation, and its much easier to identity the proper imaging, staging, and tonality of the recording. Although most headphones do just an average job when it comes to replicating the DEPTH of the Soundstage.

However, on really dynamic and bass-heavy tracks such as the Prokofiev Concerto for Bass Drum that I posted, there is no better way to experience it than with a home or car stereo speaker + subwoofer system that is properly tuned! You just can't replicate the tactile and physical experience of all of that air moving & resonating within the room and your entire body! :D
I really fell in love with Radiohead once I started listening to their albums with headphones. In Rainbows is probably my favorite of them all. Ok Computer, and Kid A are great, and tend to get more attention, but for me, it's all about In Rainbows.

Having said that. Headphones image well, but they don't stage well. We may be splitting hairs on the difference, but headphones place the "stage" inside your head, not out in front of you. They image amazingly well, every sound can be located with pinpoint accuracy, but there is no stage like there is with traditional speakers.

Headphones and typical speakers offer 2 distinctly different types of stereo. For me, some albums are better with headphones, and some are better with stereo speakers. I can enjoy In Rainbows either way, but headphones are my preferred approach to Radiohead.
 

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Really good mix Billy! Really enjoying the tracks I didn’t already have. Thanks for sharing!!!


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Really good mix Billy! Really enjoying the tracks I didn’t already have. Thanks for sharing!!!
Thanks Jason.

If you or any of the others guys that have downloaded these tracks have the time, can you check to see if any of the tracks have a low-level static present mostly in the right channel??? I may have to re-rip and re-upload these tracks if so. Gremlins... :p

Thanks.

Will also try to upload another "Album of the Evening" in the other thread soon. ;)
 

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Thanks Jason.

If you or any of the others guys that have downloaded these tracks have the time, can you check to see if any of the tracks have a low-level static present mostly in the right channel??? I may have to re-rip and re-upload these tracks if so. Gremlins... :p

Thanks.

Will also try to upload another "Album of the Evening" in the other thread soon. ;)
Yes - I can tell you now that a couple of the tracks did have exactly what you described - was listening on the home system while working yesterday......wait, what?......pause......ok, in the track I can’t remember which ones they were.


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Yes - I can tell you now that a couple of the tracks did have exactly what you described - was listening on the home system while working yesterday......wait, what?......pause......ok, in the track I can’t remember which ones they were.
LOL. Thanks Jason. Sorry for the scare! Gotta figure out WTH is going on. :mad:
 

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Just stumbled across this Free Download from Bowers & Wilkins from 2015. It is "The Lake Poets - Live from The Minster".

Can't tell you if you'd like it, but it is recorded well. The Links didn't trigger any of my malware/spyware/virus detectors and I also did a virus scan of the Zip archive file before extracting it and it came up clean....but download at your own risk. ;)

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The Lake Poets - Live from The Minster - ALAC format zip archive

The Lake Poets - Live from The Minster - 24/96 FLAC format zip archive
 

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Erik Kunzel and the Cincinnati pops orchestra - Time Warp.

Be very careful with this one. You can damage your system.

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Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged
Tool - Lateralus
Pink Floyd - The Wall

Those are my top three for tuning and critical listening. Brothers In Arms by DS is amazing too but I don't have that on CD :p I need to get on that.
Agreed...Alice in chains unplugged is recorded ridiculously well. Its damn near holographic. The engineer knew what they were doing with this one...
 

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This is an interesting thread. I couldn't do more than thumb through, but I did find a couple I'll need to check out. Thanks!

While the standards have already been mentioned, I thought I'd add a couple of my go-to's...

One of the first albums I reach for when tuning up a system is "Folk Singer" by Muddy Waters. Great acoustic album that you can really dial things in with based on the timbre of different instruments. And the vocal has such depth you can really achieve a great starting balance.

Another one I never hear mentioned (and it's probably more of a guilty pleasure) is Rob Zombies "Hellbilly Deluxe". When I'm pretty well done dialing things in I like to make sure I hit it with something fairly hard. This is not a dynamic album by any stretch. But frequencies are very clear and well seperated.

Happy listening!
 

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ry cooder "jazz" is awsome
 
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Maybe not everyone's cup o' tea but try to give this one at least one thorough listen. There's some variety in the tracks and some really excellent dynamics, imaging/staging, and instruments.

Recorded by the infamous Rudy Van Gelder.

Cowboy Bebop O.S.T. 1 - The Seatbelts (2003, CD & Vinyl LP)

The links below are a bootleg LP. Get the original and Official 1998 CD which is even better SQ. ;) They also made a 2018 Limited Edition Official Re-Issue with Blu-Rays and Vinyl LPs, but that is EXTREMELY hard to find and $$$. Check Discogs for the various releases.





Original/Official/Better Quality....

 

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I forgot about Graceland! Thx for the reminder
 

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Are Pbthal vinyl rips still available anywhere? The dynamics on a good vinyl rip are insane.

EDIT: Mirror Spock are even better, ultimate audiophile recordings of MFSL vinyl. They only do The Beatles tho.
 

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ry cooder "jazz" is awsome
"Nobody" is probably my favorite here.

Not on this album so much, where Mark Stevens played on a few tracks, but Ry really appreciated good drummers & percussion to reinforce his ideas. He and Jim Keltner's collaborations resulted in some amazing music.
 
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