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  1. #141
    Senior Member Pneumonic's Avatar
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    This is the most recent audio test playlist on my Squeezebox.

    1. Ricky Lee Jones - Comin' Back to Me - Pop Pop
    2. Cowboy Junkies - Mining for Gold/Misguided Angel - The Trinity Sessions
    3. Loreena McKennitt - Bonny Portmore - The Visit
    4. Amanda McBroom/Lincoln Mayorga - The Portrait - Growing up in Hollywood Town (Sheffield Labs)
    5. Teresa Juel - Tiden Bara Gar (Opus 3)
    6. Ana Caram - Viola Fora De Moda (Chesky)
    7. Rob Wasserman/Jennifer Warnes - Ballad of the Runaway Horse - Duets
    8. Jennifer Warnes - Bird On a Wire - Famous Blue Raincoat
    9. Arne Domnerus - Jeep's Blues - Jazz at the Pawnshop (Proprius)
    10. Ry Cooder/VM Bhatt - Ganges Delta Blues - A Meeting by the River (Walter Lily)
    11. Holly Cole Trio - My Baby Just Cares For Me - Girl Talk
    12. Yello - Rubberbandman - Baby
    13. Enigma - Principles of Lust - MCMXC AD
    14. CCR - I Heard it Thru the Grapevine - Cosmos Factory (DCC)
    15. Supertramp - Crime of the Century - Crime of the Century (MFSL)
    16. Cat Stevens - Where Do the Children Play - Tea For the Tillerman (MFSL)
    17. Cat Stevens - Father and Son - Tea For the Tillerman (MFSL)
    18. Elton John - Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Honky Chateau (MFSL)
    19. Elton John - Honky Cat - Greatest Hits (DCC)
    20. The Eagles - Hotel California - Hotel California (DCC)
    21. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing - The Sky is Crying (MFSL)
    22. Peter Gabriel - Lay Your Hands on Me - Security
    23. Mickey Hart/Airto and Floa Purim - The Gates of Dafos - Dafos (Reference Recordings)
    24. John McDermott - Danny Boy (A Cappella) - Danny Boy
    25. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
    26. Carmen Gomes - Let's Get Stoned - Marantz Audiophile Test CD
    27. Muddy Waters - My Home is in the Delta (MFSL)
    28. Susan Aglukark - Amazing Grace
    29. Chris Thomas King - Come On In My Kitchen
    30. David Gray - Hold on to Nothing
    31. Alvin Lee - The Bluest Blues
    32. Joe Bonamassa - Blues Deluxe
    33. Chesky Records - Ultimate Demo Disc. All of it.
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    1. Guillermo E. Brown - Handheld, Soul At The Hands Of The Machine
    2. George Colligan Trio - Live At Blues Alley. Ultimatum, Mad Science
    3. Meat Beat Manifesto - At The Center
    4. Marc Cary - Rhodes Ahead Vol.1
    5. Mark Prince - Fraction Of Infinity
    6. Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
    7. Craig Taborn - Light Made Lighter, Junk Maic
    8. Andy Milne's Cosmic Dapp Theory - Age Of Aquarius
    9. Matthew Shipp - Equilibriu, AntiPop vs. Matthew Shipp
    10. Josh Roseman Unit - Treats For The Nightwalker
    11. Lonnie Plaxico - West Side Stories
    12. Amina Claudine Myers - Little Boy Don't Get Scared
    14. Dwayne "Smitty" Smith - This Is Me
    15. Snow Owl Quartet - Snow Owl
    16. Brian Bromberg - Jaco
    17. Stanley Clarke - If This Bass Could Talk

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    Here is some local stuff.....
    I have included links where you can get a perception of these songs in (very) low rez....

    Madrugada Stories from the street
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPQL9SzHmjg

    Dum Dum Bous - Splitter Pine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yxKEoWHTJY

    Octavia Sperati - Lifelines of Depths
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUPCJQYOI7o

    Bel Canto - Images
    http://www.rhapsody.com/goto?rcid=tr...1&variant=play
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    How about Chocolate Elvis by Tosca.

    When I get people round, I usually ask them to bring something they like but think is a bad or murky recording, to see if my system will improve it.

    When I'm listening to new gear I like to play a mixture of well recorded and badly recorded material. I also like to mix favourite tracks with less liked tracks - the idea being to see if I will apprecaite the less liked tracks more with the new gear.
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    The Bruce Cockburn Speechless album is very nice. All acoustic guitar with other instruments at times. Very good quality sound. Listening to it right now.
    If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use is the rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbreit View Post
    I have always loved the way these albums recorded or produced by Daniel Lanois *sound*:

    Emmylou Harris -- Wrecking Ball
    Bob Dylan -- Time Out of Mind
    Daniel Lanois -- For The Beauty of Wynona

    The Emmylou album is truly a masterpiece. The vocals put chills up my spine every time I hear it and benefit greatly from a superior audio setup.

    Lanois is more well known for his production work with U2 and Peter Gabriel. However, those albums don't quite match the ethereal sonic quality of the three mentioned above.
    Another Lanois album worth listening to through really good equipment is the Willy Nelson CD Teatro. In some ways it has an odd mix, with the drums way out front, but for me it's completely engaging and so wonderfully recorded. If I'm not mistaken, Emmylou sings harmony on some tracks.

    There are those who consider this Willy's masterpiece; others hate it because of the way-different-than-usual production.

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    How about some jazz?

    Haven't seen too much jazz on this thread, not that I've read all 15 pages. Good jazz makes excellent reference material.

    Right now, I'm continuing to be enthralled by Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters". Sure, it won album of the year at the Grammy's, and for us sophisticated listeners that might disqualify it from serious-hood. However . . .

    This is a very fine recording, very interesting rhythmically, sonically and vocally. A bunch of different singers (all female except for Leonard Cohen) provide a great compliment to Hancock's great jazz production. This is very thoughtful and very engaging music. I'm particularly fond of Corinne Bailey Rae's dynamite version of the title song. Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Vinnie Colaiuta and Lionel Loueke (all of the highest rank) join Hancock on instruments. Shorter's sax take on Nefertiti is a revelation.

    This is accessible but very sophisticated music. Try it out.

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmr View Post
    My reference for many, many years has been "The Sheffield Drum Record / The Sheffield Track Record". Originally direct-to-LP, the CDs are off of analog and digital reference masters. The drum record is THE high frequency transient response recording.
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    I am surprised that I didn't mention it either or that nobody else had yet. It always goes along with me to any audio shop. After hearing the tracks from James Newton Howard on the SDTR, I bought JNH & Friends also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pneumonic View Post
    This is the most recent audio test playlist on my Squeezebox.

    1. Ricky Lee Jones - Comin' Back to Me - Pop Pop
    2. Cowboy Junkies - Mining for Gold/Misguided Angel - The Trinity Sessions
    3. Loreena McKennitt - Bonny Portmore - The Visit
    4. Amanda McBroom/Lincoln Mayorga - The Portrait - Growing up in Hollywood Town (Sheffield Labs)
    5. Teresa Juel - Tiden Bara Gar (Opus 3)
    6. Ana Caram - Viola Fora De Moda (Chesky)
    7. Rob Wasserman/Jennifer Warnes - Ballad of the Runaway Horse - Duets
    8. Jennifer Warnes - Bird On a Wire - Famous Blue Raincoat
    9. Arne Domnerus - Jeep's Blues - Jazz at the Pawnshop (Proprius)
    10. Ry Cooder/VM Bhatt - Ganges Delta Blues - A Meeting by the River (Walter Lily)
    11. Holly Cole Trio - My Baby Just Cares For Me - Girl Talk
    12. Yello - Rubberbandman - Baby
    13. Enigma - Principles of Lust - MCMXC AD
    14. CCR - I Heard it Thru the Grapevine - Cosmos Factory (DCC)
    15. Supertramp - Crime of the Century - Crime of the Century (MFSL)
    16. Cat Stevens - Where Do the Children Play - Tea For the Tillerman (MFSL)
    17. Cat Stevens - Father and Son - Tea For the Tillerman (MFSL)
    18. Elton John - Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Honky Chateau (MFSL)
    19. Elton John - Honky Cat - Greatest Hits (DCC)
    20. The Eagles - Hotel California - Hotel California (DCC)
    21. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing - The Sky is Crying (MFSL)
    22. Peter Gabriel - Lay Your Hands on Me - Security
    23. Mickey Hart/Airto and Floa Purim - The Gates of Dafos - Dafos (Reference Recordings)
    24. John McDermott - Danny Boy (A Cappella) - Danny Boy
    25. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
    26. Carmen Gomes - Let's Get Stoned - Marantz Audiophile Test CD
    27. Muddy Waters - My Home is in the Delta (MFSL)
    28. Susan Aglukark - Amazing Grace
    29. Chris Thomas King - Come On In My Kitchen
    30. David Gray - Hold on to Nothing
    31. Alvin Lee - The Bluest Blues
    32. Joe Bonamassa - Blues Deluxe
    33. Chesky Records - Ultimate Demo Disc. All of it.
    Wow. And I thought I was the only person that owned a copy each of Ultimate Demo Disc, Jazz at the Pawnshop (Proprius), Growing up in Hollywood Town (Sheffield Labs), and Dafos - Dafos (Reference Recordings) in the same collection. Do you have JNH & Friends, Time Warp Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops, as well as the Sheffiled Drum & Track CD?

    When people listen to Dafos and you tell them it is mostly percussion, they turn and look at you like you are crazy until you show them a picture of “The Beast”.
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    Living Room:
    Transporter, ADCOM GTP-870HD, Cinepro 3K6SE III Gold, Vandersteen Model 3A Signature, Two 2Wq subs, VCC-2, Two VSM-1

    Office: Touch with Vandersteen VSM-1s
    Kitchen: Touch in-wall mount w/ Thiel Powerpoint 1.2s
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    Bathroom: Squeezebox Radio
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPhone View Post
    Growing up in Hollywood Town (Sheffield Labs), and Dafos - Dafos (Reference Recordings) in the same collection. Do you have JNH & Friends, Time Warp Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops, as well as the Sheffiled Drum & Track CD?

    When people listen to Dafos and you tell them it is mostly percussion, they turn and look at you like you are crazy until you show them a picture of “The Beast”.
    I've had each of these CDs since around 1990. Amanda McBroom's vocals are impeccably recorded; however I still like Bette Midler's version of "The Rose" even though Amanda wrote it.

    Another good one is "Clair Marlo - Let It Go"; I've got the Sheffield CD, but I've heard good things about the SACD too. Even the "original" Sheffield CD, "Lincoln Mayorga & Distinguished Colleages" is great; love their version of "Peace Train" on jazz harpsichord. And what about "Dave Grusin - Discovered Again" or "Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker"? I've got both the CDs and the direct-to-disk LPs of those! Also the Sheffield "Harry James" CDs; I've got all three!

    So far as Reference Recordings, among others, I've had both of the "Blazing Redheads" CDs since they came out. KOJ is a genius when it comes to getting a great sound from a recording!

    One of my newer reference-level recordings is the 24/96 LCPM audio of Cheryl Bentyne - Among Friends (if you haven't heard of her, maybe you're heard the group she became popular with, The Manhattan Transfer). This LPCM audio is on DVD media from audiophile label AIX.

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