Just one song to impress the uninitiated - Which one?

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We've all been there - A friend, acquaintance, neighbor or such is visiting your home. They see your music rig and ask "What is all THAT for?"

I recently had this happen - one of my wife's friends was over, and she asked why I had an "old fashioned" stereo, as opposed to a blu-tooth speaker hooked to my phone. My wife rolls her eyes and says "One song, then we're going back upstairs..." In this case, I asked the friend what kind of music she enjoys - 90's rock/grunge. Not one of my mainstay genres, but I have a good one - Running Blind off the Godsmack SACD "The Other Side". We ended up listening for about a half hour - Wife was NOT amused...

This encounter got me thinking, if you only have ONE SONG to try and sell someone on the merits of a well thought out 2ch listening rig, what would it be? My normal go-to would have to be Private Investigations, off the Love Over Gold SACD from Dire Straits...
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,545
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    Probably Roger Water's, "Amused to Death".

    So many great tracks to choose from...

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 4,415
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    It really depends on the person listening. For example, not everyone would like or fully appreciate hearing Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man and the way it scatters multi layered instrumental sounds all around the soundstage. Someone may be more impressed with just hearing Michael Buble singing a tune front and center.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,261
    edited January 2023
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    I use the Wailin Jennys' Bring Me L'il Water, Silvy from Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House.
    Hasn't failed yet.

    EDIT: If I have to use a boom/thwack track to get the attention of the occasional knuckledragger, I usually trot out Synaesthetic from the Blue Man Group Audio CD. It is also very good for finding loose fasteners in loudspeakers. Srsly.

    B):#

    PS My hifi's actually quite simple -- one switch turns it all on or off. :)

  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,144
    edited January 2023
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    Just one song...no such thing

    https://youtu.be/xXBNlApwh0c

    Marta's voice is engaging ...you're in for a treat

    https://youtu.be/qMIdNmxISms

    https://youtu.be/LQUXuQ6Zd9w

    https://youtu.be/QDsI6YcHhE8
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  • VR3
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    Really depends but I have like 3 or 4 track play lists that I build for gatherings I would default to for sure
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • pitdogg2
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    Mark That Godsmack SACD is an EXCELLENT piece.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,684
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    Anything with finger cymbals.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,545
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    One song, Drew. Get with the program haus...

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,684
    edited January 2023
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    Billain - Codename
  • Osarion
    Osarion Posts: 180
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    Hugh Masekela "Stimela" live version from HOPE LP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g2GfOyioiQ
  • Jstas
    Jstas Posts: 14,742
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    Depends.

    If I don't have access to the Internet (depends on what rig it is) I will throw in "Towards Home" by Jonathan Elias. Just listen to it. It's a stellar test track especially for SDA demos. On an SDA rig that violin is absolutely ethereal and floats all over the sound stage while everything else stays planted right where it is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDurza1o2dA


    If I can get to the internet I found a couple good ones that will give any system a good workout.

    First is Natalia Doco - Quédate Luna

    This is the remixed album version

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCRBW7BHXGE&list=PLLxYhUXCEqGJPcqQWL-g7yeNt9S6XRPCt&index=77

    But this is her singing it solo with an acoustic guitar. One of those tracks where you'll hear her fingers plucking the strings and her breathing. But, it's there in the album track but, what's more apparent in the acoustic video is her voice has a vibrato on sustained notes that's subtle. On, like, my cellphone, it just sounds like one note. But on the Totem Acoustics/Peachtree rig you hear it and it opens eyes because it sounds like she's right in the room with you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf87iItW13g&list=PLLxYhUXCEqGJPcqQWL-g7yeNt9S6XRPCt&index=74

    But if people just come in with a pissing contest in mind and ask "So let's see what this thing's got!", I'll throw this up:

    Else - "Paris"

    The thing about this track is that half of this track you can't hear if your system doesn't dig below like 50 Hz. It's not blow your ear drums out kind of bass. It's musical and crystal clear and critical to the song. The track gives a good workout and on an appropriate system, it will pressurize the room enough that your listener is not only going to hear it but they're going to feel it too. All the way down to their jibbly bits. Like seriously, it digs deep and you feel it inside you. It's hard to explain but it's a bit unsettling. It feels like if you get startled real bad and your heart starts pounding as your body works through the adrenaline. That thumping inside you from your heart, inside your head that your heart makes...that's how the low end of this track feels. Everyone I've played this for looks at me with wide eyes right around the 0:38 mark. I've even been rocking this track in the Lincoln with the 500 watt sub with the windows closed and I'm not even at 1/4 volume but people next to me are looking at me because they feel it not so much as hear it. Probably because their mirrors are vibrating too. But the dynamic range in not only loudness of the track but the extension of the frequency range pretty much shows off everything. It shuts everyone with a big, cocky mouth up. Especially when I had the Amazings hooked up and all 8 of those woofers were trying to jump out of their baskets and the meters on the Silver 7t's were barely tickling 50%. Push it to where the needles were pinging the top of the meter and this track was shaking things off shelves on the other end of the house.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zk8f6aBQk


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  • bcwsrt
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    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Just one song...no such thing

    ...

    😳 Well done with those selections, sir! The Black Sabbath track was a definite divergence, but the female voice is a thing of pure beauty. Well-recorded and played back on a good / great system, it tells all, IMO.

    Brian

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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 11,059
    edited January 2023
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    Blue Man Group.

    PVC IV.

    This on my Polk SDA-SRS2s is simply soul-shaking and jaw-dropping.

    https://youtu.be/W1rhrCzmiW4
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • msg
    msg Posts: 9,692
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    Def Leppard - Animal

    Baby Shark fan, or Lawrence Welk - they all get Animal.
    I disabled signatures.
  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,144
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    bcwsrt wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Just one song...no such thing

    ...

    😳 Well done with those selections, sir! The Black Sabbath track was a definite divergence, but the female voice is a thing of pure beauty. Well-recorded and played back on a good / great system, it tells all, IMO.

    Yes I am a huge fan of the female vocals but,

    Find a copy of Paranoid SMH CD Japan and it will blow your mind
    Another rock must have is the Mofi Santana Abraxas ...Black Magic Woman, sublime
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  • halo71
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    Anything of the Dire Straits Brothers in Arm SACD or Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad album.
    --Gary--
    Onkyo Integra M504, Bottlehead Foreplay III, Denon SACD, Thiel CS2.3, NHT VT-2, VT-3 and Evolution T6, Infinity RSIIIa, SDA1C and a few dozen other speakers around the house I change in and out.
  • vader540is
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    daddyjt wrote: »
    We've all been there - A friend, acquaintance, neighbor or such is visiting your home. They see your music rig and ask "What is all THAT for?"

    I recently had this happen - one of my wife's friends was over, and she asked why I had an "old fashioned" stereo, as opposed to a blu-tooth speaker hooked to my phone. My wife rolls her eyes and says "One song, then we're going back upstairs..." In this case, I asked the friend what kind of music she enjoys - 90's rock/grunge. Not one of my mainstay genres, but I have a good one - Running Blind off the Godsmack SACD "The Other Side". We ended up listening for about a half hour - Wife was NOT amused...

    This encounter got me thinking, if you only have ONE SONG to try and sell someone on the merits of a well thought out 2ch listening rig, what would it be? My normal go-to would have to be Private Investigations, off the Love Over Gold SACD from Dire Straits...

    https://youtu.be/7zjU28f6sE4
  • SIHAB
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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 8,009
    edited February 2023
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    Melody’s Gardot - Preacherman

    https://youtu.be/gOwoE8XtPFU

    Huge soundsyptage, very dense and complex. Bass digs very deep, and you won’t be able to separate the opening bass line from the acoustic guitar that tracks with it on many rigs…
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  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,539
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    Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie, from Buddy Miller’s Majestic Silver Strings.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,545
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    Osarion wrote: »
    Hugh Masekela "Stimela" live version from HOPE LP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g2GfOyioiQ

    If you can find a Burmester CD that has this on it? Snag it. It puts the RB version to absolute shame. Even if it's the cheap Chinese 3 box set for 30 bucks. Reference material, for sure.

    We have always referred to it as the, "Choo-choo song". Love, love, love the dynamics!

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Clipdat
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    But what did you think of "Billain - Codename"?
  • treitz3
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    If you are asking me, the system is down right now due to construction/reconfiguration. So, I haven't listened to any of the songs on this list yet. I should be back in business by next Monday.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Clipdat
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    Ok well when you don't like it, remember it's because your system isn't resolving enough and/or doesn't dig deep enough.
  • jdjohn
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    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Melody’s Gardot's - Preacherman
    Fixed it for ya. Great track, bro.
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  • jdjohn
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    But what did you think of "Billain - Codename"?
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Ok well when you don't like it, remember it's because your system isn't resolving enough and/or doesn't dig deep enough.
    As my daughter would say, "It makes me nervous." For me, personally, I can't connect to it emotionally, but I do see how it presents challenges for a stereo system, from a performance standpoint.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
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  • Jstas
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Ok well when you don't like it, remember it's because your system isn't resolving enough and/or doesn't dig deep enough.

    Is that performance art like when Beck sampled a vacuum cleaner running through a feedback filter and made a whole song with it?

    'Cause it sounds like Billain dropped the mixing board down a flight of stairs, played it back out of curiosity and thought "Now there's a hit song!"
    Expert Moron Extraordinaire

    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!