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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,716
    Tony M wrote: »
    I JUST used some tracks off of George Michael's "Faith Album" while demoing some speakers an old friend, who visited a couple of weeks ago, was interested in. :)B)

    I have this on original pressing vinyl. Very good recordings.
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,194
    edited September 2018
    Sergio Mendes - Brasileiro.

    This one is fun and features percussion. It will make gals get up and dance. Available on CD also. My fav track, Magalenha with volume at 11. About forty some seconds in.

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,913
    tonyb wrote: »
    Ray Charles and Natalie Cole “Fever” from the Genius loves company album.
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    Good one....he sings Elton's song, better than Elton. Man injects soul into every piece on that recording.

    All while being sick at the same time. It an incredible piece of work.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,913
    I'm gonna send a shout out to @gmcman for helping me realize Peter Gabriel's SO album sounds WAAAYY better on SACD than it does on CD.
    (even HE was kinda surprised at the difference we heard)

    All of Peter Gabriel's stuff on SACD is good stuff. The last few years they have skyrocketed in price. I wish i would of bought them years earlier now.

  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,194
    halo wrote: »

    Happiness is Easy (The Colour of Spring)

    Four real live percussionists, Hollis's nasally vocals, a closely mic'd bass fiddle ~ 1:37 in, Stevie Winwood on the organ, a children's choir....lots to offer.

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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,083
    edited September 2018
    I have about a dozen of the instrumental "Lifescapes" CD's from Target. They are all "DDD" and very well engineered. All different genres of music from Native American, Jazz, Tropical, Classical, and even Cajun. They are usually found by the Hallmark cards section. There's a smooth jazz one I use a lot for testing speakers.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,010
    Agree with Steve, I bought a couple used on eBay because of his recommendation. I don’t like the style of the smooth jazz album, but the SQ is excellent. I actually really like the Native American one. The double bass is awesome...
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,913
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    halo wrote: »

    Happiness is Easy (The Colour of Spring)

    Four real live percussionists, Hollis's nasally vocals, a closely mic'd bass fiddle ~ 1:37 in, Stevie Winwood on the organ, a children's choir....lots to offer.


    Dang I need to get up there and sit in the sweet spot... If Jasper lets me:)
  • halohalo Posts: 5,281
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    halo wrote: »

    Happiness is Easy (The Colour of Spring)

    Four real live percussionists, Hollis's nasally vocals, a closely mic'd bass fiddle ~ 1:37 in, Stevie Winwood on the organ, a children's choir....lots to offer.


    Dang I need to get up there and sit in the sweet spot... If Jasper lets me:)

    Those InnerSound hybrid ESL’s are living with @BlueMDPicker now :)
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,913
    halo wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    halo wrote: »

    Happiness is Easy (The Colour of Spring)

    Four real live percussionists, Hollis's nasally vocals, a closely mic'd bass fiddle ~ 1:37 in, Stevie Winwood on the organ, a children's choir....lots to offer.


    Dang I need to get up there and sit in the sweet spot... If Jasper lets me:)

    Those InnerSound hybrid ESL’s are living with @BlueMDPicker now :)

    Yep i know it's Salks now.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,716
    For those of you into EDM, I love the artist Anoraak. Great imaging and sounds.
    Of course, that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,293
    edited September 2018
    Rockers Hi-Fi - Going Under (Main Version) (K&D Session™)

    On vinyl: https://www.turntablelab.com/products/kruder-dorfmeister-the-k-d-sessions-180g-vinyl-5lp
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,609
    edited September 2018
    Not sure it really qualifies as music, but the Blue Man Group Audio CD is fun to listen to on a capable hifi.

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    The track called Synaesthetic is a good one to play if you want to check for loose screws on loudspeakers -- and if a copy of Jennifer Warnes' The Hunter (specifically, the track Way Down Deep) isn't handy. :)

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    EDIT: The back cover image from the BMG CD is... amusing :)


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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,375
    I used to use a Blue Man Group musical piece to demo my SRS2's to show people what AWSOME speakers sound like and are capable of. The music starts off slowly and then builds to a crescendo of BASS that hits you in the chest and makes you smile a big smile of WOW. :DB)

    I guess a SVS or HRS subwoofer in the mix would take you there also. :DB)
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  • I never can say a certain song, due to that fact its the recording (engineering) that makes any song stand out or sucks. There has been great songs on vinyl, but did not transfer well to CD or some other format. And the same can be said in the other direction where vinyl was just ok then digital made it jump out of your speakers.
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  • pitdogg2 wrote: »
    I'm gonna send a shout out to @gmcman for helping me realize Peter Gabriel's SO album sounds WAAAYY better on SACD than it does on CD.
    (even HE was kinda surprised at the difference we heard)

    All of Peter Gabriel's stuff on SACD is good stuff. The last few years they have skyrocketed in price. I wish i would of bought them years earlier now.

    Sledgehammer!!!!!!!
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,716
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Sergio Mendes - Brasileiro.

    This one is fun and features percussion. It will make gals get up and dance. Available on CD also. My fav track, Magalenha with volume at 11. About forty some seconds in.

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    Great track!!
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  • halohalo Posts: 5,281
    joecoulson wrote: »
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Sergio Mendes - Brasileiro.

    This one is fun and features percussion. It will make gals get up and dance. Available on CD also. My fav track, Magalenha with volume at 11. About forty some seconds in.

    5vkpzsio2203.jpg


    Great track!!

    I was there when we played "What is This" through the InnerSound Eros. The bass on that track is great. Carl @schwarcw brought that CD with him IIRC. He also had The Shins and some Emmylou Harris CD''s. Good times.
  • I don't know if I have caught my stride just yet with specific reference tracks. Are there some that I listen to more than often...yes but it changes. How's It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind is pretty damn well recorded in my opinion.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,716
    I don't know if I have caught my stride just yet with specific reference tracks. Are there some that I listen to more than often...yes but it changes. How's It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind is pretty damn well recorded in my opinion.

    Exactly why I said that mine’s a moving target.
    What’s funny is when I go through an upgrade spurt like I just have, I rekindle old music flames from years past. I’m listening to Tiesto now from an album I have not heard for over 14 years. Sounds fantastic. Better than I ever remember.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,010
    I don't know if I have caught my stride just yet with specific reference tracks. Are there some that I listen to more than often...yes but it changes. How's It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind is pretty damn well recorded in my opinion.

    Is that from the debut album? I never cared for it but one of the BEST drummers I played with in college loved the sound of the drum kit so much that he contacted the drummer and bought the exact same kit...I listened to it recently and it does have good sound quality!
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  • The Art of Noise Moments in love.
    The Carpenters greatest DSD download is INCREDIBLE.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,293
    Telarc

    Best quality classical recordings that I've experienced.
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,194
    edited September 2018
    Telarc, good stuff....

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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,194
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    -- and if a copy of Jennifer Warnes' The Hunter (specifically, the track Way Down Deep) isn't handy. :)

    Got one in my demo rack. B)

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  • rooftop59 wrote: »
    I don't know if I have caught my stride just yet with specific reference tracks. Are there some that I listen to more than often...yes but it changes. How's It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind is pretty damn well recorded in my opinion.

    Is that from the debut album? I never cared for it but one of the BEST drummers I played with in college loved the sound of the drum kit so much that he contacted the drummer and bought the exact same kit...I listened to it recently and it does have good sound quality!

    Yup debut self titled album. The band as a whole...meh but I like these one hit wonders that take me back to simpler times...being young and all.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,010
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    I don't know if I have caught my stride just yet with specific reference tracks. Are there some that I listen to more than often...yes but it changes. How's It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind is pretty damn well recorded in my opinion.

    Is that from the debut album? I never cared for it but one of the BEST drummers I played with in college loved the sound of the drum kit so much that he contacted the drummer and bought the exact same kit...I listened to it recently and it does have good sound quality!

    Yup debut self titled album. The band as a whole...meh but I like these one hit wonders that take me back to simpler times...being young and all.

    Man how old were you when that album came out? must've still been in diapers lol. You've clearly got a MUCH better memory than I do.
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,671
    edited September 2018
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Not sure it really qualifies as music, but the Blue Man Group Audio CD is fun to listen to on a capable hifi.
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    I know the drummer Clem Waldman that that played on track 5 "Rods and Cones" and also toured with them. We both played in the Michigan State University Marching band / drumline back in the 80's.
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  • halohalo Posts: 5,281
    I saw BMG at the Briar Street Theater in Chicago. Great show. I bought the Audio CD after the show. I could’ve purchased the DVD-Audio disc but I wasn’t very audio savvy at the time so I passed on it.
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