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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Ok, I have a new one to add to the short list now thanks to @vr3

    Haim - Summer Girl

    Great track - thanks Trey!
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,623
    Oh yeah, incredible imaging
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  • miner
    miner Posts: 1,307
    The Robert Palmer trilogy - Sailin' Shoes, Hey Hey Julia, Snealin' Sally....
    Has vocals, acoustic, electric, bass
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,816
    miner wrote: »
    The Robert Palmer trilogy - Sailin' Shoes, Hey Hey Julia, Snealin' Sally....
    Has vocals, acoustic, electric, bass

    Plus it is tonnes of fun. :)
  • Well, I do not know if these would be considered reference tracks, but Barcelona Gypsy band is pretty good. I like their music. Probably don't understand a damn thing that they say in their songs, but music is pretty good. Another band is Pink Martini, especially the one called Amado Mio....
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,099
    miner wrote: »
    The Robert Palmer trilogy - Sailin' Shoes, Hey Hey Julia, Snealin' Sally....
    Has vocals, acoustic, electric, bass
    We heard ya the first time (on the first page of this thread) :D Just ribbing ya. Those songs are definitely not what I think of when I think of Robert Palmer (I think of his MTV videos and stint with Power Station), but I have enjoyed listening to the songs you mentioned, and reading about his 'eclectic' style over the years. He passed too soon :(
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  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,406
    Great thread!

    Here's a list of tracks from some of the NY Audio Rave Cd's

    Wynton Marsalis Quartet - "Feeling Of Jazz" (The Magic Hour)

    The Bad Plus - " Keep The Bugs Off Your Glass, And The Bears Off Your ****" (These Are The Vistas)

    Bozzio, Levin, Stevens - "Duende" (Black Light Syndrome)

    Ben Harper - "Gold To Me" (Fight for Your Mind)

    Morphine - "Buena" (Cure for Pain)

    Nils Lofgren - "Keith Don’t Go" (Acoustic Live)

    Mino Cinelu - "Oncoming Horizons" (Mino Cinelu)

    Copland - "Fanfare For The Common Man" (Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Fanfare for the Common Man -Louis Lane, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Telarc)

    Ben Vaughn - “Too Happy” (Designs in Music)

    Rimsky-Korsakov - “Dance Of The Tumblers” (Eiji Oue/ Minnesota Orch.)

    Dean Peer -“Mars” (Think...It's All Good)

    Weather Report - "Confians" (Sportin' Life)

    Bernadette Peters - "Blackbird" (I'll Be Your Baby Tonight)

    ZZ Top - ""La Grange" (Tres Hombres)
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,623
    @joecoulson

    Add London grammar - hey now

    You will love the bass and vocals
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,623
    Oh and eskmo cloudlight if you are an electronic fan.., bass and imaging like you wouldn't believe
    - Not Tom

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  • headrott
    headrott Posts: 5,477
    I will add:

    Ryuchi Sakamoto - Left Handed Dream (whole album). You need the “European version” though....

    Gary Numan - Pleasure Principle whole album

    Anything by Vangelis

    Anything by the Talking Heads

    Anything by Dire Straights
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  • BlueBirdMusic
    BlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 1,535
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Great thread!

    Here's a list of tracks from some of the NY Audio Rave Cd's



    Dean Peer -“Mars” (Think...It's All Good)



    I agree regarding Dean Peer and his base guitar. Some unusual stuff.
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  • BDT
    BDT Posts: 212
    Pretty much anything with Eva Cassidy......Particularly Nightbird LP.

    If a rig gets her voice right....that's what I'm looking for.

    BDT
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,099
    Eva...gone too soon. There is no better test for female vocals.

    I want to add Bruce Springsteen's "The River" title track. It was basically recorded in a gym with mattresses on the walls...and sounds like it. Embrace that, and listen for it.
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,099
    Civil Wars "My Father's Father":
    "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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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,623
    Chocolate chip trip, imaging awesomeness aside, the drums sound flat out incredible
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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Agree completely
    That is a clear number two of the best tracks on the album. With Invincible taking the cake.
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    I also think that Dave Grohls “Play” is a great track for drums and riffs. It gets a little muddled in the highest dynamic parts, but what a great recording.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,623
    Will have to check those two out
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  • BjornB17
    BjornB17 Posts: 752
    VR3 wrote: »
    Will have to check those two out

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  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,464
    Puscifer has some great sounding recordings.
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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,481
    Yosi Horikawa - Vapor...pretty much the whole album.
    He uses a lot of natural sounds in his tracks and it images incredibly.
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  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,612
    VR3 wrote: »
    Chocolate chip trip, imaging awesomeness aside, the drums sound flat out incredible

    You should hear it live! :D
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,099
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Puscifer has some great sounding recordings.
    Yeah, the title track of The Humbling River should give your sub a workout with the timpani drums.
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  • daddyjt
    daddyjt Posts: 1,436
    If you want to stretch the legs of a DTS enabled system, this disc is outstanding. Impeccably recorded, an active surround mix, solid and punchy bass line, and a varied style throughout.

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  • WLDock
    WLDock Posts: 2,906
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Great thread!

    Here's a list of tracks from some of the NY Audio Rave Cd's

    Weather Report - "Confians" (Sportin' Life)
    I was going through this thread and saw this. Brings back memories. I bought the Sportin' Life album on vinyl back in college when it first released. I remember the hook from that song... Prye, prye, prye - o. Prye, prye, prye-oo.

    Been a weather report fan for years, I saw them live about a year prior on the Domino Theory tour. They blew my mind!

  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    My mom turned me on to WR - Birdland in the early 80's - fond memories of dancing around the living room as a kid
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,497
    Please forgive me if you think that this is inappropriate, Joe. I just so happened to be looking for some older threads that were based upon "Reference" type songs and ran across these three. I figured I'd just add them here since they are all still somewhat "on topic".

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/146876/one-song-and-your-system/p1

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/120609/the-most-dynamic-well-recorded-music-you-have-heard-to-date/p1

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/62984/best-live-album-recorded-albums-youve-heard

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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Only your boots on my carpet was inappropriate Tom :D

    I welcome the addition of info as it directly relates to the topic at hand!
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,816
    edited January 2020
    Just read through this ol' thread in a (perhaps vain) attempt to make sure I don't repeat myself! :p

    Nice trip down memory lane, this thread.

    The topic got me to thinkin' about audio flashbulb memories -- hifi experiences that are aurally and/or visually/sensually (so to speak) burned into some nonvolatile RAM in my age-addled consciousness :) -- and I thought of one that I hadn't for a long time.

    I have a flashbulb memory of hearing this on a full Edgarhorn system (including Dr. Edgar's phonebooth-sized Seismic subwoofer). Jerry Douglas, with Steve Earle on vocals. A brilliant performance and recording of a tremendous old (1958) Johnny Cash song.



    Seek out a copy.
    (IMO, of course. YMMV)
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Bump here as I in the middle of testing
    Fantastic song

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