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post #121 of 396

How do you guys determine what is "best recorded"?  Do you go strictly by how it sounds to you, or do you measure dynamic range, look at a spectrogram, or something else that helps to quantify or visualize the recording?

post #122 of 396

Good engineering is a matter of smart techniques and creative decisions. It isn't something that shows up on charts and graphs. It's all about striking tasteful balances.

post #123 of 396

I just go by how it sounds. Very unscientific, I know. 

post #124 of 396

Bump for more nominations and less gum flappin'. tongue.gif

post #125 of 396
Some great stuff mentioned in this thread.

Holly Cole - Temptation
David Crosby - If I could only remember my name
Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek
Belafonte - Live at Carnegie Hall
Willie Nelson - Stardust
Alison Krauss - So Long so Wrong
post #126 of 396

Just listened to So Long So Wrong. Brilliantly recorded and a wonderful listen. 

post #127 of 396

OK, here we go - alphabetical order by Artist.  Only works I've actually purchased and listen to on a regular basis.


The B-52's "Cosmic Thing" - Audio Fidelity 24KT Gold version

Dio "Holy Diver" - Audio Fidelity 24KT Gold version

Dio "Last in Line" - Audio Fidelity 24KT Gold version

Donald Fagen "The Nightfly"

Faith No More "Angel Dust" - Mobile Fidelity


Frank Zappa "Apostrophe (')"

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - "One Size Fits All" [Po-Jama People rocks - the piano and guitar sound awesome] (I need to see which release I own)

Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"

Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here"

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Mother's Milk" - Mobile Fidelity (original EMI isn't bad, either, but the MoFi version cleans things up just enough to make it the superior release)


Rush "Moving Pictures" - Mercury 534631

Rush "Permanent Waves" - Mobile Fidelity

Rush "Signals" - Mercury 534633

Rush "Presto" - Atlantic 83736

Santana "Santana" - Mobile Fidelity


Santana "Abraxas" - Mobile Fidelity

Scorpions "Love at First Sting - Audio Fidelity 24KT Gold version

Steely Dan "Can't Buy A Thrill"

Steely Dan "Pretzel Logic"

Steely Dan "Aja"


Steely Dan "Gaucho"

Yes "Fragile" - Mobile Fidelity

Yes "90125" - Audio Fidelity 24KT Gold version

post #128 of 396

Nice list!! And thanks for sharing. I'll be looking into several of these. 

post #129 of 396
Please keep in mind that it isn't just the recording, but the mastering, particularly in the case of recordings from the '50s through the '70s which have been remastered (on both analog and digital formats) over and over again. In particular, many recent remasters have been less about extracting better sound from the master tape than about making it sound more "modern" by adding dynamic compression. For example, the original CD releases from Dire Straits (including the "Love Over Gold" mentioned several times here) were quite good, but the touted remasters from the mid-2000s made the music a victim of the "loudness wars." And, in cases of sonically-renowned albums like DSotM, you can find websites covering dozens of different editions, and the varying sonic benefits of each.
post #130 of 396
Roger Waters - Amused to death deserves to at least be mentioned here...
post #131 of 396

I'll add Brian Bromberg: Wood for jazz and acoustic bass lovers. 

post #132 of 396
"Explorations in Space and Time" An amazing album recorded with a 3D Binaural Microphone. Artists - Lenny White, Jamey Haddad, and Mark Sherman.
post #133 of 396

Ohh where do I start? I'll mention only few, there is much more:


Rebecca Pidgeon – The Raven




The Body Acoustic



An basically most (if not all) of the Chesky Records productions.


Rafał Blechacz – Sonatas



Rafał Blechacz - Chopin – the piano concertos



Lang Lang Live in Vienna – I was speechless after listening.



Peter Malick Group + New York City (feat. Norah Jones)




Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)


John Hammond - Rough & Tough


Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Erich Kunzel - Round-Up




I agree with the author of this thread, Michael Jacksons’ productions are superb quality.

Edited by NimnuL - 7/30/13 at 12:50am
post #134 of 396

Thanks for this post. I'm going through your selections now. 

post #135 of 396

Gents, I havent been through all these posts yet but thought I would mention it as this came to me - apologies if its been mentioned before.


As recordings can vary depending on pressings\versions\years, when posting the album details can you also post the ASIN\EAN\ISO barcode number and\or release date of the album so we know exactly which version you are referring to.



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