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post #46 of 208
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Uncle Beau's Head-Fi heresy: The mere existence of newer, better, and more expensive gear doesn't mean that your current rig sounds any worse than it did last week.
post #47 of 208
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Originally Posted by Oski
The original CD release is terrible, closed in, flat, and veiled. The remaster that came out a few years ago is really good, expansive, great soundstage, and detailed. I got the limited edition cardboard Original Album Art version.
My bad. The only CD version I ever had was the remaster.
post #48 of 208
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The Weavers: Reunion at Carnegie Hall-1963. On Classic Records DAD. This is it. The single best recording I've heard, ever. Can't describe it; an uncanny sense of being there that had me sitting up in my chair the first time I heard it.

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Beau
a while back i saw a folk history show on PBS. there was a short clip showing Peter, Paul & Mary in concert. in front of them were a pair of spaced (omnis??), at about 3' apart. goes a ways to understanding why live recordings of that era sound so good. they were recorded (not all, of course) intelligently.

robert
post #49 of 208
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I came up with the sig for my own benefit - after my once-a-decade upgrade to the MOH(R) caused HeadRoom to introduce an entire new amplifier line!

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a while back i saw a folk history show on PBS. there was a short clip showing Peter, Paul & Mary in concert. in front of them were a pair of spaced (omnis??), at about 3' apart. goes a ways to understanding why live recordings of that era sound so good. they were recorded (not all, of course) intelligently.
I'd love to know more about recording techniques and wish there were more details offered with an album, particularly with the really special ones like The Weavers. I've listened to it to a dozen times in the couple of months I've had it, each time expecting that I can't have that feeling of being transported to the performance that I had on first listening. But it happens each time. Definitely one of the handful of peak experiences I've had in 20 years of listening to music reproduced through quality equipment. Soo.. if they could do it 40+ years ago, why not now?? The albums in my collection that routinely come closest to that you-are-there sensation are some of the Mapleshade discs but this baby is in a class by itself.
post #50 of 208
Another thread brought this one to mind and it belongs in the "best recording" thread.

Exodus by Bob Marley and the Wailers. MFSL Gold Disc. Gets my vote for best studio pop recording. I've never heard other versions for comparison with the MFSL.
post #51 of 208
just finished listening to 'A Meeting by the River' -- Ry Cooder, et al. another simply recorded disc.

"This is a pure analog recording done exclusively with custom-built triode vacuum-tube electronics. The microphone setup was the classic Blumlein arrangement. No noice reduction, equalization, compression or limiting of any sort was used in the making of this recording."

in the food world they say: "use the best ingredients, simply prepared." hi-fi used to do that.

Water Lily Acoustics is the label. they do an awfully good job. it helps if you like Ry Cooder.
post #52 of 208
I find that all Radiohead albums (but particularly the Kid A/Amnesiac stuff) are beautifully recorded.

Also, I just got this (Head Fi reco'd), but 'The Trinity Sessions' by the Cowboy Junkies is just a fantastic sounding live album. I've actually seen a show in the Trinity St. Paul Centre (the church in Toronto where the album was recorded), and I can vouch for the fact that the album sounds like you're in the building. Is it really done with one mic as it kind of says unclearly on the inlay?
post #53 of 208
Bought Diana Krall's "Live in Paris" based on recommendations here. holy crap first album in a long long time that, when I lay back and closed my eyes, completely took me away. kowabunga
and thanks
post #54 of 208
Two that I think are very fine recordings:

Golden Heart - Mark Knopfler

Teatro - Willie Nelson
post #55 of 208
I have always thought that Marek Janowski's '80-'83 Ring cycle was very well-recorded. As far as that work goes, it is in the top two or three best recorded cycles. As far as everything else goes, it is on my short list.
post #56 of 208
Its a shame that I only like 2 of these recordings mentioned
post #57 of 208
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The Crystal Method - Tweekend

Crystal-clear production on all fronts. Digital music at its best.
tiesto's recent 'just be' album was one of the highest quality trance genre recordings I've heard in a while.
post #58 of 208
I think Beck's "Sea Change" is incredible sounding. I always use it to test things out. The bass has so much detail and musical quality to it, and there is sooo much layered on top of each other, but it all comes through in a nice balance

EDIT: Some more...(upon going through my collection)

Tom Waits -- Blood Money
Townes Van Zandt -- Delta Momma Blues
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter -- Reckless Burning
Neutral Milk Hotel -- In the Aeroplane...
the Talking Heads -- Stop Making Sense (and its live!??)
Sigh -- Imaginary Soniscape
Phish -- Story of the Ghost
Miles Davis -- Kind of Blue
all of Bob Marley's later studio recordings
Warsaw Village Band -- People's Spring
Sanjay Mishra -- Blue Incantation
Shakti
Percussions De Guinee -- Self Titled
post #59 of 208
Lou Reed - The Blue Mask

Very simple direct recording. Minimal overdubbing. Live, spontaneous performances in the studio. You are right in the music.
post #60 of 208
For production another vote for "Steely Dan - AJA"

For recording maybe "Jazz at the Pawnshop", one of the perennial demos at most Hi-Fi shops.
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