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Definitive List of Well-Recorded Rock Albums

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Thread Starter 
There seem to be a lot of "Definitive [blah]" threads popping up these days,
so, in the spirit of the times, let's compile a big fat list of gorgeously recorded rock albums.

I'll start with some of the obvious ones:

311 – Soundsystem
A Triggering Myth - Forgiving Eden
AC/DC - Back in Black
Aerosmith - Pump
Air - Moon Safari
Alice in Chains - MTV Unplugged
Athenaeum - Radiance
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Beck - Sea Change
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - Burn to Shine
Better Than Ezra - Before the Robots
Better Than Ezra - How Does Your Garden Grow?
Blackfield - Blackfield
Blazing Red Heads - Crazed Woman
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw
Brian Wilson - SMiLE
Camel - Moonmadness (Decca 2002 Remaster)
Chris Beckers - Messenger of Truth
Cowboy Junkie's - Trinity Session
The Cranberries - No Need to Argue
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys (2CD deluxe remaster by rhino)
Danzig - 4
Dave Matthews - Some Devil (reference quality)
Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
Dave Matthews Band - Crash
Dave Matthews Band - Under the Table and Dreaming
David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
Def Leppard - Hysteria
Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Donald Fagen - The Night Fly
Dream Theater - Awake
Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
Eagles - Millenium Concert
Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy
Emerson, Lake, & Palmer - Tarkus (Japanese remaster)
Eric Clapton - MTV Unplugged
Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom
Faith No More - The Real Thing
Fantômas - The Director's Cut
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
George Martin - In My Life
Grateful Dead - Workingman’s Dead
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Happy the Man - Craftyhands
Heather Nova - Storm
Iron Maiden - Maiden England live CD
Isis - Oceanic
Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
Jack Johnson - Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George
James Taylor - Hourglass
Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Joe Jackson - Body and Soul
Joe Jackson - Night and Day
John Mellencamp - Whenever We Wanted
Johnny Cash - American Recordings (all four recordings in the "American" series are recommended, though title track of IV has some distortion)
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Kate Bush - Aerial
Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of the True
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (Classic Records version)
Little Feat Live - Waiting for Columbus
Los Lobos - Kiko
Lucy Kaplansky - Every Single Day
Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth
Maria Muldaur - Southland of the Heart
Mark Knopfler - Golden Heart (HDCD remaster, American)
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelpia (DVD-A/CD Double disc)
Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La (DVD-A/CD Double disc)
Massive Attack - Protection
The Mendoza Line - Poems To A Pawnshop
Metallica - Master of Puppets (24k gold DCC version)
Metallica - Metallica (aka The Black Album)
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Morcheeba - Charango
Morphine - Cure for Pain
Mr. Bungle - California
The Murmurs - Blender
Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live
Nirvana - Unplugged in NY
Opeth - Damnation
Opeth - Deliverance
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Paul Simon - Graceland
Paul Simon - You're The One
Paula Cole - This Fire
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pearl Jam - Vs.
Peter Gabriel - Security
Peter Gabriel - Up
Peter Gabriel - Us
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
The Police - Live 1984
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia or Deadwing
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Radiohead - Kid A
Radiohead - OK Computer
Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
Richard Page - Shelter Me
Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones
Roger Waters - Amused to Death
The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971
Roy Rogers - Pleasure and Pain
Rush - Counterparts
Rush - Hemispheres (MFSL remaster)
Rush - Moving Parts (MFSL remaster)
Salomon Burke - Don't Give Up on Me
Sarah Mclachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Sarah Mclachlan - Surfacing
Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow (1996)
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Stabbing Westward - Stabbing Westward (2001)
Steely Dan - Aja
Steely Dan - Cant Buy a Thrill
Steely Dan - Citizen
Steely Dan - Katie Lied
Steely Dan - Showbiz Kids
Steve Hackett - Voyage of the Acolyte (2005 remaster)
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Sting - Brand New Day
Sting - Fields of Gold
Stone Temple Pilots - Core
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Symphony X - The Odyssey
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Theresa Anderssen - Shine
Toad the Wet Procket - Coil
Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine
Tomas Bodin - Pinup Guru
Tool - Lateralus
Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
The Tragically Hip - Up To Here
U2 - Joshua Tree
U2 - Pop
Van Halen - 1984
The Weavers - Reunion at Carnegie Hall
The Who - Live at Leeds
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
XTC - Apple Venus Volume I
YES - Fragile & Close to the Edge (Japanese Mini-LP Remaster)
Neil Young - After the Goldrush
Neil Young - Are You Passionate?
Neil Young - Greendale
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
Neil Young - Unplugged
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe
Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage
Frank Zappa - Live in New York
Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All
Frank Zappa - Roxy and Elsewhere
Frank Zappa - The Mothers at Filmore East '71
Frank Zappa - Waka/Jawaka
ZZ Top - Recycler

Many of these taken from Bob Katz' CD Honor Roll (as linked by clarke68) for well-mastered cds. If any of these are not well-recorded, please give a shout.

Post more and I'll add them to this post! This would be very useful to people looking to get more good rock (people like myself ) and a great reference for us all
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DSOTM
post #3 of 148
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by claymon
DSOTM
happens to be my favorite album ever, but recently i heard people saying it wasn't well recorded... wanted to avoid being told off. anyhow, that's going right on the list.

i can't easily tell good from bad recordings as my setup is really low-end. is any floyd badly recorded (it all sounds pretty darn incredible to me )
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U2-Joshua Tree
Metallica-Master of Puppets
Pink Floyd-I actually think Wish You Were Here sounds better than DSOTM.
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steely dan
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Steely Dan--Katie Lied. Not necessarily one of my favorites, but damn it sounds good.
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Any Tool.
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Blackfield
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Originally Posted by gtp
Any Tool.
What about the backround hiss on lateralus? http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...ight=lateralus
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showp...2&postcount=25
There's other threads/posts regarding the issue that you can find with search

Though the music is great, I wouldn't rank the album among the most Hi-Fi records.
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Nirvana - Unplugged in NY (or are acoustic albums not allowed here?)
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Aerosmith - Pump
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Toad the wet sprocket - Coil
Better than Ezra - Before the robots (incredibly well-recorded)
Better than Ezra - How does your garden grow? (incredibly well-recorded)
Def Leppard - Hysteria
The Murmurs - Blender
Athaneum (sp?) - Radiance
Danzig - 4
Dave Matthews Band - "Under the table and dreaming", "Crash" and "Before these crowded streets."
311 - Soundsystem

There's plenty more out there. These are all well-recorded albums in my experiences with my Baby Orpheus rig, very crisp and clean without much, if any, hint of distortion due to compression. If you want to hear some up close and personal vocals, the Danzig and BTE albums are noteworthy.
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Originally Posted by The Rover
What about the backround hiss on lateralus? http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...ight=lateralus
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showp...2&postcount=25
There's other threads/posts regarding the issue that you can find with search

Though the music is great, I wouldn't rank the album among the most Hi-Fi records.
Fine, maybe not HIFI, but at least it is dynamic compared to most in modern rock. Maybe I just appreciate the lack of extreme compression?
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Eagles Millenium Concert
post #14 of 148
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ckacosta
Blackfield
is that a band? an album? i'd like to have specific albums in the list, i find whenever i'm told "oh, anything by [blah]" to be well recorded i find that i'm not much farther in my search for good recordings, just an artist recommendation
post #15 of 148
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Originally Posted by kwitel
Metallica-Master of Puppets

maybe one of the worst records ( quality of record wise ) in my collection

the quite expensive 24k gold DCC version is good though .
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