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post #46 of 346
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Originally Posted by TheGhostWhoWalks View Post
Some of these suggestions are very curious. Tool sound excellent with headphones - they're just that kind of band - but they're albums are not well-recorded IMO. Absorbing listens, no doubt, but well recorded? No. Kinda like Radiohead's Kid A in that respect.

I'll throw in one perhaps nobody's noticed:

Audioslave (at least, Out of Exile and Revelations)

Great separation and organic presentation. Cornell's voice on tracks like Be Yourself is just phenomenal with a headphone with great midrange like my R10s.
??? Aenima and Lateralus are both quite good recordings, especially relative to most rock out there. Quite a few audio reviewers use Aenima as a rock reference CD. 10000 Days is mastered poorly, but imo its a mediocre album anyways.
post #47 of 346
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Originally Posted by TheGhostWhoWalks View Post
Some of these suggestions are very curious. Tool sound excellent with headphones - they're just that kind of band - but they're albums are not well-recorded IMO. Absorbing listens, no doubt, but well recorded? No. Kinda like Radiohead's Kid A in that respect.

I'll throw in one perhaps nobody's noticed:

Audioslave (at least, Out of Exile and Revelations)

Great separation and organic presentation. Cornell's voice on tracks like Be Yourself is just phenomenal with a headphone with great midrange like my R10s.
I just re-listened to Out of Exile to confirm what I remembered: it is way too compressed, some tracks at a disgusting level.
post #48 of 346
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Originally Posted by Akathriel View Post
??? Aenima and Lateralus are both quite good recordings, especially relative to most rock out there. Quite a few audio reviewers use Aenima as a rock reference CD. 10000 Days is mastered poorly, but imo its a mediocre album anyways.
Aenima has some mixing problems. The guitar has a tendency to just float around near the voice at times... but it's been a while since I heard it.

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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post
I just re-listened to Out of Exile to confirm what I remembered: it is way too compressed, some tracks at a disgusting level.
I can hear the compression at times but most of it still sounds quite organic compared to the vast majority of modern recordings. Cornell on Be Yourself, on my system, sounds like he's right in front of me singing. There's a real weight to his voice there.
post #49 of 346
ummm you guys missed...



METALLICA - DEATH MAGNETIC !!!


just kidding,

Devildriver - The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand
Dethklok - Dethalbum

post #50 of 346
all that remains - the air that i breathe
killswitch engage - my curse
trivium - ascendancy
led zeppelin - stairway to heaven (though its a bit noisy off mothership)

Dave
post #51 of 346
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post

METALLICA - DEATH MAGNETIC !!!
I'd say the GH3 version is a contender
post #52 of 346
Audioslave's first album
post #53 of 346
Savatage - The Wake of Magellan
post #54 of 346
Thread Starter 
Savatage - Every album kick ass !!
post #55 of 346
It should be noted that audio quality depends on whether format is cd, sacd, hdcd, heavy vinyl, mastering, remastering and so on.

The thread title did include rock so I'd say:

NIN - Downward Spiral
The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Van Morrison - Common One
The Clash - London Calling
Robert Cray - Strong Persuader
Dire Straits - Love over Gold
Frank Zappa - The Yellow Shark
Fishbone - In Your Face
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Philosopher Kings

None of these are perfect and some of them, such as Hell Freezes Over has only only one or two songs worthy too be called audiophile.
post #56 of 346
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I love the Paranoid album, but depends which master you get. I have the Castle remaster (from memory), and it's horribly crackly and staticy. Faeries Wear Boots, especially, is one of my favourites, but there's a bit of ugly distortion that keeps me from turning it up. The Black Box version is superb, though.
Late reply, I know, but I am going to have to disagree with that recommendation. If you want the best CD version (s), you have to go 1st pressings, like with almost all Sabbath. The Japanese Twofer (Black Sabbath and Paranoid on one disc... VERY hard to find) and the 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle (not as hard to find, but still a hunt) releases CRUSH the Black Box release. Too much compression and "V" shaped mixing going on in the Black Box release, whereas the aforementioned two are pretty much straight transfers with more dynamics and neutrality.

If we are talking Sabbath releases, here are my recommendations:

S/T: Japanese Twofer or 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle
Paranoid: Japanese Twofer or 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle
MOR: 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle
Vol. 4: 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle
SBS: 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle
Sabbotage: 1988 US Warner (1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle has some tape issues on two tracks: "Symptom..." and "Megalomania")

All other Sabbath releases are not good, in my opinion, so i will stop there.

Sabbath is not exactly audiophile stuff, but the simplicity of the recordings back then made it so much more intimate. Besides, with these releases, you can really crank them and they still sound almost analog, comapred to the highly digital Black Box sound and many recent releases by many other bands. Takes some getting used to, but in "V" shaped mixing sounds like butt when one goes back to it after hearing the 1st pressings...
post #57 of 346
I bought the 2004 Sanctuary releases for most of Black Sabbath releases. I didn't have them on CD still. It is times like this that I'm glad that my ears are not as they used to be, so I got it cheaper and with less searching
post #58 of 346
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I bought the 2004 Sanctuary releases for most of Black Sabbath releases. I didn't have them on CD still. It is times like this that I'm glad that my ears are not as they used to be, so I got it cheaper and with less searching
Hehe, keep thinking that. The Sabbath releases will drive you insane, so if you are happy with what you have, stick your fingers in your ears and shout "lalalalalala" when you see stuff like my last post.
post #59 of 346
Hurt - Vol. 1 & Vol. II

Both albums have a fair amount of the dynamics preserved, and the band is amazing.
post #60 of 346
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Originally Posted by roadtonowhere08 View Post
Late reply, I know, but I am going to have to disagree with that recommendation. If you want the best CD version (s), you have to go 1st pressings, like with almost all Sabbath. The Japanese Twofer (Black Sabbath and Paranoid on one disc... VERY hard to find) and the 1986 CLACD/NELCD Castle (not as hard to find, but still a hunt) releases CRUSH the Black Box release. Too much compression and "V" shaped mixing going on in the Black Box release, whereas the aforementioned two are pretty much straight transfers with more dynamics and neutrality.
Will have to take your word for it. I've only heard the Black Box version a couple of times, but from my memory, it crushed the Castle remaster I have. You could actually crank it up, and there wasn't all the horrible static and crackles I get with mine.
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