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post #16 of 134
Steely Dan - "Alive In America"
Steely Dan - "Two Against Nature"
Steely Dan - "Gaucho"
Frank Zappa - "Joe's Garage"
Steve Vai - "Sound Theories"
Tom Waits- "Orphans"
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - "Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo"
Talking Heads - "Stop Making Sense"
Donald Fagen - "Morph The Cat"
Ed Palermo Big Band - "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"
Eagles - "Hell Freezes Over"
Eric Clapton - "24 Nights"
Harry Chapin - "Greatest Stories Live"
Dead Can Dance - "Into The Labyrinth"
Dire Straits - "Brothers In Arms"
Dream Theater - "Chaos In Motion"
David Gilmour - "On An Island"
Genesis - "We Can't Dance"
Genesis - "Turn It On Again"
G3 w/ Eric Johnson - "G3 Live In Concert"
Eric Johnson - "Austin City Limits"
Norah Jones - "Come Away With Me"
10,000 Maniacs - "Unplugged"
Fleetwood Mac - "The Dance"
Grateful Dead - "Without A Net"
Phish - "A Live One"
Mark Knopfler - "Live At The Royal Alb"
Rush - "Gold"
post #17 of 134
Good thing you eliminated The Beatles because they do not sound good on headphones. Not their early recordings anyway. Lou Reed's Transformer sounds very good on headphones.
post #18 of 134
Mark Hollis' self-titled album sounds really good on headphones
post #19 of 134
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Originally Posted by milkweg View Post
Good thing you eliminated The Beatles because they do not sound good on headphones. Not their early recordings anyway. Lou Reed's Transformer sounds very good on headphones.
+1, Transformer sounds great.
post #20 of 134
Dream Theater - Awake
Porcupine Tree - XMII
The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
post #21 of 134
Stanley Clark - East River Drive
Mickey Hart - Planet Drums
Seal - Seal Best 1991-2004
Various - Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones
Aaron Neville - Nature Boy
Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love

I listen them on my AKG K1000s which does not tolerate poorly recorded albums.
post #22 of 134
Michael Jackson - Thriller

for some reason it sounds the best out of all my flac files. I don't know if there's anything better than Billie Jean banging through the headphones.
post #23 of 134

Early Lou too!

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Originally Posted by milkweg View Post
Good thing you eliminated The Beatles because they do not sound good on headphones. Not their early recordings anyway. Lou Reed's Transformer sounds very good on headphones.
X2

And I would like to add from Lou's earlier days.

Velvet Underground, Loaded
Amazon.com: Loaded: The Velvet Underground: Music

And a real suprise to me,
Chet Atkins, The essential Chet Atkins
Amazon.com: The Essential Chet Atkins: The Columbia Years: Chet Atkins: Music

The Rhino release of Grateful Dead best of.
Grateful Dead - The Very Best Of Grateful Dead - at Rhino

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post #24 of 134
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Originally Posted by PascalT View Post
Michael Jackson - Thriller

for some reason it sounds the best out of all my flac files. I don't know if there's anything better than Billie Jean banging through the headphones.
Not surprising. It is fantastically mastered and a very audiophile quality album.
post #25 of 134
I would definitely scrap Tool - Aenima, merely because the guitars are usually panned center. It's good on speakers but **** boring on headphones. Lateralus sounds beautiful though.
Francis the Mute is horribly mastered. Amputechture was so distorted I actually returned it to the shops but The Bedlam in Goliath sounds great.
I second In Absentia. Trains has the crispest acoustic guitar ever recorded and The Sound of Muzak the most transparent, clean drum sound I've ever heard. If you can't hear that drummer in the room with you, then your headphones are just not up to the task.
post #26 of 134
massive attack - mezanine. (on my k701's)
brilliance in its purest form

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post #27 of 134
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Originally Posted by bikeboy999 View Post
X2

And I would like to add from Lou's earlier days.

Velvet Underground, Loaded
Amazon.com: Loaded: The Velvet Underground: Music
I have the 2 disc deluxe version of that album and I'm not sure if I would call it a good headphone album because like all VU recordings there is some distortion in the guitars on some tracks but this album has better SQ than all the other VU albums, with that I can agree.
post #28 of 134
Crime of the Century by Supertramp.
post #29 of 134
I listened to Bjork's Volta on headphones last night, and was blown away! I am certain that parts of it must be binaural.

An old album that sounds great is Glass Houses by Gentle Giant (the 35th anniversary remaster.)

I also second the vote for Mezzanine by Massive Attack. Only a small handful of the very best phones (such as DT770 Pro) can do justice to the bass, however.

All recordings by Herb Alpert sound fantastic on phones, as do all CDs from the labels Heads Up, Narada, Windham Hill, and Gemini Sun.
post #30 of 134
Just wanted to bump this thread back to the top of the pile. Great recommendations everyone. Thanks!
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