London Calling - The Clash.
This is probably one of my favorite albums period. The music is good but that plus the mastering is simply amazing.
Anyone else have any suggestions?
Seriously, Alan Parson Project's Eye in the Sky is amazingly well mastered. I don't know anyone else that would debate that.
Other than that, Pretty much any Dead can Dance, especially the MoFi remasters (released under the 4AD label, not under MoFi's own), Tom Waits: Mule Variations, Rush: Moving Pictures, and most classical.
I'm a sucker for MoFi: most of their stuff surpasses the original content by a substantial margin (IMHO, YMMV, etc.)
I thought London Calling was a well mastered but not mind blowing production (the music is great though.)
I can agree with you there. I wouldn't call APP production a masterful attempt at recreating live music. It was just well recorded, detailed, and clean sounding without being fatiguing. I appreciate both types of master. (I would say that Mule Variations is a good example of an album that does sound very natural. It captures room ambiance very well.)
Old school Funk, R&B and Soul albums are very well mastered. Those artists and bands had good company.
Rage Against The Machine's "Rage Against The Machine" is a prime example. Try Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" from 1973, it is a favourite of mine for its rare presentation of music...
Last one, two words: Dire Straits...
Interesting comments since only a few weeks ago I had the first chance in 25 years, to unsleeve my original London mono release of Revolver. The sound quality was surprisingly nice, giving validity to my favored Doc Ebbots' needle-drop CDR of the same LP.
Boston - Boston
Allison Krauss - New Favorite
Patricia Barber - Night Club
Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (hybrid SACD)
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Steely Dan - Aja
I meant the London Calling is a awesomely mastered album in the sense that all instruments have a perfect emphasis (i.e. the bass guitar of The Guns of Brixton and the transition in Wrong 'Em Boyo) that makes my jaw drop.
The only Clash album I've listened to is London Calling, what is another good one?
Telarc Big Band Hit Parade #CD-80177 for some great sounding older Jazz.Great bunch of musicians on this.Yeah,it's before my time too,but my Dad had a bunch of these kind of records when I was growing up and played them loud on his old tube stuff.Good memories...
Bigshot, which CD-version of "Tubular Bells" do you have? I have the 2000 HDCD remaster apparently.
For the OP, right now Charles Mingus' album "Ah Um/Charles Mingus" is playing while I am listening with my CD900 ST connected to my CD690. I have the 1998 remaster on CD and if I am correct there is a special edition/remaster of this album. Back to my bliss in stereo...