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Definitive List of Well-Recorded Rock Albums

Discussion in 'Music' started by binkgle, Feb 27, 2006.
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  1. binkgle
    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 [​IMG]) and a great reference for us all [​IMG]
  2. claymon
  3. binkgle

    Originally Posted by claymon

    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 [​IMG])
  4. kwitel
    U2-Joshua Tree
    Metallica-Master of Puppets
    Pink Floyd-I actually think Wish You Were Here sounds better than DSOTM.
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  5. omedon
    steely dan
  6. rextrade
    Steely Dan--Katie Lied. Not necessarily one of my favorites, but damn it sounds good.
  7. gtp
    Any Tool.
  8. ckacosta
  9. The Rover
  10. Rock&Roll Ninja
    Nirvana - Unplugged in NY (or are acoustic albums not allowed here?)
  11. gloco
    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.
  12. gtp
  13. kramer5150
    Eagles Millenium Concert
  14. binkgle

    Originally Posted by ckacosta

    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
  15. boodi

    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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