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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. MdRex
    U2: Pop
    I am not too sure if this is considered well-recorded, but it sounds the most dynamic of all the CDs I've bought (which isn't that many...).
     
  2. allenf
    Peter Gabriel's "Security" aka "4" should not be on the list IMO.
    All that early Fairlight sampler "sound" does not make for a great sounding record.
    I nominate PG's "Up" and "Us" for inclusion.
     
  3. boodi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MdRex
    U2: Pop
    I am not too sure if this is considered well-recorded, but it sounds the most dynamic of all the CDs I've bought (which isn't that many...).




    well , if you consider "POP" a rock album then I'm not more sure what's rock and what's not .
    Pop is most of all an electronic mix album from a pop band ..it's hard to put it among rock albums and in a rock category ... while I enjoy it enormously as an electronic commercial pop record , it is strictly a pop album in my point of view ( as the majority of PG albums btw )
     
  4. Unearthed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OceanEnthusiast
    scanning my collection, these stick out for recording and playback quality:

    morphine - cure for pain
    sting - fields of gold
    beck - sea change
    nirvana - unplugged in new york

    hope that helps.




    Wow Morphine...there's a blast from the past for me. I saw them somewhere in Boston I think...maybe in 98-99? Heh, I used to love those guys.

    /thread hi-jack
     
  5. VicAjax Contributor
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    Originally Posted by Skrying
    Mr. Bungle - California
    Fantômas - The Director's Cut

    Both of those to me sound amazingly crisp and sooooo nice. Both albums have heavy experimental music in them and very high pitched sounds that are crystal clear.




    hmmm... i love bungle, but i've never thought of their albums as particularly well-recorded. not bad, mind you, but nothing above the fray. i'll have to give California a listen tonight.

    p.s. i mentioned on some other thread that Michael Jackson's Thriller was produced by Quincy Jones, who is something of an audiophile himself. whatever you think of the music, generally anything with QJ's name on it is probably going to have above-par sound quality.
     
  6. claymon
    i'd say Frank Zappa "Apostrophe" is quite mind blowing as well.
     
  7. VicAjax Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by claymon
    i'd say Frank Zappa "Apostrophe" is quite mind blowing as well.



    i need to hear the remaster of that. i've got the original issue CD from '87, which absolutely sucks... one of the flattest albums i've got.
     
  8. PsychoZX Contributor
    I still have to say that the best recorded modern rock album i've ever heard is Alice in chains - MTV unplugged.
     
  9. bmclaurin
    Scanning my library, here are a couple that I didn't see posted before:

    Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy
    Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
    Jack Johnson - Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    Johnny Cash - American Recordings (actually, all 4 of the 'American' series)
    Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
    Van Halen - 1984 (yeah, it's cheesy, but 'Jump' sounds awesome)
     
  10. allenf
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by boodi
    it is strictly a pop album in my point of view ( as the majority of PG albums btw )



    I would classify all Peter Gabriel's stuff as Progressive Rock, even the exquisite stories [​IMG]
     
  11. boodi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by allenf
    I would classify all Peter Gabriel's stuff as Progressive Rock, even the exquisite stories [​IMG]



    mm
    I see it more into the world music , maybe "progressive pop" category

    anyhow true that last decade PG works are great pieces of original music and concept offered in a very good production sauce
     
  12. omedon
    Cowboy Junkie's - Trinity Session

    is supposed to sound great. Look forward to buying this one soon.
     
  13. Skrying
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by VicAjax
    hmmm... i love bungle, but i've never thought of their albums as particularly well-recorded. not bad, mind you, but nothing above the fray. i'll have to give California a listen tonight.



    California really stands out to me compared to the rest of Mr. Bungle's work, of course almost every but Disco Volanta and California were not so well done albums as for as recording goes, and even Disco isnt every good IMO. But California really stands out to me compared to a lot of my CDs, especially when compared to how other albums sound with such high pitches.
     
  14. MdRex
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by boodi
    well , if you consider "POP" a rock album then I'm not more sure what's rock and what's not .
    Pop is most of all an electronic mix album from a pop band ..it's hard to put it among rock albums and in a rock category ... while I enjoy it enormously as an electronic commercial pop record , it is strictly a pop album in my point of view ( as the majority of PG albums btw )




    I don't disagree with the fact that "Pop" had alot of electronica elements, but the thing is that behind the electronic mixes and all, the main driving force is still bass, drums and guitars. "Do You Feel Loved", "staring at the sun" and "gone" are pretty much straight up rock tracks if you remove the electronica gloss.
     
  15. Riordan Contributor
    hmmm, johnny cash's voice and guitar have heavy distortion on the title track of 'american recordings:IV - the man comes around'. that could even be on purpose, doesn't marr the track (his last and very best song ever imo) at all and doesn't make the whole affair a bad recording - but i would still put it off your list, because there's hundreds of albums without such glitches.

    all loreena mckennit's albums are perfectly recorded, for example. every one of them.
    tori amos: most of her albums.
    heather nova: storm. it doesn't get any better.
     
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