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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. fikete
    Another vote for Guns N' Roses - Appetite for destruction

    I was recently inspired to listen to Guns N' Roses from other threads and even though I never really cared for them, this seems like a really good recording.
  2. allenf
    How about albums that are worthy of inclusion in the list "Definitive List of Rock Albums that were Well-Recorded For Their Era"?
    DSOTM should be in that list.
  3. boodi

    Originally Posted by binkgle
    ok, i'm aware that i have very little knowledge of post-80s rock. it's a sad truth, and there's a lot of nineties-currents rock on my (extensive) albums-to-buy list

    pre-80 rock is so much better [​IMG]
    apart from some bands [​IMG]
  4. syd968
    Blackfield's self titled album does sound great!
  5. gloco

    Originally Posted by Aman
    "Pump" and "Appetite for Destruction" don't belong there either. I'm not so sure about the 311 selection.

    Pump is an incredibly well recorded album. Appetite is a solid album in terms of dynamics, sure it sounds a little trashy, but it works well for its intended effect and it certainly doesn't sound overly compressed. Soundsystem is an excellently recorded rock album, try it again. Naturally these all sound great to me on my rig (HE60/CD-25), I don't know what you're using as a rig. To understand what is well recorded, you first have to understand what is poorly recorded to have a reference in mind.
  6. gloco

    Originally Posted by binkgle
    thx aman. this can give people an idea of what we mean by well-recorded, too. i'll edit the list. i feel bad removing dsotm, but i understand that it has to be compressed due to all te detail. it's the kind of album that gets better and better with better equipment (especiallythe source, or so i hear) so you hear more and more detail, but it's not especially well-reocrded (so you've confirmed what i've been told)

    Beyond me why Appetite for Destruction and Pump were removed (if ever added). You should try listening to them, they are both well recorded albums, especially Pump. FWIW, I've been listening to both albums with my Baby Orpheus rig.
  7. gloco
    A few more:

    Stone Temple Pilots: Core
    The Cranberries: No Need to Argue
    Sarah Mclachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
    Sarah Mclachlan: Surfacing
    Metallica - Metallica (aka The Black Album)
    Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow (1996)
    Dave Matthews - Some Devil
    Stabbing Westward - Stabbing Westward (2001)
    Theresa Anderssen - Shine
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Faith No More - The Real Thing
    Paula Cole - This Fire

    Sure, not every artist is necessarily a "Rock" artist, so pick and choose as you see fit. Now, in terms of well recorded albums they're all good, but I would only use Dave Matthews' Some Devil as a reference recording. It really is the best damn recording I have heard from a popular artist in some time. It's very crisp and clean and the soundstage/imaging is simply monsterous on a speaker rig. You can't even fathom of any compression being used on this album.
  8. Floodedstatue
    I'm a little surprised Radiohead haven't been mentioned yet. 'Hail To The Thief' sounded excellent, as did a few of the albums that preceded it (Kid A, OK Computer...)

    Also, if Opeth's 'Ghost Reveries' is in the list, then the albums 'Deliverance' and 'Damnation' should be there aswell, IMHO
  9. binkgle
    has this thread just died?

    there must be more well-recorded rock that just this (though the list is quite extensive as it is [​IMG])
  10. Doc Sarvis Contributor
    Joe Jackson's Night and Day on vinyl.

    Most of the early Gentle Giant catalog (before The Missing Piece and Giant for a Day where they started to suck) is very well-recorded with little if any compression and great range. Exception: Three Friends sounds awful.
  11. SennFan
    I agree with many of the albums on there. A few quick thoughts...In general, I've found many Steely Dan albums to be excellent quality. For those who want an all inclusive Dan CD check out Showbiz Kids. Fantastic quality

    As far as Dylan goes, you left out Blood on the Tracks among others[​IMG] . The quality of this recording is incredible.

    Also, just saw and agree with Flooded's post above mine...Radiohead should def be on there.

    OK Computer was/is one of my favorite albums. The mastering and overall quality is exceptional on this as well as their other albums.
  12. saturnine Contributor

    Originally Posted by Grassy
    Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock [​IMG]

    You do mean Siamese Dream right? Chreub Rock is a track off Siamese Dream [​IMG]

    Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged is a finely recorded live album IMO [​IMG]
  13. snowboard524
    i'm surpised this album hasn't been brought up

    joni mitchell's "Blue" is an amazing sounding accoustic album. Her voice just shines
  14. gloco

    Originally Posted by binkgle
    has this thread just died?

    there must be more well-recorded rock that just this (though the list is quite extensive as it is [​IMG])

    Nothing new...once I get involved in a thread it dies quickly [​IMG]

    I'll think of more albums to list in a day or two...
  15. Jasper994 Contributor
    If Pearl Jam's Ten is in there, you should add Vs. as well.
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