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Favorite audiophile recordings?

What songs sound good on medium-fi to hi-fi systems?

I'm looking for some good music to listen to.

Jazz/Rock/Classical/etc. etc. are all within my realm of like.

I'm considering getting some Bela Fleck stuff to listen to to see what it sounds like!



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Is this for at home? Is the player your using also a DVD drive? Bluray? Or are you specifically looking for stereo material?

Lately I've really gotten into concert DVDs (and Blurays). The separation between the instruments is amazing. The crowd noise is kickass. With all the lights off in the house it really gives a true concert experience.

If that's something you might be into, I can make several suggestions.

For audio only, we like different types of music. I don't own any classical or jazz stuff. I probably should. I like really high energy music, or really mellow stuff with a cool beat.
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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony Pathetique

Haydn's Surprise Symphony (94th, I believe)

Any of Miles Davis' work that's been remastered

Coltrane's Giant Steps

But above all of thse, I'd reccomend Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz Volume 4, Volume 5 and Volume 6. It's an interesting combination of sounds, but the production quality on those albums is better than any other piece of music I've ever experienced. Particularly awesome if you're in to psychadelics.

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As far as DVD's go, if you like good classic rock then pick up a copy of the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. It's excellent.

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Is this for at home? Is the player your using also a DVD drive? Bluray? Or are you specifically looking for stereo material?

Lately I've really gotten into concert DVDs (and Blurays). The separation between the instruments is amazing. The crowd noise is kickass. With all the lights off in the house it really gives a true concert experience.

If that's something you might be into, I can make several suggestions.

For audio only, we like different types of music. I don't own any classical or jazz stuff. I probably should. I like really high energy music, or really mellow stuff with a cool beat.
Jluv, if you could make some suggestions that would be awesome!

Slowhand: good call on the jazz, I'd like to get the coltrane and miles davis kind of blue...



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Jluv, if you could make some suggestions that would be awesome!
Some Blurays I enjoy are:

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Radio City Music Hall (I highly recommend this one, although it is acoustic and just involves two guitars.)

Foo Fighters at Wembley

Incubus at Red Rocks


Some DVDS I enjoy are:

The Eagles Farewell Tour from Melbourne (Amazing! This is one I actually use to show off the system in my vehicle. The version of Hotel California is incredible, with horns and drums and keyboards and backup singers and the whole nine. It is very impressive. I had a SQ judge at a show a while back that gave my system very high praises after I auditioned that song for him.)

Rage Against the Machine - Live at Grand Olympic Auditorium
This one rocks your face off.

Come to think of it, I have several more concert DVDs, but the audio experience is really nothing to write home about on them. I still like them for the concert feel, but they wouldn't be as good as the ones I have recommended above.

You owe it to yourself to get the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds Bluray and the Eagles Farewell Tour DVD, though.
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And laugh if you want, but do you own the Michael Jackson Thriller CD? Awesome sound!
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Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat The original recording of this was stunning when it first came out -- the remastered version will blow your mind!

Rage Against the Machine's first album is also a great album to listen to.

Also, check out Chesky records, as they specialize in audiophile recordings -- mainly Jazz, Vocal, and Classical.

My dad is an audiophile nut, so I get all of my knowledge/useless information from him.

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Some Blurays I enjoy are:

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Radio City Music Hall (I highly recommend this one, although it is acoustic and just involves two guitars.)

Foo Fighters at Wembley

Incubus at Red Rocks


Some DVDS I enjoy are:

The Eagles Farewell Tour from Melbourne (Amazing! This is one I actually use to show off the system in my vehicle. The version of Hotel California is incredible, with horns and drums and keyboards and backup singers and the whole nine. It is very impressive. I had a SQ judge at a show a while back that gave my system very high praises after I auditioned that song for him.)

Rage Against the Machine - Live at Grand Olympic Auditorium
This one rocks your face off.

Come to think of it, I have several more concert DVDs, but the audio experience is really nothing to write home about on them. I still like them for the concert feel, but they wouldn't be as good as the ones I have recommended above.

You owe it to yourself to get the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds Bluray and the Eagles Farewell Tour DVD, though.


To add to this, just about any blue man group dvd is pretty rad too, plus an entertaining watch. They don't seem to have any BD out though.




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And laugh if you want, but do you own the Michael Jackson Thriller CD? Awesome sound!
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CD: Aaron Copland "Appalachian Spring"

DVD: The DTS recording of "Seven Bridges Road" on The Eagles "Hell Freezes Over", and The Who's entire set on The Concert for New York City

SACD: Roger Waters: In the Flesh - ANY of the songs!!!

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CD: Aaron Copland "Appalachian Spring"

DVD: The DTS recording of "Seven Bridges Road" on The Eagles "Hell Freezes Over", and The Who's entire set on The Concert for New York City

SACD: Roger Waters: In the Flesh - ANY of the songs!!!
I saw that last one and didn't know if it would be worth a damn or not.



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Porcupine Tree's "Arriving Somewhere" DVD is quite excellent sounding, too.

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For something different try The Bare Naked Ladies debut album "Gordon" if you can find an early edition. BNL has always had excellent recording/production values and is one of few artists that also released content in DVD Audio format including relatively recent albums "Marron" and "Are Me".

A favorite DVD Audio disc (multi channel playable) of mine is the Beatles "Love" it includes remixed audio in DD and DTS as well as 2 channel for comparison. I like the DTS mix the best.

Seal's greatest hits in 5.1 is good and includes acoustic editions of most of his hits.

Sting also did a few DVD Audio discs that elevated his work a notch or two.

I finally got an Ipod to keep up with videos for the kids and adding new music for mass storage, but for quality (home and car) I go to CD then DVD.. with even a good non 5 channel (no center) system you can clearly hear the differnce. Go multichannel with DTS and it is awesome....
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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony Pathetique

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Any of Miles Davis' work that's been remastered

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But above all of thse, I'd reccomend Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz Volume 4, Volume 5 and Volume 6. It's an interesting combination of sounds, but the production quality on those albums is better than any other piece of music I've ever experienced. Particularly awesome if you're in to psychadelics.
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Floyd Live at Pompeii

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Floyd Live at Pompeii

It will blow your mind if it doesn't kill you.
93LXHorse had that at his house and it was pretty sweet!

Listened to some Phish and Sarah McLaughlin, good stuff!



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Enya - Watermark and Shepherd Moon albums.
Peter Gabriel - Still Growing Up Live and Unwrapped
Nora Jones - All her stuff
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon SACD 5.1 will rock your socks
Harry Connick Jr. - When Harry Met Sally movie soundtrack
The Sundays - Blind album
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See album
Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (London Philharmonic Orchestra)

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Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon SACD 5.1 will rock your socks
I'd like to hear that on a really good system.

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