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Must have CD disc(s)

To start with, how about the greatest live
performance ever. i.e. the slightly old CD
set of Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night"

Not the 25 year remaster; the older 2 CD set
which IMO is reference music SQ (SoundQuality)

For Jazz, how about Fourplay's Elixir and Heartfelt

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Must have CD disc(s)

To start with, how about the greatest live
performance ever. i.e. the slightly old CD
set of Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night"

Not the 25 year remaster; the older 2 CD set
which IMO is reference music SQ (SoundQuality)

As I listen thru the older 2 CD set of Hot August Night,
I repeatedly think that it doesn't get any better than this

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As I listen thru the older 2 CD set of Hot August Night,
I repeatedly think that it doesn't get any better than this

For pure male vocal sound, a CD of Bocelli's "Andrea" and Groban's "Awake" are also worth having.

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For female "pop" vocal how about Holly Cole's "Don't Smoke In Bed"

Alert (import) sounds very slightly better to me than Manhattan, but not enough to worry about either way.

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Pink Floyd; Dark Side of the Moon & The Wall

Boston; Boston

Fleetwood Mac; Rumours
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Jethro Tull- Aqualung 40th Anniversary Edition blown away at how much better this version is than either the original or the MFSL.
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Disorganized Fun by Ronald Jenkees

Fourplay by Fourplay

The Best of Van Halen by Van Halen

Any album by Boston

The Definitive Collection by Lionel Richie

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Pink Floyd; Dark Side of the Moon & The Wall

Boston; Boston

Fleetwood Mac; Rumours

Thanks.

I went ahead and placed an order for a used CD of Boston's "Boston" and expect to have it in a couple of days.

With regard to DSOTM I just got both a used CD ($8 EMI made in Holland - remastered by Doug Sax 1992 at The Mastering Lab in Los Angeles) and a used SACD/CD ($5 EMI 30th anniversary). The CD layer of the 30th anniversary doesn't sound as good as the older pure CD disc. Given that they both carry the EMI label, I'm not sure why as the SACD pamphlet mentions Sax's past mastering. The print on the SACD is incredibly small and the choice of color for the printed letters together with the background disc colors add to the reading difficulty. OTOH one owner review on Amazon liked the 5.1 sound on the 30th anniversary SACD which I have yet to listen to as this thread is about CD sound. That same owner (not me) put down the CD layer sound. I'm pretty sure I also have the SACD that came out when Sax did the SACD/CD remaster but I'll have to find the disc in order to listen to the sound of that CD layer. Weird how the CD/stereo sound can vary.

I already have a CD of Rumours and find that it's not not to my taste, but it gets great owner reviews at Amazon; so I leave any further comments on it to others.

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Fourplay by Fourplay.

Thanks.

I went ahead and placed an order for a used CD of Fourplay's "Fourplay" and expect to have it in a couple of days. It gets great owner reviews on Amazon, and as I have and like their Elixir and Heartfelt albums I expect that I'll like "Fourplay"

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check out Beck/Sea Change. I have the MoFi, DVD-A, and SACD and it's excellent stuff. Not the most uplifting music but fantastic quality.

http://product.half.ebay.com/Sea-Cha...494321&tg=info

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For several titles already mentioned here, there are at least a few different versions, where the sound quality varies from one to the next. Kind of pointless to list those without specifics. just sayin'.

That J. Tull 40th anniversary mentioned before is getting universal plaudits, so that is a safe bet. Same with Sea Change. That newer 2009/10 MFSL CD version has garnered as much and sometimes even more praise as the sacd/dvd-a versions, which are considered outstanding in their own right.

Shelby Lynne's Just a Little Lovin' cd from a few years ago is another which has been given a fair bit of praise for its sound quality.

If your tastes hue to a little more modern and less "mainstream", Stereolab has generally put out good sounding cds. Dots and Loops, among others. While Dead Can Dance has released remasters on their stuff, the few I've heard of their original cd versions, all sound very good. And I guess the remasters have also gotten high marks as well.

If you like something harder, more aggressive music, much of the stuff which falls under the Steve Albini umbrella sounds good. Whether his work as a producer/recording engineer (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Breeders, etc.) or with his own bands (Big Black, Rapeman, etc.).

Tons of very good sounding cds, really (and even more avg. to mediocre sounding stuff too, unfortunately ).

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For several titles already mentioned here, there are at least a few different versions, where the sound quality varies from one to the next. Kind of pointless to list those without specifics. just sayin'.

That J. Tull 40th anniversary mentioned before is getting universal plaudits, so that is a safe bet. Same with Sea Change. That newer 2009/10 MFSL CD version has garnered as much and sometimes even more praise as the sacd/dvd-a versions, which are considered outstanding in their own right.

A day or two ago I took a long look on Amazon, and the J. Tull 40th anniversary disc is also pretty expensive. I have the money, but I hate it when I order an expensive music disc and I don't like the sound of what shows up in the mail box.

Since I'm not familiar with it my one thought was to maybe order a cheaper CD of it before splurging.

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... Tons of very good sounding cds, really (and even more avg. to mediocre sounding stuff too, unfortunately ).

Agreed.

And when it's a used CD or SACD that I paid less then $6 for (or even $10), it's not that upsetting if it turns out that I don't like either the SQ or the performance. Others can't pick your music for you; you have to do that.

While I find the hi-rez music download thing interesting, to me it's a very hard sell. If you don't like it you can't even legally give it away nor can you sell it to anyone. There's a recent post in the surround forum about www.aixrecords.com having a current buy 2 get one free sale. I took a look at the site and even their hi-rez *discs* are a tough sell at something like $25 a pop or the current special of 3 for $50. The two things I like about amazon is cheap used discs and the long/useful owner reviews.

I'm slowly building a PC collection of stereo .flac rips from mostly inexpensive (but high SQ) CD and SACD discs. Which is what prompted me to share a few of my recent discoveries.

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