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post #91 of 319
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Originally Posted by ctdrummer View Post

FWIW
Trinity Sessions by Cowboy Junkies


Mike

I'll listen to it tonite...Saw them live in Toronto years ago and was blown away.
I have the disk at home but I haven't listened to it on my new system yet.

Lately I have been listening to

Jack Johnson - Sleep Through the Static - great separation and you can really hear the music, flaws n all

John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia - Friday Night in San Francisco [ENHANCED] [LIVE] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REISSUED] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] Masters of Guitar, great sound quality.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - metal masters turned world darlings

Getz/Gilberto [ORIGINAL RECORDING REISSUED] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] - Freaking AMAZING
post #92 of 319
http://bsidesrus.blogspot.com/2008/0...-rip-flac.html

sigur ros x2
post #93 of 319
Couldn't agree more.

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Shangri-La is the BEST sounding SACD by Knopfler either by himself or with Dire.
post #94 of 319
I have to suggest the Beatles - Love soundtrack. You can get a two disc set which contains a multichannel DVD-A and a redbook CD. Very well done. The show in Vegas is fun too.
post #95 of 319
Mario Lanza, Enrico Carusso...
post #96 of 319
I have recently picked up the Salk SoundTowers and Surrounds/Center and I have a series of discs that show off their qualities very well.

My favorite right now is Steely Dan - Gaucho SACD. The harmonies from the back up singers, Donal Fagen's voice, the horns and the multi-channel mix of it all make it a fantastic experience. I wish Aja was available in SACD hybrid multi-channel too!

Yes - Fragile and Magnification DVD-A: Both of these are very excellent and detailed releases that sound great on my system. Roundabout is just a fabulous song to me. I generally listen to female vocals as a majority, but the vocals from Yes are pretty high on my list.

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms SACD: This is another excellent disc that I can't seem to get enough of. Sounds great on my system. "Money for Nothing" sounds amazing.

Beck - Sea Change SACD: If you have not heard this disc, you haven't heard Beck at his finest (as always, IMO). This release is quite a departure from "two turntables and a microphone". It is more melancholy, but I really like it. "Lost Cause" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine". are my favorites from this release. While it isn't are impressive as a few of the others listed above in pure musicality, it sounds excellent.

I am in a major multi-channel phase, and most of the female vocal discs I listen to are in Redbook format. I really would have liked for SACD and DVD-A to have been more popular. I hate to see 1 or 2 releases at maximum for so many of the bands I like.

Doug
post #97 of 319
While I'm not a real Queen fan, there DVD-a editions of Night at the Opera & the Game sound very good.

I think the bet sounding song I have is Hotel California. It sounds amazing, the bass is very tight & they use the surrounds lightly but to very good effect.

Everybody I've ever cranked that song for goes "WOW".
post #98 of 319
Greenmachine777,
Thanks for the Queen tip. Big fan, just never heard about the dvd-a. Will definitely check it out. The reason I kinda gave up looking for good Queen recordings is because their regular cds are so poorly produced it's unbelievable. Freddy had a great voice, and instead of them bringing it forward it is almost placed in the background behind the instruments. Everything sounds so flat and far away so to speak... It's a pity...
post #99 of 319
I am posting this as I didnt get any response in the
music reviews forum.


I am planning to buy this SACD but before I buy it
I would like to make sure it has the original 2ch version.

When I say 2ch version, I dont mean just the CD version.
I am looking for the 2ch SACD version. I am not much into
5.1 music so I prefer 2ch music. If they provide the 2ch only
in the CD format then I dont like to spend some $35 for the
SACD. I would appreciate if somoene could confirm this.

BTW I bought the dark side of the moon SACD. It has a 2ch
version included but I could not tell a difference between that
and the regular CD. So I like to make sure the brothers in arms
SACD actually has the 2ch version in SACD format and not just
the regular cd format.
Thanks
post #100 of 319
It does have a 2 channel SACD track.
post #101 of 319
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Originally Posted by kevin j View Post

It does have a 2 channel SACD track.

And it rocks!!
post #102 of 319
Thanks guys
post #103 of 319
elton john yellow brick road sacd -chris botti sacd ,dident get it yet i just ordered it,but the cd gets the most spins.and of course dsotm -dvda/sacd.
post #104 of 319
If the OP's still monitoring this post I have some good ones for you. At least to my ears I think these sound top notch.

DVD-A

Eagles - Hotel California
Queen - The Game
Queen - Night at the opera
Ryan Adams - Gold (4.0 or 4.1 can't remember)
Sheryl Crowe - Globe Sessions
Flaming Lips - Not into all their music but really shows off a 5.1 system

Sacd

Beck - Sea Change
Elton John - Any of them
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Pink Floyd - DSOTM (who doesn't like this?)


HDCD's (Can't say for sure how much difference vs Redbook CD but these ones sound really good)

Tracy Chapman - Telling Stories & New Beginning
Monster Blues

Redbook CD's

Anything Ben Harper (very talented artist)
Anything Jack Johnson (I think Ben Harper got him started) Vinyl is even better

Check out the Drive-by Truckers for a southern style sound, pretty good.
post #105 of 319
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Originally Posted by Greenmachine777 View Post

If the OP's still monitoring this post I have some good ones for you. At least to my ears I think these sound top notch.

Flaming Lips - Not into all their music but really shows off a 5.1 system

Beck - Sea Change

Check out the Drive-by Truckers for a southern style sound, pretty good.

All very good choices.
I saw that beck CD in an earlier post, and it is extremely well done.

Also if your name is in reference to what I think it is, then you probably all ready know that;
Kyuss - Welcome to sky valley
Is a fantastic album for 2ch. It is loud and nasty and you can hear all of the instruments, and screw ups.
post #106 of 319
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Originally Posted by 3AMRecords View Post

Sigor Ros - ( ) :is a fantastic album to test dynamics.
Isis - Panopticon :Personal favorite, lots of organic warm tube guitar tones,
Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy VII Piano Collections :I have listened to this one more times than i can even begin to count.

Musical soul-mates?

An amazing Uematsu recording I'd suggest even moreso than the FFVII PC is Final Fantasy S Generation. It's essentially a "Best Of" compilation of the FF7-9 games, all arranged or piano-ed.

Oh, and the 20020220 album! It's a live concert of orchestrated Final Fantasy tunes, from 1-10. Overall, it's pretty solid, some filler here and there. However, Vamo' Alla Flamenco is one of the absolute best songs I've ever heard, especially for testing a system.

...Really, just get your hands on any Nobuo Uematsu recording that's primarily arranged for piano or orchestra. He's an absolutely amazing composer.
post #107 of 319
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Originally Posted by leadliner View Post

elton john yellow brick road sacd -chris botti sacd ,dident get it yet i just ordered it,but the cd gets the most spins.and of course dsotm -dvda/sacd.

I have the SACD of GYBR, but it sounds awful next to many other SACDs that I own. I have chalked this up to bad engineering/recording from the day.


A redbook CD that I cannot get enough of is
Sonia Dada - A Day At the Beach. Cue up 'Lester's Methodone Clinic'

Like that, the live version on 'Lay Down and Love it Live' is also excellent.
post #108 of 319
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Originally Posted by ddgtr View Post

Greenmachine777,
Thanks for the Queen tip. Big fan, just never heard about the dvd-a. Will definitely check it out. The reason I kinda gave up looking for good Queen recordings is because their regular cds are so poorly produced it's unbelievable. Freddy had a great voice, and instead of them bringing it forward it is almost placed in the background behind the instruments. Everything sounds so flat and far away so to speak... It's a pity...


Both of their DVD-a's were really done well. Really shows off the surround system without being cheesy (I think so anyways)

Actually I forgot about The Flaming Lips, I have 3 of their DVD-a's & they are crazy in surround. Not totally into their kind of music, a lot of it sounds too weird for me but they do have some pretty cool tracks.
post #109 of 319
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 "Organ" by Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra on SACD. Huge dynamic range and great way to hear how low your system can go and still retain its musicality.
post #110 of 319
I like MTV Unplugged: Nirvana live in New York, in fact all of the MTV unplugged series is extremely well recorded as is Stripped by The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses is a particularly good track.

Me and Mr. Johnson and the Sessions for Robert J. CD are similarly excellent IMHO.
post #111 of 319
My picks -

Secret Garden - Songs from a Secret Garden
Acoustic Alchemy - The very best of
David Arkenstone - Best of

Johnny winter - Progressive Blues Experiment
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Bird & Diz
Remember Shakti - Saturday night in Bombay (Live)
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Louis Armstrong - Greatest hits (RCA Victor)
Steve Vai - Alive in an ultra world (live)

I've been a lurker on these forums for a while, but I think this might be my first post - so Hi all and thanks for the insights.
post #112 of 319
Tool - Lateralus (hdcd)
post #113 of 319
i'm trying to get my hands on the Beck-Sea Change SACD- where are you guys buying your SACD's. I get crazy looks when i ask for them in the music stores & places like future shop, best buy.
post #114 of 319
My favorite cut is "Cause we've ended as lovers" from Jeff Beck's from Blow by Blow shows off his guitar work on what I think is his finest track - one I never tire of.
post #115 of 319
Great thread! I'll have to check out some more of these at some point.

Some of my favorites are:

Allison Krauss and Union Station Live - SACD
Diana Krall, The Look of Love - SACD
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon - SACD
Eagles, Hell Freezes Over - DTS DVD

I use this disc from Sheffield Drive when setting up a system:

http://www.audiodiscs.com.au/shop.ph...rive/p_19.html

I love the drum solo on track 13 for staging and the midbass is just awesome.

And if I want to play it loud and rough I throw in some Linkin' Park or Metallica on DVD-A.
post #116 of 319
I almost forgot!

I admit to listening to Michael Jackson's Thriller on SACD.
post #117 of 319
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I almost forgot!

I admit to listening to Michael Jackson's Thriller on SACD.

LOL,

You know, you have inspired me to come clean... I do too!!
post #118 of 319
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Originally Posted by ddgtr View Post

LOL,

You know, you have inspired me to come clean... I do too!!

I never have, never will, never owned it, never liked it, never let anyone near me listen, never did not insult someone who did.

If you are going to continue to listen to that kind of stuff keep it in the closet, don't come out here and flaunt it.



post #119 of 319
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If you are going to continue to listen to that kind of stuff keep it in the closet, don't come out here and flaunt it.

"never did not insult someone who did" : It's good to see guys like you get real tough in writing, it's inspiring...

You HAVE GOT to be joking! What is wrong with that album?? No F bombs, no weird references to illegal activities. I'm not flaunting anything but I won't "keep it in the closet" because there is nothing to keep in the closet. One of the best selling albums of all times, great songs, beautifully produced, what in the world is wrong with you?? I totally understand if you don't like it - it's your right, but do not tell me or others to "keep it in the closet". If you're referring to the allegations against MJ, this album was purchased by millions 2 decades before that happened. Relax! Geez, just when I thought I've heard it all...
post #120 of 319
Has anyone ever listened to the swedish singer Stina Nordenstam? I just listened to one of her tracks on the Romeo and Juliet movie soundtrack... Amazing voice, I need to know if the rest of her stuff is this good!
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