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    Posted: September 12 2017 at 15:34
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Maybe this has been covered before, but I'm wondering what albums you esteemed folks think are stellar recordings. I have a pile of money sunk into two stereo systems, and I have sourced out some recommendations from this awesome site only to find that although the music is OK, the recordings are unlistenable, auto-tuney, or overly compressed, especially new releases. Drums and vocals are a huge part of this, and I always think a drum kit should sound full range and natural, with vocals avoiding the sort of compression that sounds too digital and unnatural.

For example, I love the sound of ELP's Trilogy, but not so much BSS. Close to the Edge sounds fantastic, however I find TFTO muddy, with drums sounding like they were recorded in a cardboard box. (The Steven Wilson two channel mix is really no better, and his mix of "Power and the Glory" is clear, but sucks the air out of the performance and seems to emphasize each instrument's track individually rather than the glorious whole. This could possibly be the result of trying to remix stuff primarily for 5.1 enthusiasts)

I don't judge music based on the recordings. I love Ange's "Cimitiere des Arlequins," which you may or may not agree is a pretty muffled record. The latest Opeth also contains some interesting (muffled?) choices in the mixing of the drums...I still like it a lot.

I guess what I was hoping was that you folks might have some more obscure recommendations. I discovered "Locanda Delle Fate" on this site last week, and WOW is that an incredible piece of engineering with an awesome soundstage!

I think everyone agrees that Pink Floyd sounds good, so maybe we could avoid them, and help each other out! There's no point in getting too technical, with various pressings and stuff, just great bands recorded well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mascodagama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2017 at 15:52
If your tastes inlude jazz-inflected, slightly experimental folk rock, try the s/t album by The Pentangle. A demonstration class recording since 1968.

Any of Steely Dan's albums - but particularly The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho - should tickle your earbuds.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BaldJean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2017 at 16:04
not prog, but if you want to test your stereo system to the limit I recommend "Crash" by drummer Charly Antolini


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Quinino Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2017 at 16:10
Scott, I think I know what you mean but can't see you reaching your goal this way, with no additional details to guide us - let me put it this way:
Which genres do you like the most ?
Your fav bands ?
Media: Vinyl, CD, FLAC, mp3...
Only Prog - or other styles as well?

Otherwise we'll fall in a contradiction: you don't judge music based on the recordings BUT you call for recommendations based (only?) on the recordings - where do we stand?

Sorry if I misunderstood your meaning, anyways to get the ball rolling let me suggest this fine album
I bought on FLAC (unfortunately not 24/96) but good quality all around production/mixing and MUSIC

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2017 at 17:51
Try Jade Warrior's "Now". Great recording and great music as well. John Mitchell's "Lonely Robot" is another one I really enjoy, specially the mastering.
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I always test my stereo with either "The Game" or "The Works" from Queen - mainly due to great sounding drums and vocals - so exactly on par with what you're looking for (mind, that there are few songs with drum machine on the latter; I love the blend of machine and real drums on "Machines" though). No pure prog, but prog-related I guess.


As far as prog goes, I've always considered Supertramp's "A Crime Of The Century" as another "Dark Side Of The Moon", in terms that it sounds amazingly good as for the release year (1974).
On Gentle Giant's "Free Hand" there is in my opinion the best sounding bass line ever - in the song called "His Last Voyage".

Zappa's "Joe's Garage" and "You Are What You Is" also sound great.
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My main system is:

Pink Triangle Anniversary turntable
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A few vinyls which stand out from memory are:
Solution - Fully Interlocking (the drum intro to Carousel is amazing)
Joan Armatrading - Me Myself I
Belinda Carlisle - Runaway Horses
Steeleye Span - Below the Salt
Moving Hearts - The Storm
Gentle Giant - Free Hand


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Gentle Giant - Free Hand indeed is a very good recording.

You can't really go wrong with the Moody Blues-albums 1967-1972. ( alot going in the music, that normal earbuds can't translate to the human ear)
Also the three Rupert Hine-albums of the early eighties (Immunity - Waving not Drowning - Wildest Wish to Fly) have superb production qualities.

Perhaps if you like Pink Floyd, give Eloy a go. It's rather sterile, but Frank really knows how to mix.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Quinino Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2017 at 08:12
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:



Audiolab 8000C pre and 8000P power amps

A few vinyls which stand out from memory are:
Solution - Fully Interlocking (the drum intro to Carousel is amazing)
Joan Armatrading - Me Myself I


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kepler62 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2017 at 08:20
I avoid CDs and digital recordings as much as possible. Don't know if you're into Krautrock but there are quite a few decent recordings that I have on vinyl. Grobschnitt Solar Music Live, Guru Guru Live '78, Neu!. A lot of stuff on the Brain label sounds terrific. Not going to go through titles but Conny Plank did some great work during the seventies. I have yet to hear a Canadian pressing that sounds anything near what you're looking for. The Canadian pressings no matter how well engineered the recording are the worst. 
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Cd is for audiophile, Vinyl for music lover. 
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Almost all  of the albums from the 70s recorded on Decca and Deram labels feature awesome recordings. Philips too, for the most part.
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Absolutely agree with the Trilogy/BSS assessment. (huge ELP fan BTW).

But the first one that popped into my head was Thomas Dolby - The Flat Earth. Stellar recording !

I once had a Half Speed Mastered vinyl of ELP's Pictures at an Ex. It made a huge difference on my platter compared to the regular release which I also had.

Ahhhh, those were the days.


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Anything by the Alan Parsons Project. Production value is top notch by one of the best engineers in the biz.
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+1 Aja

+1 Alan Parsons Project

+1 Anything Conny Plank

Depois Do Fim by Bacamarte is very well mixed.

Bowie's Berlin trilogy.

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden, Oldfield - Tubular Bells, Kraftwerk - Ralf und Florian are always among the first 10 albums I listen to to test new audio equipment along with Aja and Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Miles Davis' Bitches Brew is another must.

Also this. Such a unique guitar tone which cannot be faithfully reproduced with poor audio (youtube doesn't help):


Now can we talk about overproduced albums I feel like I have more examples there. LOL
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