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    What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

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    Tube Nube

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by Tube Nube on Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:26 pm

    Ricky Lee Jones' tune "Easy Money".

    deepee99

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    Two not mentioned so far . . .

    Post by deepee99 on Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:20 am

    . . . I would suggest Astor Piazzolla's Tango:Zero Hour. Very demanding.
    Also, how about Johnny River's Realisation? His very fine cover of Jim Hendrix's "Summer Rain" is a great test of sound-staging, and also a joy to listen to.

    danskman

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by danskman on Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:40 am

    - Larry Carlton LP's from the early 80's
    - Miles Davis "Tutu", the absolute reference to compare turntables, cells, pre-amps and ST-70, obviously...
    - Some Pink Floyd albums (notably "wish you were here")
    - Alan Parson's Project
    - some HQ classical LPs (Deutsche Gramofon)
    - Annie Lennox's Medusa album (what a VOICE on the CD... OMG!)

    These are my preferred ones, but there are many others in my stash.
    I wish I had Steel Dan's Aja, too, but I'll have to go to Bern one of these days to find some old LP's in the best Swiss music store I know; it's funny that I went there on the early 80's to buy CDs... and there on the 2010's to buy LP's ;-))

    BR,
    Danskman

    harpy

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by harpy on Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:15 pm

    Frank Zappa "Joe's Garage Act 1" general
    Pink Floyd "Animals" "Sheep" highs
    Beastie Boys "Pauls Boutique" lows - subs

    kaner

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by kaner on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:25 am

    I have to echo Bob's choice of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Every track is great but Track 1 really puts Coltrane's sax in your living room. Others that sound incredible through my ST70's are:

    Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
    Natalie Merchant - Carnival (her voice was made for vacuum tubes)
    Dave Mathews Band - Say Goodbye (especially the intro)
    Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (You can play David Gilmore's solo over an over again)

    Tom

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by Tom on Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:39 pm

    Making my Chrismas List from this thread. Keep posting!

    Very Happy

    Oh, and Bonnie Raitt's new one on vinyl is really nice.

    hagmo

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by hagmo on Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:06 pm

    hello i'm new to the forum and wan't to say this is very cool.
    my list would include:

    hotel california live from when hell freezes over.
    kiss by prince
    son of aleric by deep purple
    big log by robert plant
    time by pink floyd
    [b]

    quadaptor

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by quadaptor on Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:36 pm

    I keep going back to Miles Davis' cover of Bye Bye Blackbird.

    hawaii.ken

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by hawaii.ken on Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:58 pm

    Some of my favs

    Female Vocal
    Carpenters - Horizon
    CD (FLAC-RIP)

    Male Vocal
    Kenny Rankin - The Kenny Rankin Album
    Vinyl

    Instrumental
    Earl Klugh - Finger Paintings
    Vinyl

    Instrumental
    Tim Weisberg - The Tip Of The Weisberg
    Vinyl

    Instrumental
    John Klemmer - Touch
    Vinyl

    denny9167

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by denny9167 on Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:34 pm

    Currently don't have a turntable,have several LP's. Do have a pretty good collection of CD's and iTunes,several on Chesky label,Sheffield Lab,Reference,Telarc,and Doran. My favorites are my Sheffield,Dave Grusin,Harry James,and Pat Coil,of course my favorite being the Drum and Track Record,very good for testing,and setup.

    Btw. The Stereophile test CD's are good for testing. I have 1 and 3.

    baddog1946

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by baddog1946 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:48 am

    Sheffield labs Tower of Power "Direct to disk" is a recording that contains a lot of instruments and gives any system a workout. I have a lot of their stuff and this is one of the best from Sheffield Labs too bad they are not around anymore.

    denny9167

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by denny9167 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:32 pm

    baddog1946 wrote:Sheffield labs Tower of Power "Direct to disk" is a recording that contains a lot of instruments and gives any system a workout. I have a lot of their stuff and this is one of the best from Sheffield Labs too bad they are not around anymore.

    Just downloaded this one from iTunes, just what I expected from Sheffield,simply marvelous!! I remember years ago hearing my first Sheffield recording on LP, on Strathern Ribbons,I was blown away by the clarity, and dynamic range of the music. I became an Audiophile that day!!

    deepee99

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    Brubeck

    Post by deepee99 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:13 pm

    Take 5 album on vinyl. If you here the "ding" instead of a tink on Blue Rondo (about 16 bars in) you're live.

    baddog1946

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by baddog1946 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:20 pm

    I downloaded 11 free reference test tracks from the "6 Moons" Newsroom page from "Bakoon" Products for free! that are of superb quality. Mostly 24/96 piano stuff but they are excellent for fidelity tests of your amp or speakers.[u]

    kevinmi

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by kevinmi on Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:43 pm

    Here is a couple of vinyl selections I've been using to help with setting up my turntables: Heart-Dreamboat Annie, and King Crimson- In the Court. Both remastered on 180 gram vinyl. These feature both loud and very soft passages good for evaluating how well your stylus is tracking in the groove. Of course they both sound good to just listen to, also.

    thevic24

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by thevic24 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:34 am

    For me, there are a few...

    Just about anything Alan Parsons....with the album "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" being my fav.
    Then I like Deodato's 2001 on LP only!!
    Dire Straights Sultons of Swing on LP is a good one to...

    wedg714

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by wedg714 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:35 pm

    gary wrights dream weaver - just the song, not the whole album
    james gang rides again
    jethro tull stand up
    allman brothers live at the fillmore east
    peter gabriel passion cd

    Tube Nube

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by Tube Nube on Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:13 pm

    @kevin,

    What is that amazing looking record player in your avatar?

    deepee99

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    That looks like a VPI

    Post by deepee99 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:27 pm

    Just got turned on to Art Pepper. Live, not aware he did any studio stuff, but gobs of his live performances are around. Jazz sax. The better mixes will give your hi-fi a workout and put you right in the jazz lounge in Munich or London.

    kevinmi

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by kevinmi on Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:17 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:@kevin,

    What is that amazing looking record player in your avatar?
    That is my Oracle Premiere. I also have an Oracle Delphi MKII as a backup. Made in Canada.

    daveshel

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by daveshel on Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:49 pm

    The only thing I can add to the great choices mentioned are a couple of Al Stewart recordings: Time Passages on mofi vinyl and on CD and Last Days of the Century on CD.

    deepee99

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    Supertramp

    Post by deepee99 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:14 pm

    Just got the Speakers Corner pressing of Supertramp's Crime of the Century. The piano bridge on School just jumps out at you and leave the subwoofer grinning as well. Actually am re-discovering much of my vinyl new and old with Roy Mottram's PH-16 with amazing results.

    sKiZo

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by sKiZo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:50 pm

    Playlist that got a good workout during the recent build ...

    - Robert Cray - Strong Persuader
    - Blood, Sweat and Tears - Blues Variation
    - Dire Straights - Walk of Life
    - Dixie Dreggs - Twigg's Approved
    - Norah Jones - Cold Cold Heart
    - Porcupine Tree - Russia on Ice, Hate Song
    - Dvorak #9 in E Minor (Kertesz)
    - Sia - Girl You Lost To Cocaine
    - James Cotton - Ying Yang
    - Genesis - Supper's Ready
    - Gerswin - American In Paris (Dorati - Mercury)
    - Mumford & Sons - Ghosts That We Knew
    - Civil Wars - My Father's Father

    Pretty much covers the bases for anything I'm liable to throw at it.

    TMadden

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    Re: What are your favorite "test" CD's or LP's ?

    Post by TMadden on Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:56 pm

    Nora Jones, Come Away With Me, Blue Note Records, is far and away the best sounding LP I have. Crazy dynamic range, dead quiet pressing. Just stunning.

    deepee99

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    Post by deepee99 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:08 pm

    Amen to most of those (the ones I've heard, anyway). Mark Knopfler's Sailing to Philadelphia on CD is good, but my CD player is buried under LP jackets somewhere and I can't find it. Bright Eyes, either vinyl or CD, also Von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic on Pictures at an Exhibition (DG vinyl) are pretty outrageous. And let us not forget the old Telarc CD of 1812 Overture, though there's a newer 1812 on DG featuring Neeme Jarvi conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra that also uses live cannons, a vocal background chorus, and follows with a superb rendition of Marche Slave.
    Gonna have to try that Nora Jones you guys keep talking about.
    As they say, "My neighbours listen to great music -- whether they want to or not."

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