Brendan is right: (This blog is off to a good start – Brendan) Some audiophiles buy certain CD’s because it makes their system sound good. I am one of those but I have an excuse, I am in the business, so I need those type of CD’s to demo the systems to clients in the best possible way.
There is another positive to this, in hunting down these special recorded CD’s I sometimes come across amazing new material that I would never know existed because is not popular main stream music. Discovering these artist opens up doors into other worlds of music experiences.
OK, my 10, Hmm only 10 albums that is very tough! There are so many choices? Where do I begin? Ok right let’s start from the begining where it all started in the early 70’s..
In no particular order of quality:
Pink Floyd – Dark side of the moon (1973)
Favourite songs: Us and Them, actually, the whole album, a masterpiece of recording engineering and music that still stood the test of time 36 years later!
Yello - Stella (1985)
Favourite songs: Vicious games, Oh Yeah. Clinically clean recordings with very tight and super fast punchy bass
Dire Straits – Brothers in arms (1985)
Favourite songs: Everything on this album. One of the great male voices of our time. This can test the richness of your system’s midrange with crystal clear guitar notes to test your tweeters to the limit… a favourite demo CD of Hifi shops for many moons and even today.
Leonard Cohen – Essentials
Songs of his whole amazing career from early 70′s to his resent 2009 tour. Too many favourite songs, his unique deep voice test the realism of any system.
Toni Childs – Keep the faith (2008)
Favourite songs: Dream That we Dream of and When it’s All Said and Done. To me one of the most unique female voices. This can paint a 3d picture of her in your room, definitely goose bump stuff.
Jacques Loussier - Plays Bach (2006) ,,
Favourite songs: All the tracks. A must for classical Jazz demos. The kick drum, piano and bass guitar work is the most realistic sounding on any CD I have heard. It’s like you are there.
Stanley Clarke – The Toys of Men (2007)
Favourite Songs: Jerusalem, most delicate clear treble you can find. All Over Again, bass guitar work that will stun you.
Fourplay – The Best of Fourplay
Favorite songs: Chant, Bali Run and Between The Sheets. A combo CD of the great hits of the famous four Jazz players; Bob James on Keyboards, Piano, Lee Ritenour guitars, Nathan East bass guitarist and Harvey Mason drums. Excellent detail recordings that will test the whole frequency range of your system, from the deepest bass to rich midrange and crystal clear top end.
Air – Pocket Symphony (2007) (Brilliant Choice Tiens, I’m jealous I didn’t have it on my list – Brendan)
Favourite songs: Photograph, One hell of a party. Crystal clear recording with very accurate bass lines.
Tiesto – Elements of life (2007)
Favourite songs: Do you feel me? fast punchy bass. Elements of life, fast punchy bass very complex rhythms to test the speed and control of your system.
So again, what is your Top 10? We’d love to hear from you and maybe you can introduce us into some new music.