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#342180 - 03/15/11 01:21 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
davidsch Offline
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Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 678
Loc: Houston, Texas
Sarah McLachlan's Cds are well recorded and I highly recommend Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing.

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#342193 - 03/15/11 03:21 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: davidsch]
Henry66 Offline
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Registered: 07/05/10
Posts: 233
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
Three female singer albums that I have that are very high quality recordings:

Susanne Vega - Solitude Standing
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

(Note: none of these can be categorized as "uplifting music", although Vega is relatively benign.)
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#342198 - 03/15/11 03:33 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Henry66]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 06/08/10
Posts: 79
Loc: Chicago
I can't tell you how happy that makes me that Tracy Chapman is of good quality. Every once in a while I'll hear one of her songs and think "damn I bet that'd sound good on a good system" but then get distracted before I get around to buying it.

I knew Suzanne Vega's brother. If you're familiar with Blues Traveler's smoking cat logo, IIRC he is the one that drew it.

Edit: Somehow my previous post disappeared. I thanked Murph because I love celtic music, and I mentioned that while Afterglow (Sarah McLachlan) was once a demo I used during amp selection, I find that the overall quality of the recording pales compared to a bunch of others that I have. (Sure beats the crap out of the Ingrid disc though.)


Edited by Dave B (03/15/11 03:35 PM)

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#342199 - 03/15/11 03:34 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: Central NH
I think of her "Crossroads" CD to be reference quality.....
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#342203 - 03/15/11 03:57 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 3188
Loc: Toronto/New York/Dwight
Hi DaveB and Henry66,

We used the "Fast Car" track from the Tracy Chapman album for many years of loudspeaker blind listening tests at the National Research Council in Ottawa. It was one of our standard test tracks and I think Dr. Sean Olive still uses it at Harman's listening facility in L.A.

The a cappella version of "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega from the Solitude Standing album was one of the standard test selections for audio codec listening tests in Canada, the U.K. and Australia. I participated in the Ottawa tests for several days. If the data rate went below 320 kbps with virtually all of the lossy codecs, her voice would get a bit metallic and sibilant sounding. That track was very revealing of compression artifacts.

Cheers,
Alan
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#342205 - 03/15/11 04:16 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: alan]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 06/08/10
Posts: 79
Loc: Chicago
Thanks Alan!

Good to know my snap judgement was a good one smile

And.... ordered.

I downloaded some Louise Rogers from HDTracks this morning. It's pretty good if you can stand a little bit of scatting. Not Scatman level scatting, but there's some of it.

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#342207 - 03/15/11 04:19 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6613
Loc: It's all about the location.
Alan wanted to use Motorhead, but the other guys voted him down. wink


Edited by Adrian (03/15/11 04:20 PM)
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#342211 - 03/15/11 04:54 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Adrian]
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 3188
Loc: Toronto/New York/Dwight
It was either Motorhead or "Last Song" with Larry Evoy and Edward Bear. . .ha, ha.

Alan
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#342233 - 03/15/11 09:54 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Ken.C]
donlboy Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 41
Try Marta Gomez 'Entre Cada Palabra' if you like South American jazz. Try Sophie Milman 'Take Love Easy' for straight vocal jazz. Or I like Dave's True Story 'Unauthorized' for funky offbeat but very nice female vocals. All are on HDtracks.
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#342239 - 03/15/11 10:37 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: donlboy]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 06/08/10
Posts: 79
Loc: Chicago
Thanks.

Among my HDTracks shopping spree today were Jane Monheit and Louise Rogers. Both are some nice upright bass based jazz and a very high quality female voice. Good for showing off.

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