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Re: Stunning Recordings
Dave B #342180 03/15/11 05:21 PM
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Sarah McLachlan's Cds are well recorded and I highly recommend Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing.

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davidsch #342193 03/15/11 07:21 PM
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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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Re: Stunning Recordings
Henry66 #342198 03/15/11 07:33 PM
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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.)

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Dave B #342199 03/15/11 07:34 PM
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I think of her "Crossroads" CD to be reference quality.....


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Re: Stunning Recordings
Dave B #342203 03/15/11 07:57 PM
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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.

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Alan


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Re: Stunning Recordings
alan #342205 03/15/11 08:16 PM
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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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Dave B #342207 03/15/11 08:19 PM
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Alan wanted to use Motorhead, but the other guys voted him down. wink

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Re: Stunning Recordings
Adrian #342211 03/15/11 08:54 PM
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It was either Motorhead or "Last Song" with Larry Evoy and Edward Bear. . .ha, ha.

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Re: Stunning Recordings
Ken.C #342233 03/16/11 01:54 AM
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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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donlboy #342239 03/16/11 02:37 AM
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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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