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    Quote Originally Posted by garylkoh View Post
    Thanks, Greg. More CD's to buy...... unless you are suggesting that I get the Tuck & Patti mp3's. I've found that when the CD isn't very well mastered or recorded, the mp3 can sound more pleasant than the CD. But I guess saying that is heresy for an audiophile.
    Gary Pardon me if I demure on the mp3 v CD debate. I have only heard mp3 across my computer. Those recordings I have heard through some of the best stereos. I think they can be had for less than 40 dollars. You will enjoy the entire CD I hope. The soundtrack is surprisingly well recorded. Tuck and Patti had a contract with Windham Hill records. Both are well recorded.
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    Hi Greg, I agree with you - it's a very few samples when I've had a good mp3 sound better than a bad CD. I thought by your linking to the Amazon mp3 page, you were suggesting to buy the mp3. I'll get the CDs.

    I have a number of soundtracks that were surprisingly well recorded - Twilight being one of them. I'll be getting all your suggestions. You haven't steered me wrong so far. Thank you!!
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    I have some favorites that have made my firends cover there ears ,cringe in disbleif and even run screaming form the room. The trick is to play those records when you are in the car or home alone.
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    Just to prove that I really own a CD player, here are a few little shiny 'show' discs:

    "La Linea del Sur" by Renaud Garcia-Fons
    From 'La Linea del Sur'. Enja 2009
    Terrific double bass recording. Can the system handle the dynamic range?

    "If It Be Your Will" by Antony
    From 'I'm Your Man OST'. Verve 2005
    Highlight of the live tribute to Leonard Cohen at Sydney Opera House. Antony has a very unique voice and it completely transforms this classic Cohen composition.

    "Junior" by Russ Reinberg
    From 'Blue Scarlett' Jazzed Media 2006
    Very well recorded quartet. Excellent test of soundstaging with guitar, drums, clarinet and bass each in well defined space.

    "Vieques" by Arturo O'Farrill
    From 'Live in Brooklyn' Zoho Music, 2005.
    Recorded live in a small club and system should convey the unique sense of space. It sounds like analog. Dafnis Prieto is sensational on drums.*

    "Samba Meu" & "Pra Declarar Minha Saudade" by Maria Rita
    From 'Samba Meu' Warner Music Latina 2007
    Elis Regina's daughter singing samba. She channels Astrud on "Pra Celarar" but the opening to the CD with just a guitar and Maria is wonderful. Very well recorded. Lots of dynamic range and texture.

    "Carnavalia" by Tribalistas
    From 'Tribalistas' Phonomotor 2002
    A Marisa Monte led project. Track features guitar in each channel, interesting vocal effects by Carlinhos Brown and is a real test of a system's ability to handle bursts of LF energy. A desert island disc.

    "Gin and Money" by Marcy Playground
    From 'Leaving Wonderland In A Fit of Rage' Woz Records 2009
    A decently recording rock CD in 2009? Yup. Great tunes with a 'live' feel.


    And finally....

    "Devils Playground" by The Dead Kenny G's
    From 'Operation Long Leash Royal Potato Family 2011
    -----or------
    "Resentment Incubator" by Garage A Trois
    From 'Always Be Happy but Stay Evil' Royal Potato Family 2011
    It's Skerik and Mike Dillon. Actually, they are not sonic gems but they are maniacs but it's fun music and you should listen. Did I mention it's fun?

    *Dafis Prieto was just awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation grant!
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    Thanks, Jazzdoc. I already have some of these following your suggestions in other threads. The Renaud Garcia-Fons is fantastic to show off dynamic range in the bass. I don't have a good jazz clarinet, so I'll be getting the Russ Reinberg. Looking forward to them.

    Gotta sell more speakers to afford all this music!! May be I need to raise my margins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garylkoh View Post
    Thanks, Greg. More CD's to buy...... unless you are suggesting that I get the Tuck & Patti mp3's. I've found that when the CD isn't very well mastered or recorded, the mp3 can sound more pleasant than the CD. But I guess saying that is heresy for an audiophile.
    Heresy or not, in te case of all my late eighties, very early nineties new wave CDs, it's the truth!

    Wanna send some black cdr's with your demo music my way Gary?

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    Gary this is certainly not an "audiophile" recording, and a bit bass light at that, but a very clear, present live recording that is great fun to listen to: Van Morrison: It's Too Late To Stop Now. I particularly like this recording of Listen to the Lion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackD201 View Post
    Heresy or not, in te case of all my late eighties, very early nineties new wave CDs, it's the truth!

    Wanna send some black cdr's with your demo music my way Gary?
    Thanks, Jack. I'm glad that I'm not the only one here who thinks that some mp3's can sound better than CDs.

    In previous years, I make a black CD with excerpts of my demo music for my dealers, and publish the playlist in my newsletter. However, since I've been demo-ing with a music server, I've been quite remiss in doing this. May be this year it will be the WBF Show Music Black CD

    See here for some of the old ones:
    http://www.genesisloudspeakers.com/s...hoicecuts.html
    Last edited by garylkoh; 09-17-2011 at 07:17 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phelonious Ponk View Post
    Gary this is certainly not an "audiophile" recording, and a bit bass light at that, but a very clear, present live recording that is great fun to listen to: Van Morrison: It's Too Late To Stop Now. I particularly like this recording of Listen to the Lion.

    Tim
    Thanks, Tim. I don't just demo with audiophile recordings - if the music's great, I'll play it. I agree that his live album is his best work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregadd View Post
    I have some favorites that have made my firends cover there ears ,cringe in disbleif and even run screaming form the room. The trick is to play those records when you are in the car or home alone.
    I thought I was reading a post from Frank until I read the second sentence.

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