Hey, I'd like to play!
It was just this February that I bought my very first receiver and set of speakers, and while my gear is kinda low-end, it still sounds wonderful enough to me that it re-kindled my love of music. I was bringing out CDs I hadn't listened to in ages, and I started buying more CDs, DVD-As and SACDs too. So here's what I've been listening to lately:
Kate Bush -- Aerial (CD)
Garbage -- Bleed Like Me (CD)
Sarah McLachlan -- Afterglow (CD)
Queen -- A Night at the Opera (DVD-A)
Pink Floyd -- Dark Side of the Moon (SACD)
The Police -- Every Breath You Take: The Classics (SACD)
Porcupine Tree -- In Absentia (DVD-A)
The Rolling Stones -- Singles Collection: The London Years (SACD)
Sting -- Brand New Day (DVD-A)
U2 -- Achtung Baby (CD)
This was one from a few months ago that still plays a little bit in my head: Paula Cole's debut album Harbinger. I pulled that one out after years of not listening to it, and while the songs have dated a bit, the clarity and strength of the recording completely blew me away. Previously, I had always listened to this on a discman, but now I've got a nice receiver, nice speakers, so I thought I'd give it a go. Unbelieveable sound quality. I was mega impressed. An amazingly powerful voice, crystal clear instrumentation, plus a wide, well-definted soundstage. Some good songs, no doubt, but it's the production that gets top marks. Check it out sometime.
On the other hand, Prince's The Black Album, another old fave, sounds like crap. Great grooves, interesting and funky songs, but the production is so bad, I kept praying for the disc to finish. Terrible sound from beginning to end. Avoid it at all costs.
Hawkeye, I read a bit about the quad version of DSotM, but I had no idea it was available as a DTS disc! From where did you find it? I gotta get me a listen to that one!
I tried out Neil Young's Greendale, but after the first two songs, I totally lost interest. I loved his stuff on the soundtrack to Dead Man, but otherwise I'm just not a Neil fan at all. I did try though!
Aaahhh . . . Selling England by the Pound. I think that's my old standby. I come back to that and Foxtrot when I'm dying for a little classic Genesis. Was this an old favourite, or did you just discover it, and if the latter, what did you think?
This was a fun little stroll down amnesia lane. Thanks! And enjoy the music!