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What Songs Make Your System Sound Their Best?

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I have a few songs that really show off the sound quality of my system.

They include:

‘The Cat Empire “The Lost Song”

The 24/192 version of Diana Krall’s “No Moon At All”

Donald Fagen’s 24/96 version of “Morph the Cat”

What songs do you use to show off your system?

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Any of the tracks on Malia's 'Convergence' album, which I think sounds amazing.

Mike.

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Yes, you're right Paul. I'm listening to Donald Fagen's Morph The Cat via Qobuz and it sounds great!

Mike.

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I’m a sucker for sad miserable female vocalists, which is handy as my system seems particularly well suited to them. The first track that really made my jaw drop was Ode to Billie Joe By Bobbie Gentry (Tidal stream). Other options from Tidal include Waiting on June by Holly Williams and Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman. 

On vinyl, I’d go for anything off Gillian Welch’s The Harrow and the Harvest LP.

Ian

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1 hour ago, Ian Forber said:

I’m a sucker for sad miserable female vocalists, which is handy as my system seems particularly well suited to them. The first track that really made my jaw drop was Ode to Billie Joe By Bobbie Gentry (Tidal stream). Other options from Tidal include Waiting on June by Holly Williams and Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman. 

On vinyl, I’d go for anything off Gillian Welch’s The Harrow and the Harvest LP.

Ian

I just listened to "Ode to Billie Joe" on Qobuz. I hadn't heard that song in decades. I was curious about the geographic reference. It's set in rural Mississippi.

For a dose of sad, miserable female vocals, check out Nnenna Freelon's rendition of "Tears of a Clown" on her live album. Tidal or Qobuz.

Edit: I just realized that you said "vocalist," not vocals. Nnenna Freelon isn't that, but the song is.

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17 minutes ago, Ian Forber said:

Ode to Billie Joe By Bobbie Gentry

The line 'There was a virus going round and he caught it and died last Spring" is most appropriate!

Mike.

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2 minutes ago, SnapperMike said:

The line 'There was a virus going round and he caught it and died last Spring" is most appropriate!

Mike.

Good catch Mike!

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35 minutes ago, Ian Forber said:

The first track that really made my jaw drop was Ode to Billie Joe By Bobbie Gentry (Tidal stream)

Thanks Ian, really enjoying the 'Ode To Billie Joe' album. Not heard that before.

Mike.

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A friend and I exchanged notes on this topic: music that sounds good on quality systems.

We then flipped this around: music that is great but the recording is a challenge for audio systems - if this sounds good on your system without issues then you really do have a good system...

This is one of these albums. Jonny Lang is just amazing live by the way. Highly recommended...

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Bruce Cockburn, Blueberry Hill, or Lyle Lovett, Since the Last Time, Jackson Browne, Stunning Mystery Companion (on Naked Ride Home) and of course Allison Krause, Down to the River to Pray. Explore the albums surrounding these tracks too!

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2 hours ago, Ian Forber said:

I’m a sucker for sad miserable female vocalists, which is handy as my system seems particularly well suited to them. The first track that really made my jaw drop was Ode to Billie Joe By Bobbie Gentry (Tidal stream). Other options from Tidal include Waiting on June by Holly Williams and Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman. 

On vinyl, I’d go for anything off Gillian Welch’s The Harrow and the Harvest LP.

Ian

There are few people that can do sadder more miserable female vocals than Mary Gauthier. Enjoy 

Here are a couple of examples:

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hi guys !

The Mexican is enjoying the 'Ode To Billie Joe' album too! Thank you!

In my case, I will strongly suggest a couple of tracks if I may:
https://tidal.com/browse/track/36433288
https://tidal.com/browse/track/124518244
https://tidal.com/browse/track/82670513
https://tidal.com/browse/track/8060031 ( wow!!!)
https://tidal.com/browse/track/111108768
https://tidal.com/browse/track/122630752
https://tidal.com/browse/track/98382346 ( this is insane! )
https://tidal.com/browse/track/5256198 ( OMG!!!)
https://tidal.com/browse/track/79419960
https://tidal.com/browse/track/95130804 ( Completely insane female voice... Mexican voice!)

These are a few when I want to rock thew house and TEST a big system ----

My two cents gents. 
eriku

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9 hours ago, Ian Forber said:

I’m a sucker for sad miserable female vocalists, which is handy as my system seems particularly well suited to them. The first track that really made my jaw drop was Ode to Billie Joe By Bobbie Gentry (Tidal stream). Other options from Tidal include Waiting on June by Holly Williams and Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman. 

On vinyl, I’d go for anything off Gillian Welch’s The Harrow and the Harvest LP.

Ian

You should give Kristina Train a listen. I think you would like the album Dark Black, the whole album is fantastic and really well recorded. Her debut album Spilt Milk is great too. 

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To let the system shine: almost anything from Steely Dan. To enjoy a demanding live performance: Gregg Allman "Back to Macon / FA". The ultimate test since 40 years: Rare Earth "Get Ready" (live, long version 22 minutes). This one has seen several generations of HiFi in my home(s). In the early days all I could hear was a drum and vocals. When the instruments start performing their solos try to figure out where on stage they stand. And when all come together at the end try it again. This one has gone through all states of assessment: from very bad and the better my system became to very good to excellent. SO helps a lot btw to uncover details.

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